Mar 6, 2009
Known for his eclectic taste in the arts Kanye West is set to break into the film world with a movie based on the work of Italian artist Vanessa Beecroft.
Kanye and Beecroft previously worked together for Kanye’s rather unique 808s and Heartbreak listening party which involved 40 nude women with face mask and illuminating fluorescent light.
Now according to the Villiage Voice, Ye will be producing the filming for Beecroft’s performance art show in New York this week. Recognized for her controversial exhibits of nude women in strange settings, Beecroft’s free show will be taking place tonight (March 6) at Deitch Projects in Long Island City at 7 p.m.
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2.Cam'ron-Cookin It Up
3.Cam'ron-I Used To Get It In Ohio
4.Cam'ron Ft. Oj The Juiceman & Gucci Mane-Make Da Trap Say Aye(Remix)
5.Cam'ron-The Harlem Wolf
6.Cam'ron-I Hate My Job
8.Cam'ron-Bottom Of Pu**Y Hole
12.Cam'ron-Buildin(Prod By Kanye West)
13.Cam'ron-Pass The Dutchie
14.Cam'ron-Cookies Wit Apple Juice
15.Cam'ron Ft. Jay-Z,Oschino Sparks,Young Chris & Peedi Crakk-Roc Army(Classic)
16.Cam'ron Speaks About Juelz Santana & Syrup
17.The Wolf Leaves The Building
Another rap star is coming to our TV screens—maybe.
IME Entertainment has signed Darryl “DMC” McDaniels to host a new reality series called The Kings of Rap.
The hip-hop competition series still is in development and is being shopped around to networks, according to Josh Gross of its PR firm, Seldin Gross Communications.
On the New York-filmed series, aspiring hip-hop artists will compete for the chance to earn a record deal, but they must create music that is not offensive. “Their music cannot glorify violence, degrade women or include the use of profanity,” reads a press release from IME.
“There are so many talented kids out there who don’t get heard or don’t get signed because they’re not controversial enough, or they’re too positive,” DMC is quoted as saying in the release. “That amazes me.
“The spirit of hip-hop was always about changing the world or yourself, not with a gun or with denigrating or offensive words, but by being effective with your mind. This is a time when everyone is talking about change and we as a country have the opportunity to make a difference. We can start by changing what we have to say to each other, and what we say to our kids through music.”
T.I. has hit back at rumours he provided information to cops in order to land a reduced jail sentence for firearms offences.
The Atlanta rapper is due to begin a year-long jail term this month (March 27) for illegal weapons possession.
His punishment is widely viewed as lenient, with some people claiming he cut a deal with the authorities in order to receive a reduced sentence.
The rapper denied the claims in an interview with Vibe Magazine.
"Ain't no such thing as a secret snitch. If there was there'd be no need for the witness protection program. Pull up my agreement. It's public record. Ain't no way you could hide it, especially being a public figure," the rapper said. "And as much as people saying that it is happening, don't you think somebody would have did the research to say, 'Okay look, we got proof, here it is?' People just know that it could have been a lot worse and they wanted it to be a lot worse, but lies will never overrule the truth."
When it comes to hip-hop, there are only a handful of people that
truly deserve to be called legends. In BDK, we learn the story of
one of hip hop's most notable legends, Big Daddy Kane. From music to
fashion, Kane has always been a quintessential figure of the Golden
Era of hip-hop. In this documentary, directed by Anthony Marshall
(co-founder of Lyricist Lounge), Kane talks about his years growing
up as a kid in New York, his life in the rap game, his influence on
fashion and his lyrical superiority.
Mar 5, 2009
Cam'ron is making up for lost time. Though he was on a two-year hiatus from making music to take care of his mother after she suffered a series of strokes, Killa did do some work, making over 100 songs with his new team of producers and up-and-coming MCs.
And he's made almost that many more since deciding to come back late last year. In 2009, he has a full year of releases scheduled. The first week in July will see a mini-movie called The Bakery, which is an offshoot of the video intro he shot for "I Used to Get It in Ohio."
Cam's movie Killa Season 2 will be released in October, and the soundtrack drops in September. Then there's another separate album slated for December. All that will be preceded by the May 5 release of his LP Crime Pays.
"It's one CD, 25 songs," Cam told MTV News. "Pretty much [it'd be] a double album if we had time to do it. ... A few records that are concept records. A few records that's gangsta stuff. It's an '09 Cam album. I got about two samples. I didn't use a lot of samples. A lot of original beats, a lot of concepts. I don't know my favorite song, because I got a lot of songs I really like. My favorite song this week is the 'Crime Pays' song I did."
On that record, Cam Your browser does not support inline frames or is currently configured not to display inline frames. > gives the youth a financial reality check. It starts off with a child talking about what he wants to be when he grows up.
