Mar 27, 2009
A judge has sentenced rapper T.I. to one year and a day behind bars on federal weapons charges.
The Self proclaimed King of The South, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was sentenced today.
He will have between 30 and 60 days to report to prison. He already has completed about 1,000 hours of community service and has warned youths about the pitfalls of guns, drugs, violence. He will need to complete 470 more hours.
He was also ordered to pay a $100,300 fine.
T.I. pleaded guilty last March after he was arrested in 2007, attempting to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers. The arrest happened blocks away from where he was to headline the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta hours later.
According to the Associated Press, Chicago rapper Kanye West will be starting a new tour inspired by his 2008 chart-topping album 808s & Heartbreak. With an expected kick-off in Europe, West will maneuver his way throughout the continent beginning in July, with a return to the states by fall.
While the tour has no set dates as of yet, nor an official theme, West has stated that work with Spike Jonze (who directed West’s latest music video “See You In My Nightmares”) and The Jim Henson Company have been significant contributors behind the creation of this new tour.
Speaking on his 2008 “Glow in the Dark Tour,” Mr. West explained the thought process of changing an otherwise ordinary Hip Hop concert into a musical and visual spectacle for his 2007 release Graduation.
“The last [tour] was done because I didn’t feel like doing a rap show, because of all I was going through in my life. All I felt like was playing with ‘Star Wars’ [toys] and being Luke Skywalker. So I figured you know, ‘I’ll do a rap show if I can just be like Luke Skywalker every night.’ And so I just wrote my own sci-fi and played in it.”
Now, with a whole new tour to plan, West intends to provide his fans with a show that shares continuity with his latest album. “[‘808s & Heartbreak’] subject matter was real life; the medium was melody. And the format was very similar to the way people would organize a fashion show, more so than an album. And I felt like this was my [fashion] season…I deliver my music more as a designer than a producer now.”
Clothing designer Marc Ecko -- who famously bought Barry Bonds' controversial record-breaking home-run ball and put an asterisk on it -- is now in danger of being caught in a squeeze himself.
Ecko has hired investment bank Peter J. Solomon to help refinance at least $170 million in debt owed to two key business partners, sources told The New york Post. With lenders scarce, sources say his empire may be dismantled as he sells off assets to pay creditors.
After a disastrous holiday season that forced heavy markdowns at department stores including Macy's -- where Marc Ecko is the largest supplier of young men's clothing -- sources said the company owes more than $100 million to Li & Fung, a global trading company that helps manufacture Marc Ecko's inventory.
To make matters worse, Marc Ecko has defaulted on a term loan of more than $70 million from a syndicate led by commercial-lending giant CIT, sources said.
While Marc Ecko has won forbearance on the loan, CIT "wants their money," and will have to be paid in full by July and possibly sooner, according to one source. Accordingly, Ecko is "scrambling to avoid bankruptcy so he doesn't lose every stitch of equity he's got," the source added.
"We're pretty confident that this is n't an issue that's life-threatening at all," Michael Golden, chief marketing officer at Marc Ecko Enterprises, told The Post. "In our case, we have more than enough assets to pay off that term loan, and we have more than enough time."
Golden characterizes the $100 million due to Li & Fung as "normal trade payables" that fluctuate with seasonal inventory. And while he admits that "some businesses are doing better than others," Golden noted strength in the company's licensing and international units.
Nevertheless, sources said Marc Ecko's executives and bankers alike have been lobbing phone calls to rivals, trying to unload the company's brands in exchange for cash. Having slashed its bloated expenses in half, Marc Ecko is desperately trying to lease out chunks of its 280,000-square-foot headquarters on West 23rd Street -- which includes a half-size basketball court.
The dire scenario is a far cry from a few years ago, when Marc Ecko had entertained potential offers from Jones Apparel Group and Tommy Hilfiger. At one time, both firms were weighing bids for Marc Ecko in the $500 million range, according to one source.
Source: Ny post
Jay-Z will be headlining the first concert at Arizona Stadium since 1977 next month.
According to UA News, the concert is dubbed the "Last Smash Platinum Bash," and will take place on April 29th.
Jay-Z will share the stage with Kelly Clarkson, Third Eye Blind and The Veronicas.
The "Platinum Bash" will mark Jay-Z's first major concert of 2009.
Arizona Stadium is an outdoor football stadium on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. The last concert at the stadium was by the rock group Fleetwood Mac in 1977.
Tickets for the event went on sale March 26th at the ASUA's website. Only 17,000 tickets will be sold.
A dispute over whether singer Akon’s producer Detail owes Death Row Records founder Suge Knight money has spiraled out of control.
The feud first blew up last month at a party held by Akon for the NBA All-Star Game at a Scottsdale, Arizona hotel when two employees of Akon allegedly beat up Suge Knight, knocking him out. One of the men, Robert Carnes, was charged with felony assault.
