Beanie Sigel Speaks On Jadakiss & “Roc Boys” Remix
In a new interview with LAist, Beanie Sigel reveals the lineup for Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys (Remix)”, along with his thoughts on Jadakiss’ addition to Roc-A-Fella:
What do you think of the addition of Jadakiss?
It’s great for hip hop. It’s a great look. This is going bring back that energy hip hop is lacking right now. We’ll definitely be working together in the future. In fact, we just did the Roc Boys remix together. Yeah, that remix is me, Jada and Jay. There will definitely be more to come from me and Jada.
He also discusses The Solution leaking almost 3 weeks before its release date:
How did you hear about the leak?
I was out on a promo run down in North Carolina. Someone emailed me and told me, “Yo, your album leaked, it’s on the Internet.” I was thinking that might be the little thing we put out there but my man was like “No, its your whole album.” I was like “Wow!”
Is that frustrating?
Definitely. You in this game to make money and to sell as many albums as you can and go on tour and support that album. When the album finally is in stores you know that line isn’t going to be as long when everyone already had the album three weeks ago.
Keyshia Cole Makes BET History With Season Finale Of Her Reality Series
According to a press release, the episode attracted more than 2.9 million viewers and 2 million households for the one-hour season finale, scoring a 2.3 BET Coverage Rating.
Rap-A-Lot CEO James Prince Launches Lawsuit Against Apple, Viacom and BET
Rap-A-Lot CEO James Prince (AKA J. Prince) and Thomas Randle have launched a lawsuit against Apple, Viacom and BET over the use of their images in the promotion and advertising of BET's "American Gangster" series.
According to MacNN.com, James Prince and Thomas Randle, who filed the 13-page lawsuit October 10 in Texas, claim that BET's show "American Gangster" incorrectly labeled them as killers and used their images without permission.
The lawsuit claims that the plaintiffs’ photos were shown alongside Chicago gang leader Larry Hoover. And while they were never mentioned by name, Prince and Randle feel this is implies they are criminals according to the lawsuit.
"During the advertisement program, a photograph of Mr. Prince and Mr. Randle is shown with Mr. Larry Hoover, without their permission, with the narrator stating that they were 'MURDERERS,'" the suit alleges. "Neither Mr. Prince nor Mr. Randle has ever been convicted of felony offences, let alone murder. Such patently false, inflammatory and defamatory publications have maternally [sic] and substantially harmed the reputation of my clients."
It is alleged that Apple, Viacom and BET have refused to remove or modify the episode which is still available for purchase on iTunes.
Sheek Louch Prepares New Album
As Jadakiss settles into his new Def Jam home, fellow partner in rhyme, Sheek Louch is ready to release his new solo album, Silverback Gorilla, on KOCH Records early 2008.
With a guest list featuring Jadakiss, Styles P, Bun B, Jim Jones, The Game, Fat Joe and more; Louch will be releasing the first single, entitled “Keep Pushin,” shortly.
Silverback Gorilla marks Sheek’s third solo album since his Walk Witt Me debut and After Taxes sophomore attempt; both combining for 400k in sales.
“Sheek Louch is a successful core KOCH artist and he defines gangsta rap in New York,” says Alan Grunblatt, GM and Executive Vice President of KOCH Records.
Silverback Gorilla will hit shelves March 2008 through KOCH/D-Block
The Beatnuts' Ju-Ju Arrested In Sweden
Rapper Ju-Ju, one half of Queens, NY based duo The Beatnuts, was arrested in Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday night (December 13), following a performance.
According to Sweden's The Local, the rapper (real name: Jerry Tineo) was taken into custody and charged with assault after a scuffle took place backstage following the group's set at the Debaser Medis.
Police spokesman Bo Olsson told The Local that the assault was minor, but because Ju-Ju was not a Swedish citizen, he was considered a possible flight risk, so he could be held for as long as 36 hours.
Ju-Ju denied the charges to police, but Annelie Åkerstedt, managing director of Debaser Medis, disputed the MC's account that the venue's security guards had not fulfilled their duties.
"That's pure bullsh--," said Åkerstedt. "The security did the job they are supposed to do. They didn't let anybody backstage who wasn't supposed to be there. They intervened quickly and called the police, exactly as they should."
The Beatnuts are a hip-hop duo who hails from Queens, New York, consisting of Psycho Les and Ju-Ju. In the early 90s they gained notoriety as the only Latino members of the Native Tongues Family, which also included Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. They are also acknowledged for their production.
LL Cool J and Morgan Freeman’s Edison Force to Make Broadcast Debut
Edison Force, a 2005 film that features LL Cool J alongside Justin Timberlake and Academy Award winners Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey, is set to make its broadcast debut on the Spike TV network later this month.
The film tells the story of a young reporter named Pollack, played by Timberlake, who uncovers rampant corruption in the local police department while investigating a homicide. Pollack soon enlists the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, a fellow reporter, and a private investigator, played by Spacey, to help him uncover the truth.
LL appears as Officer Rafe Deed one of the out of control cops on the Edison police force. “We are pleased to be the first to premiere ‘Edison Force’ on broadcast television in the U.S.
This film delivers everything our male audience seeks — explosive action, gripping drama and an all-star cast,” said Spike TV vice president of programming John Griffin.
Edison Force debuts at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday December 23 on Spike TV.
Quik Speaks On Unauthorized Album Release & Hacked MySpace
Compton, CA rap veteran Quik (formerly known as DJ Quik) has revealed to XXL that his long-awaited album with The Fixxers, a collaborative effort with rapper/producer AMG, was recently made available for sale on the internet without his permission.
The 12-track album Midnight Life, which was rumored to be released through Interscope and Quik’s imprint Dirty West, became available for purchase yesterday (Dec 10) on the MySpace page of a label called the Secret Music Group.
While the Secret Music Group appears to be affiliated with Quik, AMG and The Fixxers via advertisments on all of their profile pages, Quik explained that this is not the case. He claims that the album that is currently available to purchase is an unfinished version that was stolen by a former business partner, who then hacked into his Myspace page to make it appear as if the subsequent release was legitimate.
“As of December 10th, my pass code got stolen by somebody that doesn’t like me,” Quik explains. “His name is Hudson Baxter, he’s a nobody from St. Louis who’s trying to be Suge Knight, a tough guy, he’s trying to beat up everybody in Los Angeles…He stole my shit, and he’s posting stuff and he’s trying to advertise it.”
Quik stresses that myspace.com/djquik is out of his control, and he will be creating a new profile soon.
He will now be stepping away from The Fixxers project to focus on working with Snoop Dogg on his new album Ego Trippin’
Reformed Gangster, Frank Lucas, Tells Kids To ''Get Grades, Not Guns Or Drugs''
Frank Lucas, former drug kingpin and inspiration for the blockbuster film American Gangster, is using his celebrity for a good cause by starting a lecture series aimed at New York City high school students.
In association with his Frank Lucas Youth Foundation, the reformed gangster will begin a lecture series beginning at JFK High School in the Bronx on Tuesday, December 18 entitled "Get Grades, Not Guns or Drugs." The series will be geared towards students but will be open to the general public as well. Lucas will addresses topics including unity, optimism and brotherly love in addition to a Q&A segment. The series will serve as a spring board for the Frank Lucas Youth Foundation Symposium, which will be held on January 12 in Newark, NJ
"If I can just save one child then this will all be worth it," said Lucas. "These kids must know that the road of drugs, violence and crime is a dead end road."
Though the reformed criminal has claimed to turn over a new leaf, urging students not to follow in his footsteps, an earlier scheduled appearance was recently cancelled due to Lucas' inability to sell everyone on his new image.
"I changed my mind the night before," Principal Adolfo Muhammad of MS 143 in Brooklyn told New York's Daily News, after being asked why he cancelled Lucas' lecture. "I'm just not convinced in this particular case. ... I need to see a little more before I bring him in.
"I was very disappointed," Lucas responded. "I really wanted to talk to them, to tell them what I did was wrong. I'll go down on my knees if I have to."
Young Jeezy, Rick Ross & Glasses Malone Plan Holiday Toy Drives
Young Jeezy, Rick Ross and Glasses Malone will all be getting into the holiday spirit this month as they sponsor toy drives for less fortunate children and families in their respective areas.
