"In The Ayer"
Flo-Rida ft. will.i.am
Jun 14, 2008
Jun 13, 2008
R. Kelly has been acquitted on all counts at his child pornography trial, according to a court reporter's account displayed in a room set aside for the news media.
The jury in the R. Kelly child pornography case reached its verdict after less than a day of deliberations.
Kelly was charged with 14 counts of videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl, who prosecutors say was as young as 13.
The jurors — nine men and three women — were given the case Thursday afternoon after attorneys for both sides completed their closing arguments.
A key question for the jurors was whether they believe it was Kelly in the video as prosecutors contend or if they agree with Kelly's attorneys that he isn't the man in the video.
Neither the alleged victim, now 23, Kelly, nor her parents testified during the trial. All parties denied her involvement in the tape to a grand jury in 2002.
Without their cooperation, the prosecution used other witnesses to describe the relationship Kelly shared with his goddaughter--an aspiring rapper who witnesses said became a member of his entourage while in junior high school. She often visited him at his downtown recording studio or watched him play basketball at a West Side gym, they testified.
Only one witness testified to having direct knowledge of an inappropriate relationship between Kelly and the alleged victim. Lisa Van Allen told the jury she engaged in a series of sexual encounters with the singer and his goddaughter when the girl was a minor.
The defense tried to undermine Van Allen's testimony by accusing her of concocting the story to extort money from Kelly. Van Allen, who lives in Georgia, called prosecutors with information about the case shortly after her fiance was arrested on guns and weapons charges.
Kelly's attorneys contended the young woman in the tape is not the alleged victim but a prostitute. They called three family members of the alleged victim who testified that they saw no resemblance between their relative and the female in the video.
Kelly's attorneys also suggested the 27-minute tape had been doctored, going so far as to say someone could have edited the singer's head onto another man's body. A prosecution expert testified such editing trickery would take 44 years and still would be obvious to viewers.
The verdict ends a bizarre case that had gone on for nearly six years. During almost four weeks of testimony, the jury heard about three-person sexual encounters and watched a sex tape in which the male participant is seen urinating on a female.
"Limited Time Only"
Clinton Sparks & Kardinal Offishall Mixtape Tracks
1. Intro the chronicles of kardinal offishall (scored by clinton sparks)
2. Touch me back...
3. Dangerous feat. akon
4. Set it off feat. the clipse
5. Graveyard shift feat. akon
6. Burnt feat. lindo p
7. Kardinal offishall speaks (iamnot4sale.com)
8. Estelle - magnificent feat. kardinal offishall
9. Kardinal offishall live on smashtime radio with clinton sparks
10. Fuck the place up (produced by clinton sparks)
11. Eye miller
12. Akon speaks (iamnot4sale.com)
13. The rudebwoy
14. I'm goin' in
15. Bad like we bad
16. Akon live on smashtime radio with clinton sparks
17. Kardinal flush
18. Outro feat. akon & clinton sparks
The listening party for G-units "Terminate On Site" was held in NYC last night, while I didn't attend, I've heard more than enough about it. While i've heard the album is more like a mixtape than an album. the biggest story coming out of the party is in regards to 50's verse on the track "You So Tough".
According to Missinfo, here is where 50, in true 50, fashion lights a match.
Oo-weee, don’t talk to me. If you talking to him, you talking to them…
I got the best lawyers that money can buy….they say at best they woulda got me 10 or maybe 9.
I said, how do you explain how the homie breezed? They said, you keep your mouth shut or you eat the cheese.”
The Outlawz will release their new album "We Want In" August 5th.
"We've been knocking for a long time now," says Outlaw EDI "Now we're kicking in doors, We Want In is just another way of saying it's our turn." He continues. "A lot of these cats out here took pages from our book and were inspired by our rhymes-we don't want their money, we just want to do business."--EDI
"We Want In" features J-Bo of the Youngbloodz, C-Bo, Maserati Rick and 1 Nation artist Stormey.
