T.I.'s anticipated MTV reality show will be premiering next month.
The Atlanta rapper revealed to The Associated Press today (January 10) that the show is titled T.I's Road to Redemption: 45 Days To Go and it will be premiering on February 10th.
As reported earlier, T.I. plead guilty to various weapons charges last year as part of a plea deal for trying to buy automatic weapons at a parking lot in Atlanta in 2007.
As part of the deal, the rapper was sentenced to one year in prison and he was ordered to spend at least 1,000 hours over 12 months speaking against drugs, guns and gangs to “at-risk youth” before his incarceration.
T.I., who claims he has already put in 864 hours of community service, revealed to the AP that he will be using the show to 'scare teens straight'.
Road To Redemption will capture the rapper visiting various schools to speak to youngsters and reveal parts of his personal life.
T.I. is scheduled to begin his jail sentence on March 27th.
Jan 10, 2009
T.I.'s anticipated MTV reality show will be premiering next month.
Jim Jones has been named Vice President of Urban A&R at Koch Records.
Jones will be responsible for signing and developing new artists for Koch's Urban division. of Urban A&R at Koch Records.
Jones will be responsible for signing and developing new artists for Koch's Urban division.
“It feels good to know that the hard work has been recognized by the same people that have helped me get to this point in my career,” Jones said in a statement. “They recognize that I’m not only an artist but a person that can smell talent and be able to mold a superstar.”
Jones has released three solo albums via Koch Records. The Harlem rapper is currently gearing to release his fourth effort titled Pray IV Reign next month.
A release date for R.O.O.T.S., the sophomore solo album from Poe Boy rapper Flo Rida has been announced.
According to Billboard, R.O.O.T.S. (Routes of Overcoming the Struggle) will hit shelves on April 7th and will feature production from Dr. Luke, J Rock and DJ Montay.
Guest appearances on the project were not revealed.
Earlier this week, Flo Rida dropped the first single from his new album titled "Right Round" which samples around Dead Or Alive's 1985 hit single, "You Spin Me Round'.
Ne-Yo has shot down rumours that he was beat down by Dipset rapper Jim Jones.
Over the past weeks, rumours have been circulating that the singer along with his manager were assaulted by Jim Jones and his entourage at a Louis Vitton store on Christmas Eve.
Local authorities did confirm that an incident occurred at the store on December 24th and Jones was charged with misdemeanour assault this week.
Details about the incident are still sketchy, but Jones is believed to have attacked Ne-Yo's manager who is also the brother of Jay-Z's friend and associate, Tyran 'Ty Ty" Smith.
It has yet to be confirmed if Ne-Yo was at the scene, but the singer revealed in his blog that he was not attacked by Jim Jones or the rapper's crew.
Ne-Yo also shot down reports of being engaged and persistent rumours that he is gay.
The gay rumour has followed the singer since the beginning of his career, but the whispers of his sexual preference sparked again after the singer joked that he saw his neighbour, Young Jeezy, walking naked from a window in his house.
"I'm not gay, I'm not prejudice to anyone, I did not get stomped out by Jim Jones or anyone else," Ne-Yo wrote. "I'm not engaged, I'm not stupid. And to anyone that insists on thinking that any of these things are true......F**K YOU. To the haters...find some new material please!!!"
Kurupt is gearing up for what he hopes to be an exceptional New Year. In addition to three new projects slated for release in 2009, the Dogg Pound co-founder has created a new imprint to be distributed through Fontana/Universal.
The newly founded Penagon Entertainment will be operated jointly by Kurupt and his Atlanta-based management firm Lakeshow Management.
The distribution agreement with Fontana/Universal will allow the former Death Row Records VP to retain all creative control over his music and those signed to the label. It also provides for the continued expansion of the label's roster, while growing his resume as a business man.
Kurupt is also adding to his catalog of collaborations, with the release of a new album with DJ Quik. The new LP, entitled Blaqout, will be released via Quik's Mad Science Records, which is also distributed by Fontana/Universal.
Jan 9, 2009
Young Money artist Drake recently revealed to Much Music News that Lil Wayne is currently putting together an all rock album.