Atlanta’s Young Jeezy, in connection with his CTE Family and his 8732 clothing line, are presenting a week long toy drive and Christmas Eve toy giveaway from December 17-24. Entertainment attorney Charles Mathis and DeAngelo Hall of the Atlanta Falcon are also contributing to the series of charity events which will include a dinner at Justin’s restaurant and a toy drive at Club Fever.
This Sunday (December 16) in Miami Gardens, local MC Rick Ross and his Rick Ross Charities organization will host a toy giveaway at the recently opened Hip-Hop Grub Spot at 20356-20358 NW 2nd Avenue.
Some 70 children and their families have been invited and will be presented with gifts. The deadline to donate gifts to the drive is today (December 14), and any contributions can be dropped off at the Hip Hop Grub Spot c/o Rick Ross Charities.
Over on the West Coast, Cash Money artist Glasses Malone is planning the First Annual G. Malone Toy Drive in the Watts section of Los Angeles.
Glasses will be inviting some of his celebrity friends to join him and hand out gifts on December 20 at the VIP Records retail store on Wilmington Blvd. The rapper is hoping to collect enough toys for 200 children, and any donations can be delivered to the VIP location at 11730 S. Wilmington Blvd.
The following is a complete list of Young Jeezy/CTE sponsored events taking place in the Atlanta area from December 17-24:
CTE Christmas Kickoff @ Club Miami
3011 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30329
10pm - 5am
Tuesday, December 18
Dinner& Party @ Justin’s
2200 Peachtree Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Dinner: 8pm - 11pm
Party: 11pm - 3am
Wednesday, December 19
Celebrity Bowling @ 300 Atlanta
2175 Savoy Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30341
10pm - 3am
Thursday, December 20
Toy Drive @ Cascade Family Skate Rink LIVE w/ V-103’s Greg Street
3337 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30331
6pm - 12am
Thursday, December 20
Toy Drive @ Club Fever
1789 Cheshire Bridge Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30324
10pm - 3am
Friday, December 21
Toy Giveaway @ Union Gym
2227 Mercer University Dr.
Macon, GA 31024
4pm - 7pm
Toyz N Da Hood with V-103’s Greg Street
Old Fourth Ward Community
Dec 14, 2007
Beanie Sigel Speaks On Jadakiss & “Roc Boys” Remix
If all your limitations were suddenly removed, what would you do? If you were able to make absolutely anything happen, what would it be?
If there were no challenges standing in your way, where would you go? With absolutely nothing holding you back, what would your life become?
It's easy to get so caught up in pushing against your limitations that you start seeing yourself solely in terms of those limitations. Yet you are so very much more.
Instead of identifying yourself in relation to the challenges you face, dig deeper and find the real person inside. For the truth is, you exist apart from any challenge or limitation, and it is a powerful exercise to get solidly in touch with who you are.
Yes, there will always be obstacles and limiting factors. And the best way to get beyond them is by knowing that they do not define you.
Imagine a world with no limitations, and discover who you are in such a world. One by one, the challenges will fade in the distance as you express the limitless vision that is yours to live.
-- Ralph Marston
Dec 13, 2007
News report on the Funeral Proceedings
Mike Jones, Chamilionaire, etc, arriving at the funeral
Almost 2,000 people came out today to bid farewell to Houston legend Pimp C, including rappers Mike Jones, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Webbie, R&B singer Letoya Luckett and lifelong associate Bun B.
Pimp C's funeral was held at 11 a.m. at the Robert A. Bowers Civic Center in his hometown of Port Arthur, Texas. Pimp (born Chad Butler) made up half of the seminal southern hip-hop duo UGK, along with Bun. The group gained national fame performing alongside Jay-Z on "Big Pimpin'" and also earned a Grammy nomination this year for their OutKast collabo "International Players Anthem."
The family asked that all in attendance wear "appropriate funeral attire," according to Houston's KFDM-TV and according to the news outlet there were no problems with dress or behavior at the ceremony. The mood was quiet and respectful, but not somber.
One label rep for Jive talked about how Pimp had come to him wanting the new Bentley to be in the then upcoming "Big Pimpin" video. The rep said he told Pimp they could never get that car for the video, but Pimp C made it happen.
The representative also addressed Port Arthur Mayor Delores Prince, who was in attendance, and said he hoped to one day see a Chad Butler Blvd. in the city. Funeral goers erupted in standing applause.
Pimp C, 33, was found dead in a Hollywood hotel room on Dec. 4. While the cause of Pimp C's death is still unkown, he was found with two prescription drugs given to him by his doctor.
Pimp C leaves behind a wife and three children as well as his mother and father. He is buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Port Arthur.
Eminem's Mom Releases Tell-All Book, Reveals Rapper's Battle W/ Depression
According to platinum rapper Eminem's mom, Debbie Nelson, Slim Shady is a manic depressive who has lost control of his life.
Nelson has released a tell-all book about her son entitled My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem, in which she says the superstar has battled depression for years. According to Nelson, Eminem's condition worsened after his ex-wife Kim Mathers gave birth to their daughter Hailie, who is 11. She said his mood has become even more dangerous since Em and Kim split for a second time in 2006.
A family friend told Life and Style magazine, "[Debbie] just hopes he'll read [the book] and realize how loved he is. She fears she'll end up burying him unless he gets help ... We all see him teetering on the edge of self-destruction."
Em and his mother have been involved in a bitter feud for years, and he rapped about his hatred for her in a string of popular singles. Nelson even hit her son with a $7 million lawsuit in 2002, claiming defamation. But reportedly, Em had a change of heart when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and he agreed to foot the medical bill in excess of $200,000.
My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem is available in the UK now and will hit the U.S. market in 2008.
Bow Wow Explains His Mysterious Hospitalization
After his publicist issued various statements about the rapper suffering from “exhaustion” and having an “infected appendix,”
Bow Wow revealed the real reason for his recent hospitalization in a new interview with MTV. With stitches in his fingers, Bow Wow explained that his injuries occurred in his dressing room before a concert in Cincinnati, Ohio.
When the rapper realized that certain props for his stage show were not at the venue, he reportedly threw a “tanturum,” accidentally cutting his finger in the process. He then went on stage and performed his show. After losing a significant amount of blood from the wound during his performance, he passed out.
“I fainted, went to the hospital, threw up and then they told me my white blood cells were higher than what they’re supposed to be,” Bow Wow told MTV. “They were looking at my appendix. I’ve always had stomach issues. I’ve always had stomach problems. But like I said, we’re gonna see if it’s that serious that I have to take that surgery. If that’s what I gotta do, that’s what I gotta do. The appendix is a life-threatening thing.”
Wyclef, Akon and Jimmy Rosemond Bring Free Concert To Haiti
Wyclef Jean and Akon team up with music executive Jimmy Rosemond to present the Yele Festival on Saturday, December 15th 2007, which will take place in Haiti’s capital, Port au Prince in support of Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Foundation which was established in 2005 and is ‘A Movement Led By Wyclef Jean That Is Helping To Bring Hope Back To Haiti’.
The Yele Festival is a free concert which will aim to raise awareness about Haiti’s much improved safety record and it’s growing appeal as a tourist destination. Two years ago Rosemond & Wyclef traveled to Citi Soleil in Haiti to bring exposure to the country’s political and economic plight; a trip which received much praise, commendation and media coverage. During their 2007 trip, Rosemond & Wyclef will visit local schools, where Rosemond will donate items including 5,000 shirts to children in the poorest areas.
The duo will also visit the notorious children prison to bring awareness to the existing conditions.
The idea for the Yele Fest came about when Wyclef, Akon & Rosemond came together with plans to give back to their respective countries. “I’ve always been involved in the upliftment of my people, Haitians and Africans are one” says Akon.
Wyclef and Akon will come together in an effort to help their respective countries- Akon will be supporting Wyclef by performing at the Yele Fest in his native country of Haiti and Wyclef will be supporting Akon by appearing at concert happening in Senegal in 2008 in a separate effort.
Wyclef, who gained fame as a member of Grammy award winning Hip Hop group ‘The Fugees’ was this year made an ambassador of Haiti by the country’s President. “I will use every influence and power I have to fulfill my role as ambassador to Haiti. Our good efforts shall touch the world via music and charity”.
