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Oct 18, 2008

Jay-Z Dedicates '99 Problems' To McCain, Palin At Show

Jay-Z joined DJ AM Wednesday (Oct. 15) night for the re-opening of the Hollywood Palladium, less than a month after DJ AM and Travis Barker survived a plane crash that wounded them and killed four others.

Jay-Z and AM performed for nearly two hours, backed by brass and rhythm sections dressed in tuxedos. The first show AM has done since the crash went smoothly, as the deejay didn't miss a step, even rapping with Hov from behind the turntables.

According to MTV News, Jay decided to make it an evening of shout outs. Some were expected, as Jay yelled to the audience "make some noise for DJ AM" three separate times in the concert.

But it was when he dedicated "99 Problems" to John McCain and a "homegirl" described not by name, but as "the one who says 'You betcha.' "

"I'm gonna get in trouble for this," joked Jay onstage, "but fuck it, this is freedom of speech."

Another highlight of the event was T.I., who joined Hov on stage to perform their verses from "Swagger Like Us." T.I.'s Paper Trail is currently the top-selling album in the country.

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Birdman Pleads No Contest To Weed Charges, Sentenced To Probation & Fine

Cash Money Records' co-founder Bryan "Birdman" Williams and select members of his entourage pleaded no contest to drug charges in Tennessee, earlier today.

According to the Kingsport Times-News, Birdman appeared in Kingsport General Sessions Court on Friday (October 17) for possessing less than half an ounce of marijuana stemming from an arrest in November 2007, when his RV was pulled over and inspected.

Baby and each member of his crew received a suspended sentence of 11 months and 29 days probation and were forced to pay $905 in fines and court costs. Associates Norman Cobins and George Beatty were both issued warrants for felony failure after not appearing for their scheduled court date.

The driver of the vehicle also pleaded no contest and received a sentence of six months unsupervised probation along with a $100 fine and court costs.


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Styles P To Unleash New CD/DVD Next Month

Styles P is preparing to hit the streets again with the release of his upcoming CD/DVD combo mixtape, Phantom Gangster Chronicles, Volume 1.

Along with a disc filled with nine new tracks, Styles will also include a DVD featuring six exclusive videos, bonus interviews and cameos from some of hip-hop's biggest names.

Being released on Koch in conjunction with D-Block Records, the forthcoming project will follow-up 2007's Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman), which was Style's debut on the indie label.

Phantom Gangster Chronicles, Volume 1 is currently scheduled to hit retail stores on Tuesday, November 11


Trailer To The Game's Dvd "Life After the Math"

Oct 17, 2008

Eminem Talks New Book, Reveals Details About New Album

Eminem came out of the bat cave on Wednesday night (October 15) to celebrate the release of his upcoming book, titled The Way I Am. During the evening, Em granted DJ Kay Slay and Angela Yee an interview on Shade 45, discussing some of his ideas behind the book.

According to the book's description, via Amazon, he shares his private thoughts on everything from his inner struggles, to the trials of being famous, to his love for his daughter, Hailie, creating a book that is every bit as raw and uncensored.

Em and 50 also explained that it will showcase Em's unique style of writing lyrics, a measure the rapper uses to disguise his song ideas if he ever loses his notebook.

"The Way I Am is really interesting because of the way Em actually writes his lyrics," 50 explained on Shade 45. "[It's] in different areas and pieces, and you won't understand it. It's like a riddle. That's real emcee sh** right there. If people actually found it, they would actually know, said 50...

"There's a couple reasons I do that," Em added. "One is obviously because I don't want people looking at my sh**, if I set it down somewhere or I lose it. They won't be able to tell what's going on, but I will know what's going on. It's also like random thoughts. You talked about the different color ink and all that ... that's because I grab the first pen I can find when I get a thought in my head and write it down right then and there because I'll forget it forever if I don't."

The Way I Am is slated to hit bookstores October 21.

In addition to talking about his book, Eminem also revealed new info about his long-awaited new album, including its title.

"There's a lot of album titles that's floating around out there that's like fake album titles, bullsh** album titles. I was just gonna tell everybody the real title of my album is coming out, it's called Relapse," Slim revealed.

"The three-headed monster returns," 50 added. "It's Before I Self Destruct, Relapse then Detox ... [Eminem] never really loses representation because I'm still out and about. I think people forget because of the success I've been having with my joint-venture with G-Unit, as a record company, that I'm signed to Eminem's company Shady/Aftermath. The real reality is as long as you see 50 Cent functioning and active out there, you're actually looking at a reflection of Eminem. I wouldn't exist if he didn't decide to make the deal happen. Ebony and ivory."

