Dec 27, 2008
50 Cent, is having his MTV reality show canceled after roughly one month on the air. After debuting on November 6, The Money and the Power will be permanently shelved due to disappointing ratings.
MTV Entertainment President Brian Gradenthe also cited the network's desire to find shows that better "reflect Generation 'Why Not?'—living, working and playing on their own terms, 'adventure capitalists' if you will, pursuing a variety of thrill-seeking, 2.0, express-yourself enterprises."
Heading up MTV's line-up of virtually music-free programming will be Daddy's Girls. The show is a reality spin-off of Run's House and follows Angela and Vanessa Simmons.
Reality-based programs such as College Life, Nitro Circus and Girls of Hedsor Hall will round out the programming schedule which was previously vacated by music programs such as Total Request Live
An unnamed man reportedly killed his daughter in an auto accident at Lil' Boosie's Louisiana home earlier this week.
According to CBS' WAFB, the fatal incident took place Tuesday (December 23) around 5 p.m. as the father backed out of the rapper's driveway.
Local Pompey deputies claim the child's parents reportedly loaded up their vehicle with all five kids but then unknowingly hit their daughter who happened to still be outside. She passed away an hour later at a nearby hospital.
No information on the victim or her parents have been released and there will be no charges filed.
Boosie is reportedly known for hosting children gatherings at his home.
Dec 26, 2008
Debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's 'Top Rap Albums Chart' this week is Plies with his third solo album titled The Realist.
The set, which features appearances from Ashanti and Sean Garrett, scanned 114,600 discs in its opening week.
T.I. rises one spot up to No.2. Paper Trail shifted 54,700 discs this week, pushing its total to 1,443,700.
Still keeping registers ringing at No. 3 is Ludacris. Theater Of The Mind bags up 48,300 units this week. After 5 weeks, the set has sold 380,800.
Entering the charts at No. 4 is Soulja Boy with his second solo album titled ISouljaBoyTellEm. The set, which features appearances from Gucci Mane and Shawty Lo, moves 45,500 copies this week.
Lil Wayne slips one spot to No. 5. The Carter III shelved off 37,800 discs this week, pushing its total to 2,816,600.
Posted at No. 6 is Common. Universal Mind Control shells out 34,200 discs this week. After 2 weeks the album has sold a total of 116,800 copies.
Young Jeezy rises one spot to No. 7. The Recession reels in 14,200 copies this week, pushing the album 's total to 684,200.
Right behind the ATL rapper is Scarface at No. 8. 11,400 folks picked up Emeritus this week, bringing the album's total sales to 68,800.
Holding fort at No. 9 is The Game. L.A.X. sells 10,200 in its 18th week on the charts. So far, the set has sold 619,000 units.
Wrapping up the Top 10 is DJ Drama & Lil Wayne with the third installment of the Dedication series. Dedication 3 ropes in 8,200 units in its opening week on the charts.
Dec 24, 2008
After months of diss videos from former Byrd Gang affiliate Max B, Jim Jones has revealed details regarding their contractual business relationship.
In a recent interview with radio personality Funkmaster Flex, the Harlem, New York-bred rapper debunked rumors claiming Max no longer has ties with him.
"He's signed to my label and I bought his publishing for roughly $90,000 which he cried over the phone to get out of jail for," Jones explained. "He sold his soul, the stupidest move I've ever heard anybody make in their entire life."
Admitting he's remained silent about the situation because there's no financial gain, Jones further compared Max's previous loyalty to other rappers who have been removed from popular rap groups.
"You know how Smurf tried to do to 50 [Cent] and then all of a sudden Smurf was gone," Jones compared. "What about J-Hood to The Lox --like these are the things I want to know."
The Byrd Gang leader also took a moment to clear rumors of Damon Dash being broke due to recent financial reports claiming he owes millions.
"He might be broke to Bill Gates, but to the average person he's filthy rich," he said. "He lives in one of those Tribeca big apartments and his apartment is bigger than my entire house, and my house is pretty big."
Has St. Louis rapper Chingy been dropped from Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP)/Def Jam Records?
For weeks, rumors have been circulating that Chingy had been dropped by Def Jam/DTP and it has became clearer in the past days as his name is no longer listed on Def Jam's official website.
Chingy, who released his debut album Jackpot via Capitol/ DTP in 2003, severed ties with DTP in 2004 after claiming his money was being mismanaged.
He would then release two albums, Powerballin' and Hoodstar, on Capitol Records. Both albums would suffer from low sales.
In an attempt to revive his career, Chingy reunited with DTP via a deal with Def Jam in 2007 but still suffered low sales when he released his latest album Hate It Or Love It.
