Aug 23, 2008
Aug 22, 2008
Duck Down Records announced today (August 22) that they have added Cypress Hill frontman B-Real to their roster.
B-Real will be releasing his first solo album titled Smoke N Mirrors via Duck Down on January 27th, 2009.
The album will feature appearances from Snoop Dogg, Damian Marley, Buckshot, Sean Price and Cypress Hill member Sen Dog.
Production on the set will be supplied by DJ Quik, Fredwreck, Scoop Deville and B-Real.
“Adding another living legend in B-Real to our roster is really giving Duck Down a "dream team" line up for independent Hip Hop,” said Duck Down CEO Dru Ha via a statement. “Buckshot and I have been strategic with our label partnerships mixing the right blend of emerging artists with proven veterans.”
B-Real is currently on the "Rock The Bells Tour" which also features Nas, Tribe Called Quest, Method Man, Ghostface, Immortal Technique and Kidz In The Hall.
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson of HBO's The Wire was reportedly arrested and detained in her hometown of Baltimore this week for refusing to co-operate as a witness in a murder trial.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore authorities claim that Snoop witnessed Steven James Lashley stab three men outside a local eatery called New York Fried Chicken in the fall of 2005.
One of the men that Lashley stabbed died.
The authorities claim that Snoop ignored a warrant they issued to her in July to testify after she disregarded phone calls from prosecutors and failed to appear for a trial date on April 21st.
Snoop's lack of co-operation lead to the local homicide unit storming into her home Wednesday morning (August 20) to serve her with a "body attachment warrant" which allows them to detain an individual until they testify.
Lashley's murder trial is slated to begin on September 16th.
The homicide unit also found two cigars containing marijuana in Snoop's house and what they described as "loose plant material". Snoop was charged with one count of drug possession yesterday (August 21) and is currently being held at Central Booking.
Prior to gaining success on The Wire , Snoop led a troubled life. During her teenage years she was a drug dealer and spent eight years behind bars for fatally shooting Okia "Kia" Toomer during a fight in Baltimore.
Despite what some of his detractors may think of his music or his taste for rap beef, the purchasing power of 50 Cent is undeniable. His deals with Reebok, Ecko, Coca-Cola and Right Guard have landed him a spot as Hip Hop's reigning cash king.
Now Forbes reports 50 may expand his considerable fortune even more by moving into the jewelry industry. South Africa's Patrice Motsepe has been meeting with the G-Unit capo for over a year.
Motsepe owns African Rainbow Minerals Limited, a mining and minerals company with an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion. When 50 was spotted with Motsepe at one of his mines, he refused to directly address the rumors only stating that he was there for, "things that people wouldn't actually expect me to be involved in."
Both Forbes and Advertising Age speculate both men have designs on a joint venture to create a signature line of platinum jewelry bearing 50's name. 50's response? "I got a diverse portfolio."
Da Brat was sentenced today (August 22) to three years behind bars for hitting a woman with a bottle.
As reported earlier, Da Brat got into a heated dispute with a waitress at Atlanta club Studio 72 in October 2007. During the argument, the rapper picked up a bottle of rum and hit the woman in the face.
The waitress sustained a deep laceration to the cheek and some swelling on the forehead.
According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Da Brat was also sentenced Friday to seven years probation and 200 hours of community service. The rapper had pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.
Da Brat's family members cried while she was lead out of the courtroom.
“I love y’all,” Da Brat told her family as she was being taken into custody.
Scott Storch’s well documented financial woes haven’t stopped the beatmaker from working.
Daily Variety reports that Storch will be among a group of producers behind a film based on American mobster Charles “Lucky” Luciano.
The film, which is currently untitled, will chronicle Luciano’s rise from a small time thug from New York’s Lower Eastside to one of America’s most infamous crimes bosses.
Storch and his associates, which include former independent record promoter Joe Isgro, are currently raising a $35 million budget for the film.
The film will be produced via Isgro's Full Force Productions company.
Crash co-writer Bobby Moresco is currently working on the film's script.
Following reports that he was dodging authorities seeking to interview him over the fire that destroyed the Long Island home where his son lived, 50 Cent has responded, claiming to have met with authorities.
Despite previous reports, in which a fire official said they were having troubles tracking down the rapper for an interview regarding the blaze, 50's reps issued a statement Thursday (August 21) saying that a meeting was arranged weeks ago.
