Apr 30, 2009
The Billboard 200 is ripe with hip-hop this week, as Rick Ross and internet phenom Asher Roth take over the top 5.
In at no. 1, the biggest boss easily slides into the top spot with Deeper Than Rap, selling 158,000 copies in its first week. It's Ross' third chart topper, following 2008's Trilla and 2006's Port of Miami.
Despite controversy over his past past, the beef with 50 Cent paid off, and Rick Ross is on top again.
Later down the line, Asher Roth holds down the no. 5 spot with his debut album, Asleep in the Bread Aisle. Thanks to his lead single "I Love College," which peaked at no. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, his debut sold 65,000 to put him in this week's top tier. Congrats to Asher.
Lady GaGa's The Fame moved up one position to no. 7 selling 40,000, Day26's Forever in a Day slides six spots to no. 8 with 37,000, and Jadakiss rounds out the top 10 with The Last Kiss, slipping to no. 10 with 30,000 copies sold, putting him at just over 200,000 copies sold to date.
Outside the top 10, Keri Hilson lands at no. 14 with In A Perfect World..., selling 23,000 copies.
That does it for the top 20 positions, but there's a couple new releases down the line.
At no. 77, Startrak's Chester French got off to a slow start, selling just over 6,000 copies of their Love The Future album.
Then, Living Legends members, The Grouch and Eligh, come in at no. 186 with Say G&E!, selling nearly 3,000 copies to open. The duo are currently on tour through May with Afro Classics, Root Beer, and Exile & DJ Day.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending April 26) totaled 6.17 million units, down 3% compared to the sum last week (6.36 million) and down 10% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (6.86 million).
Year to date album sales stand at 117.9 million, down 12% compared to the same total at this point last year (134.2 million).
Foxy Brown's assault case, which alleged that she had beat a woman up with her cell phone two years ago, was dismissed today by a New York judge.
The suit, which was filed last year by Arlene Raymond, a neighbor of the rapper in Crown Heights, claimed that Foxy smashed her in the face with a BlackBerry over an argument about the noise level of Foxy's car radio.
According to the New York Post, Justice Robert Miller ruled that Foxy had never been served with legal papers, the grounds on which the trial was dismissed.
"They knew this was a weak case," said Brown previously to the New York Daily News. "My family has lived on that block for almost 50 years and has never been a problem."
As reported earlier hip hop duo Clipse ex manager, Anthony "Geezy" Gonzalez (34), charged on drug and money laundering offenses has turned himself in. Mr. Gonzalez handed himself into Miami authorities and is scheduled to appear before the cities federal magistrate yesterday (Apr 29).
Along with the former manager a federal investigation revealed six other members tied to the illegal activities which turned up evidence that suggest Gonzalez, imported the narcotics from Panama, Florida, California and Arizona, laundering millions through various businesses, including Clipse's booking agency, Soul Providers Management.
The defendants reported on legal documents that they were "music producers, rappers, entrepreneurs, club owners, clothing designers and other legitimate occupations as false sources in order to to mask the $10 million income operating the massive drug ring.
Gonzalez is expected to face the 82-count indictmant when extradited to Virgina. There is no information on the status of the other six members at this time. The Clipse are not thought to be directly involved in the charges.
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1. (00:00:37) Lloyd Banks - Reborn (Intro)
2. (00:03:49) Lloyd Banks - Real Recognize Real Ft. Jay Rock
3. (00:03:51) Lloyd Banks - My Way Or Nothing Ft. Uncle Murda
4. (00:03:50) Lloyd Banks - Me And My Strap Ft. Nipsey Hussle
5. (00:02:57) Lloyd Banks - Luv Witch Ya Boy Ft. Ron Browz
6. (00:03:40) Lloyd Banks - Not Quite Right
7. (00:00:29) Lloyd Banks - Verses Skit
8. (00:01:35) Lloyd Banks - Flight School
9. (00:02:41) Lloyd Banks - M.B.A.M.
