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50 Cent Drops $4 Mil From Mansion Price Tag

After having his mansion on the market for 2 years, 50 Cent has decided to make a little adjustment to his asking price in light of the current financial crisis.


The Hartford Courant reports that the G-Unit general is slashing the cost of the opulent estate - which used to belong to boxing champ Mike Tyson - to $14.5 million from $18.5 million.

“It’s the market,” Keller Williams Realty’s Deborah Orr said. “With a unique property, everyone acknowledges it’s difficult to pinpoint the perfect market price. We feel we need to stimulate some activity, and that was the intent of the price cut.”

While Fif shaved the price down 21 percent, the house, located in Farmington, Conn. will still be the most expensive in the area. 50 bought the 17-acre property back in ‘03 for $4.1 million. It includes an helipad, a 40-person hot tub, two billiard rooms, a movie theatre and a club.

Full: Freeway Presents The Month of Madness

Didnt feel like posting a New Freeway track everyday, but the good folks at OnSMASH compiled all 32 tracks so you can just download them all together

Hit the jump for the tracklist + download link.


01. Month Of Madness (Produced by Phoenotes)
02. Everlast (Produced by Blunt)
03. Count On Free (Produced by Jake One)
04. Look Around (Produced by Tryfe)
05. Gonna Get Mines (Produced by Blunt)
06. I’m Great (Produced by Tryfe)
07. MindState Takeover (Produced by Cardiak)
08. Blauh (Produced by Jake One)
09. Together (Produced by Dilemma)
10. Tell You Something (Produced by Erick Sermon)
11. Movin’ Out (Produced by Phoenotes)
12. Straight Madness (Produced by Cardiak)
13. I Can Deal With It (Produced by Blunt)
14. Really Rough Out Here (Produced by Blunt)
15. Street Music (Produced by Blunt)
16. Start Wildin’ (Produced by Erick Sermon)
17. Doing Anthing (Produced by Dominic McFadden)
18. Get It Started (Produced by The Alchemist)
19. Rap Spitters (Produced by Don Cannon)
20. Diesel (Produced by Needlz)
21. Long Money (Produced by Sapp)
22. Do It To Death (Produced by Tryfe)
23. There You Go (Produced by Don Cannon)
24. For The Better (feat. Neesh) (Produced by Blunt)
25. As I Ever Been (feat. Hezekiah) (Produced by Oddisee)
26. When I Die (feat. James Blunt) (Produced by Oddz-N-Endz)
27. I Wanna Be Free (Produced by Blunt)
28. NP Finest (Produced by Cardiak)
29. Bank Rollz (Produced by Don Cannon)
30. Back For More (Produced by Cardiak)
31. Don’t Tell Me It’s Over (Produced by Blunt)
32. So Cold (feat. Klass) (Produced by Oddz-N-Endz) (Bonus)

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Soulja Boy Blames Nas For 'Killing Hip-Hop'

Just over a week since his sophomore album, iSouljaBoyTellEm, failed to make the same impact as his debut -- opening at a disappointing no. 43 on the Billboard 200 -- Soulja Boy Tell'em took to his YouTube channel to discuss why artists are struggling to sell. What does he say? He names one particular New York artist, who he credits for hip-hop's downfall.



During a video filmed with his friends, Soulja Boy blames Hip Hop legend Nas for "killing hip-hop," explaining that if Nas never made the "Hip Hop Is Dead" statement with the title of his 2006 album, things wouldn't be as bad as they are today.

"The n**** that killed hip-hop for real is Nas, dog. That n**** killed hip-hop," Soulja Boy said in a video on his official YouTube channel. "He came out publicly and said 'Hip-hop is dead,' and after that, everybody started saying 'Hip-hop is dead ... oh sh**, oh sh**.' Think about it? If Nas would've never said 'Hip-hop is dead,' then motherf***ers would never thought it had died. They would have never had that termanology."

Soulja Boy not only says that Nas hurt other artists' chances, but even claims that he hurt his own career with the popular hip-hop term. Now, everybody's losing money, says the teen rapper.