According to Young Noble, "We not begging to be accepted---come on, we're Outlawz. We've worked with all of these dudes, kept it real with our fans and have held our own, but our money definitely ain't matched our fame." He goes on to say, "Label heads and artists are always speaking on how they ride for Pac, but respect ain't being shown for what we helped create."
"We all have something different to offer in this album," says Kastro. "For me it's all about the music, I can be in the studio sometimes and before I know it days have passed."--Kastro
Jay-Z landed at number seven on the Forbes ”Celebrity 100,” the magazine announced yesterday.
The rapper raked in $82 million last year in a number of deals, including inking a deal with Live Nation to release his future albums and to partner with the Brooklyn lyricist for touring.
Will Smith was the only other rapper to crack the top 25. The former Fresh Prince pulled in $80 million last year. Jay’s new wife, Beyonce, along with Justin Timberlake, faired well, too, landing at numbers four and 12, respectively.
The list was compiled by a combination of income earnings, Web mentions, press mentions, and TV mentions. Oprah Winfrey landed at number one on the list.
Kanye West and 50 Cent, who engaged in a SoundScan showdown last year ranked just out of reach of the top 25 behind baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez and comedian Jerry Seinfeld.
50 came in at number 26, while West was number 27. Last year the Queens rapper landed at number 32. ‘Ye failed to make the list in 2007.
The G-Unit CEO pulled in a healthy amount of dollars through all his various ventures, with $150 million. West brought home $30 million, but along with Hov, the Chicago rapper landed in the top 10 list for Web mentions to secure his ranking.
Diddy landed at number 33 with $35 million, Jennifer Lopez came in at 54 with $7 million, and Alicia Keys placed at 65 with $7 million, to round out the urban acts
To see the complete list click here.
Jun 12, 2008
The jury in the R. Kelly child pornography trial began deliberating this afternoon.
The R&B singer was originally charged six years ago with appearing on a graphic videotape with a girl alleged to be 13 years-old.
Throughout the course of the trial several family members and friends have testified for both sides, some identifying her and Kelly as the participants on the tape and others disagreeing. Both Kelly and the alleged victim deny appearing on the tape and neither testified during the trial.
According to the Associated Press, prosecutors replayed the tape at the center of the trial today in their closing arguments.AssistantState's Attorney Shauna Boliker, told jurors Kelly controlled the situation, "We're going to see his direction," she said. Kelly is "directing her to dance, where to stand, when to stop urinating."
Defense attorney Sam Adam, Jr. contended; stating the charges began from extortion attempts made against his client since the man on the tape "may favor him." Adam told jurors, "That's what this is about money, money, money."
He added neither Kelly nor the alleged female are the participants in the sex tape because "any solid man in that family, any solid woman in that family would have gone over there and broken his legs, would have gone over there and beat the crap out of him." Adam also claimed an order of protection would have been put in place against Kelly had the family believed him to be guilty.
The multi-Grammy award winning R&B singer faces 14 counts of videotaping, producing, or soliciting child pornography. He pled innocent to all charges and if convicted could face up to 15 years in prison.
Former pro boxer Mitchell Rose is suing Jay-Z for $88 million citing copyright infringement.
According to Eastsideboxing.com, Rose claims that on March 12, 2001, he passed Jay-Z his demo tape which showcased tracks where he used a whispering tone. Rose is claiming that Jay-Z began using his rapping style shortly after he passed along the tape.
“I saw Jay-Z as we were leaving the arena after the fight, gave him my tape, and asked him to listen to it”, explained Rose, who also wrote a book called Mike Tyson Tried To Kill My Daddy. “He took the demo with him and shortly after that he began using the whispering (which he now frequents) in his songs. I had previously trained some of my artists to use that style, but it quickly became obsolete after Jay-Z got a hold of it. He used the whispering to enhance his music and financially benefit from it. Jay-Z disregarded the fact that it was my demo where he got the style from as he went on to use it for his own personal gains, which is wrong”..