Jimmy Rosemond, head of Czar Entertainment says of the Yele Festival; “I am glad to be a part of this great event. Two great artists on one stage in a small island like Haiti will show the world that the country is on course to rebuild it’s stature in the Caribbean. But most of all history is being made by Wyclef becoming the first rapper to be an official ambassador for Haiti, and that in itself is a reason for celebration”.
Quik & AMG Release The Fixxers Album Online
After months of speculation regarding the fate of The Fixxers’ debut Midnight Life, the group has finally decided to independently release the album via MySpace.
The Fixxers, a duo made up of West Coast veterans Quik (formerly known as DJ Quik) and AMG, signed a single deal with Interscope Records back in March to release their song “Can U Werk Wit Dat,” which became a favorite on L.A. radio and was featured on the HBO show Entourage. While the album was expected to follow on Interscope during the summer, it never materialized.
This morning, the 12-track album became available for purchase exclusively on the MySpace page for the Secret Music Group.
CLICK HERE to preview and purchase Midnight Life.
Papoose Shoots Down Beatdown Rumors
After rumors of New York rapper Papoose being involved in an altercation which left him scarred ran rampant last week--the Brooklyn StreetSweeper has cleared the air via a video released earlier in the week.
According to the rumor, Pap was allegedly involved in an altercation which left an extremely noticeable scar on his face.
The altercation began after the rapper was asked to do a DVD drop while dropping off a friend in Midtown Manhattan (NYC). After exiting the vehicle to do the drop, Papoose was ambushed by four men. Witnesses say Pap managed to fight off the 4 men after getting a bat from his vehicle--at which point him and his friend chased the attackers away. The entire thing is said to be caught on camera and being shopped around to Beef Dvds.
Papoose was reportedly apprehend by police and held for six hours for refusing to cooperate.
"There are alotta rumors out there." Said Pap in the video.
"All that is false, anything that happened in the streets--I let it stay in the streets. I've never been one to get on the internet and incriminate myself and perform for the hip hop police." He continued.
"I'm just here to let my fans know I'm good."
Lupe Fiasco Dedicates Song To Houston, Explains
Lupe Fiasco has proven to be a worldwide traveler with his fashion designs, touring and Grammy-nominated debut album Food & Liquor. For his follow-up, The Cool, Fiasco found inspiration in what may seem to be an unlikely place: Houston, Texas.
On Wednesday night, Lupe said about his affinity for H-Town rappers, and how the track "Hip Hop Saved My Life" came to be. "Bumping into all the Houston rappers that I've bumped into, whether it was a facade or they were putting on airs, they were all so cool. There were just too many for it to a coincidence. Paul Wall, he's cool as hell. Mike Jones, he's super-cool. Bun B, Slim Thug, and then there's all these rappers from there that didn't really blow-blow like that," says Lupe on his discovery down south. "I don't feel that when I come to New York; I don't feel that in Chicago."
Recalling one example of Houston's cool, Lupe reveals, "Bun B came and picked me up at the hotel with his wife, and we just drove around Houston. That never happens."
Of the actual song, Lupe says, "It's about a brand X Houston rapper, with everybody branding him as this gangster, trappin' - the kind of rapper that a lot us thumb our noses at right now, but the way the story is told, he reflects every rapper. He could be from Chicago, he could be from Paris, Tokyo, because his struggle is exactly the same. I know that because I'm a rapper. It was nothing to articulate my experiences and other peoples' experiences with it. It just happened to be from Houston."
On the death last week of Pimp C, Lupe also reflected. "I called Bun that morning, just talking about tracks and music. Later on, when I heard [what happened], I called back. I really didn't know what to say," revealed a somber Lupe. "Pimp C was a cool dude in the times I met him," he added. "He and Bun actually stayed after their category at the recent BET Awards to see if I was going to win mine. After that, they left. That meant a lot to me."
Lupe's album The Cool releases on Atlantic/First & Fifteenth on December 18.
Ray J Teams W/ Shaq For New Koch Record Deal
Ray J recently inked a new record deal with Shaquille O'Neal and Koch records to release his latest full-length record entitled All I Feel.
The multi-talented artist signed a multi-album venture that will see his Knockout Entertainment partnering with Shaquille O'Neal's Deja 34 Entertainment company. Koch signed on to market and distribute the new discs, with A&R duties handled by the "Drama King," DJ Kay Slay.
"I feel great about bringing Knockout Entertainment to Koch," Ray J said about the new venture, via press release. "I enjoy making great music and I believe in working very hard. I'm excited to be with a team who believes in me and my ideas,"
Ray J's first album slated for release through the new deal will be All I Feel, the follow up to 2005's Raydiation, which was released on Sanctuary Records. The new disc is scheduled for a spring 2008 release and will feature guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, The Game, Lil' Wayne and production by hit maker Rodney Jerkins. The set's first single, "Sexy Can I," will feature Yung Berg and is currently being serviced to nationwide radio outlets. The video for "Sexy Can I" is also scheduled to be shot later this month in Miami.
Scarface Leads The Pack, DJ Drama And Wyclef Jean Just Miss The Top 25
In this week's Hip-Hop and R&B charts, Scarface, DJ Drama and Wyclef Jean all trump Ghostface Killah in first-week sales, Styles P fails to crack the Top 50 and Alicia Keys inches up one spot to No. 2.
Alicia Keys maintains her stronghold on the Top 10 with As I Am, climbing one spot to No. 2 this week, according to Neilsen SoundScan. The Harlem songstresses' third album sold 234,400 copies for a four-week total of 1,584,000.
Prince of R&B Chris Brown dropped another two spots this week to No. 13, but saw a 14 percent increase in sales with his sophomore album, Exclusive. The album, currently propelled by the hit single "Kiss Kiss" featuring T-Pain, sold 83,200 copies this week for a five-week total of 681,900.
Geto Boy Scarface has this week's highest debut with his album M.A.D.E., which sold 62,900 copies in its first go-round. The disc features guest spots from Z-Ro, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne and T.I.
Mixtape king DJ Drama debuted at No. 26 with Gangsta Grillz, selling 48,700 copies this week. The album's features read like a who's who of hip-hop, with guest spots from Young Jeezy, Freeway, Rick Ross, Jim Jones, Nelly, Diddy, Paul Wall, Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes, The Clipse, Outkast, Devin the Dude, G-Unit and 8Ball & MJG, among others.
Two spots down is former Fugee Wyclef Jean, who debuted at No. 28 with Carnival II: Memoirs of An Immigrant. The album, which is the sequel to 1997's The Carnival, sold 46,400 copies this week and features guest spots including Akon, Lil Wayne, T.I., Chamillionaire and Mary J. Blige.
Fergie keeps on keepin' on.The Black Eyed Pea singer gone solo maintained her spot at No. 29 but enjoyed a 23 percent spike in sales this week with 46,000 copies of her solo debut, The Dutchess. After 64 weeks the album has sold 3,070,300 copies.
One spot down is Jay-Z, who falls 13 spots this week to No. 30 with American Gangster. The concept album, which features guest spots from Nas, Lil Wayne and Beanie Sigel, sold 45,400 copies this week for a five-week total of 740,400.
Soulja Boy climbs three spots this week to No. 33, selling 42,900 of his debut album, Souljaboytellem.com. After ten weeks, the self-proclaimed "Teen of Da South" has pushed 458,500 copies.
Keyshia Cole falls nine spots to No. 37 this week but enjoyed a 7 percent sales increase with 40,200 copies sold of her second album, Just Like You. After 11 weeks, Cole's sales total stands at 754,900.
Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah debuted quietly at No. 41, scanning 35,600 copies of his seventh album, The Big Doe Rehab. The album features guest spots from Wu Brethren Method Man, Raekwon and U-God as well as Kid Capri and Wu affiliate Cappadonna.
D-Block's Styles P debuted at No. 52 with 28,500 sold of Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman), his third album. The disc has a lengthy roster of guests, including The Alchemist, Ghostface Killah, Akon, Beanie Sigel, Black Thought and fellow D-Blockers Jadakiss and Sheek Louch.
Next week look for Wu-Tang Clan, Beanie Sigel, The-Dream, Mario, Gucci Mane and Bow Wow & Omarion to make an appearance on the Hip-Hop and R&B Charts.