"50 and his attorneys met yesterday with Suffolk County authorities regarding the fire that destroyed 50's house," the statement read, according to TMZ. "The meeting had been arranged weeks ago. 50 is eager to review the findings of the investigation, when it is concluded."
According to 50, he was in Louisiana working on a film at the time of the fire and has denied any involvement, despite the mother of his child, Shaniqua Tompkins, said otherwise during that time.
In June, Tompkins filed for a temporary restraining order against 50 in the wake of the fire, which authorities classified as "suspicious."
"He said that he was going to have someone come kill me, and see what he does? This is what he did," she told reporters.
50 responded later, saying "The relationship between my wallet and his mom has changed. When people have expensive habits, it's a hell of a transition for them when that money is not there anymore. She said all kind of things about me I never would expect."
Aug 20, 2008
Yung Joc recently addressed allegations made by the mother of his seven-year-old son claiming that the Atlanta rapper was behind on his child support payments.
As reported earlier, Fatimah Jester went public last week claiming that Joc owed over $2,000 in court-ordered child support payments and has refused to stay in touch with her.
Joc called Atlanta radio station V103 yesterday (August 18) to clarify the issue. The rapper stressed that he pays child support monthly and that Jester made a big deal out of the issue because the process to send the money was delayed.
“I never missed a payment,” Joc said. “I don’t pay it directly to her; I pay it through [the Georgia Department of Resources Office of Child Support Services]. My banker wires the funds to DHR; they wire the funds right to her account. However long that takes, she needs to discuss that with them, and not put me out there bad like that.”
Joc, who also emphasized that he spends quality time with his son, revealed he was dismayed by how the media portrayed him as a dead beat dad and pointed out his past offences.
“They brought up all the charges I been through but they never brought up the fact that since I been on I’ve contributed over half a million to chari ties and I do charitable work every week,” Joc stressed. “You got cats out here that don’t even be with their kids. And it hurts even more because I am a black man…you born into this world as a black man, your back’s against the wall. So I’m trying to do everything I can to go against the odds”.
New York fire officials have accused 50 Cent of delaying the investigation on the fire that burnt his Long Island mansion to the ground earlier this year.
According to The New York Daily News, the fire officials claim that the rapper has failed to schedule an interview to help their investigation.
“We interview every owner of every structure that goes on fire,” said an unnamed official. “It's standard procedure.”
The Long Island mansion was destroyed by a fire in May. Shaniqua Tompkins (50 Cent’s ex-girlfriend) and their ten-year-old son lived in the mansion and were in the home when the fire occurred.
Prior to the fire, 50 and Tompkins were in a heated legal dispute over the house and the rapper was attempting to evict her.
After the fire occurred, Tompkins accused 50 Cent of orchestrating the blaze. The G-Unit honcho denied her claims and filed a defamation lawsuit against her.
Fire officials have deemed the mansion fire ‘suspicious’ . A 5-gallon gas container would also be found on the grounds.
Brett Kimmel, 50 Cent's l awyer, had no comment when reached.
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III remains at the top of the Billboard's 'Top Rap Albums Chart' this week by pushing 61,600 units.
After 10 weeks on the charts, Tha Carter III has sold a total of 2,204,700 copies.
Debuting at No. 2 is reggaton superstar Daddy Yankee with his latest effort Talento De Barrio. The set shifts 25,500 units in its first week out.
Entering the charts at No. 3 is Chicago rapper Yung Berg with his debut album Look What You Made Me. The album, which features appearances from Twista & Ray J, bags up 19,270 units in its first week spin.
Right behind Berg at No. 4 is Nas. Untitled pushes 18,800 discs this week, pushing its total to 335,100.
Posted at No. 5 is Florida spitter Plies. Definition Of Real scans 11,900 copies this week. So far, the album has sold a total of 458,800 discs.
David Banner slips down two spots to No. 6. The Greatest Story Ever Told reels in 11,400 copies in its fifth week on the charts, bringing the album's total sales to 113,100.
M.I.A. holds fort at No. 7. Kala sold 10,100 copies this week. The album's tally stands at 272,000.
Three Six Mafia slide three slots down to No. 8. Last 2 Walk scanned 10,000 units this week. To date, the album has sold 206,900 copies.