Rose has served papers to two of Jay-Z’s 40/40 night clubs but has yet to serve Jay-Z himself.
The Game has insisted since the release of his sophomore album, The Doctor's Advocate, that he will be retiring following the release of his third album.
The west coast emcee's upcoming album, titled L.A.X., was touted as Game's goodbye to the Hip Hop world, as interviews with several media outlets quoted Game as feeling homeless in Hip Hop, as well as suicidal.
It seems that something has changed the young rapper's mind, however, as an interview with DJ Booth revealed that he may be releasing another album.
According to DJBooth.net, Game spoke on the possibility of a fourth project. “If the idea that I have comes together, I will consider doing a fourth album,” he said. “If I can’t get into the studio with the people I want to, and make it happen how I want to, only then I wouldn’t consider it.”
Game elaborated upon which people he would want to be in the studio with him:
“My next album was supposed to be this album. But when I started recording [L.A.X.] it turned left on me. The next project will be called the D.O.C. or “Diary of Compton.” It will have ten tracks on it, non-listed, no names— just chapters 1 through 10. If I get Dr. Dre, MC Ren, King Tee, DJ Yella, Ice Cube and DJ Quik to help me, not necessarily to rap on it, but to produce and be in my corner, then the D.O.C. will hit stores!”
Until then, Game's third album is slated to be released July 22nd.
(L note: If game could pull of an album with that line up. That would be dope on so many levels.)
Multi-platinum, award winning rapper Young Jeezy announced yesterday (june 11th) the launch of USDA2Day.com, a new blog & social networking site created by the hip hop star to serve as "the official media source for the hood."
Available on the site will be daily updates with breaking news stories. Also, there will be new music by Jeezy and artists signed to his record label imprint CTE including rapper and USDA member Blood Raw, who will be making his solo major label debut with the CTE/Def Jam release of My Life The True Testimony on June 17th.
Blood Raw's debut features the summer's street anthem, "Louie" featuring Young Jeezy.
Jun 11, 2008
Timbaland reportedly married his longtime girlfriend Monique Idlett in his hometown of Virgina Beach on Tuesday (June 10).
According to US Magazine, the couple was married by a family pastor and they both wore sweat suits. Idlett is the mother of Timbaland’s daughter Reign.
The couple will be having a formal wedding in Aruba later this month
Testimony ended in the R. Kelly trial yesterday but the prosecution and defense were disputing the tape at the center of the trial, which is the key piece of evidence for both sides.
According to The Chicago Sun-Times, the dispute was initiated by a DVD copy of the alleged sex tape the prosecution gave to Kelly's team. Prosecutors told the defense it was an exact copy of the original when it was a lower quality duplicate. Kelly's team used this copy to question their video expert.
Prosecutors called to the stand two rebuttal witnesses, including their video expert Grant Fredericks, who originally testified the man on the tape had a dark spot on his lower back which would correspond with the mole on Kelly's back.
As previously reported last week, video forensic expert Charles Palm told jurors that the black mark on the lower back of the man on the tape is not a mole but a result of video distortion. Palm said since the video has been duplicated numerous times it appears and disappears. Fredericks testified yesterday, the DVD he analyzed during his first testimony was not an accurate reproduction.
"Half the information I was showing was not on Exhibit 78," Fredericks told jurors. "None of the detail I was presenting in court would be present."
While defense lawyer Ed Genson admitted he had "no doubt that it was a mistake," he also said "we used [the DVD] as a basis for putting Mr. Palm on the stand."
The prosecution and defense later resolved the dispute privately but it was not revealed how.
Atlanta prosecutor Bobby Wolf also took the stand yesterday to rebut defense claims that the prosecution's key witness, Lisa Van Allen testified in Kelly's trial as part of a plea bargain for her fiancée in a separate criminal case. Van Allen testified to having multiple three way sexual encounters with Kelly and the alleged victim. Her fiancé Yul 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 believed he then arranged for Van Allen to testify against Kelly.