Not that difficult
It's not that difficult to be disciplined. It's just a matter of choosing to be, again and again.
It's not that difficult to avoid destructive habits. In fact, all you really must do is nothing.
It's not that difficult to take positive, productive action. You simply choose to put yourself into motion.
Success is not that difficult. It's mainly a matter of doing it, and you're completely capable of doing whatever is necessary.
Your willingness is the most important factor. And willingness comes when you connect to a solid, meaningful reason why.
Discipline, integrity and effective action are tools that you can use at any time and in any situation to achieve valuable results. Follow a purpose that is truly yours, and it's not that difficult at all.
-- Ralph Marston
Dec 12, 2007
According to Tampa Bay Online, Gay was arrested Tuesday night.
An affidavit states that from Sept. 21 through Nov. 12, Gay entered into an agreement to distribute cocaine, a criminal arrest affidavit states. It is alleged that six times during this period Gay received and sold a half kilogram to a kilogram of cocaine.
Police executed a search warrant on Gay's home and found a 9 mm Taurus handgun along with marijuana according to the affidavit.
A co-defendant who was also arrested, Eleazar Gutierrez-Castillo, has agreed to cooperate with authorities. It is said that Castillo was arrested earlier Tuesday for allegedly trying to sell cocaine to an undercover police officer.
Both Gay and Castillo are currently in an Orient Road jail with no bail set.
Gay has been charged with possession of cocaine, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, armed trafficking, racketeering and several conspiracy charges.
Gay is an employee of Isabomb Entertainment and manager to Atlantic Records recording artist Plies.
Ike Turner, whose role as one of rock's critical architects was overshadowed by his ogrelike image as the man who brutally abused former wife and icon Tina Turner, died Wednesday at his home in suburban San Diego. He was 76.
"He did pass away this morning" at his home in San Marcos, in northern San Diego County, said Scott M. Hanover of Thrill Entertainment Group, which managed Turner's musical career.
His marriage to famed singer and musical partner Tina Turner, which ended in 1976, was allegedly an abusive one. The couple's troubles were depicted in the 1993 movie What's Love Got To Do With It?
Following the couple's split, Ike Turner released a pair of unsuccessful solo albums and served a stint in prison for drug and weapons charges.
He was inducted into the Rock & Roll hall of Fame in 1991 and released the Grammy-nominated Here & Now in 2001.
There was no immediate word on the cause of death.
(L note: They Say death Comes in 3's, first Sean taylor, then Pimp C, Now Ike)
Kendra G Interviews Irv
(L note: Aight, This raises a good question, Fellas knowing what you all know about Superhead, Knowing that you will probably end up in a book or at least very talked about. Would you still let her "Blow you down"?)
(L note2: Ya'll already know my answer, so Karrine, anytime you wanna start tighten up Bloggers holla at your boy, We can both write about it. lol)
Jay-Z Invests Millions In New Manhattan Hotel
Jay-Z is proving once again that he's a business, man, by adding another venture to his already extensive portfolio.
According to the New York Post, along with several partners, Hov has reportedly purchased a $66 million site at 510 W. 22nd St. which runs through to 511 W. 21st St. in New York City.
The mogul hasn't yet decided what to do with the Chelsea property, purchased under the name "J Hotels," but he's considering either turning it into a swanky, luxury-lodging spot or a high-end art gallery. The property has the potential to reach 12 stories.
Hov's partners - local developers Abram Shnay, his son Scott and Charles Blaichman - have all been involved in several projects, including the Philip Johnson-designed Urban Glass House in TriBeCa.
"It's a great piece of property adjacent to the High Line in a great neighborhood," Scott Shnay said.
While this is Jay's first venture in the hotel/art gallery business, the rapper already has a chain of highly successful sports bars. In fact he has one of his 40/40 Clubs just blocks away form the proposed site, along with one more in Atlantic City, two overseas in Tokyo and Macau and another domestic spot opening in Las Vegas on Dec. 30.
In related business news Hova sold his Rocawear clothing company to the Iconix Brand Group for $204 million earlier this year and while he currently remains president of the successful Def Jam Recordings, his contract for that position is up for renewal at the end of this month.
Jay-Z will perform Dec. 29 at The Palms in Vegas. The day before his new SinCity outpost of the 40/40 club opens at the new Palazzo portion of the Venetian.
Lil Wayne Talkin Reckless in Ozone Magazine
New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne finds himself amidst controversy yet again. The self proclaimed rapper eater, who caused a stir after comparing his stature to the likes of Marting Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X during a XXL Mag interview, is now in the cross hairs of fans and critics alike for his comments in an Ozone Magazine interview regarding rap beefs.
"If you are talking about rap and beef, I'm the wrong person to talk to. I am from New Orleans. Cut your televisions on. You know where I'm from. I'm from the murder capital, ma. Beef is a different thing there." Proclaimed Lil Wayne.
"I have four teardrops on my face and I have to look my
mom in her eye every day. I can't lie to her. Fuck what they think and fuck what the world thinks, we real. My mom is real. The first day I got a teardrop I lied. I called her and asked her can I get a teardrop tattoo, but I had already got it." She said, "When you get it, come by me so I can see how you look with it, cause I was thinking about getting one my fuckin' self."
We don't play. No, I'm not gonna rap about you man, I will murder you, your family, your child, a newborn, I don't give a fuck. I could never go to hell cause I'ma take over, bitch." He retorted.
The comments have sent shockwaves throughout the industry with many calling it one of the most socially irresponsible statements of year.
Judge Denies C-Murder’s Request to Attend Pimp C’s Funeral
A judge on Tuesday (December 11) denied a request made by Corey “C-Murder” Miller to allow him to attend Pimp C’s funeral in Port Arthur, Tx.
Miller, who has been under house arrest while awaiting his re-trial on murder charges, had requested permission to drive to Texas this week for the funeral and to spend nine days in Houston with his children.
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Judge Martha Sassone denied both of the requests, saying the rapper’s children would have to travel to his home in Kenner, La. The judge also urged the defense and the prosecution to resolve any outstanding issues, including a motion from Miller’s attorney seeking to dismiss the case, prior to the start of the new trial on February 11.
Miller stands accused of shooting 16 year-old Steve Thomas to death at the Platinum Club in 2002. Judge Sassone will hear arguments on the outstanding motion to dismiss on January 16.
Beanie Sigel Almost Loses Maserati Over $1,700
Beanie Sigel had a friend rescue his Maserati from impound a short time before it was placed on the auction block.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News, an undisclosed friend paid about $1,700 in outstanding tickets on Sigel's car, freeing the 2005 Maserati from a Philadelphia Parking Authority impound lot just 12 hours before it was to be sold at auction.
The car was reportedly booted and towed in South Philly a month ago.
PPA spokeswoman Linda Miller could not identify who picked up Sigel's Maserati, though she did confirm it had been recovered.
Sigel's fourth album, The Solution, dropped yesterday (Dec. 11) with guest spots from R. Kelly, Scarface, Styles P, and Raheem DeVaughn.
Beans claims he made his own lane on this release, which he calls his best work to date. The timing couldn't be better considering that the Broad Street Bully faces off with Omarion & Bow Wow, The-Dream and Wu-Tang Clan on his release date.
Jermaine Dupri To Bring Jackson 5 To Atlanta For New Year's Eve
In a surprise move, Jermaine Dupri has announced he will be bringing the reunited Jackson 5 (Michael, Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie) to his Studio 72 club in Atlanta for what is being dubbed "A Jackson 5 New Year's Eve."
Dupri made the announcement over the weekend on V-103. Listen to the announcement here.
Reports suggest that Jermaine Dupri will empty Studio 72 at some point on New Year's Eve so the Jackson 5 can descend from a helicopter and enter the club along with Dupri and his girlfriend Janet Jackson.
Sha Money XL And Cashville Records Say Four 2008 Releases
After reports that Young Buck and Sha Money XL's Cashville imprint would initially go through Interscope, the G-Unit affiliates have announced a deal through Red Distribution for their label. With the deal, Sha Money XL told reporters that it positions them to release at least four albums in 2008.
