Dec 18, 2008
another Eye Candy graduate
Soulja Boy Tell 'Em announces new online series, "Soulja Boy Tell 'Em: The Animated Series," which is set to begin next month.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Interscope Records will help launch the Southern rapper's online series with three webisodes set to offer a fusion of animation and live action.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Interscope Records will help launch the Southern rapper's online series with three webisodes set to offer a fusion of animation and live action. While details are still scarce, the project's plot will revolve around an animated version of Soulja Boy as he makes his return to high school.
Alfonso Ribiero, most notable as Carlton Banks from "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" will portray the cartoon's principal. More characters will be announced via the emcee's next upcoming music video following the release of his new album, iSouljaBoyTellem.
Interscope Records expects to launch the new online series beginning January 2009.
Hip Hop mogul-turned-philanthropist, Russel Simmons’ latest endeavor, the debt-reducing Visa RushCard, recently hit the two billion dollar deposit mark in a time when more Americans than ever can use the extra help. Simmons’ RushCard is a prepaid Visa Card, similar to a debit card that allows people with bad credit to have the same opportunities while building up good credit.
"I'm personally very happy that RushCard is benefiting and empowering people exactly as it was intended," said Simmons.
The card allows members to track their transactions online while including debt reducing strategies and restriction to prevent over drafting or over use.
"In America today, no one should be left out or kept out of having access to the American Dream and financial services which a bank account or credit card provides to others. The fact that we have already helped our members manage $2 billion in transactions proves that RushCard is instrumental in providing access to those services that hundreds of thousands of people may not otherwise have.”
With the success of the card only five years after it was introduced, Simmons has added new features to the program to increase the chances of success. The online Spend Tracker and the RushPATH to Credit are new programs that make it possible for users to report their regular payment history to participating consumer credit reporting agencies while still easily tracking expenses.
Simmons expressed hope for the future saying, "As we celebrate this major accomplishment, we look forward to the day all Americans have the financial access and dignity they deserve.”
Eddie Murphy will play The Riddler in the next Batman movie, The Sun can reveal.
The Beverly Hills Cop star, has been signed up by British director CHRISTOPHER NOLAN to reprise the role played by Jim Carrey in 1995’s Batman Forever.
The surprise move follows speculation linking Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny depp to the part.
The film, set for a 2010 release, is being developed under the working title Gotham.
Execs have also signed up rising Transformers star SHIA LABEOUF, 22, to play Robin.
CHRISTIAN BALE will return as Bruce Wayne, while MICHAEL CAINE will again play Bruce’s assistant Alfred.
Meanwhile, Brit RACHEL WEISZ is said to be up for the Catwoman role.
Insiders also revealed to The Sun the flick will end on a cliffhanger over whether Batman survives a blast at Wayne Towers.
Nolan had been tight-lipped about the future of the Batman films after being rocked by the January death of HEATH LEDGER - tipped to receive a posthumous Oscar for his role as The Joker in Batman Returns.
A film insider said: “Chris wasn’t sure if he wanted to do another movie but as soon as he decided to, he got the wheels in motion.
“Eddie’s a fantastic addition. Everyone’s excited to see what he does as the Riddler.”
In the past few weeks, Scarface has made headlines with his recent comments on politics, music, and more. In a recent interview, Scarface makes even more bold comments on the status of music.
In an interview with YoRaps, the Houston legend speaks on his gripes with the radio, Soulja Boy and the music industry.
"Anything that radio plays is wack," Scarface explained. "All the great records don't get played. I feel like radio and big record companies are trying to destroy black music with the shit that they play."
Scarface then gives credit to teen rapper Soulja Boy for making a well-paying career out of his music, but then he goes on to explain how Soulja Boy and others are killing Hip Hop with their ringtone raps.
"I think Soulja Boy had a brilliant idea, what he did with it was great," Scarface said. "He took what he had and made money from it...Soulja Boy and other rappers who are selling millions of ringtones are discrediting the rap game. I think it's bullshit, it discredits the whole Hip Hop movement when you resort to ringtone rapping."
Scarface also goes on to describe his issues with the music industry and those who run it.
"The problem in this music industry are obviously white boys who are in control," Scarface explained. "How can a gang of white boys tell a nigga what's hot? Quote that, I said that, I said it! I think the fucking roles need to be reversed. Niggas should be sitting behind the desk, them muthafuckas should be running around. Giving certain artists the spotlight, they're moving inside our position, it's bullshit!"