Wolf said he was not contacted by anyone from the Cook County State's Attorney's Office about Yul Brown. He also said he recommended Brown receive prison time but an Atlanta judge gave him probation.
"There was absolutely no connection" between Van Allen's testifying and Brown's sentencing, Wolf told jurors.
When asked by Judge Gaughan if he knew he had the constitutional right to take the stand, Kelly told him, "I decided not to testify."
Closing arguments are scheduled to begin tomorrow.
For the third week in a row, Bun B holds the No. 1 spot on Billboard's 'Top Rap Albums Chart'.
II Trill shelved off 23,900 discs this week, pushing the album's total sales to 162,500 copies.
The Flobots stay put at No. 2 as Fight With Tools shifts 17,100 units this week. After 11 weeks on the chart, the album has sold 91,700.
Rick Ross holds it down at No. 3. Trilla scans 13,400 discs this week, bringing the album's total sales to 563,600 copies.
Refusing to budge from No. 4 is rap/reggaton duo Wisin Y Yandel. Los Extraterr reels in 10,400 units in its 32nd week on the charts. To date, the album has sold 273,300 copies.
Flo Rida rises a spot to No. 5. Six thousand folks picked up Mail On Sunday this week, bringing the album's total sales to 255,600.
Behind him are The Roots at No. 6. Rising Down shells out 5,800 discs this week. In total, the album has sold 110,700 copies.
Staying put at No. 7 is Snoop Dogg. Ego Trippin’ rings out 4,900 units this week, pushing the albums total sales to 336,200.
Kanye West rises two spot s to No. 8. Graduation cashed out 4,700 CDs this week. To date, the album has sold 2,118,500 copies.
Posted at No. 9 is Lupe Fiasco. The Cool earns a gold plaque this week as it passes the 500,000 mark. The album moved 4,600 copies this week, pushing its total to 503,300.
Wrapping up the Top 10 is Atmosphere. When Life Gives You Lemons...bagged up 4,500 units this week. So far, the album has sold 91,200 copies.
A noteworthy mention under the Top 10 is Lil Wayne's The Carter III which has already landed on the Billboard Rap Chart despite being released yesterday (June 10).
The Carter III debuted at No. 12 and has already sold 4,000 copies. The album is expected to be the No. 1 Rap album next week and is projected to have sold over 800,000 copies by then.
3. Drink N My 2 Step
4. Who Shot Em Up feat. Hooks
5. I'ma Do Re-My
6. I Get Money / Gully
7. Cancel Xmas
8. Horror Movie feat. Jae Millz
9. Lock & Load
10. Gucci Bag Broad
11. Hit Me
12. Ain't Talkin' Bout Nothin'
13. Holla At A Hater
14. Chubb Rock feat. Papoose
15. Stop Frontin' feat. 3Sum
16. When I See Her
17. That Thing / Doo Wop
18. Victory 2008
19. Everyday I'm Fuckin' Him
20. When I See You
Financial and legal woes continue to plague multi-platinum producer Scott Storch.
The one-time go to musician for stars ranging from Beyonce to Dr. Dre owes over half-a-million dollars in back property tax and is facing child support and paternity suits in Florida.
According to the Miami Herald, a County Circuit Judge has ordered Storch to be brought into custody by “writ of bodily attachment,” meaning cops can commandeer him and hold him until he posts a bond.
Currently, that would amount to $46,000, the amount he owes in back child support to the mother of his two-year-old son; $30,000 for four months support and $16,000 for a pre-arranged college fund.
Another woman is suing Storch in a paternity lawsuit claiming the producer is the “natural father” of her 16-year-old son. Storch had voluntarily sent the woman, Vanessa Bellido, money but then stopped. The woman and her son were evicted from their home last month and have since moved into her parent’s home. A car Storch provided for the teen boy was also repossessed.
Storch made headlines with his legal troubles initially when it was reported he was selling his multi-million dollar yacht to cover bills. The producer put up the yacht for auction on eBay. Prior to that the New York Post broke a story on the producer being behind on property tax.