Suge Knight has a long history of not being patient with the legal system. Early this morning, producer Detail’s home was robbed by five men and a man who works for Detail claims Knight is behind it.
Christopher Walker told TMZ the men put a gun to his head, forcing him to the ground and told him they were there to collect a debt for Suge Knight and made off with $170,000 in jewelry and a locked safe that police say amounts to a total haul of around $300,000.
Amazingly, Detail was asleep during the incident and Walker claims the intruders didn’t even wake him up.
Mar 25, 2009
Jim Jones has rejected a plea deal that would have required 10 days of community service for allegedly attacking a rival recording artist's friend.
Jones, 32, was charged with misdemeanor assault after a fight with Javon Smith inside a Louis Vuitton store on East 57th Street. Smith was with R&B singer Ne-Yo.
Defense lawyer Scott Leemon called the case "a setup for a civil lawsuit" and payday for Javon Smith.
Leemon says witnesses reported Jones did not start the fight and is innocent.
C-Murder is home again. The New Orleans rapper made bail Tuesday (March 24) and returned to house arrest two weeks after he was jailed for allegedly leaving his house without permission.
C-Murder is charged with the second-degree murder of 16-year-old Steve Thomas on Jan. 12, 2002. Thomas was shot during a brawl in a Harvey nightclub.
State District Judge Hans Liljeberg revoked C- Murder's house arrest March 11, two days after his house arrest officer jailed him for allegedly leaving his Kenner residence for about 10 minutes just after 3 a.m.
Liljeberg increased C-Murder's $500,000 bond to $1 million. Officials said the rapper is using equity in property to make the bond.
C-Murder's trial is scheduled for April 20.
Mar 24, 2009
Tracklist after the jump
1. DJ Dub - intro
2. Jadakiss - Times Up (Kiss Remix) prod by DJ Rob Dinero
3. Jadakiss / Nas - Strong In The Hood (Kiss Remix) prod by Marc Nfinit
4. Kiss - Beth
5. Jadakiss / Snoop - Lose Your Life (Kiss Remix) prod by DJ Dub
6. Jadakiss / Papoose - Where It Started (Kiss Remix) prod by DJ Nice
7. Jadakiss / Big Pun / Cam'Ron / Styles P / Nore - Banned From TV (Kiss Remix) prod by Super Hero
8. Jadakiss / Jay-Z - So Right (Kiss Remix) prod by DJ Dub
9. Jadakiss - Hit The Hood Interlude
10. The Lox - She Ride Or Die (Kiss Remix) prod by DJ Rob Dinero
11. Jadakiss - New York (Kiss Remix) prod by DJ Dub
12. Jadakiss / Nas - Made You Look (Kiss Remix) prod by Marc Nfinit
13. Jadakiss / Sheek Louch - Pain (Kiss Remix) prod by Super Hero
14. Jadakiss / Mary J. Blige - Family Affair (Kiss Remix) prod by Shag Diggler
15. Jadakiss - Put Your Hands Up (Kiss Remix) prod by Overok
16. Jadakiss - Dear BIG Interlude
17. Jadakiss / Bilal / Dr. Dre - Fast Lane (Kiss Remix) prod by Cynrok
18. Jadakiss / Nate Dogg - The Setup (Kiss Remix) prod by DJ Dub
19. Jadakiss - Gangster Salute (Kiss Remix) prod by Cynrok
20. DJ Dub - Every night Interlude
21. Jadakiss / Notorious B.I.G. - Come On (Kiss Remix) prod by DJ Dub
22. BONUS TRACKS
Eminem, Dr Dre and 50 Cent recently hit the Palms Casino in Las Vegas to film the video for Em’s new single.
The three rap legends hooked up to play poker for the music video to future single "We Made You".
As the above photo shows Shady and mentor Dre both wear matching grey suits while Fiddy keeps it casual in a hat and T-shirt.
Word is Dr. Dre produced the new single. Depsite his apperance in the video, 50 Cent doesnt appear on the track.
"We Made You" will be the first song released off Eminem’s comeback album Relapse.
"Crack A Bottle" previously leaked featuring verses from all three of the Aftermath MCs.
Eminem will release two albums of new material in 2009 while 50 Cent and Dr Dre should also have new LPs out.
Roc-A-Fella Records and Rocawear co-founder Damon Dash has been slapped with divorce papers by wife Rachel Roy, the Daily News has learned.
The stunning fashion designer piled onto Dash's already sizable stack of lawsuits when she filed for divorce from her husband of four years this month in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Ed Hayes, a lawyer for Roy, declined comment, and a Dash spokeswoman did not return calls or e-mails.
An electronic record of the case says the divorce is for "nonmonetary relief" and should be resolved by February.
Dash and Roy, who put her own name on a women's fashion line, got hitched in Mexico in January 2005. They met when Roy was working at Rocawear and have two daughters.