"Then I rap telling the rest of the students, 'You wanna be a police officer, but you say you want a Ferrari. That doesn't make sense. That's not adding up,' " the Harlem King further revealed. "Or this person saying they wanna be a lifeguard and have a mansion in France. That's kinda what the song 'Crime Pays' is about. If I'm in the car listening to stuff [from my album], that's the song I listen to two or three times before I go into the next song."
One of the album's tracks, "Cookies and Apple Juice," was recently leaked with other Crime Pays records, including "I Hate My Job" and "Cookin' Up."
"Everybody called my phone. I got a bunch of calls from my people in Ohio and Chicago, and they was like, they heard it," Killa said of "Cookies and Apple Juice." "I'm like, 'Where did you hear that at?' It's just a song we did. We was playing around with it. My man Skitzo did the beat and the chorus. He said, 'Cam, you don't really do beats like this,' trying to bait me. I went there and did it in like 10 minutes. I put my homegirl that I'm dealing with, Bird Lady from Harlem. We did that song in like 20, 25 minutes. To keep it 100, my man did the beat, and I fed off of that."
Cam's mom is doing fine, by the way. She's healthy enough to be back in her old stomping grounds of Harlem.
A Fulton County judge has dismissed felony drug charges against Lil Wayne.
The rapper was arrested in August 2006 at the Twelve Hotel. Atlanta police said they found unmarked bottles containing hydrocodone and a generic form of Xanax along with a small amount of marijuana.
On Tuesday, Superior Court Michael Johnson granted the rapper's request to suppress on the basis of an illegal search. Carter's attorney, William Head, said his client wasn't staying in the room where the arrest was made.
Carter was arrested on a fugitive warrant in October 2007 for failing to appear at a court date in Fulton County on the charges. But Head said his client never received the summons because it was sent to his former home in New Orleans, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
After a long hiatus, Interscope confirms that Eminem plans to drop two albums this year.
In addition to announcing a concrete release date for his upcoming Relapse album, Eminem will also plan a following LP during the same calendar year. A video for the number one single, "Crack A Bottle" will be released on April 7, with the full Relapse album scheduled for a release on May 19.
"A lot of people were expecting 'Relapse' to drop last year," said Eminem. "I was one of them. Then Dre and I went back in the studio in September for a few days, and that turned into six months. We were on such a roll; we wound up with a ton of new music produced by Dre. Putting out 'Relapse 2' will let everyone get all of the best stuff."
The dual release marks a renaissance for Shady, who hasn't released a proper solo studio album since 2004's Encore. After authoring the New York Times Best-Seller Eminem: The Way I Am, Em saw the lead singe from Relapse, "Crack A Bottle," set a SoundScan record for most opening week sales
Fans of Busta Rhymes awaiting the release of his highly anticipated eight studio album will have to wait just a bit longer. The New York rapper's Universal Motown debut, B.O.M.B.S. (Back On My Bullshit), has been pushed back from a March 24th, 2009 release to May 19th, 2009.
No word as to why the album was pushed back yet again. B.O.M.B.S. was originally scheduled for release in late 2007 under the title "Before Hell Freezes Over;" however, after several delays and Bustas departure from Interscope Records, the album was renamed and rescheduled.
Young Jeezy, T-Pain, Jadakiss, Ron Browz, The Neptunes, Spliff Star, Akon, T.I., Jelly Roll, Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Common, Big Tigger, and Estelle will all be making guest appearances on the lp.
Production is being handled by The Neptunes, Focus, Ty Fyffe, Dj Scratch, Ron Browz, Cool & Dre, and Jelly Roll.
B.O.M.B.S. is currently being led by it's first official single, Arab Money, and its numerous remixes. The street single, Conglomerate, featuring Young Jeezy and Jadakiss is also in rotation.
A screenplay written by late rapper Tupac Shakur will be hitting theatres soon.
According to WoooHa, the screenplay is titled Live 2 Tell and it was written by Tupac while he was serving time in prison on sexual assault charges in 1995.
The play revolves around a young man who becomes a powerful drug kingpin and struggles to leave the life of crime behind.
Insomnia Productions own the rights to the play and they plan to release the flick in 2010.
In related news, a movie based on Tupac's life is currently being shopped around to major movie companies.
Mar 4, 2009
Cash Money records has been hit with yet another lawsuit for breach of contract. The record label which recently settled a copyright infringement lawsuit with the Rolling Stone, have been hit with a $2 million lawsuit by producer Tristan "T Mix" Jones.
According to reports. the beatmaker - formerly signed to Bryan 'Baby' Williams, aka Birdman, and Ronald 'Slim' Williams' label - claims he has only received partial payments for his work on four Cash Money albums between 2005 and 2007.