Drake divulged that he will be appearing on Weezy's rock project and says the album will definitely cause a stir.
"[It's] a complete rock album. I have a song on there," said Drake. ""It’s something different just [like] 808's and Heartbreaks, just throwing individuals off."
Drake will be joining Wayne on the road when the rapper’s ‘I Am Music’ tour hits Canada for shows in Montreal and Toronto later this month.
Drake is also working on his debut album titled Thank Me Later which will hit stores this year. Prior to the album's release, he will be releasing a mixtape titled So Far Gone.
Despite getting credit for the detainment of a would-be bomber on a plane yesterday morning , Asher Roth says his guitarist should be the one getting heralded as the real hero.
Reports that surfaced Wednesday implied that Roth along with his band subdued an unidentified man on their flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles but Roth claims he was nowhere near the scuffle and that it was his guitarist Chris Llewellyn who helped detain the man.
"Apparently I'm Jack Bauer," Roth joked during a Wednesday night interview with radio personalities Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg. "I had nothing to do with that, it was all my dude Chris Llewellyn."
"He's the one who detained the man. I didn't witness it or anything like that. He heard the 'Help Me! 'Help Me!' from the back of the plane and he was the first to respond with a couple of other gentleman and pinned the dude down," Roth explained. "The dude was like 'I've gotta bomb, I’ve gotta bomb'. I didn't get to witness any of it.”
“I’m just happy Chris was there and really had the courage to do something cause that’s a scary position to be in,” Roth added. “A lot of people can’t say they would respond the s ame way."
Roth is well known for his hit single "I Love College" and is gearing up to release his debut album via SRC Records this year.
Faith Evans, the widow of rapper Notorious B.I.G. , recently responded to Lil Kim's accusations that she deliberately cut off the former first lady of Junior Mafia from participating in the making of Biggie's forthcoming biopic Notorious.
As reported earlier, Lil Kim claimed that Evans and Biggie's mother (Voletta Wallace) refused to involve her in the production of Notorious and allowed her character to be portrayed negatively in the film.
Kim claimed that the debasing her character came from stories from Evans' memoir, Keep The Faith.
Evans tells MTV she has chosen to dismiss Kim's accusations because she had nothing to do with the film's script and that Kim signed a contract for her character to be used in the flick.
"It's kinda sad," Evans said. "I got four kids, and I definitely don't have time for this type of sh--. It's just sad. I don't know Kim's story like that. The part of my life that she was a pa rt of, that what was in my book. This movie is not relative to my book other than that there are certain things in there. This is not my movie. I didn't write the script."
"Any characters in the film had to agree for their life rights to be in the movie. I don't think I would have signed anything had I felt I was not portrayed properly," Evans added. " I think she had the opportunity to do that. I could be mistaken. I wasn't there."
Evans revealed that the Notorious film is based on the Biggie biography Unbelievable which was written by Cheo Hedari Coker . Evans claims that Kim contributed to the book.
"It's not like [the film's producers] are calling Faith to write something about somebody," Evans stressed. "It's based on a book that I think [Kim] participated in. I don't know what to say. I think that beyond myself, Ms. Wallace or whoever else she wants to blame, everyone who was around Big at that time has had some things to say about [her relationship with Biggie] in order for Cheo to even write the book. He interviewed pretty much all of us. She's sadly mistaken. I'm aware of what she has to say, and that's fine. I don't know what to say. God bless her."
During her attacks on Evans and Ms. Wallace , Lil Kim claimed she will be exposing both women but did not say how. Evans claims she has nothing to hide.
"I don't think there's anything about me that I would be ashamed of that I haven't already told people," Evans said. "I hope she found the closure she's looking for."
Biggie's mother would rather settle the drama. Ms. Wallace recently revealed that she wants to a chat with Kim to work things out and learn more about the rapper's relationship with her son.
Lil Kim said she would not be supporting Notorious and she kept her word by not appearing at the film’s New York premiere on Wednesday (January 7) which drew Biggie's closest friends and various celebrities.
Notorious is slated to open in theatres nationwide on January 16th with Brooklyn rapper Gravy playing Biggie.