Chilling at No. 9 are The Flobots. Fight With Tools rakes in 9,500 discs in its 21st week on the chart. The album’s total stands at 212,200.
Wrapping things up is G-Unit at No. 10. Terminate On Sight moves 6,500 units this week. So far, the album has sold 199,700 copies.
In his current status, it would be an understatement to say that T.I. is on the right path since his legal troubles late last year. He’s got an album on the way, community service and a campaign organization up and running, and a handful of movie roles forthcoming. Still, it’s his eventual jail sentence in March that quietly hovers over these expected accomplishments. Stopping by Angie Martinez’s show on Hot 97, T.I. delved into his views of the situation that lay closer down the road.
When asked how he’s preparing for the jail bid, T.I. humored the questioned by stating, “Stack money.” Soon after though he reassessed his preparation as he continued, “It’s an ever pressing thought, but you don’t let it effect you in that way because then you will do more time than you really have to do. You’ll spend your free time as jail time, and you can’t do that. You got to allow nature to take its course.”
That course taken has been months on house arrest with a supple amount of time set aside to work in community service acts and studio sessions. Knowing that this is a plan others would have a hard time adjusting to, T.I. still keeps a positive outlook. “I’ve acknowledged the situation that I’m in, I’ve accepted it, and right now I’m doing everything necessary to move forward. I’m not dwelling on what I can’t do. I’m just being thankful and thanking God for what I can do.”
As both Big Boi of Outkast and Cee-Lo Green have said in recent month, Goodie Mob is reuniting after years of the group disbanding and recording in factions.
Last evening, August 19th, all four original members joined together for an on-stage performance at The Tabernacle, in a concert gathering for Nelly.
The group performed classic singles "Black Ice" and "They Don't Dance No' Mo'," before a packed and overwhelmed crowd.
"When we all come back together as Goodie Mob it’s [gonna be the same] way the Panthers had to come back in to clean up their communities. So we’re probably not gonna make some good friends with the trappers and shit. And I’m not trying to knock nobody’s hustle but there has to be a balance. There’s no us anymore, no one else brave enough to pick up that torch and carry it even further. And [southern Hip Hop] is suffering because of it. But it’s suffering on such a scale that they even recognize it themselves. You may not even have to call their names out. I may not even have to do it because they do realize what a travesty it all is," Cee-Lo told said in May.
The last time all four members united was in 2006, after a Gnarls Barkley tour stop.
Mos Def has reportedly teamed up with street wear label Undrcrwn to release a cut-and-sewn fashion line in 2009.
According to Fashion United, the line is called “Mos Def designed by Dustin Canalin for Undrcrwn” and will be a collection of 14 pieces inspired by Dead Prez's 2004 album RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta.
Mos Def will showcase the clothing line at a listening party at the Palms in Las Vegas on August 26th. The clothing line will be hitting stores in February 2009 and will retail from $36 to $200.
This marks the second collaboration between Mos Def and Undrcrwn. Earlier this year they released a T-Shirt line called “The Watermelon Syndicate” which is currently for sale exclusively at Karmaloop.com.
Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash and his wife Rachel Roy are on the verge of losing two of their Manhattan homes due to unpaid mortgage debts totaling $7.3 million.
According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit, filed Monday (August 18) allege that both have failed to pay due amounts on their luxury Tribeca condos from January to August, which has resulted in the early steps of foreclosure proceedings. Eastern Savings Bank claims the couple agreed to make monthly payments of $78,500 on the properties.
In addition to the million dollar debts, they may also be expected to pay over $10,000 in late fees, according to New York’s Daily News.
“Damon Dash and Rachel Roy have failed to comply with the terms and provisions of the said mortgage,” the lawsuit reads.
The suit also references Dash’s past history of not paying his bills and cites ordered judgments where he was forced to deliver over $2 million in New York state taxes, more than $100,000 in federal taxes and $95,000 for unpaid rent at his Damon Dash Enterprises.
Reps for Dash were unavailable for comment at press time.
Aug 19, 2008
So So Def boss Jermaine Dupri reportedly shut down his Atlanta restaurant Cafe Dupri last week and his employees claim that they haven’t been paid for weeks because of faulty checks.
According to WSB-TV, the restaurant’s employees claim that prior to the business shutting down they had been receiving bounced checks and no action was taken to get them fully compensated.
