Jun 6, 2008
Jun 5, 2008
"Return Of The Dozen Vol.1"
D12 Mixtape Tracks
1. Intro featuring dolo
2. We back
3. Throw 'em up high
4. The drill
5. Cheatin' in the bedroom featuring monica blaire & king gordy
6. Biggest g is chris reed featuring maestro
7. If you want it kuniva
8. I am gone (feat. king gordy)
9. I am gone featuring king gordy
10. Win or lose swift featuring king gordy
11. I'm from the d
12. Suicide featuring sindy syringe
13. Plead for your life featuring royce da 5'9
14. Get this paper featuring rod dae of rock bottom
15. You're not gangsta like ross whiteman featuring king gordy
16. That's the way that goes
17. This situation featuring king gordy & black face of rock bottom
18. 13 mc's featuring marv won, stretch money, rare, famous, x-factor, 2pac, t-flame, quest mccody, swan
19. Mrs. pitts featuring king gordy
20. Outro featuring dolo
21. Don't hate brittany reed (bonus track)
After five years of sitting and waiting on the bench, North Philly rapper Peedi Crakk has parted ways with Roc-A-Fella Records in favor of booming independent, and signed with Amalgam Digital.
The tech-savvy company responsible for launching hip-hop's first genre specific digital retail store attracted Peedi with their innovative business model and creatively fostering environment.
Peedi Crakk joins a roster that includes the likes of Joe Budden, Tash (of Tha Alkaholiks), and the Juggaknots. Through the deal he will release his debut album, Camel Face Hunting Season, in September.
"Yup. I'm back! And I feel unstoppable," said Peedi. "My flow is advanced and as an artist, I'm getting better, especially without the claws of Roc-A-Fella digging at my back. I've been a free agent for the past three months and now signing with the Amalgam Digital label for my first project, I feel even more unstoppable. They are providing exactly what Peedi always needed ... proper promotion and distribution. BANG! It's Camel Face Hunting Season."
The first single is set to be "More Towels,” features production by Vinny Idol. Later, when released, AmalgamDigital.com will offer exclusive bonus tracks when the album is downloaded from the website.
Peedi Crakk is a founding member of State Property, alongside Beanie Sigel, Freeway, and Young Gunz, and has earned respect for his lyrical talent and rhythmic flow.
Dubbed "The Prince of State Property," he created buzz with his single "One for Peedi" when it came out on the "Paid In Full" soundtrack. Since then, he's gone on to work with artists like Twista, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Ne-Yo on the singer's hit "Stay."
T.I. has signed a three picture deal with Screen Gems that will begin with the crime drama "Bone Deep."
According to Variety, "Bone Deep" will see T.I. appearing alongside Matt Dillon and Idris Elba.
The second film in the deal will be "Boulevard", a drama that cast T.I. in the starring role. The third picture has yet to be announced.
Bone Deep" concerns a group of bank robbers who pull off a daring highrise heist and are dragged into one last job by a freshly paroled cohort.
Jun 4, 2008
"A Millie Freestyle"
Meek Mill Feat. Gillie Da Kid, Bump J & Peedi Crakk
(L note: wow Gillie sounds so comfortable on this beat, his flow is so familiar to me, almost like I've heard t before, lol)
Bun B's II Trill remains at the top of Billboard's 'Top Rap Albums Chart' this week.
After 2 weeks on the charts, II Trill has sold a total of 138,500 copies.
Seated at No. 2, Denver rap group The Flobots push 19,200 discs this week, bringing its total to 74,500.
Staying put at No. 3 is Rick Ross. Trilla continues to keep registers ringing as it cashes out 15,100 copies this week. After 13 weeks, the album has sold a total of 550,100 units.
Latino rap/reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel move up twelve spots No. 4. Los Extraterr scans 12,900 units in its 31st week on the chart. So far, the album has sold 262,900 copies.
The Roots slide one spot to No. 5. Rising Down ringed out 8,200 copies this week, pushing the album's total to 104,900.
Right behind them is Flo Rida at No. 6. Mail On Sunday pushed 7,100 discs this week, bringing the album's total to 249,100.
Chilling at No. 7 is Snoop Dogg. Ego Trippin', which has sold 331,300 copies since its March debut, gets scooped up by 6,700 folks this week.
Atmosphere slips two spots to No. 8. When Life Gives You Lemons...scoops 5,400 units this week. So far, the set has sold 86,600 copies.
Seated at No. 9 is Lupe Fiasco. The Cool scans 5,200 units in its 24th week on the chart. To date, the album has sold 498,700 copies.