Hosea Thomas, the man charged with killing T.I.'s friend and personal assistant Philant Johnson, was sentenced to 66 years to life in prison yesterday (December 23).
As reported earlier, Thomas was found guilty last month of firing shots into a van carrying T.I. and his entourage in 2006 and killing Johnson.
T.I. testified during Thomas' trial and told jurors that he believed the bullets fired at his entourage were meant for him.
Three other people were injured as a result of the shooting but T.I. was not hurt.
Thomas was convicted last month on charges of murder, felonious assault and illegally having a gun after a felony conviction. It is unknown when he will begin his prison term.
Dec 23, 2008
Eve will be appearing in an upcoming episode of CBS' popular crime drama Numb3rs.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Eve will be playing a sales rep at a sneaker company who becomes a suspect in a case where FBI agents are trying to recover a pair of valuable sneakers.
An air date for the episode featuring Eve was not revealed.
After presidential pardon and seven years behind bars, Rapper John Forte will be released from New Jersey's Fort Dix prison yesterday (December 22).
Fote's lawyer, Aarti Tandon, confirmed the rapper's release to SOHH. "Yes, John Forte was released this morning," he said. "He looks forward to spending the holidays with his friends and family."
Pardoned by President George W. Bush late last month, Forte was free to go from a mandatory 14 year prison sentence. The Grammy winning artist has become one of the 16 people to have received a pardon or reduced sentence in the final months of the Bush Administration. As fans and family alike prepare for his return home, the Forte-supporting website www.freejohnforte.com has shared a special message reminding people of today's importance.
"December 22, 2008 - Homecoming Day," the site reads. "John is incredibly grateful for this second chance. He is looking forward to spending time with Family and Friends and wishes everyone Happy Holidays!"
The rapper's rise to fame came from his work with The Fugees, helping co-write and producing two tracks from their multi-platinum selling album, The Score. He later released his 1998 solo project, Poly Sci, with Wyclef Jean behind the boards as producer.
T.I. has reportedly been assigned federal agents to keep a close watch on him during the upcoming New Year's Eve festivities.
According to the New York Post, the self-proclaimed "King of the South" will have two trained agents standing guard while he performs at Miami's Gansevoort South Florida venue next week.
Tip is scheduled to help bring in the new year at the forthcoming New Year's party hosted by Boys Don't Cry actress Chloe Sevigny but will reportedly be monitored throughout the entire event.
Since pleading guilty to felony weapons charges in 2007, the Grammy winning rapper is reportedly unable to travel outside the state of Georgia without encountering federal security to monitor him. He is scheduled to report to jail to serve a one year sentence in the coming year.
"We talked about getting in the studio together, so that's probably going to happen soon," T-Pain told E!. "I definitely think we could do something cool and different."
In 2004, Tim McGraw worked with Nelly on the single "Over And Over". The single was featured on Nelly's Sweat/Suit album and reached the number three spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
According to reports, Tim McGraw also recorded a song entitled "Human" for Chris Brown's upcoming album.
"The Hip Hop has been done with Tim and Nelly, so we gotta be more Country than Hip Hop," T-Pain explained to E!.
T-Pain also had plans on working with another Country artist, but plans fell through when T-Pain heard the singer was racist.
Last Month, T-Pain released his third studio album, Thr33 Ringz
Jermaine Jumpp and Michael C. Adams of New Jersey are suing Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige for allegedly stealing a beat they produced.
According to TMZ.com, Jumpp and Adams claim in a federal lawsuit that they handed a CD to the "office" of producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins with a song titled "On My Grind."
Four years later, Blige recorded her hit song "Enough Cryin'," produced by Jerkins, which Jumpp and Adams contend sound too similar to their song.
For his part, Jay-Z didn't appear on the track vocally, but he is credited as co-writer on the song.
Earlier this year, Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z embarked on the immensely successful "Heart of the City" tour.
Rakim's long delayed return to store shelves will finally be met with his upcoming release The Seventh Seal. Rakim is keeping details to a minimum but promises fans should expect to receive the same content he's known for rhyming about throughout his career.
"What they see Rakim as, I want to continue to be," Rakim told amNewYork. "I gotta remember what the people remember me for and stick to my guns... If you stay true to what you're doing, the fans will respect that."
No set release date has been announced for The Seventh Seal.
In 2007, rap fans everywhere were salivating for a beef between Lil Wayne and 50 Cent after the G-Unit honcho labeled the New Orleans rapper 'a whore' for appearing on everyone's records and questioned his sexuality for kissing Birdman on the lips.