"2008 is gonna be great. This Red deal is in place, so we’re gonna be dropping records each quarter," said the Queens native producer and manager. The first release will be a label compilation featuring Young Buck, his new act 615, C-Bo and The Outlawz. Although Sha would not yet confirm a full album from 2Pac's onetime proteges, he did speak on their involvement and behalf. "They’re gonna be on the compilation. Those guys are OGs in the game; they deserve a just due. The Outlawz have been shaded because of all the things that happened with ‘Pac and then Suge [Knight] never released them from their contract for a few years till after, when they died down a little bit. The Outlawz never really shot their load off. They did a lot of indies, which was cool, but I don’t think they were marketed well. Those are descendants of ‘Pac – that’s like, you’re still working with The Wailers. You ain’t get Bob Marley, but you still get The Wailers."
2008 will also see another annual One Stop Producers Conference hosted by Sha Money XL March 8 and 9 in Phoenix, Arizona. Thus far, Swizz Beatz is a confirmed co-host, with over 600 producers expected to attend.
Queen Latifah Gears Up For New Film, Rap Album
Queen Latifah, has a lot to smile about for Christmas. For her it's going to be "The Perfect Holiday."
Yes, that's the name of the new movie that she both produced and narrates, and it opens in theaters Wednesday (December 12). But on top of that, her latest album, Trav'lin' Light -- where she sings -- has been nominated for a Grammy.
Despite all the success in both Hollywood and music, Latifah is planning a return to her roots -- hip-hop. But, like her past rap records, it won't include the stereotypical topics of today's rap records, she tells CNN in a recent interview.
Some of the kids may not follow that, but maybe the older crowd will, she says.
"No one has had the opinions that I've had and made the music that I've made," Latifah said in regard to her rap career. "I think there are a lot of thirtysomethings out there who just want good quality hip-hop."
According to the actress/rapper, her music has always craved its own path, which was never a result of following others, and she doesn't plan to do that now.
"I'm of the generation of hip-hoppers that you've got to have the balls to do something different," she explained. "You've got to have the courage to challenge the status quo. That's what the fun of hip-hop is: It's spoken. We are speaking over hot beats. We can talk about anything we want."
Instead, she plans to talk about relevant topics happening around the world -- something she says artists shouldn't be afraid to do.
"If we were a little more on our game then there would be a lot of records out right now about the election, about the war in Iraq, about AIDS in Africa and America, about poverty around the world," Queen Latifah said. "We used to be able to talk about that and not be looked at as corny."
Her trait of not following trends has worked in the past too. In 1993 when she released Black Reign, which included the hit single "U.N.I.T.Y.," the rapper spoke out against the disrespect of women in society, specifically questioning why men called women the words "bitch" and ho." She single won her a Grammy in 1994 for Best Solo Rap Performance.
There is no word as to when a new rap album from Latifah will be released, but in September, she told Billboard.com that she'd like to drop a rap album while her latest release, Trav'lin' Light, so it may be soon. But, there is no further details regarding the project.
''American Gangster'' Frank Lucas Kicked Out Of School
Infamous '70s drug kingpin, Frank Lucas, says he's turned his life around and wants to encourage kids to stay away from drugs. But not everybody's buying his new product.
The Harlem hood star became a national name with the recent Denzel Washington blockbuster, American Gangster, based on his life.
He was scheduled to speak to students at Middle School 143 in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn last Friday (Dec. 7) but less than three hours before he was slated to lecture, the principal nixed the appearance, according to New York's Daily News.
"I was very disappointed," Lucas said. "I really wanted to talk to them, to tell them what I did was wrong. I'll go down on my knees if I have to."
Lucas started talking to students encouraging them to stay in school and away from drugs and he said the reaction has been positive. But MS 143 Principal Adolfo Muhammad thought differently.
"I changed my mind the night before," Muhammad said. "I'm just not convinced in this particular case. ... I need to see a little more before I bring him in."
Alicia Keys Stays Strong On The Charts; Ghostface Debuts Low
Alicia Keys holds on to the #2 (234,000 sold) position on this week's Billboard chart as her sales continue to climb. She is joined in the top 10 by American Idol runner-up Blake Lewis whose debut album landed at #10 (98,000 sold).
But the real story on this week’s chart is the debuts of some big Hip-Hop releases. Scarface leads the pack with his new album "Made" coming in at #17 (63,084 sold) while DJ Drama's first retail mixtape "Gangsta Grillz: The Album" landed at #26 (48,848 sold). New albums from Wyclef Jean and Ghostface Killah, while critically acclaimed, disappointed sales wise on the charts with their albums coming in at #28 (46,519 sold) and #41(35,671 sold) respectively. Styles P.'s new KOCH distributed album "Super Gangster, Extraordinary Gentleman" landed at #52 (29,047 sold).
It was also clear this week that while fans may still love 2Pac, they aren't too interested in purchasing another hits album from the legendary artist. Two new 2Pac hits releases, "Thug" and "Life" hit the charts this week and sold 22,539 and 18,943 copies respectively.
One of the week's biggest Hip-Hop gainers was Soulja Boy whose album "Souljaboytellem.com" was up 29% in sales and came in at #32.
The week's #1 album was once again Josh Groban's "Noel" selling another 568,000 copies.
In a recent interview with Stop Smiling magazine, Jay-Z spoke out about racism, violence and censorship.
“For me, it's all about the intention,” he said in reference to using “the N word” in his lyrics. “I could call you an 'apple tree,' but if I say it with venom and hate, that is what it's about. It's not the word that has the power, it's the person. All of this came about because the Imus discussion turned into a hip-hop discussion.”
Jay went on to further dissect Imus’ “nappy headed ho” comment that sparked a month’s long debate about decency and Hip Hop lyrics.
“Imus couldn't name three rappers; well, maybe he could, but he couldn't name their songs. Imus doesn't listen to rap, so he's not influenced by it. He didn't get that from us. I missed the point the discussion stopped being about Imus.”
While Imus unintentionally sparked a nation wide debate on Hip Hop music that has angered fans, artists and detractors, Hov understands why Hip Hop as a whole is not put in the same category as a violent film or TV show.
He mentions the need for many artists to “keep it real”, thus bringing their rhymes out of the realm of entertainment, permanently placing songs in the realm of reality.
“In hip-hop, the whole 'keep it real' has become more than a phrase. Scorsese and Denzel are not tied to the films they make, so people see the separation between art and life. Unfortunately, they don't see that separation between Shawn Carter and Jay-Z. As far as they're concerned, everything I talk about is happening for real. To them, at no point is it entertainment.”
Even with Hip Hop as the new target among various political pundits, Jay-Z still looks at the bigger picture—improving America’s worst areas.
“If rappers stop cursing tomorrow, is that going to fix the ghetto or the fact that our schools are fucked-up and the living-conditions are terrible? You can't tell me not to say nigger or shit, that's ridiculous to me. Is that really the problem? Are you serious?”
Another controversial subject tackled was black American’s love of Italian gangsters—either in real life or on films—many of whom were racist and openly used racial slurs. Jay suggests that black people have learned to “look past” racism.
“Yes, the character might be racist,” he says in references to gangsters in films like The Departed, “but he's still against the odds as he struggles against the world. However brief his rein might be, he's living the good life and that's what Black kids hone in on. They don't pay attention to the racism, because racism is everywhere. We've learned to look past that.”
Jay also addresses those that believe the world of business is less cut throat than the world of the streets and the illegal hustle. He goes so far as to say the business world is worse than many can imagine.
“It's worse in business, because there is no fear of retribution. If somebody fucks me on a deal, then later I'll fuck them on a deal. But, other than that, nothing happens. On the streets, you have to have integrity or you won't be there long. You can't give your word and then do the opposite. In business, people just run all over each other; it's unpoliced.”
(L note: Over Ms. Hill's "Lost Ones". Kimmy Spitting like she got a point to prove.)
If you're not ready to climb a mountain, then see if you can walk up a gentle hill. If you're not ready to walk up a hill, then set out to take a leisurely stroll.
If you're not able to walk that far, then you can take a single step. After taking that step you'll likely find that you're ready to take another.
If you have trouble imagining yourself reaching your goal, then imagine yourself taking one small, simple action in the direction of that goal. Imagine it, and then do it.
After that first step, there will be another one you can take, something that's a little bit more challenging and yet not overwhelming. Keep it up, and soon the ultimate goal begins to come into view.