Em also said that so far, this album is being produced almost entirely by Dr. Dre, while he focuses strictly on the writing portion.

"The majority of it is produced by Dre this time," said Em. "I let him kinda take the driver's seat because I wanted to kinda just be able to ... not having to worry about making my own beats and concentrating on that, worrying about how loud a snare was. I wanted to be able to just write it. That's the luxury you get when you're with Dre because I can just go in there and I can write whatever, at my own pace, however I wanna do it."

Aside from Dre, currently the only guest appearance on Em's new album is 50 Cent, and vice versa for 50's upcoming album. However, both rappers said they are still in the recording process.

The Shady / Aftermath / G-Unit releases are as follows: Before I Self Destruct hits stores December 9th, while Em's album is expected to follow shortly after, with Dre's Detox coming right behind that. No release dates have been set for Em and Dre's respective albums.


The Game Bares It All On 'Life After Math'

The Game is gearing up to release a tell-all DVD titled Life After The Math via Polychrome Pictures next week.

The DVD will reveal The Game's struggles after departing from Aftermath Records and his controversial feud with 50 Cent.

The DVD will also include rare footage of The Game and will feature appearances from Katt Williams, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kanye West, among others.

“Rarely do you find an artist who is so confident and secure with themselves and their abilities that they are willing to let fans into their head to see the demons they've battled,” said Polychrome co-founder Danny Rodriguez via a statement. “Game has exposed his soul in his music and in Life After The Math he reveals the reasons he was driven to street life, not justifications for it. We could not be more honored to be a part of the project.”

Life After Math will hit shelves on October 21st.

Rick Ross Launches Memorabilia Collection With Hollywood Collectibles

Rick Ross announced thursday (October 16) that he has inked an exclusive memorabilia deal with Hollywood Collectibles.

Hollywood Collectibles is well known for selling athletes memorabilia and has exclusive contracts with various sports stars to offer fans unique collectibles.

Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade and legendary NBA player Bill Russell are among the various sports stars affiliated with Hollywood Collectibles.

Ross' deal with Hollywood Collectibles will offer fans framed photos, custom sports jerseys, caps and concert-used memorabilia all hand autographed by the Ross.

Fans can grab the aforementioned items
here

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T.I. Responds To Jim Jones

T.I. has responded to recent comments made by Jim Jones.

Jones, who wasn't too pleased with not being included on T.I.'s hit single Swagger Like Us, which featured Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, expressed his distaste with T.I. earlier this month.

"I don’t feel like [T.I.] possesses any swag. Not like that. It’s fabricated. They’re watching other people, then they try and do it. You know people that dress like T.I.? You know people that go out and say let me get a T.I. outfit or do you know people who say “yo, you’re looking like Jim Jones?” Jones said during an interview with Complex Magazine.

During another interview, Jones then clarified his remarks claiming his earlier statement was taken the wrong way.

"People took it the wrong way. I wasn’t really deliberately doing nothing to knock T.I. I was just saying what I felt regarding swagger and who sets the precedent for it. I know for sure that people have said, "Yo, you looking like Jim Jones. I’m trying to get that 'Jim Jones' look." But I haven’t heard people saying you’re looking like T.I. or whoever. Where I’m from, niggas don’t run to go look like no Kanye. I don’t hear niggas in the ‘hood like I need to get that jacket Jay had on."

In a recent interview with Rhapsody, when asked about the comments, T.I. says he has no reply until he hears them from Jones himself.

"I still haven’t saw it with my own eyes. I’ve only heard it from people who asked me about it. They ask me about something I have no knowledge of. Just as I said with the 50 Cent comment, I can’t deal with it based off of what I see or read. I have to ask this person. I have to hear what this person says out of his own mouth. Because things can be taken out of context so much. You definitely don’t wanna jump to conclusions one way or the next. So, I would definitely have to hear it with my own. I just spoke to Juelz a couple weeks ago about doing another record together [for his album]. So, we’ll see each other. That’s my thing about it. I saw Jim not too long ago, about two or three weeks ago at BET for 106 and Park’s 100th episode or something they were doing. We spoke and everything was cool. I’m sure we’ll see each other soon and have a chance to speak on it. But even from what I heard, it doesn’t sound like much. It’s always gonna be somebody who didn’t get to get on it or who wished they were on it or felt like they should’ve been on it. I’m not worried. I’m moving forward."

Bang Bang Boogie - The Anthem

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Brian "Baby" Williams Hit With 275k Lawsuit

More legal troubles are on the horizon for rapper Brian "Baby" Williams. Earlier this year the rapper and CEO of Cash Money Records was slammed with a copyright infringement lawsuit after allegedly releasing various albums including projects by Lil Wayne, containing copyrighted material that was used without licensing agreements.