Scarface's latest album Emeritus, which is rumored to be his last album, was released on December 2.
Akon plead guilty to harrasment yesterday(December 17) for tossing a fan off stage during a 2007 perfomance.
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.
According to The Associated Press, Akon will be serving nojail time but will have to perform 65 hours of community service and pay a $250 fine.
Akon declined to comment on the judgement as he left the court.
Dec 17, 2008
50 Cent was recently interviewed by ESPN.com about his latest video game, Blood On The Sand. The G-Unit boss spoke about whether or not there was any truth to rumors that he and professional boxer Floyd Mayweather got into a fight.
"Yeah, we got into a little scrap, a little boxing match," said 50. "Well, it wasn't really much of a boxing match because he hit me in the back of my ear. He's so fast, he's just so fast. The thing about it is, everyone who is around him works for him. And for a second, he tried to talk to me like I was one of the people working for him. He tried to tell me what to do so I grabbed him. I snatched his little ass up then he hit me and was like 'What's wrong with you?' We were mad for a second, but then everything went back to normal."
50 continued, explaining the source of the scuffle.
"He was going to do the match in WWE at Wrestlemania and he started telling everyone that I was going to be there. So everyone got all excited and started asking me if I was going to come, and I was like, 'If you're really getting $20 million for this, then give me some money.' He was sitting there with a million dollars cash in a bag, and he kept telling me he was going to get me money for appearing, but I was like 'No, give me some of that money right there.' He had one million dollars in the bag, it was physically right in front of me, so why should I have to wait to get paid? Just give me that money right there. He wasn't with it, and that's how it all started."
The rapper claims that he and Mayweather were "cool right after it happened." 50's history with the boxer is well-documented, as he bet $1 million on Mayweather in his boxing match against Oscar De La Hoya, and has remained friends with him since, even accompanying him to an appearance at Wrestlemania.
Chamillionaire will be going where no rap artist has gone before, as he has been named Co-Grand Marshal the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Houston.
Chosen for his musical achievements and commitment to the city of Houston, the platinum artist will join U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, Houston City Council Member Peter Brown, local philanthropist, Douglas M. Horn and motivational speaker, Dr. Anthony Taylor to help put on the 300,000 person celebration.
This year the parade's theme of "The Color of Unity" will focus on celebrating cultural diversity. The MLK Parade Foundation, which is responsible for the parade, will host more than thirty award-winning marching bands from across the country.
The second Marine Aircraft Wing Marching Band from Cherry Point, North Carolina will lead the march. Other bands include, The Divine Land Marching Band, The University Of Houston Marching Band and The Willowridge High School Marching Band, who will all bring an element of cultural diversity with various ethnic sounds.
Chamillionaire’s role as the Co-Grand Marshal, a dignitary and ceremonial leader in the three-hour parade, comes as the first for a Hip Hop artist in the 15 year history if the parade.
Opening up with military flyby at 10 a.m., The MLK Parade Foundation - Houston will host the 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Grande Parade on Monday, January 19, 2009 in downtown Houston.
Snoop Dogg has put up his beloved shed called the 'Dogg House' for sale on eBay to raise money for his youth football league (Snoop Youth Football League).
The shed, which has appeared on Snoop's reality show Fatherhood, has been the rapper's sanctuary over the years and his favorite place to write music.
"I've had this shed since the turn of the century," Snoop told E! News. "I've beaten over 1,000 people in Madden in it, watched football game tapes, seen the Lakers win championships, and, most of all, written hits in it."
The auction for the shed starts at $1000 and has been autographed by Snoop.
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Pharrell Williams will be serving as a producer on an upcoming music themed film titled Zoom.
According to Variety, Zoom will tell the story of a troubled West Virginia youth who attends a music academy and finds his voice and a place in the world.
8 Mile producer Brian Grazer will produce the film along with Williams. Williams will be composing the film's score and soundtrack.
The flick will be directed and written by Preston Whitmore (This Christmas) and will be released via Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.
Lawyers representing Lil Wayne have reportedly asked a New Orleans judge to give them more time to turn over documents for a lawsuit that accuses the rapper of copyright infringement.
As reported earlier, pop singer Karma-Ann Swanepoel sued Lil Wayne in May claiming that the rapper sampled her song "Once” and used it on his song “I Feel like Dying”.
Swanepoel claims that Wayne and his record label initially tried to work out a deal to use her song but despite the fact that she refused, Wayne continued to perform the song on tour and it can currently be found on YouTube and other websites.
