Sep 6, 2008
Sep 5, 2008
Following works about Tupac Shakur, Bill Cosby and many other aspects of Hip Hop culture, Dyson is up to the task of turning the classic into a book.
"Every song on Illmatic will be analyzed, interpreted and then re-articulated in a kind of intellectual sense from his own base in Hip Hop and we’re trying to deal with that seriously," Dyson said.
Illmatic dropped in 1994, received critical acclaim and has gone on to be what some consider, one of the best Hip Hop albums to date.
According to Amazon, Dyson's book, formerly titled Born To Use Mics: Reading Nas' Illmatic, is planned for January 2009 publication on Basic Civitas Books.
T-Pain was crowned 'Songwriter of the Year’ at the BMI Urban Awards last night (September 5).
The Florida bred singer also shared the 'Producer of the Year’ award with Kanye West and Jonathan "J.R." Rotem.
Other BMI winners included Beyonce, Ne-Yo and Polow Da Don. During the show, The Jackson family was awarded with BMI's Icon Award.
T-Pain is currently gearing up to release his third solo album titled Thr33 Ringz. The album will be hitting shelves on October 30th and will feature appearances from Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Ludacris and Rick Ross, among others.
50 Cent has reportedly requested a judge to give him more time to spend with his 11-year-old son, Marquise Jackson.
As previously reported, Shaniqua Tompkins, 50 Cent's ex-girlfriend and the mother of his son, filed a restrained order against the rapper which limited him from seeing his child.
Eventually, 50 Cent would only be given a week during the summer to spend with his son.
According to TMZ, 50 Cent asked a judge Thursday (September 4) to allow him to see his son on every other weekend. The G-Unit honcho also wants access to his son during school recesses and a month during the summer.
“[50's] request maximizes the time [Marquise] can spend with [him] while remaining sensitive to [his son's] schedule,” said Brett Kimmel, 50's lawyer.
During the past few months, 50 Cent and Tompkins have been in a heated battle over Marquise and the rapper's Long Island mansion which burnt down in May.
Tom pkins, who resided in the mansion with Marquise, has publicly claimed that 50 Cent orchestrated the fire. The rapper has denied the allegations.
50 Cent and Tompkins began fighting over the house after the rapper attempted to have her evicted from the home unless she paid rent.
The cause of the fire has not been determined and the former couple is expected back in court on September 8th.
Kanye West and Jay-Z will be releasing their latest singles from their upcoming albums in the coming days.
According to MTV UK, Jay-Z will be releasing “Swagger Like Us” for download on Saturday (September 6).
“Swagger Like Us”, which features T.I., Lil Wayne and Kanye West, will be included on T.I.'s forthcoming album titled Paper Trail. Paper Trail hits stores on September 30th.
Kanye West will release his latest single called “Love Lockdown” on September 8th.
Kanye and Jay-Z will be dropping their new albums before the end of 2009. Jay-Z's album is titled Blueprint 3 while a title for Kanye's album has not been revealed.
Sep 4, 2008
Common and N.E.R.D. will be hitting the road together this fall in support of their latest projects.
According to Pitchfork Media, their tour is called “Invincible Sounds of Summer” and will kick off in Houston on September 9th and wrap up in Miami on October 10th.
Prior to linking up with N.E.R.D., Common will be touring on his own to promote his forthcoming album titled Invincible Summer. A release date for the project has not been determined.