“Just about everybody in the restaurant got checks that were no good” said former bartender Amy Fosse. “Every time I go to the bank, they say ‘Maybe come back tomorrow, there is nothing here’”.
“It's a mess,” added Lakeisha Ross, a former cook.
The workers claim they were not notified of the restaurant’s closure and only found out after coming to work to find a post on the doors saying the eatery was "closed indefinitely".
Dupri’s mother, Tina Mauldin, who serves as CEO for the restaurant, claims that all the workers have been paid and the restaurant’s closure was a “business decision”.
Mauldin would take a swipe at her former employees saying that if they had worked harder, the restaurant would still be open.
Joe Budden will be giving his fans a chance to watch him wrap up his long awaited sophomore album titled Padded Room.
Budden and his label, Amalgam Digital, will offer a live webcast of the rapper's final studio session for Padded Room on Thursday (August 21) from 4pm-7pm ET via www.AmalgamDigital.com/TV.
Padded Room, which hits stores on October 28th, will be Budden's first official release in 5 years.
The first single off Padded Room is “Touch & Go” . Budden will be releasing a video for the song in September.
Kim Osorio, the former editor-in-chief of The Source Magazine, will be releasing her tell-all book about her tumultuous tenure at the self proclaimed "Hip Hop Bible" next month.
The book, titled Straight From The Source: An Expose from the Former Editor of the Hip-Hop Bible, chronicles Osorio's experiences at the magazine including the sexual harassment she faced.
Osorio sued the magazine in 2005 for sexual discrimination and was awarded over $5 million by a judge.
The book will hit shelves on September 9th via Pocket/VH1 Books.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reportedly approved Motorola’s latest headphones named after rapper Jay-Z.
According to Crave, the 'JayZ' headphones can be used simultaneously with the Bluetooth audio device and the Bluetooth cell phone.
If a person's phone rings while they are listening to music, the call can be transferred to your headphones and switches back to the music automatically after you hang up.
Jay-Z will become the second hip hop artist to release a line of headphones. Dr. Dre released a line of headphones with audio giant Monster Cable earlier this year.
It was announced last week that 1991 film New Jack City would be further franchised with a sequel. Although the original film and its vivid characters remain a conversation piece, specifically within Hip Hop, the film sequel will not include cast members Chris Rock, Ice-T, Wesley Snipes, or director Mario Van Peebles.
Franchise creator and New Jack City screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper spoke today. Of the announcement, Cooper said,
"I know Warner Brothers is not only in the business of making movies, they are in the business of making money. So on that level, I understand why they want to make a sequel of New Jack City as fast and as cost-efficient as possible. But New Jack City is a franchise, and a movement and a template. If there was no New Jack City, there would be no Nino-swagger available for Sean Carter, Sean Combs, Dwayne Carter, and Clifford Harris to study and become Jigga, Diddy, Lil Wayne, and T.I. There would be no Paid In Full, and there would be no The Wire. So for Warner to do a direct-to-DVD New Jack City without Wes Snipes, Al Payne, Ice-T, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles, and myself, is almost like doing the Godfather II with the cast of '70s sitcom Barney Miller. It's a stinker. But it is what it is. I just had to speak on it. And my novella "The Diary Of Nino Brown" is my umbrella against the wack juice that sequel is going to be spraying."
The first chapter of Cooper's novella "The Diary Of Nino Brown" is available on his site Requiem 4 Tha Zooted for readers to sample.
Barry Michael Cooper wrote Sugar Hill, Above The Rim and articles for numerous publications.
DJ Drama & Charlamagne Tha God Present:
South Crack Vol. 9 The Mixtape
1. DJ DRAMA INTRO
2. PUT ON REMIX - LUDACRIS AND JAY-Z
3. WISH U WOULD - LUDACRIS FT. T.I.
4. JOCKIN JAY-Z - JAY Z
5. MONEY - CNN FT Shawty Lo
6. SEAN P - I’M A HOOD STAR
7. RIDIN - V.I.C. FT. HURRICANE CHRIS
8. WHAT’S UP WITH THE COOKIES - JUNEY BOOMDATA
9. CRAZY WORLD - YOUNG JEEZY
10. POCKETS - FULL OF MONEY
11. 718 NIGGA - LLOYD BANKS
12. COCAINE COWBOY - DJ KHALED FT. AKON
13. STAND UP - LIL SCRAPPY FT. LIL WAYNE
14. SHININ - GEMSTAR
15. SNITCHIN - SHAWTY LO
16. ELROY - JQ
17. MY SWAG - NATION BOY
18. VACATION - YOUNG JEEZY
19. LIKE I DO - T.I. FT. THE DREAM
20. THEY DON’T LIKE THAT - PETEY FT. LIL BOOSIE
21. WHAT’S GOING ON - THE GAME FT. Marsha Ambroise
22. CROOKED I OUTRO
Aug 18, 2008
Bail has been revoked for troubled rapper DMX following his arrest last week.
As previously reported, an Arizona judge issued a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday (August 12th) for failure to appear in court stemming from drug possession charges. The rapper, born Earl Simmons, was then spotted Thursday (August 14th) in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Miami, after he parked in a handicap space, and was taken in.
According to TMZ, bail was originally set at $25,000, but when X’s lawyer, Brad Cohen, tried to free him on Friday, he learned that the rapper was listed as having no bail hold.
Without bail, DMX will remain in jail until his court hearing on October 2nd.
A once multi-platinum selling rapper, DMX’s Arizona home is now in foreclosure and he is using a court appointed defense attorney, according to local Phoenix network, KPHO news. He has been arrested six times in 2008 alone.
Swizz Beatz has reportedly linked with fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger to launch an online television network called Fashion Art Media Entertainment.
According to Forbes, the network will give fashion aficionados an intimate look into the industry from the point of view of models, designers and artists. The network will also be available via handheld devices.
Swizz' business moves don't stop there. The beat maker is currently in talks with to provide cell phone content for Telmex and will also be offering creative material for MTV Arabia.
Swizz is also in negotiations to offer piped-in music for the Plaza Hotel in New York where he plans to hold an exhibition for his artwork.
“I’m like an octopus,” Swizz told Forbes. “I’m doing a lot of things at once.”
“Some people are lucky to make history by having one goal,” he added. “I figure, if you have a bunch of goals and give each one you’re serious about a shot, you keep digging and digging until you can scrape something up. At the end of the day, I’m into making history.”
Young Jeezy recently revealed to MTV that Nas will be appearing on his upcoming solo album titled The Recession.
Atlanta's favorite trapper and Queens’ beloved God Son trade verses on a track called “My President Is Black”
“Nas murdered it,” Jeezy explained. “Esco went in! I can't even front. He's a thorough n---a. He went in on the record. I don't know what you're gonna think of it…I can't even begin to tell you what he said. I'm just telling you, Esco went in.”
Also on the song, Jeezy shows love to late UGK rapper Pimp C. Before Pimp C's passing last year, the UGK rapper had some choice words about Young Jezzy.
However, Jeezy claims that Pimp C reached out to him before he passed and they ironed out their discrepancies.
“Everybody thought [the situation with me and Pimp] was something else. But it really wasn't that,” Jeezy said. “Before Pimp C passed, he reached out to me and everything was good. I wanted the world to know that. Rest in peace, homie.”
The Recession will hit shelves on September 2nd. The album will feature appearances from Anthony Hamilton, Lil Boosie, Trey Songz and Kanye West.
Forbes Has released it cash kins for 2008, and it now shows 50 as the riches man in Hip hop, by alot. All I gotta say is Vitamin Water
1. 50 Cent - $150 million
2. Jay-Z - $82 million
3. P Diddy - $35 million
4. Kanye West - $30 million
5. Timbaland - $22 million
6. Pharrell Williams - $20 million
7. Swizz Beatz - $17 million
8. Snoop Dogg - $16 million
9. Dr. Dre - $15 million
10. Ludacris - $14 million
11. T.I. - $13 million
12. Lil Wayne - $13 million
13. Eminem - $12 million
14. Common - $12 million
15. Akon - $12 million
16. Jermaine Dupri - $11 million
17. Lil Jon - $11 million
18. OutKast - $10 million
19. Chamillionaire - $10 million
20. The Game - $10 million
complete list here
Email your Photos to L at
Please make sure you put EyeCandy in the subject.
All Submissions must be dressed in a swimsuit or provocatively dressed.
All pics become property of ImHipHop.