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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Wu Tang Clan member Ol' Dirty Bastard will be honored next month by friends and family through a special tribute CD & Dvd release.
According to XXL, All In Together Now Raw: A Tribute To The Ol’ Dirty Bastard, is set to hit shelves next month.
The 10-track disc features appearances from The Rza, Masta Killa, Killah Army, 4th Disciple and Brooklyn Zu, among others.
“Years ago I promised to keep Dirty’s legacy alive so we formed Zu Films and started filming a documentary which tells his life story,” said Raison Allah, ODB’s cousin and Brooklyn Zu MC in a press release.
“But with all the footage and interviews I still felt like something was missing; Dirty was all about the music.
When word got out that we were working on a documentary, Wu fam started sending me so many tracks.
We had so many dope tracks that we didn’t want to wait until the soundtrack until the DVD to put them out.”
“We decided to put out a tribute album every other month until the documentary is released in November,” he continued.
“Each tribute disc will include a short trailer to promote the upcoming DVD documentary.”
ODB died in late 2004 of an accidental drug overdose only two days before his 36th birthday.
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After pleading not guilty gun charges, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rapper Flesh-N-Bones, real name Stanley Howse, has been cleared of any wrong doing by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.
The charges stem from an arrest earlier this month. Howse was arrested by California police after he was stopped in Santa Clarita on April 2nd (09) for a broken brake light.
According to reports, after noticing Howse is currently on parole for a previous probation violation during the stop, officers searched his vehicle, resulting in the discovery of the gun.
Howse pleaded not guilty to the felony count, claiming the weapon belonged to his wife, an officer with the Chicago, Illinois police force.
Howse was forced to remain in custody until Monday, and subsequently had all charges dropped at the Santa Clarita, California courthouse due to new information put forward by his legal team.
"The defense turned over some information, and we investigated and realized we were unable to proceed with the charges as filed, so the judge dismissed the case." Said a spokesperson for LA's District Attorney's office.
"It vindicates what I've said from the start of this case, which is that Mr. Howse did not possess any contraband. When you haven't done anything wrong and you wind up in jail it's a pretty traumatic event. There's still a parole hold, and we hope to get that resolved within the next week" added Howse's lawyer.
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That celeb is former NFL star Michael Vick.
Vick, who is currently serving a 23-month sentence for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy, has reportedly landed a $600,000 deal, according to E! News, to star in his own unscripted reality series, once he's released from federal prison.
Filming is said to start on July 20, and will follow him as he seeks to "make amends for his past," including starting work at a $10-an-hour construction job as he applies for reinstatement in the NFL.
The Hollywood Reporter says that producers courted Vick behind bars and are shopping the series to cable outlets like A&E and Spike TV.
Other reports indicate that the $600,000 figure is on the low side of what Vick is seeking. Vick, who reportedly owes millions to creditors, is seeking a high-dollar figure for his participation in the show.
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