Earlier this year, N.E.R.D released their third effort titled Seeing Sounds. After the “Invincible Sounds of Summer" tour, they will perform in France and at the Austin City Limits Music Festival
Below are Common’s solo dates and dates for the "Invincible Sounds of Summer"
09-05 Chicago, IL - Union Park (Chicago Soul Music Festival)
09-06 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
09-11 Austin, TX - Stubb's BBQ
09-13 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
09-27 Chicago, IL - House of Blues (Common Ground Foundation benefit) *
10-05 New York, NY - Columbia University (New York Times Great Children's Read)
10-23 Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
10-24 Columbia, MO - Jesse Auditorium
Common + N.E.R.D.(Invincible Sounds of Summer):
09-09 Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
09-10 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
09-14 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
09-15 Anaheim, CA - Grove of Anaheim
09-17 Vancouver, British Columbia - Malkin Bowl
09-18 Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
09-19 Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheater
09-20 Berkeley, CA - Berkeley Community Theatre
09-21 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
09-23 Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
09-25 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave/Eagles Club
09-28 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
09-29 Toronto, Ontario - Kool Haus
10-01 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
10-02 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
10-04 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
10-08 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
10-09 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
10-10 Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
09-12 Paris, France - Fete de L'Humanite Festival
09-26 Austin, TX - Zilker Park (Austin City Limits Music Festival)
Los Angeles woman was trampled by a crowd rushing out of the House Of Blues in West Hollywood yesterday (September 3) after a fight broke out during a performance by Three 6 Mafia.
According to Fox 11 News, a fight broke out in the venue while the Memphis rap duo was wrapping up their performance and the altercation spilled outside.
While the crowd was rushing to the doors, an unidentified woman was trampled and suffered a leg fracture.
Police officers from surrounding jurisdictions were called in to quell the brawl and a stretch of Sunset Boulevard had to be shut down.
The aforementioned woman was rushed to hospital and a man was treated for minor abrasions. No other injuries were reported and only two men were arrested.
T.I. paid a visit to a Chicago High School yesterday (September 3) to advise students to stay in school and stay out of trouble.
According to The Chicago Defender, T.I. gave his words of wisdom to over 100 kids at Prologue Early College High School on Wednesday.
“Don’t get it twisted,” shared T.I. “Find out who you are what you like to do. Don't follow behind anyone else. And if you do find yourself getting in trouble, don’t blame me and my music for it.”
“I’m in enough trouble, I don’t need any help,” he added jokingly.
Over the past ten months, T.I. has spent of hundreds of hours doing community service. The rapper agreed to do 1,500 hours of community service as part of his plea deal for the federal weapons charges he picked up in October 2007.
As part of the community service, the rapper was ordered to reach out to school children.
During his talk with the students, one of the kids asked the rapper whether he thought about his mistakes before he made them.
“Yes, and I did it anyway,” T.I. replied. “That’s what you call being dumb.”
"Bay Area Bully"
1. (00:00:43) Ya Boy - Intro
2. (00:03:29) Ya Boy - Superstar
3. (00:02:54) Ya Boy - I Did That
4. (00:02:07) Ya Boy - Underdogs on Top ft. Nu Jerzey Devil
5. (00:03:13) Ya Boy - Shoe Box
6. (00:04:12) Ya Boy - They Know Me
7. (00:00:57) Ya Boy - Showboatin'
8. (00:02:48) Ya Boy - Wide Open
9. (00:00:39) Ya Boy - Hustlin (Skit)
10. (00:03:44) Ya Boy - Like A Hustler ft. Nu Jerzey Devil (Prod. by Digital Product)
11. (00:00:32) Ya Boy - Kill A Clown Nigga (Skit)
12. (00:03:27) Ya Boy - Clown Niggaz
13. (00:03:01) Ya Boy - Recession
14. (00:04:16) Ya Boy - Pop Something
15. (00:03:30) Ya Boy - Found Love
16. (00:02:32) Ya Boy - Right Now
17. (00:03:41) Ya Boy - Leavin Wit U
18. (00:03:29) Ya Boy - Money Ova Here
19. (00:04:19) Ya Boy - Milked
20. (00:04:50) Ya Boy - My Story
Blender Magazine has dubbed late rapper Tupac Shakur as 'the most overrated person in music' in its October issue which hits stands last week
According to Reuters, Blender listed various overrated artists, places and trends in music and Tupac topped the list.
The magazine says Tupac was a decent rapper with "insane rock-star charisma," but he also "larded records with self-mythologizing, mediocre filler."
Rock group Pink Floyd and 'The Grammy Awards' are also mentioned on the list.
Sep 3, 2008
Here is a trailer to the Sticky fingers movie I told ya'll about a few post earlier. You would think with such a great cast, the movie would be half way decent. You would think that anyway.....