Wrapping things up at No. 10 is Kanye West. Graduation bags up 4,900 copies this week. So far, the album has sold 2,113,800 units.
Lil Flip was reportedly involved in a car crash in his hometown last night (June 3).
According to a press release issued by the rapper's spokesperson, the crash took place on the Southwest side of Houston, TX and Flip’s car was totaled.
The rapper would be rushed to hospital where he was treated for neck and wrist injuries.
Other details about the crash were not revealed.
Flip has currently been gearing up for the release of his upcoming album titled Holla Back. The album is slated to hit shelves on July 29th via Clover G Records/BCD Music Group.
“We are looking forward to Lil’ Flip’s speedy recovery so we can get back to promoting and doing shows for his July 29th release of Holla Back,” said the rapper's spokesperson in a statement.
Busta Rhymes will be hitting the road with rock group Linkin Park on their 'Project Revolution' tour this summer.
According to Billboard, the tour will kick off in Boston on July 24th and will wrap up in Houston on August 24th. The trek will also feature other acts including Chris Cornell and The Bravery.
Busta Rhymes collaborated with Linkin Park on the single “We Made It” which is off his upcoming album titled Blessed.
“It made perfect sense for us to be on the tour together, so we could perform ['We Made It'] and bring it to life for people every night,” Busta said.
Blessed hits stores on July 31st and will also feature appearances from T-Pain, Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Akon, T.I., Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Common and J. Holiday, among others.
After the music critic Jim DeRogatis failed to show in court today, the judge in the R. Kelly trial threatened to have him arrested.
According to the Associated Press, The Chicago Sun-Times reporter Jim DeRogatis, who is responsible for passing the sex tape on to the police in 2002, failed to appear in court today despite having been subpoenaed.
A lawyer for the Sun-Times, Damon Dunn, argued this morning that DeRogatis should be protected from testifying by Illinois reporter's privilege since an appeal is pending. However, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, Judge Vincent Gaughan ruled since it was filed in the wrong court there is technically no outstanding appeal.
The judge said DeRogatis is "a material witness to a crime" and is not protecting a source therefore he is not protected under the law as a reporter. Gaughan also told Dunn, "You're protecting something that nobody is after."
As reported last week, DeRogatis was ordered to testify by Judge Vincent Gaughan. At that time he ruled Kelly's team is prohibited from inquiring how DeRogatis received the tape and whether he made a copy of it.
The defense is hoping his testimony will shed light on what was done with the tape from the time he first received it in early 2002 to when it was handed over to police.
The prosecution rested their case after their key witness Lisa Van Allen identified both Kelly and the alleged female on the tape and admitted to having at least three sexual trysts with the pair.
The defense is scheduled to present their case to the jury today.
Jun 3, 2008
T-Pain has officially launched his full service, independent record label, Nappy Boy Digital.
Nappy Boy Digital provides a direct artist to consumer connection as well as an immediate outlet for T-Pain to release his latest tracks. Without the constraints of the traditional major label machine, Nappy Boy Digital will deliver new music directly into the hands of millions of online music lovers via all the major digital download sites.
"Nappy Boy Digital is a dream come true for me. I'm excited about bringing music by new artists to people fresh out of the studio," T-Pain tells HHNLive.com. "My life and career so far has been about breaking barriers and this label allows me to continue that by delivering hit songs in real time, no red tape, just good music. You'll hear us in the clubs and on radio too, but you can discover our tracks where people spend most of their time, on-line. I'm very proud to be out front on an idea like this."
T-Pain's longtime rap collaborator, Tay Dizm serves as the first artist on his newly formed label, Nappy Boy Digital. The Miami-born MC has appeared on both of T-Pain's full length releases, Rappa Ternt Sanga (2005) and Epiphany (2007) and toured the globe extensively alongside T-Pain.
Def Jam officially announced Jay-Z's successor at the label, naming Shakir Stewart as the new executive vice president of the label.
Stewart, a 1996 Morehouse graduate, got on with Def Jam in 2004. Since then he's worked his way up the company ladder, holding positions of vice president and then senior vice president of A&R.
He is credited with signing Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, among others to Def Jam, and before then, he inked Beyonce during his stint at Hitco Publishing where he was senior vice president and general manager since 1999. He also is responsible for signing Ciara while serving as an A&R consultant for LaFace Records.
His new senior postion, which had been open since Jigga stepped down late last year, will have Shakir taking on overall responsibility for the day to day activities of the Def Jam label, including pulling in and guiding new talent, overseeing producers and directing the label's brand recognition.