It seems Storch still hasn’t recovered. According to the Herald, the producer owes $294, 492.50 in property tax from 2006 and an additional $217, 346. 66 from last year.
According to reports, Lil' Wayne is on track to sell 900,000+ copies of his new album "Tha Carter III."
EW.com is reporting that a label insider expects Lil' Wayne to shift upwards of 950,000 copies of his new album "Tha Carter III" featuring the monster single "Lollipop."
Pat Monaco, exec VP of sales for the Universal Motown Republic Group, told EW.com:
"The sales the first few hours were exceeding the rate that the Kanye album sold a year ago. Wayne was one of these records that, because it was so highly anticipated, with the leaks and everything, it caused more people to go out at 8 in the morning to buy the CD."
Monaco went on to say that "Tha Carter III" was no ordinary leaked album.
"It changed dates, changed titles, changed songs, changed the people that were working on it. But sonically, the record bears out."
Young Money's new Compton, Cali artist, Tyga, just dropped his debut, No Introduction, on Tuesday (June 10), and just as his career takes off, he's already experiencing problems in the rumor mill.
Late last week, videos surfaced on the internet with West Coast rapper 40 Glocc and his associates bragging about having the 18-year-old rapper's chains in their possession.
Throughout the video, 40 Glocc and Village Boo display Tyga's alleged chains, mocking him for getting jacked by people they know, and offering to return them for a price.
The young rapper appeared on "TRL" this week in promotion of his debut, but when asked about the YouTube video, he declined to address it directly, simply saying he loves haters.
"I love it," Tyga. "It's making me go harder. What did Mr. West say? He said, 'I'm excited when somebody don't like me, it keep me writing, so exciting.' That's real man. It makes your heart bigger. They don't understand I'm a little dude and you're bringing out the fire out of me. I love the hate man, it's good."
He was also wearing at least one of the chains that were jacked during the appearance.
40 Glocc, however, claims the chains were given back ... scratch that bought back, but doesn't say by who.
"The chain was bought back," 40 said in an email statement. "... and now it's time to expose these chumps, and no, his artist Tyga is not a kid, he is 20 years old."
Also in the statement, the Infamous/G-Unit artist explains why the rapper's chains were stolen, saying it's related to gangbanging.
"Lil Wayne dissed the whole crip card on a song worldwide," 40 says. "He said if you ain't swoop gang, you are under water food chain ... meaning a (crab). That's real live bangin' on wax if you ask me, so I had to expose the chumps. Especially after the chain got bought back in cash money."
Jun 10, 2008
Onyx: 15 Years of Videos History and Violence, the compilation DVD from rap's roughneck bald heads of the '90s, hits virtual shelves today.
The project is dedicated to the Queens-bred group - consisting of Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, Sonee Seeza and Big DS. True to its name, the set spans 15 years of Onyx history in 130 minutes with interviews, never-before-seen footage of studio sessions and live concert footage, including a show in Newark that nearly caused a riot.
Special features on the DVD include five solo videos and commentary on all of Onyx's 17 videos from Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz. All the featured music videos are uncensored and have been re-mastered from their original reels, according to the disc's description on Amazon.
Onyx: 15 Years of Videos History and Violence can be purchased at online retailers.
A New York judge has reportedly ordered 50 Cent not to sell his Long Island mansion that was destroyed by a suspicious fire last month.
As reported earlier, the multi-million dollar home was destroyed by a fire in the early morning hours of May 30th. Six people who were in the house including 50 Cent’s ex-girlfriend and his son were rushed to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.
50 Cent and his ex-girlfriend, Shaniqua Tompkins, have been fighting over the house after the rapper attempted to have her evicted from the home unless she paid rent. Tompkins retaliated by filing a breach of contract lawsuit claiming that the rapper promised to buy her the house.