Jan 8, 2009
"Im [sic] back better and stronger than ever," wrote Saigon in his blog post. "I greatly apologize for the lack of information Ive been giving all the people who's been keeping up with me... I promise to ya'll this will be my hardest working year ever.. I will be more active as far as the music I put out, interviews, acting, televison shows etc.. Can you believe I only put out 3 songs in the whole year of 08? I pretty much took 08 off to get my personal life in order... Now Im back and better than ever.. Yes Im still with Just Blaze and Ft. Knocks is still going very very strong...."
The yardfather took the time to congratulate his mentor, Just Blaze, on his number one spot with the song "Live Your Life" with T.I. and Rihanna, and then announced an upcoming mixtape entitled Warning Shots 2.
"All BRAND NEW music produced by Just Blaze, Scram Jones, Buckwild and Myself.. If you ever liked Saigon, Youre gonna love him now.. I promise..... Warning Shots 2 will deliver like never before.... Saigon is back."
Saigon concluded his first post of the new year with a bold promise:
"Im gonna single handedly reinvent Hip Hop.... WATCH."
T.I.'s Paper Trail remains at the top of the Billboard's 'Top Rap Albums Chart' this week by pushing 32,100 units.
After 15 weeks on the charts, Paper Trail has sold a total of 1,554,200 copies.
Ludacris stays put at No. 2. Theatre Of The Mind shelved off 31,200 discs this week, pushing the album's total sales to 470,400 copies.
Kanye West holds fort at No. 2 on the R&B charts. 808's & Heartbreak moved 70,900 CDs this week. So far, the album has sold a total of 1,094,800 copies.
Right behind Luda at No. 3 is Lil Wayne. Tha Carter III is slowly approaching triple platinum status as it by shifts 25,900 units this week. So far, the album has a total of 2,900,400 copies.
Posted at No. 4 is Florida rapper Plies. Da Realist bags up 24,700 units this week. After 3 weeks on the chart, the album has sold 192,100 copies.
Common rises one spot up to No. 5. Universal Mind Control cashed out 17,300 copies in its fifth week on the charts. The album's tally stands at 166,400.
Young Jeezy holds it down at No. 6. The Recession scanned 12,500 discs this week, bringing the album's total sales to 719,200.
Soulja Boy slips two three slots to No. 7. ISouljaBoyTellEm reels in 12,100 units in its third week o n the charts. To date, the album has sold a total of 92,000 copies.
Holding fort at No. 8 is The Game. L.A.X. shelled out 9,600 discs this week. After 20 weeks, the album has sold 643,300 copies.
M.I.A. sneaks back into the Top 10 and lands at No. 9. Kala rang out 6,200 copies this week, bringing the album's total to 424,700.
Wrapping up the Top 10 is Scarface. Emeritus bagged up 5,900 units this week, pushing the album's total sales to 85,400.
Jermaine Dupri is no longer president at Island Records Urban Music, according to reports.
The rapper/producer, who has held the position for nearly two years, oversaw all of Island Def Jam's urban music business, and served directly under Chairman Antonio "LA" Reid and President and COO of Island Def Jam Music Group Steve Bartellis.
Sources revealed to Allhiphop that a formal announcement could be made as early as today (Jan. 8). It is as of yet unclear what the source of the change is.
These aren't the first reports of Dupri's termination from the storied label. Rumors began circulating this past August that Island Def Jam was displeased with him - citing lackluster album sales for projects he helmed such as Janet Jackson's Discipline.
Voletta Wallace, the mother of late rapper Notorious B.I.G., would rather have a conversation with Lil Kim rather than go back and forth with her.
As reported earlier, Lil Kim expressed disappointment in Ms. Wallace and Biggie's wife Faith Evans for not involving her in the production of the late rapper's forthcoming biopic Notorious and demeaning her character in the film.
Kim threatened to dish out dirt on Biggie's mom and Evans but Ms. Wallace says she would rather talk things out and get more details about Kim’s relationship with her son.
Ms. Wallace claims that she learnt things she never knew about Biggie during the filming of Notorious and feels that Kim could fill in some holes.