Story seems good, but i think making this a musical is a big mistake. Reminds me to much of Carmen.
Sticky Fingaz will be making his directorial film debut in 2009 with his rap musical titled A Day In The Life.
The flick revolves around a gangster (played by Sticky Fingaz) who is struggling to leave the street life behind but is caught between a war involving two crime families.
Sticky Fingaz wrote the script for the movie which consists entirely of rap dialogue.
“I'm an artist and I create music and at the same time, I'm an actor so it made sense to try something innovative and merge the two together,” Sticky Fingaz said in a statement.
The movie's cast includes Mekhi Phifer, Omar Epps, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael Rapaport, Faizon Love, Malinda Williams, Treach, Tyrin Turner, Drena De Niro (Robert De Niro's daughter), Clarence Williams III, Ray J and Fredro Starr.
A Day In A Life will hit theatres via Major Independents/ Lion Gates in early 2009
The Game's third solo album, L.A.X., debuts at the top spot of Billboard's 'Top Rap Albums Chart' this week.
The album, which features appearances from Lil Wayne, Nas and Ne-Yo, scans 239,000 copies in its opening week.
Lil Wayne stays put at No. 2. Tha Carter III reeled in 54,000 units this week. After 13 weeks on the chart, the album has sold 2,316,000 copies.
Ice Cube slips two spots to No.3. Raw Footage sold 30,300discs in its second go-around. So far, the album has sold a total of 100,090 copies.
Posted at No. 4 is Malibu rap duo Shwayze. Their self titled project shells off 18,300 discs in its 2nd week on the charts. To date, the album has sold 65,040 copies.
Daddy Yankee slips a spot to No. 5. Talento De Barrio bags up 12,200 units this week. After three weeks, the album has sold a total of 54,600 copies.
Chilling at No. 6 is Nas. 12,270 folks picked up Untitled this week, pushing the album's total sales to 362,500.
Refusing to budge from the No. 7 spot is Florida rapper Plies. Definition Of Real hustled 10,600 CDs this week.&nb sp; The album's tally stands at 480,200.
M.I.A. slips two spots to No. 8. Kala has moved 9,200 discs thus far, with 292,200 representing the week-in total.
Seated at No. 9 is David Banner. The Greatest Story Ever Told moves 9,140 units this week. After twelve weeks, the disc's tally stands at 132,900.
Wrapping up the Top 10 is Three 6 Mafia. Last 2 Walk rang out 8,200 copies this week, bringing the album's total sales to 224,300.
A notable debut under the Top 10 this week is V.I.C with his debut album titled Beast. The set, which features appearances from Soulja Boy and Bun B, debuts at No. 13 selling 7,080 copies.
Rumors had surfaced this past weekend that Juelz and his staff were robbed of their jewelry by the promoter because they had allegedly swindled him in an earlier visit to London.
The rumors also claimed that the robbery lead to the cancellation of Juelz' shows in London and his relocation to another hotel by police.
Juelz denied the rumors to Allhiphop yesterday (September 3) claiming he was not robbed. The rapper claimed that he was moved from the hotel along with his entourage because of making a commotion
“I was NOT robbed,” Juelz stressed.” My staff and I were kicked out of our original hotel for the commotion.”
Juelz also revealed that his London shows were cancelled by the police before show time because of the hotel commotion and their inability to handle the turn out.
Fishkill judge today (September 3) set a December date for Akon's trial on charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a minor.
As previously reported, during a concert at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill in June 2007, 15-year-old Anthony Smith threw an object at Akon while he was onstage and the singer asked the crowd to point him out.
A security guard would drag the teenager to the stage and Akon would pick him up and throw him back into the crowd, striking a woman in the audience.
According to The Associated Press, Akon's trial for the charges was set for December 1st. The R&B singer faces one year and 15 days in jail if he is convicted.
Both legal parties in the case have revealed that they would like to resolve the case out of court before the trial date.
Ludacris will be taking over the month of October by releasing his sixth solo album and appearing in three movies with blockbuster potential.