According to The Associated Press, New York State Supreme Court Justice Carol Edmead ordered 50 Cent on Tuesday (June 10) not to sell the house. He also told the rapper to put all the insurance proceeds from the fire into a trust account until the dispute between him and Tompkins is resolved.
Fire officials who arrived at the house to distinguish the blaze called the fire 'suspicious' and determined it as arson. A 5-gallon gas container would also be found on the grounds. Their investi gation is still underway.
Tompkins has accused 50 Cent of starting the fire and threatening to kill her. She claimed that she heard someone break into the house before the fire broke out.
50 Cent, who was in Louisiana shooting a movie when the fire occurred, has denied Tompkins claims.
Neither Tompkins nor 50 Cent have been named as suspects by authorities.
"The Return Of The G.O.A.T."
LL Coo J & Kay Slay
2. Hi Haterz
3. Who Want It With The G.O.A.T.
4. Zodiac Drilla
5. 5 Boroughs feat. Jim Jones, Method Man, KRS-One & Uncle Murda (unreleased version)
6. Freestyle w/ Sheek Louch
7. Laptop Gangstaz
8. You Live and You Learn feat. Papoose
9. I Cray feat. Lil Mo
10. New York Gangstaz
11. Sidewalk Executives
12. Freestyle w/ Grafh
13. The Truth "Throwback"
14. Freestle feat. Nicolette
15. Clap N Revolve
16. Paper feat. Jiz & Lyrikal
17. Rock Da Pole
A Silicon Valley, California man, who originally filed suit against rapper Lil Wayne back in January for non-payment on a custom Bentley, has filed another on Tuesday (June 10) as the rapper's new album, Tha Carter III, hits stores.
LeMarck deAndre claims he is owed money for customization done to a 1999 Bentley Arnage, and has only been paid $78,507 for cost, parts, shipment and storage of the vehicle, and says Weezy owes him a lot more.
deAndre says the rapper is financially illiterate and has a lack of business character.
"For a little over five years, I have been involved with the consistent and perpetual business behavioral illustrations of Dwayne M. Carter's high-level of financial illiteracy, lack of liquidity, leveraged acquisition liability accumulation and below zero net-worth; as well as lack of business communication, character, and integrity -- all learned behaviors -- and the primary reasons for non-payment," he stated.
In the lawsuit, deAndre claims that the 25-year-old rapper paid $78,507 to him in August of 2006, ten months after the payment was initially due. Since the payment was received late, Wayne breached the initial customization contract, prompting deAndre to terminate the transaction altogether.
He is seeking $123,800, plus a $200 per day fee for failure to make restitution. And says that Wayne doesn't change his attitude, future lawsuits are inevitable.
Nas will release his new "Untitled" album July 15.
"It's important to me that this album gets to the fans," Nas said of his newest project. "It's been a long time coming. I want my fans to know that creatively and lyrically, they can expect the same content and the same messages. It's that important. The streets have been waiting for this for a long time. The people will always know what the real title of this album is and what to call it."
In advance of the untitled new album, which will be issued on the Def Jam/Jones Experience imprint, the first official single will be "Hero," produced by Polow Da Don.
Over the past few weeks, two tracks from the album have been leaked: "Black President" (produced by DJ Green Lantern) and the album's closing track "N.I.G.G.E.R. (The Slave and The Master)" (produced by DJ Toomp), containing the provocative lyric, "They say we N-I-double-G-E-R/ We are, much more/ But still we choose to ignore the obvious/ Man, this history don't acknowledge us/ We were scholars way before colleges..."
One of the albums tracks is "Fried Chicken" featuring Busta Rhymes, produced by the Grammy winner for Producer Of The Year, Mark Ronson. "Fried Chicken," finds Nas and Busta mixing metaphors over a throwback Ronson track.
"When I was young, sitting in my room hammering out beats on my MPC, Nas was one of those truly legendary artists that you daydream, 'One day, I'll get to do a track for...,'" says Ronson. "We finally met Grammy night in LA, and he said he wanted some stuff from me for the album. I started thinking to myself, as a Nas fan, 'What kind of beats would I love to hear him over?' That's how the Dapkings and I came up with the track for 'Fried Chicken', and I reckon it sounds like a stone cold classic."