Anything can be accomplished if you are willing to keep taking the next step when it is time to do so. What you lack in brute strength, or resources, or knowledge, or skills, you can make up for with persistence.
You absolutely can get where you choose to go, step after step after persistent step. And now is the perfect time to begin.
-- Ralph Marston
Dec 11, 2007
Jay-Z Talks Def Jam Contract
Rumors have been swirling about Jay-Z leaving his position as President of Def Jam once his contract is up at the end of year.
In a recent interview with EW.com, Jay-Z said that his status with Def Jam is up in the air but money issues are definitely not holding up contract talks.
"EW: So from your perspective, do you think you’ll be at Def Jam next year?
Jay-Z: Yeah, I think — I don’t know. Let me not even say that. I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes. But seriously, it’s not about money. That’s really the last thing. Of course, as a person that does these type of things and puts his heart and soul into it — and it’s effective, as the Grammys would indicate — you want to be compensated for what you do. But it’s really not about money. It’s really about the future of the music business, and not wasting anyone’s time. I don’t ever want to sit in a seat just to sit in a seat. I could be off doing something else that’s beneficial to the future of the music business as well as myself. So it’s not about money! I mean, you couldn’t pay me enough. And I don’t mean that in a cocky way."
NY Daily News reported earlier this week that Jay-Z's excessive money demands were holding up a new contract at Def Jam. Reports also suggest Jay-Z will leave Def Jam at the end of his contract for a new post at Rick Rubin run Columbia Records.
Foxy Brown ''Needs Clinical Help,'' Says Close Friend
Brooklyn rapper Foxy Brown, who is currently serving a year in Riker's, has become known as much for her temper as for her records.
Foxy (born Inga Marchand) has faced several assault charges, all results of her eruptions of anger. She's faced charges for hitting her neighbor in the head with a cellphone, throwing some hair glue at a beauty store employee, harassing a personal assistant and several other similar run-ins.
But a close family friend said the time hasn't done Foxy any good, according to the New York Post.
"If they release her today, she'll be back in a week," Geoffrey Davis, a friend of Foxy's, told the news outlet. Davis has visited the rapper at Rikers several times since she was locked up for violating her probation.
According to Davis, who is also an activist who runs a nonprofit, anti-violence organization in Brooklyn, Foxy can't change alone. He thinks the rapper needs professional help.
"I love her, and I have her best interests at heart, but I think she needs clinical help with anger management," he said.
Davis said he's tried to reach out to Foxy, sharing his own experiences in dealing with anger and emotional distress. Davis' brother, City Councilman James Davis, was slain by a political rival inside City Hall in 2003. But Davis said Foxy won't listen.
After three incidents in October, including a shoving match with an inmate and a verbal tirade on a corrections officer, Foxy was thrown in the hole at Rikers. But the rapper only served 40 days in solitary of a 76 day sentence of segregation. She was released back into general population for good behavior.
Yet Davis isn't moved.
"She has to deal with her attitude," he said.
Foxy is scheduled to be released in September of '08, and possibly sooner on good behavior.
PROTEST PLANNED FOR R.KELLY'S L.A. TOUR STOP
When R. Kelly's Double Up train rolls into The Forum in Los Angeles on Friday, protesters plan to be out with lighted candles and burning questions about the church-owned venue's support of an artist who faces trial on child pornography charges.
The Forum -- located in Inglewood, CA -- former home of the Los Angeles Lakers, is owned by Faithful Central Church, pastored by Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer.
"R. Kelly is currently facing 14 federal counts of child molestation. Why is the church not giving aid and comfort to the victims of sexual assaults?" asks activist Najee Ali of Project Islamic HOPE in a statement.
"How can the church allow R. Kelly to perform on Friday night, have service on Sunday morning and believe all is well?" Ali continues. "The message the church is sending to young children is that money is more important than taking a stand in support of victims who have been victimized by R. Kelly and other child molesters."
The candlelight vigil, under the name "Protest Against Pedophiles," will begin at 5 p.m. Friday (Dec. 14) outside of The Forum, located at 3900 W. Manchester Blvd. in Inglewood.
Lawsuit Against Dr. Dre Over Up In Smoke Tour DVD Dismissed
A Detroit judge has dismissed a $3 billion lawsuit filed against Dr. Dre and other parties over footage that appeared on the Up In Smoke Tour DVD that was released in 2000.
The suit was filed in 2002 by Greg Bowens, a spokesman to former Mayor Dennis Archer, former police spokeswoman Paula Bridges and former police Cmdr. Gary Brown over a conversation the three had backstage at a July 2000 concert at the Joe Louis Arena. The footage shows the three city officials asking concert producers not to show an explicit video during the show.
In their suit, Bowens, Bridges and Brown claimed that the conversation was private. On December 4, Wayne County Circuit Judge John A. Murphy tossed the lawsuit, saying that because the conversation happened in a room with an open door, the plaintiffs could not have had a reasonable expectation of privacy.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Judge Murphy’s decision came as a surprise, since in October, he remarked that he was inclined to let the suit go to trial.
Glenn Oliver, the attorney representing the three former officials, said he would appeal the ruling.
DIDDY DENIES SECRET RELATIONSHIP WITH CASSIE
Sean "Diddy" Combs is denying a New York Daily News report that claims he and his Bad Boy artist Cassie are secretly dating.
Monday's item reported that Diddy decided to "cut off the various girls he has around the world" and focus solely on "on-and-off flame" Cassie. A source was quoted as saying: "She recently broke up with her boyfriend, and they're in Miami together now." Another source added: "They're holed up together in Miami, very low-key. He's really in love with her."
But according to Diddy, the report is a complete fabrication. He tells PerezHilton.com: “I am still single and am not in love with anyone.
His rep says it's true that Diddy is in Miami, but that he’s working on albums for all his groups including Cassie, Danity Kane, Making the Band and Donnie.
“They have all been working together around the clock constantly,” says his publicist.
Jay-Z Announces New Year's Show In Las Vegas
Jay-Z has announced that he will perform a New Year's weekend concert in Las Vegas at the Palms.
Jay-Z will perform his "American Gangster" album December 29 at the Pearl concert theater inside the Palms hotel. The venue capacity is 2,500.
Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday December 15 at 12 p.m. via Ticketmaster and the Pearl box office.
Prices range from $128.00 - $228.00 dollars.
Erykah Badu Preps 2 ''Nu'' Discs In '08
After a four year hiatus, afro clad soul siren, Erykah Badu, is set to release her fourth LP in the coming months entitled Nu AmErykah.
According to Billboard, the double-disc, which is set to hit shelves on February 26, had its final title announced this past Thursday (December 6) in front of a select group of fans inside of New York's Electric Lady Studios. The album, will feature 18 new tracks that will be distributed over two separately sold discs and will be Badu's follow up to 2003's Worldwide Underground.
"I named this album 'Nu AmErykah' because I'm dealing with whatever is to come instead of what was," said Badu. "In taking on a project like this, I'm taking the responsibility to talk for my race and my planet. I'm sure the record company will make their money and they've given me the blessing of time."
Vowing to make this latest effort a success, Badu intends on treating this release differently than Worldwide Underground, an album that she admittedly "didn't feel like doing the whole promotional circuit for" because she had just given birth. The CD will also see her linking up with a host of widely known producers including 9th Wonder, who provided the backdrop for the record's lead single "Honey."
"I dug deep down into the bottom of my hip-hop coin purse to find some of the freshest scientific, mathematical absurd geniuses that I could connect with because I was feeling pretty twisted myself," Badu said.
"The scientists I was dealing with was J Dilla, Madlib, Sa-Ra, 9th Wonder, Kareem Riggins [and] Rashad Smith to name a few," she added. "All of these people have a reputation for being visionaries and knowing them well, I felt 'Okay, now it's time to put together a project that not only takes us to another place, another dimension, but highlights these sights.'
Badu also has the full backing of her recording home, Motown, who says they have been anticipating an album of this magnitude for quite some time.
"We've waited almost 10 years for this album to come," said Universal executive vice president and Motown president Sylvia Rhone. "She inspires, sets trends and does music that no one's done before. Male, female, black [and] white can listen to her and come away with something."
Nu AmErykah will hit stores on February 26 on Universal/Motown
Do more than merely getting through this day. Jump into it fully with vigor and enthusiasm.