"I saw a side of my son that I heard of but I haven’t accepted. I’m angered by certain things, disappointed and shocked," Ms. Wallace explained. " I would love to speak to Lil’ Kim, because I need to ask more about this love relationship because I really didn’t like the way he treated her and I’m praying that that’s not it. Only she can answer those questions. She’s a sweet girl and I didn’t think she deserved to be treated the way he treated her, if that’s the case.”
SRC Records rapper Asher Roth and members of his band reportedly helped subdue a man who made a bomb threat on a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles yesterday morning (January 7).
Roth's guitarist, Chris Llewellyn, revealed to The Los Angeles Times that as their plane was beginning to descend, he heard a male flight attendant yelling for help as he struggled with an unidentified man who claimed he had a bomb.
Llewellyn claims the unidentified man was trying to head for the plane's rear emergency exit door when he along with Roth and other passengers restrained the man.
"[He] was yelling, 'Don't come near me, I have a bomb, I have a bomb!' " Llewellyn said. “We all jumped him, he was struggling hardcore. I was holding down his arm. Somebody had a foot on his head. Everyone was holding down a different body part. He was going nuts. I was telling him to chill because he's not going anyplace."
The band flew to Los Angeles to perform on Carson Daly's late-night TV show.
Roth, who hails from Pennsylvania, is well known for his hit single "I Love College" and is gearing up to release his debut album this year.
According to CBS 5, Dr. Jan Adams was arrested for driving the wrong way on a California highway in June.
Adams was handed the one year sentence on Monday (January 5). His lawyer, Michael Cardoza, revealed to CBS 5 that Adams chose jail time over a probationary term because he wants to get his physician's license back.
Cardoza also revealed that Adams had two prior DUI convictions and had been drinking because of stress related to the death of West's mother. Adams will report to jail on February 5th.
West's mother died at a Los Angeles hospital in 2007, a day after being operated by Adams.
Adams came under fire for Donda's death because of his previous cases of malpractice but months later an autopsy would reveal that she died from 'pre-existing heart disease and post-operative factors' and not 'surgical misadventure.'
Jan 7, 2009
Before I Self Destruct is slated to hit stores on February 4th and will feature appearances from Dr. Dre, Eminem, Nate Dogg and G-Unit rappers Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo.
Tracklist after the jump
2. Came To Win (Produced by Red Spyda)
3. Get Up (Produced by Scott Storch)
4. Need Your Hate (Produced by Dr. Dre)
5. Here For A Reason (feat. Nate Dogg) (Produced by Tha Bizness)
6. Good To Be A Gangsta (Produced by Ty Fyffe & Sha Money XL)
7. Don’t Mess With 50 (Produced by Don Cannon)
8. Trust In Me (Produced by J.R. Rotem)
9. Norman Bates Motel (feat. Eminem) (Produced by Dr. Dre)
10. Bitch I’m Sorry (Produced by Needlz)
11. All For You (Produced by Hi-Tek)
12. No Time To Lose (feat. Swizz Beatz) (Produced by The Individuals)
13. Lonely At The Top (Produced by Play-N-Skillz)
14. You Need Us (feat. Lloyd Banks & Tony Yayo) (Produced by DJ Khalil)
15. Different Path (feat. Dave Young) (Produced by Ha voc)
16. I Get It In (Produced by Dr.Dre)
17. Somebody Forgive Me (Produced by Jake One)
18. My Reign (Produced by Eminem)
19. Ready For War (feat. Dr.Dre) (Produced by Dr. Dre)
Nas fans aren't the only ones who wish the Queens rapper would reconnect with all the producers who helped put together his classic debut album Illmatic.
In a recent interview with Goods Magazine, DJ Premier revealed that he would like to link up with Nas and the other producers who worked on Illmatic for a new album.
"I wish Nas would do an album again with just the original team,' said Primo."Me, Q-Tip, Large Professor, Pete Rock and L.E.S. We all went in like we knew we had to."
"I remember Tip bringing me 'One Love' and I was like 'Damn, I had to go and fix mine'. I had to change my 'Represent' beat just to compete with them," Primo reminisced. "Pete played me 'The World Is Yours' before the beat was done and I was like 'Yo, I gotta make another banger' and that’s when I did 'New York State Of Mind'.