According to WDAM TV, Lil Wayne's lawyers filed for the deadline extension yesterday (December 16).
They were supposed to hand in documents and other material to Swanepoel's lawyers by Friday (December 19).
T.I., LL Cool J and Young Jeezy are set to be honored at next month's Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC for bringing an awareness to this election season.
Being set-up by Russell Simmons and Dr. Benjamin Chavis along with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the black-tie affair will celebrate president elect Barack Obama's formal entrance into the White House and recognize the contributions of youth voters.
"We are celebrating the Inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States," Simmons said in a statement. "Hip-Hop is all about transformation and it is a thrill to help make and witness history."
Tip, LL and Jeezy will be presented with awards for the part they played in inspiring young voters to make their voices heard on election day. An exclusive VIP party will follow.
"Our gala will be a dignified and elegant celebration of this historic and transformative Inauguration," Dr. Chavis said in a statement. "The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball will be the most festive and hottest party in Washington, DC."
Tickets will be available via www.Hiphopinaugural.org and www.HSAN.org. The event is scheduled to take place Monday, January 19 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Harman Center for the Arts.
Dec 16, 2008
MTV News has chosen their top 28 commercially released hip-hop singles of 2008. See if you agree or disagree with the list.
List after the jump
1. Lil Wayne - “A Milli”
2. Kanye West - “Flashing Lights”
3. Shawty Lo - “Dunn Dunn”
4. M.I.A. - “Paper Planes”
5. Fat Joe (featuring J. Holiday) - “I Won’t Tell”
6. T.I. (featuring Rihanna) - “Live Your Life”
7. Lil Wayne - “Lollipop”
8. Snoop Dogg - “Sexual Eruption”
9. Young Jeezy (featuring Nas) - “My President”
10. Rick Ross (featuring T-Pain) - “The Boss”
11. Plies (featuring Ne-Yo) - “Bust It Baby Pt. 2″
12. The Game (featuring Keyshia Cole) - “Game’s Pain”
13. Young Jeezy (featuring Kanye West) - “Put On”
14. David Banner (featuring Chris Brown and Young Joc) - “Get Like Me”
15. Maino - “Hi Hater”
16. Shawty Lo - “Foolish”
17. Rick Ross (featuring Nelly) - “Here I Am”
18. T.I. - “Whatever You Like”
19. Lil Wayne (featuring T-Pain) - “Got Money”
20. G-Unit - “Rider Pt. 2″
21. Busta Rhymes - “Don’t Touch Me”
22. Lupe Fiasco - “Hip-Hop Saved My Life”
23. Jay-Z - “I Know”
24. Kanye West - “Heartless”
25. Lil Wayne (featuring Bobby Valentino) - “Mrs. Officer”
26. Red Cafe (featuring Fabolous, Fat Joe and Jadakiss) - “Paper Touching” remix
27. Ron Browz and Jim Jones (featuring Juelz Santana) - “Pop Champagne”
28. Busta Rhymes (featuring Ron Browz) - “Arab Money”
Months after his Long Island home was destroyed by fire, rapper 50 Cent is speaking out on the circumstances leading up to the blaze.
During an upcoming interview with Access Hollywood‘s TV One Access, the G-Unit frontman revealed his home went up in flames, just days after his ex-girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins was ordered to leave the residence.
“The courts told her she had to leave,” 50 Cent told TV One Access correspondent Quddus. “It’s kind of more like, ‘If I can’t have you, you can’t have it.’” When asked if Tompkins set the fire in response to the order, the rapper declined to specifically name the single mother and deliberately became vague.
“Well, I don’t want to say that… don’t try to make me say something I don’t want to say,” 50 Cent stated. “But the circumstances to it might seem that way.”
The TV Once Access interview is the latest development in the aftermath of the home’s destruction, which occurred in May.
According to reports, Tompkins and 50 Cent’s son, Marquis, were among the six people taken to a hospital and later released, after suffering smoke inhalation following the incident.
In a lawsuit filed earlier this year against the rapper, Tompkins claimed the ra p star had promised her a house more than a decade ago.
A war of words resulted from the suit as Tompkins’ lawyer Paul Catsandonis alluded to an “extremely dangerous incident” between “the parties in question” in his Manhattan office, just days before the fire.
Catsandonis further noted that 50 Cent signed an agreement that would give Tompkins half of all his earnings as a hip-hop superstar.