Do more than merely getting through your work. Find real joy in making a difference.
When the purpose behind each day is just to get it over with, that dismal purpose can begin to take over your whole life. By contrast, when you put a little bit of joy and positive purpose into each moment, you get a whole lot of great and wonderful things filling your world.
It only takes a fraction of a second to change your whole life and your whole world for the better. Are you ready to go beyond merely surviving and to fill each thought, each word, each action with the most magnificent possibilities of life?
Life is exactly the way you choose to see it. Wherever you may be, whatever you may be doing, you have the opportunity to immediately and completely make life truly great.
Open your eyes, look around, and awaken to all the best possibilities. Now is when you can live with all the richness you're able to imagine.
-- Ralph Marston
Dec 10, 2007
Confirmed Date and Time Announced For Pimp C's Funeral
The funeral for Pimp C (Chad Butler) is confirmed to be taking place Thursday (Dec. 13) 11 a.m. at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur, Texas.
Reports had been circulating that the funeral was taking place this past weekend. ImHipHop reported this and we regret the error.
Houston's KHOU 11 confirms the plans and says that following the funeral, Pimp C will be buried at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pimp C was found dead in his Sunset Strip hotel room Tuesday (Dec. 4) in California. Early reports suggest the Grammy nominated rapper died of natural causes although toxicology results will not be ready for release for another month or more.
Cops Say Fabolous’ Street Family Responsible for Celebrity Stick-Ups
Police in New York City say they have linked the Brooklyn based crew of rapper Fabolous, to the robberies of several high profile celebrities and athletes.
According to the New York Post, the Street Family, which cops say is based out of the Breevort Houses where the rapper grew up, has been targeting nightclub patrons in the lower Manhattan neighborhoods of Chelsea and Flatiron for some time now. Fab’s friend, Shamel McKinney, was fatally stabbed outside of club Duvet last month after cops say he tried to rob another man of his necklace.
Now police believe they can connect the Street Family to the muggings of Celtic’s guard Sebastian Telfair, and ex-N.Y. Giants cornerback Frank Walker. They also claim the crew has robbed boxing champ Zab Judah twice.
“They don’t care,” one unidentified police source told the Post. “The bigger the celebrity, the better.” The NYPD believes that the crew searches out celebrities who are sporting expensive jewelry, then alert each other via cellphone.
The victims are then targeted as they walk to their cars. Fabolous has previously denied any connection to this type of illegal activity and has denied allegations that he was present at club Duvet the night his friend was killed.
DJ Drama Explains Legal Drama Over His Name
The DJ and artist behind both the "Gangsta Grillz" mixtapes and official Atlantic compilation of the same name, Drama explained why he dropped the DJ prefix on his latest project.
"You know my name, I got the name for the album, it's Drama, not DJ Drama, it's just Drama," the Philadelphia native said.
Apparently another DJ Drama came forward to contest Drama's claim on the name, and after being unable to reach an agreement, Drama and Atlantic Records were forced to go another route.
"This punk @$$ dude came outta nowhere and started yapping to the label," Drama explained. "I was ready to cut him a check. I was going to cut him a nice check. I was gonna give him some money for the name, because he can't go nowhere and say DJ Drama and they think it's really him. You might as well just give up the name you not gonna be able to do nothing with it, but his punk @$$ disappeared."
Without a means to settle the dispute, Drama opted to leave the DJ part out of his name, but even that took some ironing out. Fortunately a delay in the release schedule allowed Atlantic and Drama time to procure the name he eventually ended up with.
"When my album got pushed back, if I would have had to come out there I would have had to come out as Dram or Dramatic, not Drama -- Drama I can rock with," Drama said. "Shout to the artist Drama who is incarcerated. Me and him had a conversation, he gave me the blessing to be able use the name, so you know I cut him a check."
Drama also had some choice words for the DJ behind all the drama in the first place.
"Punk @$$ dude man, you didn't even want to play ball, at least come play ball," Drama said. "Where are you gonna go and say DJ Drama? - I'll still cut you a check but it's gonna be a little one this time."
Gangsta Grillz: The Album is currently in stores.
M.O.P. To Release G-Unit Debut Summer 2008
After countless delays, M.O.P. are slated to release their G-Unit debut album summer 2008.
According to a recent interview with MTV's Mixtape Monday, the album is on its way and 50 Cent is encouraging Lil' Fame and Billy Danze to stick to their formula.
"One thing about any other artist we been signed to, they signed M.O.P. for what M.O.P. does. They don't wanna tamper with that. They're M.O.P. fans. I appreciate that. There's a lot of artists that's M.O.P. fans, and we're their fans also. We need that to feed off each other" says Billy Danze.
The duo is also working on separate solo albums along with a Heavy Metal Rock influenced album.
M.O.P.'s last album, "Ghetto Warfare", was released in July 2006. The album was released on independent label Coppertop Records but was originally recorded for Roc-A-Fella records but went unreleased by the label.
50 Cent Says File-Sharing 'Doesn't Hurt The Artists'
While most of the music industry including artists and labels have no love for music sharing, hip-hop megastar 50 Cent is embracing it. Well at least he feels it doesn't hurt artists.
In a recent interview with overseas journalist Pål Nordseth, the rapper commented on the advances in technology, saying that it's even effected him, but also said it works to everyone's advantage.
"Not so good...," 50 said, via TorrentFreak.com, in response to how G-Unit is doing in a file-sharing era. "The advances in technology impacts everyone, and we all must adapt. Most of all hip-hop, a style of music dependent upon a youthful audience. This market consists of individuals embracing innovations faster than the fans of classical and jazz music.
"What is important for the music industry to understand is that this really doesn't hurt the artists," he continued.
The G-Unit Records head went on to say that hip-hop fans are young, but are very dedicated to the genre, so the music industry needs to learn how to find other ways to recoup the decline in sales -- shows for example.
"A young fan may be just as devout and dedicated no matter if he bought it or stole it," said 50. "The concerts are crowded and the industry must understand that they have to manage all the 360 degrees around an artist. They, (the industry), have to maximize their income from concerts and merchandise. It is the only way they can get their marketing money back."
While 50 doesn't object to downloading, he said artists have geared their music too much toward ringtones and need to realize, a complete album is what's lacking in hip-hop today.
One problem specifically he pointed out, was artist development.
"The main problem is that the artists are not getting as much help developing as before file-sharing," he said. "They are now learning to peddle ringtones, not records.. They don't understand the value of a perfect piece of art."
50 Cent's most recent album, Curtis, is a testament to the affect of file-sharing. After 12 weeks out, it sold just 1,140,482. His first two albums -- Get Rich Or Die Tryin' and The Massacre -- managed to hit platinum sales within the first or second week, and ultimately went on to sell over 10 million copies each, worldwide.
That 10 million mark doesn't look like it will happen for Curtis though.
Big Boi Speaks On His Solo Album
Big Boi of Outkast made news months back by announcing that he was working on a solo album, but few details have surfaced since. In a recent interview with Vibe, Outkast's other half spoke on the status of his project.
"I'm going to put 12 songs on there, I'm finished with like nine right now," says Big Boi. "I plan on releasing a single on December 31 at midnight going into the New Year, 'cause I want all the stuff to be '08, everything to be brand new. It's going to be a lot of surprises. We just really trying to bring that good music back."
While there is no official release date or title, Big Boi said he was leaning toward calling the album Sir Luscious Left Foot. Initial reports listed Sade and Organized Noize among featured guests on the album. Andre 3000 is also working on a solo album, although the group doesn't plan to package both works together as they did with Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which has sold over 11 million copies to date. Big Boi added that he and Andre 3000 will release another Outkast group album after both solo projects are finished.
Bow Wow Suffering from Infected Appendix, Expected to Rejoin Tour on December 13
More details have emerged about the sudden hospitalization of rapper Bow Wow on Thursday (December 6) that has prevented him from taking part in his Exclusive Holiday Tour with R&B artist Chris Brown.
Although it was previously believed that the young MC’s health problems were brought on by stress and exhaustion, a release from his publicist on Monday clarified that Bow Wow is in fact afflicted with an infected appendix.
The rapper has missed shows in Chicago and Detroit since being hospitalized after his performance in Cincinnati last week, and he will likely sit out tonight’s date in Baltimore.