"Large Pro was really the originator of Nas' style musically because he took a chance on him, so Large Pro is really the important factor of Nas' career," Primo continued. "So I don’t know how you don't go back to Large. If Nas would g et to do one album with all of us again it would be over successful because we all gonna come with it."
Premier's production has been absent from Nas' and Jay-Z's projects in the past years. Primo claims he has sent beats to both rappers but they never make the final product. Despite being turned down, Primo has no ill feelings towards them.
"I'm not bitter, my main thing is just let me know you're not gonna use it. That gets me a little bothered because if you know me just say 'It ain't it Preem'. I'm cool," he explained. "I pee standing up, I’m all man so I’m not gonna get sensitive about that. Those are my dudes".
In celebration of Barack Obama's inauguration as the first black president of the United States, Jay-Z will be holding a concert in Washington, D.C. a day before the historic event.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Jay-Z will perform at the Warner Theatre on January 19th and will be joined by a live band.
Tickets for the event will be going on sale on Friday (January 9) via ticketmaster.com, Livenation.com or the Warner Theatre box office.
Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States on January 20th.
T.I. appeared in an Atlanta court yesterday (January 6) to pay an overdue bill to the lawyers who represented the mother of his two sons in her child support case against him.
As reported earlier, Lashon Dixon's lawyers claimed that the judge who presided over the case ordered T.I. to pay for Dixon's attorney fees by November but he failed to do so.
According to The Associated Press, T.I. arrived at the court Tuesday with an $8000 cheque and told the judge that the changing of his assistant caused the payment delay.
Dixon took T.I. to court last year claiming that the monthly payment of $2000 that she received from the rapper wasn’t enough to support her and their two sons.
A judge would order T.I. to pay Dixon over $3,000 a month as well as pay for the children's tuition, uninsured medical bills and extracurricular activities.
T.I. and Dixon are still negotiating child support and custody of their boys, ages 7 and 8.
The rapper has three other children outside of his relationship with Dixon.
Jim Jones has reportedly been charged with misdemeanour assault for his involvement in an altercation that occurred at a Manhattan Louis Vuitton store on Christmas Eve.
Rumours had been circulating that Jones and his crew got into a physical altercation with Ne-Yo and Jay-Z's friend Tyran 'Ty Ty" Smith at the store but authorities revealed that Jones got into a brawl with Smith's brother who was travelling with Ne-Yo.
Jones agreed to meet with New York police today (January 5) to discuss the incident and he was slapped with the assault charge.
Jones is currently out on bail and is expected to appear before a judge on February 4th. The rapper will be releasing his fourth solo album titled Pray IV Reign on February 20th.
Jennifer Hudson is reportedly being considered by President-elect Barack Obama's political team to perform at his upcoming inauguration in Washington, DC this month.According to New York Post, Obama's people are asking Hudson to step back to the mic for the first time since the murders of her family members caused her to withdraw from the spotlight.
"Organizers want Jennifer to sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the inauguration on January 20," a source told the Post. "They are talking to Jennifer about it. It would be the first time she performed since the murders. She is from Chicago and a huge Obama supporter."
The two have publicly displayed a close relationship as Obama reportedly contacted and showed his concern to Hudson upon learning about the fatal shooting of her family members. She also sang the national anthem at last summer's Democratic National Convention (DNC) in August.
No official announcement from Hudson has been released.
Jan 5, 2009
Jim Jones will be turning himself into New York Police today (January 5) to discuss an incident that took place at a Manhattan Louis Vuitton store on Christmas Eve.
Rumours have been circulating the past few weeks that Jones and his crew got into a physical altercation with Ne-Yo and Jay-Z's friend Tyran 'Ty Ty" Smith at the high-end store on December 24th.
Details on the incident remain sketchy as various bloggers have claimed that the brawl involved Ne-Yo's entourage and that the singer was not at the scene. Some even say Smith was also not at the store.
Ne-Yo's camp and Smith have not spoken publicly on the incident and Jones also declined to discuss it when approached by MTV News.
