May 22, 2009
Full TrackListing For Alchemist's Chemical Warfare 2 Revealed, Features Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Jadakiss And More
Currently The album is scheduled to be in stores on July 7 on E1 music, formerly known as Koch Records.
Fulltracklist after the jump
2. “ALC Theme” feat. Kool G Rap.
3. “Lose Your Life” feat. Snoop Dogg, Jadakiss and Pusha T.
4. “Chemical Warfare” feat. Eminem
5. “Grand Concourse Benches” feat. KRS-One
6. “Therapy” feat. Evidence, Blu, Talib Kweli and Kid Cudi.
7. “That’ll Work” feat. Three 6 Mafia and Juvenile
8. “Smile” feat. Twista and Maxwell
9. “Keep The Heels On” feat. Prodigy
10. “Gangrene” feat Gangrene (Oh No and Alchemist) Roc C and Crooked I.
11. “Lights, Cameras, Action” feat. Lil Fame
12. “Some Gangster Sh*t” feat. Fabolous
13. “From Now To Then” feat. Jadakiss
14. “On Sight” feat. Dogg Pound and Lady of Rage
15. “Take A Look Back”
Tracklisting courtesy of XXL
Lil Wayne’s new album Rebirth has pushed back from from June 23 to July 21.
Rebirth was originally supposed to hit shelves in April, but since then it has been pushed back times.
This is officially album push-back number 5.
It is unclear if the several tracks that have leaked on the net will be included on the CD, tracks like “Politics” with Gudda Gudda or “Spit In Your Face” with Kevin Rudolf.
According to Rolling Stone however, the leaked song “Fix My Hat” will be on Rebirth.
In April it was reported that Universal wants to the release Weezy’s Young Money compilation on the same date as Rebirth, which is complicating the drop date. As of press time it is uncertain if that is still the case.
Jay-Z has reportedly bought his way out of album obligations with Def Jam records.
Jay-Z had one contractual album left with the label, presumably the "Blue Print 3" release. However, it appears as if Jay is ready to move on and will allegedly be releasing the highly anticipated LP via his Live Nation partnership, Roc Nation.
Speaking to RapRadar, Jay confirms the move which allegedly ran him about $5 Million.
"I can honestly say, working with Doug Morris and LA Reid has been a unique and fulfilling experience and I respect them immensely. I've been in the family for almost my entire career.
Doug and I spoke directly and had one of the most unique "negotiations" ever.Doug won the toss but, we both won in the end..
I thank him for allowing me to be a completely independent artist. Not every artist can say they own or are given the opportunity to own all of their music."
The man arrested in connection of the murder of rapper Dolla was officially charged murder Wednesday (May 20), but he's saying it was self-defense.
According to an Associated Press report, 23-year-old Aubrey Louis Berry was charged with murder and a pair of assault charges in connection with Monday's shooting at Los Angeles Beverly Center shopping mall.
He appeared in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, and had his bail raised to $5 million. But, he has yet to enter a plea. That will take place during a Friday (May 22) court hearing.
Berry's attorney, Howard R. Price, said his client was acting in self-defense when he killed Dolla, and fired at two other people.
Price said Berry feared for his life after he and Dolla (real name: Roderick Anthony Burton II) had an altercation at an Atlanta nightclub earlier this month.
He went on to say that it was a coincidence that the two men ended up in Los Angeles at the same restaurant (P.F. Chang's China Bistro) on the same day and at the same time. And accused Dolla and his crew of being affiliated with the Crips gang -- one of the reasons his client feared for his life.
According to Berry, Dolla threatened him in the restroom and followed him to the valet area, and that's why he opened fire.
Berry was arrested shortly after the shooting at LAX, with a loaded 9mm handgun tucked into his waistband. He said he was leaving L.A. because he feared for his safety.
May 21, 2009
A 23-year old man was arrested at the LAX airport and taken into custody Monday in connection to the murder of Dolla, real name Roderick Anthony Burton II.
Aubrey Louis Berry, from Snellville, Georgia, is being held on $1 million bond, as police suspect he was the shooter that killed the 21-year old Atlanta rapper.
The gun found on Berry was a loaded 9mm semiautomatic. Two other people, a woman and a man, were also questioned as “persons of interest” concerning the shooting on Monday, though they were not detained.
Several artists within the Hip Hop community, including Jay Rock and Tyga, have spoken out on the tragic death of the young rapper.
Following initial reports of divorce filing between Nas and his soon-to-be-ex-wife Kelis, TMZ recently reveled that Nas does not want to pay Kelis anything.
No spousal support ... nothing.
Kelis officially led to the breakdown of the relationship, Kelis cited "irreconcilable differences" in legal filings.
Nas is firing back. TMZ says that he's filed a legal response, asking the judge to deny her request for spousal support she's seeking, and even asks that she pay her own lawyer's fees.