The breakup is the latest legal mess for the has-been hip-hop titan, whose empire - which he once pegged at "about $50 million" in a New York magazine profile - has crumbled under massive debt, bad business deals and one suit after another.
Dash, who in 2005 sold his stake in Rocawear to Jay-Z for $20 million, owes $2 million in state taxes, and a bank has started foreclosure proceedings on his two Tribeca condos.
A Manhattan judge even ordered the city to seize his luxury Chevrolet Tahoe SUV last year when he couldn't make the $714.99 monthly payment. He's also being sued by law firms and landlords for not paying his bills.
The fall has been a spectacular one for Dash, who sipped Champagne on a yacht in Jay-Z's video for "Big Pimpin'" - then emptied his bottle of bubbly onto bikini-clad beauties in a hot tub.
"He's broke, he's got nothing left," a source said.
Dash debuted last year as a theater producer with the "Hip-Hop Monologues," an Off-Broadway account of the life of his latest protégé, rapper Jim Jones.
The production is set to resume performances tonight at 37 Arts in Manhattan.
While he may have been short on cash, Dash wasn't short on confidence when he hyped the show in New York magazine and vowed to make a splashy return to the music business.
"And when I come back, I'm gonna change the economy as well," he said.
Source: New York Daily News
T-Pain got slapped with a lawsuit Monday (March 23) in Broward Circuit Court -- for canceling a major concert in Guyana last month because of alleged kidnap and death threats.
The plaintiff, Hits and Jams Entertainment, says T-Pain became a major pain by making grandiose demands -- from a private jet and FBI protection to a phone chat with Guyana's president.
T-Pain, paid $75,000 in advance, failed to appear, according to the complaint filed by Miami attorney Ron Lowy.
Hits and Jams, the Georgetown-based concert producer and promoter, along with three of its officers, also sued T-Pain's Nappy Boy Touring and Chase Entertainment of Fort Lauderdale.
T-Pain was to headline the Republic Day event on Feb. 23. Hits and Jams provided more than a dozen airline tickets for T-Pain and his entourage, including seven in first class.
The contract also called for: a ''four-star hotel or better'' with Cartoon Network and 24-hour room service; a stadium dressing room with a private bathroom; and bottles of Grey Goose, Gran Patrón Platinum and Hennessy, and Gatorade and herbal tea.
But on Feb. 20, Chase Entertainment's David Abram told the promoters he'd been 'advised by a credible source associated with T-Pain's camp that T-Pain should not `come' to Guyana because he would be killed or kidnapped because Hits and Jams had not paid their 'street guys.' ''
Negotiations failed to allay T-Pain's security fears, although the threats were never substantiated. Two days before showtime, Abram ''offered to return the $75,000 advance payment and to assist with the damage control,'' the suit says. But the promoter said that would not offset damages or ``remedy the disappointment to the Guyanese fans.''
Lowy lodged a $5 million breach-of-contract claim against T-Pain and Nappy Boy. He also filed libel and defamation counts against all the defendants, including Abram.
Responds Abram: ''It was a legitimate security threat.'' Chase, T-Pain's management company, did not want to put the artist in ''harm's way,'' Abram adds.
''We feel horrible about not being able to play the concert,'' he said. ``We are going to do what needs to be done to make this right with the promoters They're a good company. We're a good company.''
Death Row Records has been given another chance and is set to re-emerge this coming April.
The label, which had many of its assets auctioned off earlier this year, will relaunch thanks to the help of E1 Entertainment, best known as, Koch Records.
According to reports, E1 Entertainment will be re-launching Death Row with the release of new music on Record Store Day, which is a national event geared towards celebrating independent music and retailers on April 18.
E1 will be releasing a sampler of unreleased Death Row music on the same day (April 18th, 2009).
Songs featured on the project include Crooked I’s “Hoodstar,” “Pay for the Pussy” by Petey Pablo and “Do What You Do” from Danny Boy.
While making his rounds, promoting the release of his upcoming autobiography Magic City: Trials of a Native Son, Miami rapper Trick Daddy revealed some sad news -- that he suffers from a disease called Lupus.
In an interview with the The Rickey Smiley Morning Show this week, he made the shocking revelation about his struggle with the incurable, possibly life-threatening disease, which is an autoimmune disease that can affect the skin, joints, heart, and several other organs in the body.
According to the rapper, he's had Lupus since the age of 12, and has been dealing with the effects ever since he was diagnosed.
"I went to the doctor like 12 years ago. He took all kinds of tests, because I was trying to get rid of what we call dry skin," said Trick. "She did biopsies and blood tests and swab tests. She told me I have lupus. I am allergic highly to the sun, that's my worst enemy. It's like an AK-47 with a double clip on it. I could jeopardize kidney and liver failure from the treatment and the medication."