"I don't wanna talk about that," Jones told MTV. "Nah, we not doing that, let's stop that right there. Let's not do that. We above that."
After claiming to have plans to retire after his next album, it appears as though Lupe Fiasco has possibly revealed his next project.
Various blogs have reported that Lupe will be fronting a rock band called Japanese Cartoon under the alias Percival Fats, in which he is singing in a British accent.
Whether this project will amount to an album or just a few songs is unknown; however, two tracks credited to the group have been released - "Army" and "Heirplanes"
Amidst the blog reports, Japanese Cartoon made a post on their Myspace page, denying that Lupe is the lead singer, but confirming his involvement in other aspects:
"Japanese Cartoon's myspace page has been hacked.
Percival Fats (Born Percival Hindenburg-Fats) Is NOT Lupe Fiasco (Born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco). Although he is a dear friend.
Japanese Cartoon will reload songs onto the player as soon as we figure out how via the technical support fellows at Myspace...
...Lupe does finance the band but is NOT I REPEAT NOT THE SINGER IN JAPANESE CARTOON. He is however the producer and we value his participation very much."
The rumors of Soulja Boy getting beat and robbed seem to have a dose of truth to them as a representative for the rapper has confirmed that an 'incident' took place at the rapper's home last week.
On New Years Eve, rumors were circulating the internet that six armed men invaded Soulja's Boy home last Tuesday night (December 30) and robbed the rapper and his friends.
The following day, a video surfaced of two men claiming responsibility for the robbery. The men claimed that they followed Soulja Boy to his home following an album release party.
The men shot down rumors of six people committing the robbery and claimed they only used one weapon. The men also revealed they got away with jewelry and $5000.
A representative for Soulja Boy confirmed to Allhiphop that a 'serious situation' took place at the rapper's home but declined to give details.
The Los Angeles coroner's office has ruled that Dr. Dre's son died from an overdose of heroin and morphine last year.
As reported earlier, Andre Young Jr. was found unresponsive in his bedroom by his mother at their California home on the morning of August 23rd, 2008.
Young Jr. had been out partying and his mother recalled him returning home at 5:30 am. He was only 20 years old.
"[The] case has been closed, it's been ruled an accident due to morphine and heroin intoxication," coroner spokesman Larry Dietz told People Magazine.
Suge Knight's intimidating reputation has various buyers scared to buy the rap mogul's former record label.
As reported earlier, Knight lost Death Row Records to bankruptcy in 2006. The label was put up for auction last summer but a potential buyer, Global Music Group, failed to close the sale.
According to The New York Post, the label will be up for auction again on January 15th but budding buyers are reportedly scared that Knight may go after them.
"It could be a tough sale," an unidentified source told The Post. “Some people don't want to go near the catalogue because they think Suge still believes it's his."
Adding fire to their fears, Lydia Harris claims that Knight threatened her life during a court hearing when a judge awarded her with $107 million after she won a lawsuit against the infamous rap mogul.
Harris revealed to The Post that Knight told her, "You dead, bitch."
Harris had sued Knight for owed profits. She claimed she helped Knight start Death Row but he forced her out of the label.
Melanie Bonvicino, Knight's representative, told The Post that Knight "has no recollection" of the day he allegedly made the threats.
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DMX's Arizona home is reportedly under foreclosure and has been put up for sale by a local bank.
The realtor selling DMX's home, Andrew Wheeler, revealed to AZFamily on January 2nd that the home was left unprotected and in shambles after it was raided for the second time by authorities in May 2008.
Wheeler divulged that the house's doors and windows were blown during the raid and it made it easy for thieves to enter the house.
Wheeler claims various items were stolen including DMX's quads.
"I think people showed up, walked into the house and took what they wanted," Wheeler said.
The Arizona home appeared in DMX's reality show which aired on BET in 2006. The Yonkers bred rapper paid $600,000 for the house in 2003 and the bank has put it up for sale for 429,000.
DMX is currently in an Arizona jail awaiting sentencing on charges of animal cruelty, identity theft and drug possession. The rapper plead guilty to the charges last week and is expected to serve at least 90 days behind bars.