“Everything that’s his is hers, everything that’s hers is his. He memorialized in an e-mail that he intended to give her the house,” the attorney told the Associated Press.
TV One Access’ interview with 50 Cent is scheduled to air in its entirety at 7 p.m. on January 4.
T.I.'s hit single, “Whatever You Like”, continues to prove its dominance as MySpace announced yesterday (December 15) that the track was the most frequently streamed song on it's website in 2008.
"Whatever Your Like", which was T.I.'s first No. 1 single as a solo artist, set two records on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart earlier this year.
The song made the biggest jump on the chart by jumping from No. 71 to No.1 in three weeks and had the best digital opening week for a rap track by selling 205,000 downloads.
T.I. would eventually break his own record weeks later when his single "Live Your Life" jumped from No. 80 to No.1 spot in 2 weeks.
The video for "Whatever You Like" is also one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube in 2008 with over 35 million views.
"Whatever You Like" is featured on T.I.'s latest album Paper Trail. The album, which features appearances from Lil Wayne and Kanye West, sold over 500,000 copies in its opening week on the Billboard 200 in September. So far, the album has sold over 1,300,000 discs.
With the dramatized version of rap legend Christopher Wallace’s life story, Notorious, set to hit theaters next month, former right hand man Damion “D-Roc” Butler is readying the release of his personal documentary Biggie Smalls: Rap Phenomenon for late January.
Shot entirely by Butler the uncut and uncensored DVD showcases Big as he was with his close friends. Following the Brooklyn icon onstage and in the studio, the documentary shows a more personal side of Biggie, including all the inside jokes, studio outtakes and everyday struggles.
Also highlighting early tour performances, the documentary includes appearances by , Diddy, Lil’ Kim, Lil’ Cease, Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch, DJ Enuff and XXL editor-in-chief Datwon Thomas.
Directed by April Maiya (Life After Death:The Movie) and fully endorsed by Big’s estate, Biggie Smalls: Rap Phenomenon is set to hit stores on January 27.
Revered as one of the world's top magazines, Time has acknowledged Hip Hop in this week's issue, a collection of lists acknowledging 2008. The mag placed Lil Wayne's "A Milli" among its best songs of the year.
Coming in at #4, the Bangladesh-produced monster hit of 2008 was quoted as "crazy, off-balance wordplay, which [Lil Wayne] claims is spontaneous, is hypnotic."
The single was only topped by Norwegian singer Ida Maria's "Oh My God," Pink's "So What" and another familiar face to the Hip Hop genre, Kanye West with "Love Lockdown".
In related news, Rolling Stone this week acknowledged the album "A Milli" hails from, Tha Carter III, as the third best album of 2008. The Cash Money/Universal Records release was only topped by a Bob Dylan bootleg release, and TV On The Radio's Dear Science.
The lone other rap release to make the famed music and pop culture mag's yearly Top 50, was Nas' Untitled, coming in at #43.
Both issues are on newsstands now.
Since 2005, Jacki-O has since pushed her own label, Jackmove Entertainment. The premier release from the EMI-distributed label will be her Lil Red Riding Hood, coming February 24, 2009. The lead single from the sophomore album is "Baby Mama."
Of the record, Jacki explained, "When I say ‘baby mama’ I affectionately use it as another slang for ‘be your girl’. I can remember playing with dolls as a young girl, dreaming of the day that I would marry and have kids, and I think most women have. It’s nothing negative, it’s just real life.”
After two of her previous singles led to criticism about sexual lyric limitations, Jacki-O is also using this effort to demonstrate further abilities. "With my new music, I would like people to know that, despite my raunchy lyrics, I am real. I’m sincere about what I do, and regardless of what has been put out there about me, my talent will speak for itself,” she said.
In addition to the album she is executive producing, Jacki is also said to be at work on an autobiography reportedly titled Relentless. The rapper has said to want to adapt the book into a film after publication.
Quite as Kept, Wade has a thing for Jackie-o
As the February 4 release date of his Before I Self Destruct nears, the possibility of 50 Cent leaving the Shady/Aftermath/Interscope fold is becoming more of a reality. Still, even if his business relationship with Eminem comes to a halt with failed renegotiations, Fif said Curtis Jackson and Marshall Mathers will always be friends.
"I'm a loyal person. I'll always be down with Em, regardless to what the scenario is," 50 told MTV recently. "My album requirements will actually be done, and it'll be time to renegotiate. So if things work out, I'll end up staying with Em and Aftermath/Interscope. If the negotiation doesn't go right, then I'll go elsewhere. It won't change our relationship, because Em's so rich it doesn't matter. That's why he'll just take off for two or three years, and you don't hear nothing or see nothing from him and then he comes back, because he can afford to do that."