"When he came out with that sh**, it f***ed up everybody's money. He killed his own career with that sh**," he said with a laugh.

"Shut the f*** up and go into the studio, n****. He should've thought that sh** over," Soulja Boy continued.

While the rapper says that artists should not censor their opinions, he suggests that they should do it in a more positive way, referencing self-claims by rappers such as Lil Wayne and T.I., both of which have had success regardless of the music climate.

"Some good sh** to say is 'I'm the best rapper alive.' Just like T.I., that n**** say he the 'King of the south, can't nobody take that from him.' Lil Wayne said he the 'best rapper alive.' At the end of the day, they might argue with the n****, but they gonna say it 'cause he started that sh**," said Soulja Boy.

"Nas came up with the most f***ed up one -- hip-hop is dead. That just f***ed up everything. Don't be dissing on stuff you still gotta do. Hip-hop is dead is some strong ass words."

Soulja Boy released his sophomore album, iSoujaBoyTellEm, earlier this month. Despite the breakout success of his debut, his second album failed to repeat the same success, selling just 46,000 copies to put it at no. 43 on the Billboard 200.

DJ Whoo Kid Presents Lloyd Banks - The Cold Corner



Tracklist and download link after the jump

01. Eminem Intro / Increase The Gritty
02. New Pu$$y
03. Ice Box
04. Cold Corner
05. On My Way
06. Neighborhood Watch
07. On The Arm
08. What Am I Doing Here
09. My Brothers Keeper
10. The Reason
11. Be That Way Sometimes
12. Good Company
13. Do It For This Block
14. Another Day Another Dollar


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Rap Chart Movement: T.I. Dethrones Plies, Soulja Boy's Struggles Continue

After losing the No. 1 spot last week, T.I. snatches his throne back this week on Billboard's 'Top Rap Albums Chart'.

Paper Trail shelved off 78,300 discs this week, pushing the album's total sales to 1,522,100 copies.



Ludacris moves one spot up to No. 2. Theatre Of The Mind shifts 58,300 units this week. After 6 weeks on the chart, the album has sold 439,100 copies.

Posted at No. 3 is Lil Wayne. Tha Carter III scans 57,800 discs this week, bringing the album's total sales to 2,874,400.

Plies slips three slots to No. 4. Da Realist bags up 52,700 units this week. So far, the album has sold 167,300 copies.

Seated at No. 5 is Soulja Boy with his latest set ISouljaBoyTellEm. The album's slow start continues as only 34,300 folks picked it up this week. After 2 weeks, the album has sold 79,900 copies.

Common stays put at No. 6. Universal Mind Control scanned 32,200 copies this week, bringing the album's total sales to 149,100.

Chilling at the 7 spot is Young Jeezy. The Recession shelled out 22,400 discs this week. After 18 weeks, the album has sold 706,700 copies.

Th e Game holds fort at No. 8. L.A.X. moved 14,700 discs this week. So far, the album has sold a total of 633,700 copies.

Posted at No. 9 is Scarface. Emeritus rang out 10,600 copies this week, bringing the album's total to 79,400.

Wrapping up the Top 10 is DJ Drama & Lil Wayne. Dedication 3 bagged up 9,400 units this week. After 2 weeks, the set has sold 17,700 copies.

Former Roc-A-Fella Employee Prepares Tell All Documentary

In an anticipated documentary entitled, I Am Choke, No Joke, former BET and Roc-A-Fella employee Arthur "Choke No Joke" Alston plans on airing out the recent feud between Damon Dash and Jay-Z.


Expected to be released some time this year, I Am Choke, No Joke will detail the events that led to Dame Dash and Jay-Z's falling out and the downfall of Roc-A-Fella Records. In the early '90s, Damon Dash along with Jay-Z and Kareem Burke founded the label, management firm and consulting company.

According to Alston, tension between Jay-Z and Damon Dash began to reach new heights when Dash signed Ol' Dirty Bastard and proposed that Cam'ron become vice president of Roc-A-Fella.