10. (00:03:03) Lloyd Banks - Shut Your Bloodcot Mouth Pt. 2
11. (00:03:09) Lloyd Banks - I'll Be Back
12. (00:02:27) Lloyd Banks - Reborn
13. (00:03:57) Lloyd Banks - Have It All
14. (00:02:08) Lloyd Banks - I Get Around
15. (00:03:36) Lloyd Banks - Life Goes On
1. (00:00:14) Lloyd Banks - Intro
2. (00:04:07) Lloyd Banks - Officer Down
3. (00:01:32) Lloyd Banks - Get Down
4. (00:02:42) Lloyd Banks - New Era
5. (00:03:24) Lloyd Banks - The Raw
6. (00:03:18) Lloyd Banks - Hottest In The Hood (Remix) Ft. Red Cafe
7. (00:03:16) Lloyd Banks - My Girl
8. (00:03:18) Lloyd Banks - Money Moves The World
9. (00:03:59) Lloyd Banks - 24 Inches Rmx
10. (00:04:12) Lloyd Banks - Holy Matrimony
11. (00:03:45) Lloyd Banks - Mind On Murda
12. (00:03:34) Lloyd Banks - Don't Come Around
13. (00:03:38) Lloyd Banks - Truth Hurts
Apr 29, 2009
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01 Dr. West (Skit) 01:29
02 3am 05:20
03 My Mom 05:20
04 Insane 03:01
05 Bagpipes From Baghdad 04:43
06 Hello 04:08
07 Tonya (Skit) 00:43
08 Same Song & Dance 04:08
09 We Made You 04:30
10 Medicine Ball 03:57
11 Paul (Skit) 00:19
12 Stay Wide Awake 05:20
13 Old Time’s Sake f. Dr. Dre 04:35
14 Must Be The Ganja 04:03
15 Mr. Mathers 00:42
16 Deja Vu 04:43
17 Beautiful 06:32
18 Crack A Bottle f. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent 04:58
19 Steve Berman (Skit) 01:29
20 Underground/Ken Kaniff 06:19
An associate of Virginia rap duo, the Clipse, has been charged in the U.S. District Court with leading a $10 million drug ring.
Authorities say Anthony Gonzalez ran a six year operation out of a defunct Virginia night club called, Encore Lounge.
According to the Virginia Pilot, the indictment says Gonzalez bought the club at 1889 Virginia Beach Blvd. in November 2007 from an unidentified co-conspirator for 40 pounds of marijuana and about $80,000 in drug proceeds.
The club closed earlier this year after more than 100 incidents of violence, shootings, drug dealing and disorderly conduct.
According to the 82-count indictment. Gonzalez and six others are charged in a drug conspiracy stretching from Hampton Roads across the country to South America and back. They allegedly distributed more than a ton of marijuana and more than 100 pounds of cocaine since 2003 throughout Hampton Roads.
Gonzalez is also accused of laundering proceeds through various businesses, including Soul Providers Management, which is listed as the booking agent for Clipse on Clipse's MySpace Web page.
Gonzalez had been the manager of the rappers Clipse at least through 2006, according to news reports.
The suspects held "themselves out as music producers, rappers, entrepreneurs, club owners, clothing designers and other legitimate occupations in order to conceal the true source of their income."
Police and federal agents are still looking for Gonzalez.
Apr 27, 2009
In a new interview with MTV, Storch reveals that he hit rock bottom. The producer is currently recovering from a cocaine addiction.
"I got involved in doing drugs,” Storch said. “I had to get myself into recovery. Being in the life that I was living — very fast-moving, option to do anything you want, go anywhere you wanna go — it definitely takes its toll on you, and you lose your concept of reality. I had to get it under control. I had to take it back to the beginning and back to the Hit Factory, where I made a lot of my hits."
As for the financial situation? Storch says he lost $30 million on the road to the bottom.
Currently in a recovery house, Storch adds that the battle against addiction isn’t over, and the process of making music helps keep his spirits up.