Despite the numerous insults, Lil Wayne chose to avoid getting tangled in a war of words with 50 Cent.
It seemed nothing would be coming out of 50 Cent's attacks but things took an interesting turn last month when a song titled 'Louisianimal' began making its rounds on the internet.
On the song, Wayne took shots at 50 saying: 'All about a dollar, fuck two quarters/Bitch I’ll pour syrup in that vitamin water/I hope you die ugly, and tonight will be gorgeous.
Folks on various rap message boards claimed the track was old and was leaked. Surprisingly, 50 Cent didn't retaliate as expected but took time out recently to address the song in an interview with Shade 45.
50 questioned why Lil Wayne's camp didn't say the record was leaked and implied that he will be responding to th e diss.
"It doesn’t matter if it’s old or not. Now I know how you feel,” said 50. "I'll leave it like it is right now and wait till I'm comfortable and then I’ll do what I do. Think about it, no one from his camp said it was a leak. We could assume it was leak but he's a celebrity. If it was a leak, he would come out and say something."
50 is currently gearing up to release his fourth solo album titled Before I Self Destruct in February 2009. The G-Unit honcho revealed he was not impressed with the present state of hip hop and plans to take it back to its essence.
"I wanna bring hip hop back to where you can actually rap and sell records. I listen to the radio alot and if you have a rapper on a record they are collaborating with an R&B artist," explained 50. “They aint no rap records. The only rap record that’s out there right now is 'Get Up'. Name one other record that a rapper raps alone all through the record?"
"The format now is to go get T-Pain or go get someone who consistently has radio airplay and hope it translate into sales for you," 50 continued. "Think about it, which average rap artist has a record out and it’s just them. You gotta respect Kanye for that; he's the only one who made his own record. He made an R&B record but it was still his own record."
Asked if he would be experimenting on Before I Self Destruct like Kanye West did on 808's & Heartbreak, 50 replied: "It's an experiment because it's me seeing whether I can go back to the original format and bring the art form back. I’m sure next year my camp is gonna be influencing alot because they are gonna see all three of us come out next year. Me, Em and Dre."
Dec 22, 2008
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series will chronicle stories featured in the film by closely examining the uprisings of Miami, Florida's cocaine trafficking.
The network has tagged on-screen big wigs Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay to executive produce the project while "Cold Case" creator Meredith Stiehm will take over writing on the series.
Produced by Warner Bros. Television, the project may later be picked up by local network WBTV for physical production if it becomes a hit.
Based on the real-life experiences of criminals and drug traffickers in Miami during the 1960's and 1970's, the 2006 documentary offered viewers an inside look at the uprise of cocaine imports and violence associated with the lifestyle.
As a show of the documentary's popularity, Rick Ross created a notable mixtape with the same title, which featured other Miami heavy hitters such as Trick Daddy and Pit Bull as well as big names including Raekwon, Lil' Wayne, Fat Joe and Clipse.
No information has been released yet on when the drama series will begin production.
DMX is reportedly being transferred from Florida's Miami-Dade County Jail to a new location in Arizona.
According to TMZ, the Yonkers, New York-bred emcee, still under police custody, is currently in the process of being escorted across the country by police to the Maricopa County Jail. X's attorney, Bradford Cohen, has told TMZ his client would remain behind bars heading into Christmas at the Arizona facility.
He is currently being held on a $120,000 bond.
After responding to XXL’s milk carton via YouTube earlier this week, Tru Life caught up with XXL to explain his situation with Def Jam and Jay-Z.
Tru, who signed with Roc La Familia, Jay-Z’s world music subsidiary imprint under Roc-A-Fella, explained his new relationship with the label since Hov’s departure from the Roc’s parent company, Def Jam.
“I was Roc-A-Fella all day first off, let’s get that clear,” the L.E.S. rapper told XXL. “I signed to Roc La Familia but I was always Roc-A-Fella. I was just Latin, but when that folded it was easy, they just moved me over to Roc-A-Fella. I’m a smart business man so when I found out Jay-Z was gonna leave - cause I got the heads up, cause that’s my big homie - I didn’t wanna stay there either at Def Jam.”
“As far as Def Jam is concerned, I didn’t wanna be in an upside down situation,” Tru continued. “I had seven deals on the table before I took that deal and I only took it because of Jay-Z. So I felt like if he’s leaving, I wanna leave too.”