According to the lawsuit filed in the United States Eastern District Court in Louisiana, Jones allegedly entered into an exclusive deal to provide production, programming, arranging, recording, mixing and editing for artists on the Cash Money roster, including Lil Wayne and Baby.
Jones says he was never paid in full for his work which includes production on Lil Wayne's Tha Carter 2 in 2005, Baby's Fast Money in 2005, and the pair's collaborative disc, Like Father, Like Son in 2006.
He is seeking royalties owed as well as to court and attorney cost.
Much like his 2008 release Trilla, Rick Ross' Deeper Than Rap has been pushed back.
The album was slated for a March 24 release. Now, a representative from Def Jam says that the album will be hitting stores at a later date - much like rival 50 Cent's.
There's no shortage of controversy surrounding the album, as beef between 50 Cent and Ross resulted from Ross' song "Mafia Music". However, it doesn't appear that the beef was enough to get the album in stores in a timely fashion.
Ross' previous album suffered delays due to lukewarm responses for the lead single. It is unclear at this point whether the same is true for Deeper Than Rap's lead single, "Cigar Music
Mar 3, 2009
Young Buck's clothing line, David Brown Clothing, has reportedly gone out business.
According to WoooHa, Young Buck’s clothing line failed to take off after its launch last year due to the rapper’s waning popularity and being kicked out of G-Unit.
The clothing line's high prices and the ongoing economic crisis also played a factor in it's downfall.
The website which offered Buck’s clothing line has also been shut down.
Snoop Dogg made an appearance at the Nation of Islam's annual convention on March 1st in Chicago.
Wearing sunglasses, a dark suit and a tie, the rapper spoke briefly in front of a crowd of thousands Sunday and praised Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam.
Farrakhan has long held relationships with famous rappers and hip-hop artists. Snoop called himself the leader of the "hip-hop community" and says he'll always seek out the minister.
Snoop gave a $1,000 donation to the Nation of Islam, then sat on stage and smiled and nodded as Farrakhan delivered a speech.
T.I. appeared via recorded video. He told followers that education is the key to success.
Mar 2, 2009
Mos Def will be appearing in an upcoming episode of FOX's popular drama House.
The rapper will play a man who is unable to move or communicate after awakening from a bicycle accident.
The episode will air on March 23.
In related news, Mos will be appearing alongside Mike Epps in the movie Next Day Air which opens in theatres on May 8th.
He will then release his fourth solo album Ecstatic on May 19th.
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Hip Hop duo Camp Lo has recently signed a single deal with SRC Records, spawning the popular 2008 single "Lumdi." Later this month, on March 24th, Sonny Cheeba and Geechie Suede will release Stone and Rob: Caught On Tape, a retail mixtape of recent recordings.
This past weekend, rapper Sonny Cheeba was in a car accident en route to a performance in Charlotte, North Carolina with rapper Herron as a passenger.
"In the collision Cheeba's Dodge Charger was totaled and the artist was taken by ambulance to a local hospital," the group said in a statement sent exclusively to HHDX. "Camp Lo's scheduled midnight performance started as scheduled, with Geechi Suede who arrived at the venue without knowledge of his partner Cheeba's accident, doing 'Swing' solo. The crowd who was later informed of the accident was amazed when Sonny Cheeba appeared on stage mid-set to join Suede for 'Black Nostaljack', and 'Luchini',which both tore the roof off of the packed Buckhead Saloon. Rapper Herron, who appears on '95 of Crime' on Camp Lo's new project, appeared on stage as well and was not injured in the accident."
They closed in reminding fans, "Camp Lo would like to thank all the fans for their continued support, and urge them to check out their new mixtape project Stone & Rob: Caught on Tape, which hits stores March 24th."
The group members, who have been mostly working on their own projects since 2004's "Til Death Do Us Part," will be releasing the as yet to be titled album through Suburban Noize records.
"We're mixing right now," B-Real tells Billboard Magazine.
" It's aggressive. It's like hip-hop straight-up. We just felt like we needed to go back to that raw, gritty hip-hop sound but try to find a way to bridge it with what's going on now."
Everlast, Evidence and The Alchemist will be helping out the group this time around, however, fans of the group shouldn't expect any more guest appearances.
"We don't really do a lot of collaborations in Cypress. We keep it in house."
Former G-Unit band mate Young Buck will finally start working on his third and presumably final album under G-Unit records.
The album which at one point was titled "The Rehab," will now be called "Ca$h Cow." Buck says that while G-Unit and Interscope haven't given him the go-ahead, he'll still begin working on the LP.