Defense attorneys in the R. Kelly child pornography trial cross-examined the prosecution's key witness this afternoon; a woman who testified to having multiple three-way sexual encounters with the singer and the alleged victim.
As previously reported, in monday morning's testimony, Lisa Van Allen identified Kelly and the alleged 13 year-old girl on the sex tape in question and said she engaged in a three-way sex act with both of them on at least three occasions. She was the prosecution's last witness before they rested their case.
The State granted Van Allen immunity as Judge Vincent Gaughan warned her that her testimony might be self-incriminating.
According to the Associated Press, Van Allen, who is currently pregnant, testified that Kelly offered her $250,000 last year to recover a tape of one of their sexual encounters. She said acquaintances of hers took the video to a Chicago hotel to meet with an associate of Kelly's. They were then paid $20,000 in cash.
The defense painted Van Allen as a woman with a penchant for men with criminal records during their cross examination. Last week a mystery witness surfaced for Kelly's defense team, named Damon Pryor. The man is an ex-boyfriend of Van Allen as well as the father of her 5-year old child.
Both Pryor and Van Allen's current fiancé, Yul Brown have been previously convicted of fraud. In addition Brown was arrested on gun and drug charges in February and faced up to 22 years in prison. He received probation after pleading guilty and the defense believes he then arranged for Van Allen to testify against Kelly.
Pryor's testimony is expected to contradict Van Allen's.
The defense accused Van Allen of conspiring with her fiancé to extort money from Kelly prior to his February arrest.
Van Allen claims she was very close to Kelly and even moved from Georgia to Chicago to be with him. Appearing in his "I Wish" video she said she'd simulated sex onstage with the R&B singer at a 1998 concert.
Following Van Allen's testimony, the state rested its case. Jurors will have the day off tomorrow as the defense prepares for Wednesday's proceedings.
Jun 2, 2008
The key witness in the R. Kelly trial took the stand today and admitted to having a threesome with the singer and the teenage girl at the center of the trial.
According to reports from the New York Post and the Chicago Tribune, Lisa Van Allen testified this morning that she and the alleged 13 year-old girl on the tape engaged in a three-way sex act with Kelly on at least three occasions-one being on Kelly's basketball court.
Van Allen told the jury she met Kelly in 1997 at the age of 17 and had sex with him on this first encounter. After the pair exchanged numbers, she eventually moved to Chicago from Georgia to be closer to Kelly. Van Allen said she would spend most of her time with the singer and he would foot her hotel bills.
It was in 1998 that Van Allen said she first met the alleged victim on the tape and Kelly told her the girl was 16. The three engaged in a sex act in the same room where the alleged tape was recorded; in Kelly's former home on the North Side of Chicago. She said Kelly videotaped this experience as well.
"He had a stand, and he set it up ... and directed it toward where we were," she said . "[He] told us where to sit and basically what to do."
Van Allen claims the trio had another threesome on Kelly's basketball court, following an awards ceremony in Chicago where Kelly had been honored.
"He took up his camera and we took off our clothes and we all had sex again," Van Allen told the jury. She said she broke down in tears during this particular encounter and Kelly stopped. "I didn't want to do it," she testified in court.
The third occasion Van Allen said was in 2000, in Kelly's trailer at the video shoot for "Woman's Threat."
While Van Allen told jurors she had never seen the tape in question since the State's attorneys showed her last week, she said that the tape was probably made in '98, the same year that Kelly filmed his encounters with her and the alleged victim because "they both looked exactly the same way." She also identified the room in the tape as Kelly's log cabin-themed room.
In addition Van Allen admitted today that she had stolen a Rolex watch from Kelly in 2001.
In return for her testimony, Van Allen is immune from state and federal charges for child porn. As to why she was willing to testify, Van Allen said "It's the right thing to do."
Daz Dilinger is currently gearing up for the release of his latest album titled Only On The Left Side this summer.
The album, which will be released via Fontana Records, will feature appearances from Snoop Dogg, Tyrese, Nicole Wray, Krayzie Bone, Obie Trice, Manish Man and Keak Da Sneak.
The album is produced entirely by Daz except for one track which was crafted by Swizz Beatz.
Daz will be releasing the project's first single, “Dip, Drop, Stop, Dip,” which features Keak Da Sneak, in the coming days.
Daz is also planning on releasing a movie titled Make It Rain which centers on the attempts by the commissioner of Atlanta's to shut down strip clubs. The movie features appearances from T.I., Alpha Mega and Kandy Burelle of Xscape.
Only On The Left Side hits shelves on August 12th.
A man identified as Jim Jones' bodyguard tangled with police after the rapper's performance at New York's 'Summer Jam' concert last night (June 1)
According to published reports, Jones made a surprise appearance at the event and after leaving the stage the rapper's entourage got into the dispute with police.