“I have to constantly battle it,” he says of his addiction. “I feel so much better and have more clarity, especially in the studio. It's cool. It's been a really productive period. ... With the help of my publisher TVT, I've had the chance to woodshed and come up with a whole new vibe. I'm very happy right now."
Snoop Dogg is currently facing a $22 million lawsuit by a man who says the rapper and his entourage caused him severe injuries after a physical altercation in 2005.
According to Billboard, Richard Monroe, Jr., says he suffered serious injuries after jumping onstage during a Seattle concert.
Monroe Jr. accuses Snoop of hitting him with a brass-knuckle microphone after he jumped onstage and put his hand on the performer's shoulder.
Monroe says he woke up naked, robbed, and in a pool of blood after the beatdown by other performers and the rapper's security detail.
According to the Associated Press, a videotape of the incident that occurred at the White River Amphitheater near Seattle was also shown to jurors Friday.
Broadus' attorneys said the video doesn't show the blow to the back of the head that Monroe claims the rapper delivered, nor evidence that the rapper should be forced to pay any damages.
"Mr. Broadus thought he was being attacked," said attorney Hayes Michel.
He told jurors the rapper's security reacted swiftly because Monroe was struggling, a claim Monroe denied.
"I was getting punched, kicked, kicked, punched," Monroe told jurors. "It was brutal. I was really in shock. I couldn't believe it."
Monroe's lawyer, Brian E. Watkins, said his client was essentially "left for dead."
Monroe says he jumped on stage because he thought Snoop waved him over while performing "Gin And Juice."
"I was having fun," he told jurors. "I was excited. Snoop was in the house."
Pharrell Williams is apparently through with getting ink. In fact, he doesn't want tattoos at all, and is in the process of getting them all lasered off.
Williams recently underweat laser surgery to burn all the tattoos off his arms, and posted the photos on his blog.
As you can see in this photo, Pharrell has both of his arms bandaged up, as they heal.
"Laser treatment b**ches! Extra crispy," the rapper wrote on his blog of the procedure. "See, no skin graft here, just pure laser pain. This is our own version of Mythbusters! Laser is the new primer."
Pharrell previously talked about going through the surgery, in which he explained that he was going to attempt to cultivate new skin cells and graft the new tissue over his tattoos.
"It's going to be pricey, but f*** it, it's worth it. I got fire on my arms! I'm a grown man," he said in early 2008. "There's an institute called the Wake Forest Institute in North Carolina for Regenerative Skin Treatment. It's basically like getting a skin graft, but you're not taking skin from your ass or your legs. These guys actually grow the skin for you."
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Apr 26, 2009
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2. Give it 2 me
3. Hata Proof
4. Let u Go
5. Welcome 2 the bay
6. Money make The World go
7. lost Soul
8. Slow Down
10. Still Shine
11. Pass That
12. All Nite
15. My Balls (Skit)
16. Freak Like You
17. You are
Apr 25, 2009
Apr 24, 2009
When Robert Greene published The 48 Laws of Power in 2000, a book that has sold over 800,000 copies, he had no idea the book would become a mega cult classic - and not just amongst business types.
Indeed, managers, producers, aspiring artists and even bloggers (including the one who owns this blog) in the hip hop community embraced Greene’s tactics to survive and thrive in the cut throat music industry (tactics which are largely based on historical figures like Napoleon and Nietzsche).
One such survivor who credits Greene’s work with his success is Curtis Jackson (aka 50 cent). 50, who was born in South Jamaica and started dealing crack at the age of 12, used the tactics in The 48 Laws to help him indentify friend from foe, opportunity from opposition, and ultimately triumph in a dog eat dog industry; In 2008, 50 was named by Forbes magazine as the #1 earning Hip Hop Cash King.
But the single most defining moment in 50s life, he says, is when he completely let go of his fear.
Fear nothing, and you shall succeed. This is the basic tenant of a groundbreaking collaboration between 50 and Greene which includes intimate stories from 50s life on the streets and in the boardroom, as well as examples of others who have overcome adversity through understanding and practicing The 50th Law. At turns hard-nosed and deeply inspirational, this is a book for entrepreneurs as well as anyone interested in the extraordinary life of Curtis Jackson.
