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Jan 30, 2009

Bun B Announces Final Album From UGK

Bun B has announced the release of final album from the legendary duo UGK. The sixth studio album is titled UGK: UGK 4 Life, and is slated for the spring.

Bun hopes the final album will be a nice stamp on the end of their over 20-year run as a group, following the untimely passing of his partner-in-crime, Pimp C.

"The new UGK album 4 Life is the final studio album from my late great brother Chad Butler, aka Pimp C, and myself," Bun B said in a statement. "It is my sincere hope that it's a fitting bookend

According to Bun B, the album is for all the fans they've earned over the years and the ones who've been loyal from the beginning.

"[UGK 4 Life] is an album for the people; for all those who have been with us from the beginning to those we've gained along the way, family and friends, the street cats and the squares, the supporters as well as the detractors," he said.

Ever since their 1988 EP release, The Southern Way, Bun B and Pimp C have influenced a generation of artists including Jay-Z, OutKast, and Lil Wayne, and helped first introduction the nation of southern hip-hop.

They've released five studio-albums -- including Too Hard To Swallow (1992), Super Tight (1994), the gold-certified Ridin' Dirty (1996), Dirty Money (2001), and the critically-acclaimed UGK (Underground Kingz) (2007).

Underground Kingz was the duo's most groundbreaking, positioning them at no. 1 on three separate album charts for the first time. Additionally, UGK earned their first Grammy nomination for their collaborative hit, "Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)," featuring Outkast.

Jan 28, 2009

Mase Breaks His Silence On Why G-Unit Stay Was Short

Pastor Mason Betha, better known as Ma$e, sat down with an Arizona newspaper recently and explained some things on why he left G-Unit, and how he was actually trying to do the right thing, although some did not agree.

At the height of the Harlem MC's career in 1999, while signed to Diddy's exploding label Bad Boy Records, Mase decided to leave the industry and pursue ministry. Many in the industry were baffled on why he made such a move during what was arguably one of the highest points in his career, but Mase felt it was his calling.

5 years later, however, Mase returned on the scene and became a member of G-Unit, in a move that suprised everybody. Reflecting back on the situation, Mase said, "In order for people to understand, you have to take them from where you were, to where you are...So in taking people from where I was, it would require you to do music that exemplified where you were, then if I would have stayed in it, I was going to musically bring them to where I am. But then I started seeing that what I'm thinking and what they're thinking is totally two different things."

And although Mase feels his time in G-Unit was a mistake, he said he had underlying intentions to take his fans through his conversion to Christianity. "I think people look at me like I've taken the step that people are most fearful of taking," Mase said. "It's not just the giving it up; it's the sticking with it. Like most people have seen a lot of entertainers entertain the thought, but we haven't seen many stick with it."

Mason Betha is in the process of expanding his Atlanta, Georgia church to Arizona.

Jay-Z-When The Money Goes

Jay-Z-When The Money Goes
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Jan 27, 2009

'Notorious' Actor Charged With Domestic Violence

Jamal Woolard, the actor who depicts the late Biggie Smalls in "Notorious," has a wrap sheet of his own.

According to reports, the actor -- who is also known by the rap moniker Gravy -- was previously arrested for a domestic violence charge in September of last year.

The New York Post reports that Woolard was arrested last year and charged with misdemeanor assault, menacing and harassment, stemming from an altercation with his wife, Trina Younger.

The rapper-turned-actor allegedly slapped Younger in their East New York home during an early-morning argument because he came home late.

According to the police report, Younger dared her husband of seven months to hit her, and he accepted responsibility, allegedly saying, "She wouldn't stop pushing me, so I snuffed her."

Despite the allegation, Younger's mother-in-law says the incident is most likely "made up."

"I know he wouldn't hit her," said Roslyn Younger. "He's not like that. Most definitely, they have a good relationship. That's impossible. I think it's made up. He's a loving husband, and I never heard of anything like that before in my life."

The couple is due in court January 29.

Jay-Z Plans To Open Gallery After Retirement

Jay-Z has said before that he was gonna retire, and then dropped yet another album. If he did actually retire, what would he do?

The rapper recently said that he's becoming quite the art buff, and if that day of retirement does come, he just may open his own high-end gallery, according to The Mirror UK.

Jay recently revealed that his wifey Beyonce's love for art has rubbed off on him, and he's begun collecting a bunch of art pieces.

"Bey is really into art and now I am too. I'm building a collection, but at the moment, I am just buying things I like and seeing where it takes me," said the hip-hop mogul.

"I have a lot of pieces from Damien Hirst and Richard Price -- they are incredible artists. ... Damien Hirst's 'Beat Life, Cheat Death' piece was inspired by one of my songs, so that was cool," Jay continued.

He added that when the time comes, he might consider opening a gallery. "When I finally hang up the microphone I could even exhibit my own collection."

Lil Wayne Teams Up With At&T

An unlikely partnership between America’s biggest hip-hop star and America’s largest phone company has now been formed.

Lil Wayne and AT&T will work together to launch Wayne’s next album “Rebirth” which will show Wayne’s rock music side. As part of the promotional deal, AT&T will exclusively show a Wayne concert in San Diego, which will be streamed live on AT&T’s FREEdom of Choice and Mobile Music Facebook pages at 9:40 p.m. PST on Jan. 28.

According to Billboard, the ringtone to his first single off the album “Prom Queen” will be available to AT&T customers for purchase via text or through the AT&T Media Mall from handsets or online. This exclusive offer will run through Feb. 2. AT&T customers can also download the full track via text.