The untitled new album will also include collaborations with producers Stic.Man from Dead Prez, Jay Electronica, Stargate, DJ Cool & Dre, and others.
Legendary hip-hop DJ Grandmaster Flash will launch his autobiography this week, chronicling his own rise, fall and redemption in hip-hop.
The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats takes readers back to the South Bronx in the seventies when hip-hop was a burgeoning art form.
New York Times bestselling author David Ritz worked with Flash on the book. He also wrote the bestselling biography Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye, and co-author of the autobiographies of Smokey Robinson, Etta James, B.B. King, and Ray Charles.
Flash is credited as a pioneer of hip-hop DJing, cutting and sound mixing. Last year Flash and his group The Furious Five were the first hip-hop act inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats hits shelves today, June 10 via Broadway Books.
In a recent interview with MTV, Plies announced that he will be releasing his third album this December.
According to MTV.com, Plies will release his third solo album entitled "The Realest" December 16.
In the same interview with MTV, Plies also talked about the unexpected Janet Jackson remix of "Bust It Baby Pt. 2":
"It was weird, bruh," Plies said. "I was in Milwaukee. One of the [program directors] said, 'I love the "Bust It Baby" remix. The one y'all did with Janet Jackson.' I didn't even know she did the record. Then I got a call from one of my peoples in Atlanta. They said Jermaine [Dupri] had just dropped the record off to the station. For the first 15, 20 minutes, I really thought the person who was telling me this was just talking."
Plies sophomore album, "Definition Of Real", is in stores today (June 10).
Common is spearheading a new effort to encourage students to read.
The Chi-town M.C.is using his Common Ground Foundation to launch The Corner, a national online book club designed to develop critical thinking skills among participants while giving them a chance to discuss current reading selections.
The club, which is open to students age 13-18, will feature a list of recommended books that promote messages of tolerance, compassion and nonviolent expressions of achieving social justice.
In addition to reading The Corner’s book of the month, members can blog with each other about relevant topics and have a chance to participate in a live online chat with Common Ground Foundation staff.
The Corner will also feature interviews each month with celebrity artists who will talk about their favorite books and why reading is so important to them.
Book club members can participate in a national the Common Ground Challenge sponsored by the Foundation.
Winners will have their essay posted on the Common Ground Foundation website as well as a chance to meet Common.
The Corner’s launch comes amid news of Common being selected for the American Library Association (ALA) READ Campaign poster and National Young Adult Library Services Association ("YALSA") Teen Read Week initiative.
To sign up for The Corner book club, visit http://www.commongroundfoundation.org.
Warren G and an associate were arrested early Sunday morning (June 8) on marijuana charges but the charges have since been dropped.
According to TMZ.com, Warren G and Ryan Butler were pulled over after running a red light in Hollywood around 2 am. When police searched the car, they are alleged to have found enough marijuana to arrest and charge both men with possession of narcotics with intent to sell.
Warren G and Butler each posted $20,000 bail and were released around 9 am PT Sunday morning.
TMZ.com is reporting that the L.A. County District Attorney has dropped the drug charges against Butler and Warren G citing a lack of evidence.
Jun 9, 2008
R. Kelly's defense team rested its case today, after just two days of testimony for their client. The jury will not get to hear from the alleged victim or R. Kelly, both of whom have not taken the stand.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan dismissed the jury and informed them that if all goes as planned, closing arguments will be heard on Thursday.
As presviously reported last week, the defense caught a break as video forensic expert Charles Palm told jurors that the black mark on the lower back of the man on the sex tape in question is not a mole but a result of video distortion. As the prosecution pointed out, Kelly's lower back has a mole.
He also said the sex tape at the heart of the trial could have been manipulated in a matter of months.