Both parties, however, want joint custody of their unborn child.
May 20, 2009
01. Diddy Speaks
02. HottestInTheHood.com Intro (prod by DJ Ron & DJ Shusta)
03. Lights Low (Go Hard)
04. Criminal Minded
05. General ft Maino
06. I Aint Goin Nowhere
07. Hottest In The Hood (Remix) ft Diddy, Jadakiss, Rick Ross, Fabolous, & OJ Da Juiceman
08. Gettin' This Money
09. Every Girl
10. I Just Wanna Be ft Ross Fortune & Bingo
11. Good P*ssy ft Ross Fortune
12. Nympho ft Ray Lavendar
13. There He Go w/ Fabolous, Twista, & Paul Cain
15. Take Off Your Clothes
16. First Night ft Ross Fortune
17. Hottest In The Hood (Remix Pt 2) ft Diddy, Julez, Lloyd Banks, Lore'l, Busta Rhymes
18. American Hustla Idol
19. I Got The Hook Up ft Ross Fortune
20. We In Here w/ Fabolous & Paul Cain
21. Nasty Song
22. So Easy
23. Fuckin Yo Girl w/ G Malone
24. Birthday Sex
MTV News has revealed that initial reports indicating T.I. would serve only two months in prison were incorrect.
The Associated Press reported that the rapper would be given credit for 305 days of home detention. However, Charysse Alexander, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia explained that the report it inaccurate.
Alexander explained that while T.I. will be given credit for his home detention, it will go towards his home confinement after he is released from prison. That is to say, after the rapper completes his prison sentence, he will have only about two months of home confinement to serve.
Alexander also indicated that the best anyone serving a year in prison could do is shave 15 percent off of the sentence for good behavior. In T.I.'s case, this would amount to nearly a 55-day reduction.
The lawsuits in Hip Hop seem to be more common now-a-days.
According to his latest twitter update, Russell Simmons may be preparing to sue the very label he started with Rick Rubin in 1984.
"Can't believe I'm suing defjam," the update reads.
"They are now trying to eat my lunch? Unbelievable bulles..unprecedented stupidity on their part"
No word as to why Simmons is preparing to wage a legal war on the label or as to what exactly he is referring to.
Simmons promptly retracted his statement with another update stating "Oops my lawyers are pissed. I wasn't supposed to tweet dat :-(," which he has also since deleted.
Simmons sold his stake in the record company for $100 million to Universal Music Group in 1999.
May 19, 2009
Kanye West pleaded not guilty last week to charges stemming from his run-in with the paparazzi at LAX in 2008.
The producer/rapper was not present during the arraignment in Los Angeles, but his lawyer was there for him and entered the not guilty plea over assault, theft and vandalism charges.
West was arrested at LAX in September of last year, after he and his road manager had an altercation with a paparazzo who had his cam and accessories snatched and smashed on the floor.
The incident was caught on film by TMZ cameras, who blasted it to the internet.
His road manager, Don Crowley, Don C was also charged on two counts of assault, two counts of theft and two counts of vandalism.
West could face up to two and a half years in jail if convicted, while Crowley could face up to five years in prison.
Los Angeles police said a man was fatally shot at the Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles Monday afternoon (May 18), and word is the slain man is Konvict Muzik's young artist Dolla.
Details regarding the shooting are still sketchy, but according to the LA Times, a shooting occurred shortly after 3 p.m. at the entrance of the popular Beverly Center shopping mall in Los Angeles Friday afternoon, following an altercation between a group of men.
LAPD officers were called to the scene where witnesses say they saw a scuffle between a group of men take place, possibly involving a knife.
Shortly after, shots rang out in the valet waiting area of the mall. An employee of the Chipotle restaurant, near the exit, told his store manager that he saw the end of the altercation.
"He saw a lady ... shooting a handgun," the restaurant's general manager, Elsa Hernandez, said.
"The customers were yelling 'close the store, close the store, because somebody is shooting,' " she continued.
Two suspects fled the scene. One is said to have fled in a silver Mercedes, and another in a Nissan Altima. Police sealed off the mall, immediately, and began their investigation.
As of press time, the LAPD had apprehended at least one of assailants at the LAX airport, trying to board a flight. The other may be still at large.
The victim is said to be 21-year-old Atlanta rapper Dolla, who is signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik label. The young rapper signed to the label in 2007, and later that year released his debut single "Who The F*** Is That?" featuring T-Pain, which created a buzz for the rising artist.
He has been working on his debut album, Dollar And a Dream, ever since.
At press time, Dolla's camp were unavailable for comment.
May 18, 2009
Drake's sold out House Of Blues concert in Chicago came to a violent end this past weekend after a 21-year-old man was shot in the buttocks outside the downtown venue.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, the shooting happened just before 4 a.m., as more than 1,000 people were leaving the concert venue at 329 N. Dearborn.