Now, Williams, who recently handed a million dollars in cash over to Lil Wayne as a birthday present, has been hit with another lawsuit by an L.A. based promoter accusing him of taking $275,000.

The lawsuit alleges Williams has continuously failed to put on a Lil' Wayne concert in Miami by coming up with preposterous excuses.

According to TMZ, the suit filed in L.A.'s Superior Court, alleges that Williams even backed out of one of the shows because "the weather in MIAMI was too cold."

No statements have been released by Williams or his camp regarding the situation.

Oct 16, 2008

Kanye's 808 & Heartbreaks Track List, New Album Out In June

This is the rumored track list gathered for Kanye's 808 & Heartbreaks during a recent listening party for the album. As originally stated, it will be mostly auto-tune featuring only two collabos with Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne.

“I don’t give a fuck if it’s hot or not, it’s from the heart… Would you judge a grandmother’s love? Give it two-and-a-half mics out of five?”- Kanye West.

1. “Welcome to Heartbreak”
2. “Heartless”
3. “Love Lockdown”
4. “Robocop”
5. “The Wrong Thing”
6. “In the Streets”
7. Title unknown
8. “Real Bad News”
9. “So Amazing” featuring Young Jeezy
10. “That You Know” or “Tell Everybody” featuring Lil Wayne
11. “Coldest Winter”

Kanye says the album is not really Hip Hop, more pop than anything. He also said he has a new album underway in June.

T.I. Is Still King, Young Jeezy Scores Gold

For the second week in a row, T.I. remains at the top of Billboard's 'Top Rap Albums Chart'.

Paper Trail scanned 176,700 discs this week, pushing its total to 746,000 copies.

Lil Wayne holds fort No. 2. Tha Carter III moved 27,200 CDs this week. So far, the album has sold a total of 2,550,500 copies.

Seated at No. 3 is Young Jeezy. The Recession earns a gold plaque this week as it passes the 500,000 mark. The album moved 18,000 units this week, pushing its total to 516,400.

The Game stays put at No. 4. L.A.X. bagged up 20,800 units in its 8th week on the chart. So far, the album has sold a total of 496,800 copies.

Posted at No. 5 is Nelly. Brass Knuckles shelved off 11,900 discs this week. So far, the set has sold 138,900 copies.

Devin The Dude enters the charts at No.6 with his latest album titled Landing Gear. The album scanned 10,800 copies in its opening week.

M.I.A. rises two spots to No. 7. Kala ringed out 8,500 copies this week, pushing the album's total to 353,300.

Right behind her is DJ Khaled at No. 8. We Global Your browser does not support inline frames or is currently configured not to display inline frames. M> pushed 6,900 discs this week, bringing the album's total to 86,400.

Chilling at No. 9 is Lecrae. Rebel gets scooped up by 5,600 folks in its second week on the chart. To date, the album has sold a total of 9,500 copies.

Rap/reggaton duo Wisin Y Yandel wraps things up at No. 10. Los Extraterr bags up 5,000 copies this week. So far, the album has sold 42,100 units.

Plies - Heard Of Me

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Jim Jones: "Nas Was Never On My Level," Talks Cam Ron, T.I.

Jim Jones has been no stranger to controversy as of late. Last week, the Diplomat had some choice words for rappers T.I. and Jay-Z, this week, he takes aim at Jay's Queensbridge counter part, Nas.

In a recent interview with Rhapsody, Jones shot down any chances of reconciliation with Nas after beefing with the rapper on behalf of former friend, Cam' Ron.

"Fuck Nas. I don’t give a fuck about Nas. He’s a rapper that just lost his pizazz. When I was in high school, he was the sh*t. He was the n*gg* that got us hyped. “New York State of Mind,” Illmatic and all of that" said Jones.

"I was never cool with him. I seen Nas a few months ago in L.A. with Dame. We was staying in this hotel right above the Ferrari dealership. Dame seen him and was talking to him. I was laying back on a couch laughing. He didn’t know what to do. I was looking dead at him. [Laughs.] And then Dame was like, “You know Jim?” He started [stammering], “Ah? Ah?” Dame is just burnt out. He not thinking about none of that frivolous [beef] sh*t. Me neither, for the most part. Nas was never on my level ever. Ever."

When asked whether he regrets the situation with Cam, Jones retorted
"there’s never no regrets. As you get older, you lose friends. But you make new rapports and it’s all about the money and taking care of your family. It was a good friendship though."