In a bitter fight for the mobile market, the previously conservative phone company has become more aggressive in targeting the urban community. Ludacris signed a lucarative muli-million dollar promotional deal with AT&T last year although the ad campaign has yet to fully launch. Wayne’s wide-spread popularity was a huge draw for AT&T execs who overlooked his shady past in hopes of drawing in new customers. Props to InMyStateofMind for the heads up.

Flavor Flav to Host New Horror-Humor Series

Whether through his flamboyant characteristics for the politically charged Hip Hop group Public Enemy, or his unintentional humor on “Flavor of Love,” Flavor Flav can take any role and subsequently make it entertaining. Now, through a newly-sealed deal with TriStar Media, the rapper-turned reality star will take on a new role as the host of “Nite Tales,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Nite Tales,” which made its debut Halloween night on BET last year, is a series that combines horror scripting with the ironic placement of comedy, and Flavor Flav would act as the narrator similar to the 90’s cult series “Tales From the Crypt” Cryptkeeper.

Hank Cohen, CEO of Trifecta Entertainment and Media, acknowledged “Nite Tales” filmmaker Deon Taylor as the right man to take on this new project. “Teaming with a talented filmmaker like Deon, with his extraordinary vision, imagination and energy, makes ‘Nite Tales' the perfect launch project for the new venture.”

While Taylor is the creative mind behind “Nite Tales,” he insists that only Flav could create the right vibe for a series with such an obscure objective. “Flavor Flav is hilarious, but at the same time, the show is in the horror genre. It's going to be very refreshing, a cut away from the norm of what's on TV right now.”

“Nite Tales” is tentatively scheduled to begin later this year pending syndication, with possible movie features in the near future.

Soulja Boy Reveals Details Of Robbery

Despite confirmed reports that Soulja Boy was robbed in his Atlanta home, the rapper remained reticent on the matter until a recent interview.

The teen artist finally offered some details on the altercation to Los Angeles radio personality Big Boy. “Basically I was at my crib and I had my album release party at my club that night. I got back to my house at around three in the morning and I was in the studio recording. So two of my homeboys was in the living room and me and Arab we was in the studio recording. And somebody kicked in the door.”

Soulja Boy continued the shocking story. “One dude ran in put the AK to my homeboy head, put him on the floor. The other two ran in – my homeboy jumped in the other room – so the other two dudes ran back so I peeped in the door and they running through my house with Ks and pistols – so I ducked back. I really can’t dwell on what happened after that, but it was a messed up situation [and] I’m glad everyone made it out alive.”

So why did it take the young rapper so long to discuss the incident? “I really don’t want to dwell on the entire situation because of my career," he said. "My music is pointed towards the kids and I don’t wanna give them that bad image on what actually went down.”

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Mos Def Returns ‘Ecstatic’

Mos Def will be releasing his fourth solo album Ecstatic next month.

The album, which hits shelves on February 9th via Downtown Records, will feature appearances from Slick Rick, Black Thought and Jay Electronica.

The Brooklyn rapper will also be gracing the big screen this year in the comedy Next Day Air.

The film, which is the directorial film debut of music video director Benny Boom, centers on a UPS driver (played by Donald Faison) who unknowingly delivers a package of cocaine to the wrong address and gets tangled up with drug dealers.

Next Day Air’s cast also includes Mike Epps, Wood Harris and Lauren London. The film will open in theatres on May 8th.

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The Clipse Say Label Cuts Won’t Stall Upcoming Album

The future of The Clipse's debut on Sony Music seemed to be in jeopardy last week, as the two execs that brought the Virginia duo to the label were let go but Pusha T recently revealed that the sudden staff cut won't affect the release of their upcoming album, Till The Casket Drops.

Last week, Sony laid off several of its staff members including president of urban music Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua and urban marketing executive Al Branch.

Joshua and Branch signed The Clipse and Jim Jones to the label and were handling their upcoming projects.

"It's not gonna affect us. We're too far done with the album," Pusha explained to "The thing about us, it was never lack of music. Our problems have been an executing and marketing issue. I think we got a pretty good stronghold on it. I heard about the Hip Hop and Al Branch situation. I'm sure all of that is going to work itself out in our favor."

Pusha T revealed that Till the Casket Drops will feature production from The Neptunes, DJ Khalil, Swizz Beatz and Sean C. and LV. The Virginia rapper refused t o give other details about the album but hinted that the set's first single, "Kinda Like A Big Deal", will feature a big name.

"It's about being kinda like a big deal," Pusha divulged. " The collabo on there, the record in general, it's kinda like a big deal."

When asked if the collaborator on the song is Kanye West, Pusha alluded the question saying: "Hey, man, it's just one of them joints."

"Kinda Like A Big Deal" will be released in February. A release date for Till The Casket Drops was not revealed.

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50 Cent Launches Film Company, Pushes Back 'Before I Self Destruct'

50 Cent announced the launching of his film production company Cheetah Vision at the Sundance Film Festival.

According to The Associated Press, 50 revealed Monday that his film company has already purchased eight scripts and the first script it will be producing is The Dance which will star himself and Nicholas Cage.

"(The script) was previously passed around a little bit but both me and Nicolas Cage had an interest in the film so it will still happen," 50 said. "[Cage] plays the founder of a boxing program, and I play a fighter who goes to state prison".

"They are all different types of movies that I bought the rights to, and we're developing projects," the rapper added. "You will see different things from me in the future.

50 Cent will be making his directorial debut via his film Before I Self Destruct which will be a free DVD packaged with his forthcoming album of the same name.

50 revealed that Before I Self Destruct has been pushed back to a March release. The album had been slated for release next month.

50 Cent fans can expect to see the rapper grace the big screen this year. The G-Unit hon cho will appear alongside Val Kilmer in the cop drama Streets of Blood. 50 is also attached to two other movies which are currently in production, 13 and Dead Man Running.