Palm's testimony directly contradicted that of a forensic expert for the prosecution, Grant Fredericks, who testified it could be costly and timely - taking up to years to alter the video.
In addition, defense investigators testified last week that they were told by at least one of the prosecution's witnesses who identified the alleged victim, that she was actually not sure of her ID.
Following the jury's dismissal today the judge began hearings for several motions in the case. Testimony will resume tomorrow as the prosecution is expected to call two rebuttal witnesses to the stand.
Kelly faces 14 counts of videotaping, producing, or soliciting child pornography. He pled innocent to all charges and if convicted could face up to 15 years in prison.
"The Nigger Tape"
DJ Green Lantern & Nas
2. Gangsta Rap rmx.(Prod by Dj Greenlantern)
3. Cops Keep Firing (Prod. By Dj Greenlantern)
4. Hero (Prod by Polow Da Don)
5. Black President (Prod. By Dj Greenlantern)
6.Association (feat. and Prod. by Stic Man of Dead Prez)
7. Legendary (Mike Tyson)..(Prod by Salaam Remi)
8. Ghetto rmx feat. Joell Ortiz (Prod by Dj Greenlantern.
9. Seen it All (Green Mix)
10. Esco Let’s Go (Full Song).(Prod by Dj Khallil)
11. N.I.G.G.E.R. (Slave and Master). (Prod by Dj Toomp)
12 “Be a Nigger too” rmx feat. Dante Hawkins (Prod. by Dj Greenlantern)
13. Surviving the times (Original Cool and Dre Version)
14. Nas Timeline mixed by Statik Selektah (Nararated by Nas)
15. Outro feat. Richard Pryor
Two years after his untimely death, (the Oakland born, Vallejo raised) Mac Dre was recognized as a pioneer for Hyphy music, as rappers such as Mistah FAB, Keak Da Sneak and E-40 struck gold with radio play and major record deals.
Over four years since his murder in Kansas City, Missouri, Mac Dre's story away from music is coming to life on BET's American Gangster series.
The veteran rapper was affiliated with The Romper Room, a gang known through Vallejo, California for bank robberies, which led to a five-year prison bid for bank robbery conspiracy, from 1991 to 1996. The episode will chronicle the Northern California gang that was the namesake for early Dre label, Romp Records and the controversial album The Rompilation.
In 2004, Dre's mother, Wanda Salvatto, told The San Francisco Chronicle of her son's misinterpreted legacy, "He wouldn't want his legacy to be that. He got through that and had been living a healthy, clean life. ... He started in the streets, and he got himself out."
After Dre's murder, a series of retaliation murders occurred, leading to numerous charges, including against E-40 and Snoop Dogg affiliate Mac Minister.
The episode will be directed by famed mixtape and DVD host DJ Vlad, who lived in San Francisco, before relocating to New York later in his career. It will air as a part of the series new season.
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Warren G and an associate were arrested early Sunday morning (June 8) on marijuana charges.
According to TMZ.com, Warren G and Ryan Butler were pulled over after running a red light in Hollywood around 2 am. When police searched the car, they are alleged to have found enough marijuana to arrest and charge both men with possession of narcotics with intent to sell.
Warren G and Butler each posted $20,000 bail and were released around 9 am PT this morning.
Numskull is reportedly facing 15 felony counts which include sodomy, rape and weapons possession.
According to reports, Numskull has been in custody at a Californian jail since January. The charges stem from a complaint filed by an unidentified woman who claims that the rapper assaulted, sodomized and raped her in 2007.
The woman is described as the rapper's cohabitant in the complaint.
Numskull is facing two counts of sodomy, one count of rape of a victim incapable of consent, one count of oral copulation against the victim’s will and three counts of corporal injury to a cohabitant.
He is also facing three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of dissuading a victim from reporting a crime, one count of making criminal threats and two counts of vandalism over $400
Numskull's bail has been set at $245,000 and will be slated to have a pre-trial hearing on June 18. He faces 25 years to life for the sex charges and would have to register with the State of California as a sex offender.