But don’t get it twisted. Tru made it clear he got paid before he packed up. “It was also in my contract that if they didn’t put out my album, they had to give me $300,000,” Tru revealed. “So being the smart businessman that I am I took that $300K, they did it under the radar so nobody really knew, but I been was off of Def Jam for a while. We did it before Jay-Z actually left. I left Def Jam, but I’m still with Roc-A-Fella, I’m still with Jay-Z. Me and Jay was just out in Vegas balling out, spending stacks. You can ask Jay.”
Warner Music Group, the parent company for Atlantic Records and Bad Boy Entertainment, has reportedly ordered YouTube to pull all music videos by its artists from their site after failed contract negotiations.
Warner Music Group (WMG) was the first major media company to negotiate a deal with YouTube to share revenue earned from its videos displayed on the popular site.
According to Reuters, the negotiations between both parties for a new contract failed Saturday (December 20) because Warner Music was seeking a bigger share in revenue.
Warner's order to remove its videos will have a major affect on YouTube. Warner's subsidiaries are recording homes to numerous rappers including T.I., Diddy, Lupe Fiasco, Yung Joc and Mike Jones.
Warner also has a publishing unit which owns rights to songs that are posted on YouTube by artists who are not signed to any of its labels.
"We are working actively to find a resolution with YouTube that would enable the return of our artists’ content to the site,” Warner said in a statement. “Until then, we simply cannot accept terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide".
At press time, some videos by T.I. and Diddy were still available on YouTube.
"Sometimes, if we can’t reach acceptable business terms, we must part ways with successful partners," YouTube said in a statement on its blog.
Canadian R&B singer Keisha Chante has reportedly been chosen to play the late singer Aaliyah in an upcoming biopic.
According to The National Post, the currently untitled biopic will capture Aaliyah's rise to fame and her untimely death.
Aaliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001. She was 22 years old.
During her career, Aaliyah sold 32 million albums worldwide and was nominated for five Grammys. She was also romantically linked to Dame Dash and R. Kelly.
Other details surrounding the biopic were not revealed but it’s slated to open in theaters in 2009.
T.I., Young Jeezy and Ludacris will be sharing the stage together for the first time at the 'Holiday Bash '08 Concert' in Long Island, New York next week.
For a good part of the year, all three rappers have revealed interest in embarking on a nationwide tour together. The 'Holiday Bash '08 Concert’ could serve as a prelude of what is to come in 2009.
"I'm definitely down to do it," T.I. said of the much-talked about tour earlier this month. "Those are definitely two people who are up there when you talk about Southern performers. I'm definitely open to do it. We just gotta figure out what makes the most sense as far as getting it done."
The 'Holiday Bash '08 Concert' will take place at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 27th. The event will also feature performances from Jim Jones, Nina Sky and Kristy Scott.
Tickets for the event are available via ticketmaster.com.
Ice Cube has joined forces with NBA superstar Lebron James to develop a one-hour drama for ABC.
According to The Plain Dealer, the show will be based on James' experiences as a black high school student playing in a small town.
This marks the third television project that Ice Cube has been attached to. The rapper helmed the 2006 FX reality show Black. White and will be serving as an executive producer for an upcoming cop comedy series for NBC.
In related news, a documentary which captures James' actual high school days will be opening in theatres in 2009.
Interscope Records honcho Jimmy Iovine is attached to the doc and has plans to promote the film via live performances and a soundtrack.
Philadelphia authorities have reportedly arrested Roscoe P Coldchain in connection with a local murder that occurred earlier this week.
According to Allhiphop, an unidentified man in his late teens or early teens was found gunned down near Cottage Street and Wakeling around 7:30 pm on Thursday. The man would die minutes later at Frankford Hospital-Torresdale.
Rosco was one of two men who were found near the scene of the murder and were taken in by authorities for questioning. Roscoestill remains in custody and has not been charged with any crime.
Rosco is signed to Pharrell Williams' Star Trak label which includes The Clipse, Famlay and Robin Thicke. His career has been repeatedly stalled by his legal issues but he recently released a mixtape titled There Will Be Blood.
Dec 21, 2008
Young Jeezy will be spreading some holiday cheer to children in Atlanta this week with his “Toyz N Da Hood” program .
On December 22 at 6 p.m., Jeezy will be handing out toys and shoes to children at the Frank Johnson Recreation Center.
The holiday giving doesn’t stop there and the rapper will be busy right up until Christmas. On December 24, Jeezy will go door-to-door, delivering gifts to select kids living in the Bedford Pines Housing projects.
Jeezy’s philanthropic efforts aren’t restricted to the holiday season. The holiday efforts also come in addition to a back to school drive for young children who were in need of clothes and school supplies and voter registration efforts that helped current President Elect Barack Obama get to the White House.