In a recent video, Damon Dash publicly aired out his frustration with Jay-Z informing viewers that, "What he did to me publicly could be seen as so heinous and foul that how could I ever tell somebody, 'Don't do nothin'? . . . Before, I might have taken a bullet or a punch for Jay, now I just don't get involved. That's the way he chose it to be. You won't be hearing me say nothing about him, but I won't be jumping in a fight for him."

Jay-Z has yet to respond to the alleged feud between himself and Dash.

In recent months, the two business men have seen an extremely varying amount of success. Jay-Z recently made millions after selling Roc-A-Wear, plans on opening a new club, and is part owner of the New Jersey Nets.

On the other hand, Damon Dash has been reportedly struggling financially. Two of his Manhattan homes are under foreclosure due to non-payment of mortgage.

Lil Kim Disappointed With 'Notorious'

With the premiere of the Notorious B.I.G.'s movie, entitled "Notorious," coming out this month, Lil Kim is speaking out about her disapproval of the movie's portrayal of her relationship with the late rapper.


In Hip Hop Weekly's two-year anniversary issue, the Queen Bee reportedly sounds off about B.I.G.'s mother Voletta, and his wife Faith, saying she's "been quiet for too long."

"I've had enough and I'm about to expose them both ... I've been quiet for a long time," Lil Kim said.

It was rumored that Kim was unhappy with the casting of her role -- producers picked Naturi Naughton of 3LW fame to play her. And, about her lack of involvement in the project, due to her professional and personal relationship with Biggie.

In return, Kim is determined to "expose" both women in Biggie's life. Although it is unclear what kind of dirt she revealed.

"I'm very disappointed in Faith," she said. "There's nothing Faith or Ms. Wallace could do to stop me from reppin' B.I.G. all day. I'm gonna always do that ... It's time for Ms. Wallace to be exposed."

Despite Lil Kim's anger, Faith says that the female rapper has the wrong impression about her involvement.

"As far as the film goes, I was neither a writer nor producer of the film. I really had nothing to do with it at all ... Maybe she thinks that, but that's incorrect. It's Ms. Wallace's project," Faith told Hip Hop Weekly.

The Hip Hop Weekly issue hits newsstands this month.

DMX Pleads Guilty To Felony Charges, Faces Jail Time

DMX faces at least 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to felony charges of drug possession, identity theft and animal cruelty in an Arizona court on December 30th.

As reported earlier, DMX was slapped with the drug and animal cruelty charges after malnourished pit bulls and marijuana were found in his Arizona home during a raid in May 2007.


The identify theft charges stem from accusations that the Yonkers bred rapper used a fake name at an Arizona hospital to avoid a bill.

According to The Associated Press, DMX pleaded guilty to the aforementioned felony charges on Tuesday as part of a deal to settle all three cases. In return, DMX agreed not to own any animals or posses firearms.

DMX has been in custody since he was arrested earlier this month after repeatedly failing to appear in court to face the charges. He will remain in custody and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 30.

Financial Crunch Stalls Development Of Jay-Z's Hotel

The development of a New York hotel that Jay-Z has invested in is currently on hold as the rapper and his partners are struggling to pull in finances for the project due to the ailing economy.


Last year, Jay-Z invested in a real estate development venture called J Hotels which acquired a $66 million mid-block parcel in Chelsea, New York to build a high-end hotel.

Charles Blaichman, one of Jay-Z's partners, recently revealed to The New York Times that they have been seeking up to $370 million from various banks to begin construction but have had no luck.

"A year ago it would have seemed a reasonable amount. Not now," said Blaichman. "Even the banks who want to give us money can't."

Jay-Z and his partners aren't the only ones in the same predicament. According to research, almost $5 billion worth of property projects in New York City have been delayed or cancelled because of the current economic crisis.

Stephen Blank, a researcher with the Urban Land Institute (a nonprofit group), says he has been advising real estate executives to 'take up golf' during the financial downturn.

“There’s no way to finance a project," Blank emphasized.

Jan 1, 2009

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