Despite being diagnosed at such as young age, Trick Daddy refuses to let it dictate his life. It's just something he has to deal with it, and he's up for the task. "My mama had 11 children from 10 different men. If she can live with that, I know I can live with this," the rapper said.
Lupus took the life of legendary hip-hop producer J. Dilla in February 2006, just three days after his 32nd birthday.
In addition to a new book, Trick Daddy is dabbling into the acting side of entertainment as well. During the radio interview, he announced that he had landed his first major film role, which is slated to begin shooting next week. In the film, Trick plays a gangster.
"They got me playing in a movie with a lot of gangsters from 'The Wire' and the big black films. I can me, I can be a G in it," he said.
Mar 23, 2009
Lupe Fiasco has taken to the social networking microsite, Twitter, to announce some changes about his third album. After originally planning a three-disc work tentatively titled LupEND, Lupe has changed course and plans to name the upcoming album We Are Lasers.
"'We Are Lasers'...comes from some repressed high school outcast shit...blended amidst 'And He Gets The Girl' ambitions," Lupe tweeted over the weekend. Initial reports point to the album being a close-knit affair featuring the rest of his 1st & 15th family, with his longtime producer Soundtrakk handling most of the production.
Aside from name checking a few of his current favorites, including Kid Cudi and the aforementioned Soundtrakk, Lupe didn't provide any other musical details. Although he did add that he would not likely be continuing the string of successful mixtapes, stating, "I don't feel I have to do mixtapes anymore...I think that point was proven..."
Barely three days after it was announced that he would be replacing Forest Whitaker in Sylvester Stallone's upcoming flick The Expendables, 50 Cent has now been replaced by actor Terry Crews.
As reported earlier, 50 Cent landed the role after Whitaker dropped from the flick due to a scheduling conflict but according to AintItcool, Stallone's fan base reacted angrily to the action star picking the rapper.
Stallone has now decided to go with Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris, White Girls).
The Expendables revolves around a group of mercenaries on a mission to overthrow a South American dictator.
The movie is expected to begin filming this month. The film was written by Stallone and he will be also starring and directing.
The film boasts a cast of revered action stars including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
After initial reports that Lil Wayne’s venture into rock music might be shelved, new reports have surfaced that the album may be slated for a summer release.
Rebirth, Lil Wayne’s tentatively titled seventh studio album will be released June 9, according to an article in Rap-Up.
Initially slated for a May 19 release, Rebirth would’ve found itself going head to head with Eminem’s highly anticipated Relapse and Busta Rhymes' forthcoming Back On My B.S.
The June release date will also find Lil Wayne facing stiff competition at cash registers and computers. The Black Eyed Peas and rock band Sonic Youth will also release albums that day.
The first single from the album, “Prom Queen,” reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rebirth’s next single, “Hot Revolver” was recently released to iTunes. The album will also contain a collaboration with Fall Out Boy.
Mar 22, 2009
Fab says LP 'touches on so many issues' from the 1993 movie 'Carlito's Way' but is still relatable.
Fabolous says Loso's Way is still on the way. The Brooklyn native was inspired to record the album after viewing the 1993 Al Pacino drama "Carlito's Way." He says we all have more in common with Charlie Brigante than we know.
"The album is so crazy," he told us on the set of the The-Dream's "Rockin That Thang" remix video. "[My album] touches on so many issues from the movie, but it still [expresses] principles that people go through every day and could relate to. That's why I chose the movie. I was watching the movie and was like, 'The stuff going on in this movie, everybody could relate to it.' Just like how dude came out of jail and was like, 'I'm not going back to jail.' Everybody feels that way on the come-out. It's the journey to do something better. When I was coming out of the 'hood, I felt I wanted to do something better, and [I put] the journey to do something better ... in this album. A lot of things have happened [since my career started]. I've gotten shot, I've got arrested, I've had a baby. All of these things have happened, so I wanted to put that in music form."
In the film, Carlito was expecting a baby before he took that fateful train ride to the great beyond. Fab talks about anticipating becoming a father in a song called "Stay," which features Marsha Ambrosia. And if you're wondering, 'Loso also brings to life the action-packed scene in which Carlito offs a bar full of thugs after yelling, "OK, I reloaded!"
"That's gonna be 'Just Comin' In,' " Fab said. "At the beginning of my joint. In my intro, I'm going in certain places and talking about things, talking about certain things that I don't think people have really heard me talk about or heard how I really feel.
"Right after that, I'm reloaded," he added. "I got a song on the album called 'Pachanga.' We say 'puh-chang-uh' on the song. That was Carlito's man, but we know at the end of the movie that was the dude who got Carlito set up to get shot. You see how friends change in due time. I got a crazy joint on the album that explains how certain things or certain friends change in your lifetime."
Fabolous said the LP should be out sometime between spring and summer.