Jones also clarifies his comments regarding T.I. saying people took it the wrong way.

"People took it the wrong way. I wasn’t really deliberately doing nothing to knock T.I. I was just saying what I felt regarding swagger and who sets the precedent for it. I know for sure that people have said, "Yo, you looking like Jim Jones. I’m trying to get that 'Jim Jones' look." But I haven’t heard people saying you’re looking like T.I. or whoever. Where I’m from, niggas don’t run to go look like no Kanye. I don’t hear niggas in the ‘hood like I need to get that jacket Jay had on."

You can read the entire interview, including more Cam'Ron talk, T.I., and Juelz's contract situation here.

Jadakiss - “Who Run This” Concept

The Game Gears For UK Tour

The Game will be embarking on a tour of the United Kingdom this December to promote his latest album LAX.

According to Angry Ape, Game's tour will launch in Glasgow on December 13th and will wrap up in London on December 19th.

LAX hits stores in August and has already sold over 400,000 copies. The set featured appearances from Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo and Ludacris.

Below are Game's scheduled dates and venues for his UK tour:

December 13 - Glasgow ABC

December 15 - Edinburgh Picture House

December 17 - Manchester Apollo

December 18 - Newcastle Academy

December 19 - London Forum

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50 Cent's MTV Reality Show To Debut Next Month

50 Cent's anticipated MTV reality show will be premiering next month.

According to reports, the show is titled 50 Cent: “The Money and the Power” and it will focus on 14 contestants competing to be the next rap mogul.

During the show, the contestants will live together in a warehouse called ‘Camp Curtis’ where they will take on mogul-related challenges issued by 50 Cent.

50 will then eliminate the contestants each week and the winner will recieve $100,000.

“The Money and the Power” will premiere on November 6th at 10pm. The show will be ten one hour episodes and will feature appearances from LL Cool J, Aubrey O’Day of Danity Kane, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo.

In related news, 50 will be releasing his fourth solo album titled Before I Self Destruct on December 9th. The album will be packaged with a movie of the same of name.

Oct 14, 2008

Jay Rock - All My Life (Feat. Lil Wayne & will.i.am)

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Fabolous Preps 'Loso's Way' Hitting Stores February 09

Following in the footsteps of fellow Brooklyn MC Jay-Z, Grammy nominated rapper Fabolous is gearing up for the release of his very own concept album entitled "Loso's Way."

"Loso's Way" will be Fab's fifth studio album and will pay homage to Al Pacino's cult classic, "Carlito's Way."

The film follows Al Pacino as the lead character, Carlito Brigante, a smooth talking hustler and his struggles after prison trying to live a law abiding life.

"I think we had some similarities," Fab says. "Carlito was a street dude trying to make the transition from the streets to something better. That's where I felt like I was at in my point in my life of becoming a hip-hop artist and making that transition from the streets to a hip-hip artist."

Fab has tapped numerous producers for the project including Dj Toomp and Jermaine Dupri.

"I told them the situation of the album and the theme everybody played into that," Fabolous explained. "Some people went back and watched the movie. They were on page with me. They knew where I was going. It wasn't people just coming in there and just playing some beat CDs and you pick a beat."

Rumored guest appearances on the album are Jadakiss, Kanye West, Ne-Yo, 50 Cent, Paul Cain, Cassidy, Red Cafe, Asia Cruise, Joe Budden and Freck Billionaire.

Fab also released a mixtape under the same name summer of 2007.

"Loso's Way", the album, will be hitting stores during the first week of February 2009.


DJ Quik: Dr. Dre Has 400 Tracks For “Detox,” Snoop And Dre Working Together Again

In a recent interview with Loud.com, Compton legend and record producer DJ Quik revealed that he has been spending time with the legendary Dr. Dre.

“Nobody gets to say this, I’m gonna snitch. The man is getting piano lessons from Burt Bacharach and he’s reinterpreting [Frederic] Chopin symphony stuff. It’s crazy, he’s lost his mind. He’s got like 400 records. As a matter of a fact, I was there for like four hours, and I think I only heard maybe 60 songs. This man’s got like six or seven Detox records if he wants, it’s just crazy,” Quik told Loud.com

“Another cool thing too that some of y’all don’t know, Snoop is now back in the studio with Dr. Dre. It’s about too crazy!”

Aside from working on various projects over the last several years, Quik also mentioned that he just recently finished working on a “Sliver” remix for pop rock band Maroon 5.

While Detox was originally slated for release in 2004, it is rumored that the album will be released before the end of the year.

J.R. Rotem, RZA, Scott Storch and Warren G, as well as others, are all said to be contributing to the new album.