The victim was allegedly involved in an altercation with someone who displayed a handgun.
The victim was subsequently shot as the crowd began to disburst. Chicago Police say the man fled the scene and has yet to be identified.
The victim was listed in stable condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Detectives are investigating the case, and no one was in custody as of Saturday evening.
Lil Kim announced to the Post Chronicle that she intends to secure a publishing deal.
Known for her relationship to Notorious B.I.G. as well as several acclaimed albums, the Brooklyn-born emcee intends to write about her experiences in 2005 and 2006, while incarcerated in Philadelphia's Federal Detention Center, for purgery charges from a 2001 shooting.
Having appeared recently on Dancing With The Stars, the rapper, who received five mics from The Source magazine for her 2005 album The Naked Truth, Lil Kim's been quiet about plans to release a formal album. Instead, the Junior M.A.F.I.A. co-founder will reportedly title her book The Price of Loyalty.
She told the Chronicle, "It's about the things I learned and went through...You don't think about things until it happens to you. The book is going to give people who have been in those situations a bright outlook on life."
Publishers and dates have yet to be revealed.
Jim Jones has plead not guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery charges stemming from an incident earlier this year during a performance in Florida.
Jones allegedly punched Damion Johns, 17, of Panama City, on the lip during a March 13 mtvU-hosted Spring Break concert at Boardwalk Beach Resort.
According to The Panama City News Herald, Johns told police Jones asked him to move, and then hit him because he did not move out of the way fast enough.
Johns said he punched Jones back, and that brought the wrath of Jones' bodyguards, who he said threw him to the ground. One bodyguard held Johns up while the other punched him in the jaw, he told police.
Jones entered a written plea of not guilty via his lawyer, Hoot Crawford, on Friday, May 15th (09).
Jones is also due in court next month for yet another misdemeanor assault charge after allegedly assaulting R&B singer Ne-Yo inside a Louis Vuitton store in New York City.
In a strange turn Of Events, T.I. may only have to do two months of the year long sentence.
The self-proclaimed "King of the South," who faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each charge in his three-count indictment, will be credited for 305 days of home detention he already served after being charged, reducing the sentence to 61 days.
As part of his plea deal, Tip is set to report to Forrest City's (Arkansas) low-security federal prison by noon on May 26 where he will join 1,500 other inmates as he serves his sentence.
Upon his release, Harris will be on probation for three years. He also must pay a $100,000 fine as part of his sentence.
Rumors that Alicia Keys came between couple Swizz Beatz and singer Mashonda have been lingering since they first surfaced sometime last year. While Swizzy has never admitted to it, Mashonda let the cat out the back earlier this year during a radio interview.
In an interview with Angela Yee on Sirius Shade 45, the singer confirmed rumors that superstar Alicia Keys caused a rift in her relationship.
According to Mashonda, she found her suspicions to be true when she discovered credit card statements that matched dates and cities on an Alicia Keys' tour. "That's a true statement, but that wasn't the first," Mashonda explained. However, she said she suspected something was going on before that evidence emerged.
Today in a brand new song, Swizzy finally owns up to it. On the remix for Drake's "Best I Ever Had," the producer/rapper says -- in so many words -- that Alicia owns his heart.
Here's a few lines from the song:
"Wake up in the morning and my baby cooked me breakfast, A's naked wearing nothing on but a necklace ..."
"Yeah, she say she wanna treat me like a king; I get big gifts so the money ain't a damn thing"
"She gave me a party at the Guggenheim ... What's next? The ring? The baby? She really loves me!"
Swizzy admitted to the New York Daily News that he's in love with Keys, but says some of the lines were a bit exaggerated.
"We're nowhere near ready for a baby or a ring," he laughed. "This whole song is not about Alicia. The part about her cooking breakfast for me naked -- she never done that for me."
Swizzy explained that he's kept their relationship under wraps because he didn't want to aggravate Mashonda -- they are currently separated -- and says that what he and Keys have is "so precious."
The couple filed for divorce in February, following a nearly one year separation. But, things are started to get testy, as the pair bicker over money.
Mashonda is seeking interim support for their 2-year-old son, Kasseem Jr., arguing that Swizz has slashed his payments.
Swizz had been paying all of their bills, as well as giving her $5,000 a week. His advisers felt that was too much, so now he pays her $3,500 a month, on top of the bills.
"Swizz has put settlement offers on the table, but Mashonda won't say what she needs," a friend of the couple tells the paper. "She just came back from Paris and London. She drives a Bentley Flying Spur and a Cadillac Escalade. I don't think life's too bad for her."
The friend says Mashonda is resisting his offers "because he's been less than forthcoming about his true financial picture."
Swizz's lawyer, Dan Rottenstreich, added: "He has taken care of her and his son above and beyond what's required."
Mashonda's attorney Bernard Clair commented: "An application is pending before the court, where the facts will be developed."
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