As reported earlier, Eminem will be releasing his highly anticapted Relapse album next year. The set will feature collaborations with 50 Cent and will be entirely produced by Dr. Dre.
Dec 15, 2008
Paul Wall will return to the studio for his upcoming third album Fast Life set to come out next year.
According to Billboard, the Houston-bred emcee has lined up a star-studded cast of guest appearances by Akon, Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe, Too Short, Z-Ro and Lil' Keke.
He also tagged producers Amadeus plus Beans & Cornbread to help with the project. Being released on Asylum, Wall's third project will follow-up 2007's Get Money, Stay True and is led by the single "Bizzy Body" featuring fellow Southern rapper Webbie.
The Grammy-nominated artist will also use the upcoming disc as an opportunity to officially debut his rap group, Expensive Taste. Fast Life is currently scheduled to drop in early 2009.
Doug E. Fresh, the self proclaimed “world’s greatest entertainer,” is the latest rapper to make headlines for his financial woes.
The New York Post reports that because of unpaid mortgages that total close to $3.5 million, the “human beat box” has been hit with foreclosure actions on all three of his Harlem homes. According to a foreclosure suit filed in New York City in August, Fresh fell behind in payments upwards of $1.73 million.
Yet his financial problems don’t end there. The rapper turned celebrity event host, owes over $40,000 in state taxes, which has lead the IRS to tack on an additional $367,000 tax lien onto the bill. The father of five, also has an American Express credit card debt of nearly $60,000.
Fresh isn’t the only hip-hop personality that has been in the news for his economic problems. Ex Roc-A-Fella big, Dame Dash, has been in and out of the papers over the last year, most recently for falling behind on mortgage payments on two of his Manhattan homes.
Super producer Scott Storch has also famously made headlines for his debts. 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.
Mos Def is reportedly being sued by his divorce lawyers for failing to compensate them for their services.
According to Star Pulse, lawyers from the legal firm Blank Rome claim that the rapper owes them $60,000 in unpaid fees and retainers after they assisted him in his divorce from Maria Yepes in 2006
A representative for the rapper could not be reached for comment.
So So Def boss Jermaine Dupri has filed a lawsuit against a nightclub and a promoter for the unauthorized use of his name in Atlanta.
According to the papers filed on Tuesday, nightclub Pure Atlanta and Binyam Yayin from the Entertainment Group, LLC had used the rapper's name to promote their "All Black Affair" in November.
Two days prior to November 20 affair, Dupri's manager Nick Leo had received a request from the promoter asking that the rapper make an appearance at the club on that particular night. Leo declined on behalf of his client, explaining that the rapper will be out of the country.
Despite declining, the nightclub still proceeded to promote the event. It was advertised through flyers, online postings, and radio ads using Dupri's name and images.
Leo contacted the defendants immediately after learning of the nightclub's promotional methods and asked them to cease using Dupri's name in connection with the affair.
Dupri accuses the nightclub and the promoter of violating his right of publicity, unfair competition, false advertising and unfair and deceptive trade practices. He is seeking permanent injunction preventing the misuse of his name, image and likeness by the promotional agency's agents.
He is also seeking unspecific punitive damages and that his legal fees be reimbursed.
T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint and Interscope Records have joined forces to release the debut album from Atlanta rapper Yung L.A.
Yung L.A. gained national attention this year with his hit single 'Aint I" which featured appearances from T.I. and Young Dro.
Yung L.A.'s debut album, Futuristic Leland, will be hitting shelves in the first quarter of 2009 and will feature appearances from artists on the Grand Hustle roster.
“Each song will be different, I may be swag rapping, but I’ma hit you with bars too,” says Yung L.A. “It’s a new way of hip hop and a new way to express it. There’s nothing I can say that the next man hasn’t said, it’s just the way I say mine and the way I paint the same picture with different colors.”
Flo Rida is currently putting together his sophomore album titled R.O.O.T.S.(Routes of Overcoming the Struggle).
According to Billboard, the set will be hitting shelves in 2009 and it will feature production from J Rock, Doctor Luke and DJ Montay.
Flo Rida plans to release the album's first single in January.
In related news, Flo Rida will be performing at the Adult Video News (AVN) Awards in Las Vegas next month.
The event will take place on January 10 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.