The 48 Laws of Power offer maneuvers for the chess game of life; The 50th Law gives you the courage to sit down at the table
Lil Wayne appeared in front of a Manhattan Superior Court Judge yesterday (April 23) for a gun possession charge stemming from a 2007 arrest.
According to MTV News, Wayne did not speak during the hearing, as his lawyer filed a motion for additional discovery, which will have the officer who made the arrest in court next month.
The motion is the result of a possible inconsistency between the officer's account and a detective that filed the police report.
The testimony in court of the exchange between Wayne and the officer on Weezy's tour bus differed from what was entered into the police report. Police say they smelled marijuana before they stopped Wayne's bus and entered it, upon which they found an illegal gun. The rapper's lawyers say that the police did not smell the marijuana before stopping the bus, and therefore had no reason to search it.
In addition to the motion, an affidavit was filed to question DNA testing used to prove that the gun belonged to Lil Wayne and not legally registered to his manager, Cortez Byrant.
Wayne, the arresting officer and the detective who filled out the police report are scheduled to appear on May 20. The rapper's attorney was instructed by Judge Charles Solomon to call any additional witnesses on that day as well.
Cash Money label heads Bryan "Baby" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams arrived 10 minutes after Wayne to offer their support.
BET Networks announced Thursday (April 23) plans to launch a new basic-cable channel designed to an older black audience.
According to the Associated Press, the new channel is called Centric, and was described in a presentation to advertisers as a service "focused on and central to the African-American adult experience."
The channel is set to launch later this year, and is expected to replace BET J, a spin-off of the flagship network that reaches some 32 million households.
BET original channel is the leading network tailored for black teens and young adults, and is currently available in 89 million households.
Reuters reports that some of the programming on Centric will include "Keeping Up With the Joneses," a docu-soap that focuses on Houston's upper crust; "Leading Men," a BET J transplant that profiles prominent entertainers like Wyclef Jean and Terrence Howard; "Model City," which follows a group of aspiring male models; and "Real Life Divas," an up-close-and-personal look at the lives of fashion icons and performers like Iman, Chaka Khan and Naomi Campbell.
BET joins TV One as one of the few TV outlets developed to target middle-aged black consumers and their families.
Lil Boosie was arrested Wednesday, April 23rd, after allegedly sending a man to the hospital.
According to reports, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says , Lil Boosie real name, Torrence Hatch, was arrested Wednesday on aggravated second-degree battery charges stemming from an alleged fight at his house on April 12th.
A fight allegedly broke out after someone at his home stole or was accused of stealing one of Boosie's necklaces.
" Fists and possibly even a vase were used in the fight."
One man was taken to a near-by hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Apr 22, 2009
Tuesday night (April 21), New York deejay Funkmaster Flex made a sizable threat on his HOT97 radio show. According to Flex, he plans on banning all Interscope artists from his show.
Throughout the broadcast, Flex made several references to an employee at Interscope Records whom he referred to as Nino.
“Like I told you, Interscope Records is a label,” Funkmaster Flex explained on his show. “They have G-Unit—they have 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo. They have Akon’s label too…A lot of your favorite artists New York, but let me tell you something. That label is trying to make some decisions. Nino, let me tell you something Nino. New York, I’m talking to a person who makes decisions. Who does things up there moving funny style.”
Flex then went on to explain that he will no longer play any music from artists on Interscope unless changes are made.
“Interscope Records, nothing is spinning…I take pride in how I’m gonna do this movement,” Flex explained.
Flex even urged 50 Cent to leave the label telling the Queens rapper, “From what I understand your deal’s up at Interscope. We got you. I’d walk out that building after that. Let’s do it, let’s do it.”
If Flex’s boycott were to in fact happen, major artists such as Eminem and Dr. Dre will no longer be in Flex’s rotation.