"My [new] manager [Michael "Blue" Williams] has been back and forth trying to get conversation. He's been [in touch] with their lawyers," the rapper told HHDX.
"And [it's] pretty much been at a standstill. Just here lately I've been given word to go ahead and submit a budget and go from there, as far as going in and making another album.
I had went to Interscope -- me and Blue and G.I. We was actually supposed to -- I think -- meet with Jimmy [Iovine], and we was directed to the cat under Jimmy. And from the conversation that I got from him, it was pretty much 'Who you wanna work with on this project? We ready,' " Buck claims.
"They didn't really speak on nobody else, but they stressed the fact that, 'We will do another Young Buck album.' [So] we was pretty much told that we was going in [to begin work on the album] right around New Year's.
[I was told], 'After the new year, [once] the holidays is over with, you'll hear from us.' I ain't heard from them [yet]. And I think a lot of that's [because of] the fact that 50's pushing his album back."
"The fans know, 50 Cent know, and everybody out there knows is that when I'm given the opportunity to drop another album, I am gonna do the damn thang."
A New Orleans judge refused to throw C-Murder in jail today (February 27) at the request of prosecutors who claimed that the rapper had repeatedly violated his house arrest.
C-Murder, born Corey Miller is accused of killing sixteen year old Steve Thomas in 2002 during a brawl at the defunct Platinum Club in Louisiana.
The rapper has been under house arrest since he was released on $500,000 bond in 2006 after his murder conviction was overturned and he was granted a new trial.
Prosecutors in the case have repeatedly tried to put C-Murder in jail and in their recent attempt Friday claimed that the rapper broke his house arrest rules by straying away from his electronic monitor equipment for several minutes, according to The Times Picayune.
C-Murder testified in court today that he had never left his home. The rapper's aunt, Joyce Marie Miller, also testified that he never left his home and that the equipment appeared to malfunction at times.
Mike Dawson, C-Murder's house-arrest officer, claimed that the monitoring equipment worked properly.
Judge Hans Liljeberg denied the prosecutors request to jail C-Murder saying that he wasn't "100-percent convinced" that the rapper violated house arrest rules.
C-Murder's re-trial on second degree murder charges is scheduled to begin on April 20th.
Coolio reportedly had his jewlery and other valuables snatched when he attempted to stage dive during a performance at a British University earlier this week.
According to Contact Music, Coolio was performing at Staffordshire University on Wednesday (February 25) and the rappper decided to jump into the crowd but the audience parted and he landed on the floor.
While on the floor, the crowd mobbed Coolio and snatched his jewellery, bandana and shoes before he was rescued by the venue's security teams.
"(He) nearly flattened one poor girl then all the students decided to launch on him," said James Fielden, a bartender who witnessed the incident. "They grabbed whatever they could, including his trainers, watch, chains and glasses. He was pulled back on stage by the bouncers. They got his shoes back for him."
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The rumor mill has been buzzing yesterday with news of rapper Crooked I getting shot somewhere in Los Angeles.
While details are sketchy, we've confirmed with sources close to the rapper that he was apparently "hurt badly," but he is alive, at home, and in stable condition.
The word is he was shot, but we've yet to confirm this.
"Crooked I is hurt badly, but he's alive," the source said.
Watts rapper G. Malone also confirmed Crooked's injuries, but didn’t elaborate on the cause. "Something happened ... which they ain't explaining, but Crooked is ok. He is at his home in fine condition," the rapper wrote in a text, via his official Twitter page.
The incident happened as early as Friday night (February 27).
Since the incident, fans have expressed their concerns all over Twitter and his official MySpace page.
"Something's goin on, miss you friend, praying it's just rumors and not true ... get back to me," a fan named The Infamous So*Cal Vixen replied.
"Rumors floatin' you got shot homie. I wanted to make sure you was aight man and make sure it ain't true," DJ Age added on Crooked's MySpace page.
Crooked I finally broke his silence Sunday (March 1) with a call in to DJ Vlad, giving everybody an update on his condition, while explaining the situation a little bit. While he didn't reveal any details into the alleged incident -- rumored to be a shooting -- he emphacized that he's in good health.
"I'm good. Physically, I'm good. I'm kinda in a f***ed place right now. But physically, I'm good," the rapper told VladTV.
When asked to ellaborate, Crooked side-stepped, explaining that he just showed up at the wrong place, at the wrong time. "Some crazy sh** just went on. I was just at the wrong place, wrong time type of sh**," Crooked explained. "Right now, I'm just trying to get to the bottom of it because when sh** like that pops off, it's kinda better to just leave it where it happens, you know?
"I'm good. I'm straight. I don't want nobody getting no fame off of nothing, bringing negativity towards me. I'm good," he continued.
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