However, he is expected to make a full recovery in time to rejoin the tour in Memphis on Wednesday night (December 13).
Raekwon "Supports" Wu Album?
You have already heard a lot (good and bad) about the new Wu-Tang Clan album. Now, as the date gets even closer, Raekwon is opening up even more. Now, he is saying he supports it - but he's adding his own opinions as well. Read on to find out what The Chef really thinks.
"I'm supporting it," Rae told MTV. "Go get it. I'm on it. I laid down the dressing on that. But like I said, it could've been stronger! I know the capabilities that we all have when we all sit in the room together. And then, at the end of the day, it was leaning towards RZA's world. I told RZA, 'This is a Wu-Tang Clan album. This ain't RZA's album.' If we say, 'We need this to proceed,' respect what we need to proceed."
"You dealing with a whole crew collectively, and [our] collective thoughts...You gotta keep that a part of the protocol. That wasn't a part of the protocol — we still try to give this man as much props as he deserves, 'cause he did so much. It's like listening to [Michael] Jordan, saying, 'Follow my hand.' But at the same time, Jordan ain't been around for a while. So now it's gotta be about the team. Ain't no I's in team. When Jordan's head gets too big, you gotta tell Jordan that's what it ain't about. It's team."
With back and forth talk from RZA, Ghostface and Raekwon, many have been wondering why such turmoil is being laid out in public. Rae also spoke on that and added that this is not a stunt.
"It's a lot going on, and like I said, this is not no publicity stunt...This is more or less about men understanding men and men respecting men. At the end of the day, I got a family to feed, kid. ... I got children that's going to school that I'm paying for sh-- for them to make it, and I refuse to sit here and act like another n---a is gonna tell me how I need to do what I gotta do. If it ain't how it used to be, then something's the matter. So, at the end of the day, it's just a n---a's water broke. Like a b---h being pregnant, she can't take it no more, her sh-- go blow!"
Many have also said that RZA, Rae and Ghost should all speak to one another before going to the media. Rae notes that this already happened.
"I let n---a know about his wicked ways before I [came] out and [addressed] this [in public]...So n---a never say, 'Oh, Chef did it out the blue on some ...' N---a, you know how I feel. ... It's tough love, but you gonna respect me. ... I can [opine] on how I feel, and if I feel it ain't right ... like I told RZA, 'Yo, I don't get nothing outta trying to shoot at you. I hope you don't get nothing out of shooting at me.' But respect that we supposed to be like this. The ill sh-- is, it's 10 years later, 15 years later. You mean to tell me you don't look at me like a general? You got a problem."
Rae also claimed to be the main man behind a new album, The Shaolin Vs. The Wu Tang, which will reportedly include every Wu member except for The Abbot, RZA.
"That's how I feel right now...It's coming and it's gonna be a lesson learned. That's a lesson to bust the Abbott's ass and let him know what we do. At the end of the day, if nobody don't do nothing, Chef's gonna show and prove. You [can only] hold in but so much, my dude."
Alchemist Speaks on Upcoming Album, Eminem
Alchemist, whose last official album was 2004's 1st Infantry, spoke recently on the release of his upcoming album Chemical Warfare.
"You might catch Fabolous on the album, you might catch Mobb Deep on the album, Dialated Peoples is definitely on the album...you might catch Kool G. Rap on the album. You might catch my man Pusha from the Clipse...Jadakiss, Twista."
The producer/emcee indicated that there were some surprises on the album that he did not want to reveal.
"Anything that's crucial in life is about timing. So it's really about doing the right thing at the right time," said Alchemist of the album.
Due to being Eminem's "official DJ," Alchemist was able to speak on the Detroit emcee. "Eminem is one of the greatest of all time, and you know he's not done with rap music. He's definitely still working. I mean, come on - this is Eminem, this is what he does. I can't tell you when he's coming or what not, but know that every day he wakes up...he's musically inclined, so you know he's creating something incredible."
Alchemist also said he got to hear some of the recent work Em has put in in the studio, stating that it was "on another level."'
Diamond On Leaving Crime Mob, "It's Strictly Business"
Last week, Crime Mob's Princess confirmed rumors that fellow rapstress Diamond had parted ways with the group. Diamond tells us why she decided to leave the Mob and what lies ahead.
As previously reported, Diamond recently parted ways with the Atlanta-based group, but group members said there were no hard feelings.
Diamond said leaving Crime Mob was a mutual decision.
"I didn't decide by myself," Diamond said "It was brought to my attention by my former group members. And you know once we talked about it, the decision was mutual. And I felt like this would be a great opportunity to take some of the opportunities that were put in front of me and not feel bad about it, like I'm leaving anybody out or I'm trying to leave the group, or I'm trying to advance to the next level and just forget them or whatever."
The blonde rapper, whose album is due out in the first quarter of 2008, said there was no beef between she and other group members, and the decision was business-minded.
"We had our differences, you know, but it's no beef," she said. "It's strictly business, so it is what it is now and I'm just living for myself, doing what I can for myself."
Diamond said she is still working out a solo deal, and though she may end up staying with her current label, Warner Bros., she would consider signing to a new label. She also has a new management team on board, Polo Ground/Cookies and Cream, to help her make the transition to solo artist.
"I have a whole new team, a whole new team now," she said. "A whole new glam squad - hair, make-up, it's just totally different. It's a good feeling. It's a good feeling. It's a total, total, total different environment than what I was in before."
Amy Winehouse's Mom Urges Singer To Go To Rehab
Amy Winehouse gained fame with the hit single "Rehab" and now the singer's family wants her to check herself in.
The London R&B star's mother has gone public with a plea. Janis Winehouse wrote an open letter to her daughter and it was published in the UK's News of the World.
In the letter, she begs Amy to seek treatment for her addictions. The singer has reportedly battled drug and alcohol abuse as well as an eating disorder.
"So this letter is my way of making sure that you know that-that all you have to do is come to us, Amy, and we'll do everything in our power to get you well again, " Janis wrote.
An open letter is the only way Amy's parents felt like they could reach her. They've tried to talk to her and get her help in the past.
"We want to help you, but we know that unless you want to be helped- unless you come to us-anything we tried would be in vain," she wrote. "So this letter is my way of making sure that you know that-that all you have to do is come to us, Amy, and we'll do everything in our power to get you well again. After all, you are still my baby and you always will be. I pile hope upon hope that you will make that decision, Amy, and your strong will can bend for just a moment to make that decision and come home to me."
Trying to strike a chord with the troubled singer, Janis reminds Amy of heartwarming times from her childhood and begs Amy to reach out to her family.
"Even when you were only a rosy-cheeked five-year-old singing into a hairbrush in front of the mirror, you had a will as stubborn as a mule," she continued. "Do you remember? We couldn't ever get you to see things from any angle other than your own. You could swear day was night and Heaven help anyone who tried to disagree. You were never a wayward daughter but you always had a strong will and a mind of your own-qualities your father and I were so proud of."
The rift between Amy and her mother is said to have stemmed from the Winehouse's disapproval of Amy's husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, who is allegedly battling his own addictions. He is currently incarcerated for trying to fix a trial in the UK. Amy cancelled the remainder of her UK tour last month, pointing to distress from being away from her husband as the reason. Janis speaks to that in her letter, as well.
"When I was quoted recently as saying 'Thank God Blake's inside' what I meant was that putting him in jail might help him to clean up his act and change his life," she said. "It wasn't said out of viciousness or to upset you. If your relationship is meant to be, it will survive. I'm a great believer that everything in life happens for a reason, a purpose. And if you two are destined to be together forever, then so be it. But I want you to love Blake for who he is, Amy. Not because you feel sorry for him, or because he can get you doped up. Not for any other reason than that you have respect for him."
Blake's dad, Giles Fielder-Civil, called for a boycott on Amy's album, asking fans not to buy her music in an effort to force the star to seek help. He said he believes that the couple used cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin and were in "abject denial" about their problem.
In an interview this summer, Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse said the only person who can help Amy right now is Amy.
"There's only one way out of this, and anybody with any drug experience will tell you... that the only way out of this is not sectioning them, not locking them up. At some point they are going to reach rock bottom... and at that point they will say, 'Listen, I don't want to do this anymore.'
The singer's family is waiting.