New “Makaveli” Album In 2009?

While nothing has been confirmed, it has been reported that a new album from the late Tupac Shakur, under the alias Makaveli, will be released by the end of this year.

The album, The Lost Scriptures, will be released by the new owner of Death Row Records.

The owner will be given a list of thirty-five unreleased tracks, thirteen of which will be released on the new album, while the remaining tracks will be sent back to Amaru.

The song list for the album can be viewed
here.


(L note: I got mixed feeling about this. As a confessed Pac-a-holic I can say i cant wait to hear more new Makaveli, but damn cant we let the big homie rest in peace? I mean the last 2 Tupac albums were garbage, i got them for free and i didn't even want them. from the production to the fact that most of the verses we've heard before. It was just in my eyes a way to make money of his legacy. Now with the prospect of a new album before the end of the year, also its 35 unreleased tracks, so that's about 2 maybe 3 albums of more Pac. I don't think the people controlling this even care about 'Pac's legacy. Madame Shakur, I implore you please stop this nonsense, let 'Pac rest in peace.)

Oct 13, 2008

Beanie Sigel & Mos Def Prep Mixtape

The Broad Street bully is back and he comes bearing gifts just in time for the Holidays. According to MTV News, Philly rapper Beanie Sigel will be linking up with Brooklyn rapper Mos Def for what is sure to be an impressive mixtape.

"It might be," Beans tells MTV. "I learned in this business to just keep your mouth shut and do what you supposed to do. If you give people too much, they tend to hold onto it. But we gonna do some things. Expect some things from Beanie Sigel and Mos Def."

"Mos, that's my man," he added. "We're talking about a few things. We've been talking about some album stuff, some movie stuff."


Curren$y - Inevitable

Tupac's Stepfather Profiled On BET's American Gangster

BET's popular hit series "American Gangster" is set to return for a third season with a new group of criminal profiles beginning later this month.

Narrated by actor Ving Rhames, this year's series will feature in-depth looks at the lives of well-known felons including "Monster" Kody, Larry Davis, J. Edgar Hoover plus Dr. Mutulu Shakur who was the stepfather to the late rap star Tupac Shakur.

The stepfather to rap icon’s 2Pac, Mutulu Shakur, will be featured on the new season of BET’s breakout hit, “American Gangster.”

The elder Shakur has spent the past 25 years in federal prison after being convicted for his part in concocting a bank truck robbery that left three dead. He was also implicated in the plot to help his sister Assata Shakur escape prison, which enabled her to receive political asylum in Cuba.

BET’s “American Gangster” kicked off with a series of interview subjects ranging from Crips founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams to “Freeway” Ricky Ross.

The new season begins October 23 with an episode on Larry Davis.

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Oct 12, 2008

Just Blaze And Fat Joe Dispel Rumors Of New Jay-Z Diss

Folks have been in a frenzy over the new Jay-Z and Uncle Murda track. That's due mostly to a Fat Joe diss that Jay throws on the track. In his feature, Jigga allegedly throws a few jabs at DJ Khaled and the Terror Squad. Now, Fat Joe is speaking on the subject, too.

The track in question is "He Asked For It" and it features S. Carter using a Rakim-inspired flow to take his shots at the T.S.

“Gangsta, Gangsta, how ya'll wanna do this? I clap niggas down for yappin’ all foolish, ain’t no stopping this Roc-A-Fella movement. The name is Jay Guevara, homie, who are you? And, your off-beat deejay, if anything he play sound familiar? I’ll wait till Pharrell say, 'Play ‘em.' Now I’ma have to diss you, Joe. You can get a smack for that. Matter fact, the gats will blow….Your toy squad will get squashed, Boy–yard dee, ya'll be lost in the sauce partly because ya'll boss ain’t a leader. He’s a follower. No, I’m not coppin’ ya album or your single, you likely to go copper…”

But, it may be just a case of misunderstanding. Just Blaze recently blogged about the track and dispelled rumors that it is a new verse by Jay.

“So for some reason people think this “new” Jay/Uncle Murda thing is a Fat Joe/Khaled diss. It’s not. It’s also like 8,000 years old and somehow dude got his hands on it and put a verse on it. Now that I recall, it’s Blueprint 2 era..I was going to use this verse for the S.Carter Remix CD but we couldn’t get the Pro Tools in time. Don’t fall for the okeydoke.”

Now, Fat Joe has released his own statement on the matter, according to Miss Info.

“I have no beef whatsoever with Jay-Z. In fact, we share a common goal…helping to get Barack Obama elected on November 4th,” he said.