Luda will kick off his October invasion by playing a cop in the video game inspired flick Max Payne. The film opens in theatres on October 17th and stars Mark Wahlberg.
“This is the first time I've played any kind of police role,” Ludacris told Reuters. “It's funny . . . in most movies, Mark plays the dominant role but my character is the dominant one over Mark. That was a power thing and I absolutely loved it.”
Luda will follow Max Payne by releasing his latest album titled Theater of the Mind on October 21st. The album will feature appearances from T-Pain, The Game and T.I., among others.
The first single off the set is "What Them Girls Like" which features Chris Brown and Sean Garrett.
“Theater of the Mind is all of my albums put together,” Ludacris explained.&nbs p; “There's the funny Ludacris, the serious Ludacris and the story-telling Ludacris as well as the movie-making Ludacris”.
Ludacris will then end his October invasion by appearing in the crime caper RocknRolla which opens on October 31.
“I have a new album and two movies coming out within two weeks of each other, so Mr. October is my new nickname,” Luda joked.
Sep 2, 2008
"Death Of The Mixtape Rapper"
DJ Skee & Charles Hamilton
1. (00:04:45) Charles Hamilton - Stay On Your Level
2. (00:03:56) Charles Hamilton - Harlem
3. (00:04:11) Charles Hamilton - Just A Musician
4. (00:03:48) Charles Hamilton - How
5. (00:04:03) Charles Hamilton - Presidential Pondering (Ft. Fedel)
6. (00:02:44) Charles Hamilton - Twitter 16
7. (00:03:51) Charles Hamilton - Windows Media Player
8. (00:03:42) Charles Hamilton - Down
9. (00:05:09) Charles Hamilton - Mixtape Vents
10. (00:04:36) Charles Hamilton - Butcherman (Ft. Yung Nate)
11. (00:04:00) Charles Hamilton - Musicsuicide
12. (00:03:31) Charles Hamilton - Saving Grace
13. (00:05:22) Charles Hamilton - Supersonic's First Freestyle
14. (00:03:59) Charles Hamilton - Forever Again
15. (00:06:12) Charles Hamilton - Do What You Love
Sep 1, 2008
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are urging Arizona authorities to serve DMX with a harsh sentence for the animal cruelty charges he currently faces in the state.
As reported earlier, DMX's house was raided in August 2007 after authorities were tipped that dogs were being abused on his property.
12 malnourished and scarred pit bulls would be found on DMX's property including the remains of three dogs.
The former Ruff Ryder would be charged with seven misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
According to TMZ, PETA wrote a letter to the Arizona prosecutors involved in the case yesterday (August 29) asking for DMX to be put behind bars and banned from owning animals. They also asked for X to undergo a mental evaluation.
“On behalf of our thousands of members and supporters in Arizona, we respectfully urge your office to prosecute [DMX] to the fullest extent of the law,” the letter read. “We implore your office to take every measure necessary to ensure that [DMX], if convicted, is barred from owning or harboring animals for as long as possible.”
“We also ask that, if convicted, [DMX should] serve a meaningful period of incarceration and be required to undergo a thorough psychological evaluation followed by mandatory counseling at his own expense,” PETA said. “The safety of the community might depend on it.”
DMX also faces drug charges, identity theft charges and speeding charges in Phoenix.
According to Espn.com, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver has legally changed his name to Chad Javon Ocho Cinco in Broward County, Fla.
From a business standpoint, this might be Chad’s way of picking up some of the extra cash that he wants to make but that the team has said it won’t give him. The jersey would instantly become one of the NFL’s top sellers, and NFL players get a cut of all sales of their jerseys.
I'm a huge Chad Johnson fan, he is on all my fantasy teams, but damn homie, dont you think this is going a litte to far???
Dr. Dre laid his twenty year old son to rest in Los Angeles this weekend
According to TMZ, over two hundred mourners showed up at the Church of the Recessional on Friday (August 29) to pay their last respects to Andre Young Jr.
As reported earlier, Young Jr. died in his sleep at his home in Woodland Hills last week.
The cause of his death is still unknown and medical examiners are awaiting toxicology results.
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