Authorities claim Charles Chandler, 26, of Brooklyn, N.Y., grabbed an officer's head and face with both hands before another officer intervened.
Chandler would be arrested and was released on $15,000 and will be making a court appearance for the incident.
Authorities claim Jones' entourage "tried to incite a riot" by making references to the Sean Bell case.
The annual 'Summer Jam' concert which took place Sunday featured performances from Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Public Enemy, Alicia Keys, T-Pain, Ray J, Yung Berg, The Dream and D-Block.
MTV's Mixtape Monday recently spoke to Saigon about the rumors of him signing with Jay-Z's Roc Nation label.
Saigon told MTV's Mixtape Monday:
"Rumors are gonna be rumors," Sai said last week in Queens about the speculation that he might sign with Jay now that his tumultuous tenure with Atlantic Records is over. "You can't fight the rumors. Just Blaze and Jay-Z are good friends. ... It's gonna be big. Where we go is gonna be big. It's gonna make history."
Saigon also went on to speak about a new track called "Gotta Believe" where producer Just Blaze sings using an auto-tune effect.
"We did [the song] a year and half ago before the craze," Sai explained. "We actually referenced it for T-Pain. This is when T-Pain was still coming up. He tried to charge us 100 grand. So I was like, 'Yo ... you sound good on it. Just keep [the song with your voice on it].' This was before the Auto-Tune mania."
Saigon has announced a tentative new release date of September 30 for the "Greatest Story Never Told."
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The judge in the R. Kelly trial ruled today that an employee of the Chicago Sun-Times must testify for the defense.
According to the Sun-Times, Judge Vincent Gaughan said music critic, Jim DeRogatis who passed the sex tape in question onto the police in 2002 must not only testify but also turn over any notes relating to a meeting with former Kelly protégé, Stephanie "Sparkle" Edwards, that took place years ago.
A week ago, both sides met with the judge in a closed hearing where the defense asked for DeRogatis to take the stand. An attorney for the Sun-Times, Damon Dunn, argued this morning that DeRogatis should be protected from testifying by Illinois reporter's privilege and the First Amendment.
Defense attorney, Marc Martin told the judge, "This case began with Mr. DeRogatis passing on that tape and we certainly have a right to present that evidence to the jury."
The judge ruled in favor of the defense on the grounds that the reporter's privilege only protects journalists from identifying their sources, thus Kelly's team is not permitted to question DeRogatis on this topic. They are also prohibited from inquiring how DeRogatis received the tape and whether he made a copy of it.
In prior testimony DeRogatis told police an anonymous party left the tape in his box. The defense is hoping DeRogatis' testimony will undermine that of Sparkle who told police she saw a copy of the tape in the company of DeRogatis after he had already turned it over to police.
Martin went on to say that DeRogatis had an "extreme bias" against his client. "The bias was so strong that it impelled the reporter to violate the law." The defense believes DeRogatis made a copy of the tape before handing it over to police.
Following the ruling, outside court Dunn said DeRogatis planned to appeal.
Jun 1, 2008
On Saturday May 31st, Lil Wayne called DJ Drama’s Shade 45 show to clarify his statements about mixtape DJ's.
As reported earlier, Lil Wayne cursed out mixtape DJ's during a recent interview with Foundation Magazine for releasing mixtapes with his music without his approval.
“I don't know no mixtape DJs. Fuck ya if you a mixtape DJ. I'm not into ya'll selling me out,” Lil Wayne said. “I ain't with that. Fuck mixtape DJs! Fuck all that!”
Mixtape DJ's would respond by taking shots at the Cash Money rapper while some even went as far as leaking his latest album, The Carter III.
During his call to Shade 45 Saturday, Lil Wayne claimed his comment was directed at a DJ named The Empire who was constantly using his name and music to raise his profile.
“First off, I didn’t mean to disrespect no DJs, no mixtape DJs, whatever kind of DJ you is, with no kind of disrespect,” Lil Wayne explained. “Especially given the fact that me and Drama, me and Khaled, me and my homeboy Raj Smoove from New Orleans, we all get it in and do the mixtape thing. ”
I meant every single word I said, but I fuck with every DJ I fuck with,” he continued. “But this Empire nigga, I don’t fuck with him. For all DJs, just letting y’all know, that whole shit was meant for that Empire nigga. I don’t fuck with [him]. This nigga puts out a CD on me every month. I couldn’t [even] tell you what he looks like.”
Lil Wayne's The Carter III will hit stores on June 10th.