Aug 22, 2009
An Australian promoter has slapped Pitbull with a lawsuit claiming that the rapper skipped out on three shows scheduled Down Under in late 2008 and pocketed the advance.
Jaime Fernandez, a Sydney-based promoter who goes by the name DJ Suave, says he booked Pitbull for three Aussie shows last December, in Perth on Dec. 5, Melbourne on the 6th and Sydney on the 7th. Pitbull never showed, he says.
"We did everything we could to make him happy, sometimes even going that extra mile in order to meet his demands," Fernandez tells New Times in an email interview. "But yet he still refused to get on the plane. Not only that, he also failed to notify that he wasn't coming and also kept half the money for doing nothing at all."
Fernandez declines to say how much money he's demanding from Pitbull. His lawyer, John McIntosh, tells New Times that the suit was filed in Australian courts on June 2 and that Pitbull was served with the papers in Coral Gables two weeks ago.
Pitbull has until Sept. 2 to respond to the claims in Australian court, McIntosh says.
Fernandez says he hates suing Pitbull.
"I'm a huge Pitbull fan. I've always been the first person in Per th to play his music, but justice must be done," he says. "He can say whatever he wants about why he didn't get on that plane, but we would rather leave it up to the courts."
1. Im On One 3:48
2. Lookin At Me 1:43
3. Mr Tonight 3:21
4. Hood Up 2:13
5. Get This Money 2:18
6. Hood Rich 4:12
7. Front Me Front You 1:53
8. Cocaine Pure 3:15
9. 20 Gz 2:11
10. Break Up 2:35
11. The Re-up 2:55
12. Call The Weedman 4:29
13. Start It Off 2:07
14. Yeah 2:40
15. Throw It Away 2:36
16. Awesome 3:13
17. Let em Have it 3:07
18. Keep Gettin It 3:54
19. Go 3:06
20. Burrrr 3:08
21. That Man Hustle 2:13
22. Aint Nothin 1:12
23. You Aint Do It 3:54
24. We Be Steady Mobbin 3:51
25. Got em Gone 4:39
26. Brand New 3:47
Rumors hit the internet yesterday (August 21) that Eminem’s Relapse 2 LP would be released on November 17.
According to Em’s longtime manager and business associate Paul Rosenberg, there is no truth to the November 17 date whatsoever, despite the fact that amazon.com has it posted on its website.
Relapse 2 follows up Shady’s album of the same name that dropped last May. Since landing in stores the highly anticipated album has gone on to sell 1,361,700 copies.
As of press time there is no official date for Relapse 2.
After receiving a judgment last month ordering Nas to pay over $44,000 in monthly child and spousal support, singer Kelis is now requesting an increase totaling over $400,000.
According to court documents filed by Kelis' lawyer, Laura Wasser, her client is entitled to more income since Nas allegedly grosses $244,826.00 per month.
In comparison, Wasser states that Kelis only generates 13,744.00 per month and is dependent on Nas to maintain her current lifestyle.
Kelis is asking for $17,225.00 a month in child support, $72,728.00 in spousal support, retro child support of $29,522.00, and retro spousal support of $281,571.
If the courts approve, Kelis will receive a total of $401,076.00 in addition to the $44,000 plus judgment decreed last month.
The July judgment will be reviewed in September, at which time a judge will make a final decision on what Nas will pay in child support, and how long he will required to maintain spousal support for his ex-wife.
The star couple divorced in April, with Kelis citing irreconcilable differences.
Both parties have kept the matter private, with Nas simply asserting he was a good husband and his happiness at the successful birth of his firs t son, Knight.
At press time, neither Nas nor Kelis could be reached for comment on the latest court proceedings.
Aug 21, 2009
You can never say never, but the chances of the Beatles of hip-hop getting back together are looking very slim. Last month, Game apologized for the friction he stirred while being a member of the G-Unit, and just recently Young Buck went the same route. But could 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo ever find it in their hearts to embrace their lyrically potent onetime crew members?
"Shout to Young Buck," Yayo said standing in the G-Unit offices earlier this week. "I wish you was with us, getting some money, living the life."
Has Yayo's stance actually softened towards Buck after all this time? His response to the Cashville rapper's recent words on cyberspace was, "When I see it, I feel a little sorry for him, because he could be taking the same advantages I'm taking. He could be taking advantage of it, but you don't hear his mixtapes; you don't see nothing from nowhere. I just wish that the guy thought better or was a better businessman, instead of just being a good rapper. "
"You being disgruntled towards 50, now what do you have? You could have been with us in Peru. We went to Switzerland, Istanbul, we went everywhere man. I'm too real for the industry. Even if I was disgruntled about anything, I wouldn't care, because I'm still getting money," Yayo continued. "Still got houses, still got cars, sprinklers still come out the ground. I think people get jealous of 50 of how big he is. You wake up, Mayor Bloomberg is talking about 50. Then in the New York Post, he had two pages. Then he was on Fox 5 [New York] news because we're doing an event for the kids and grown-ups — August 30, come nice, in good behavior. "
"But the thing is, a lot of artists don't hit that plateau where they're on CNN, on Fox 5," Yayo said. "But what happens, when we're around 50 and dudes is in the circles, dudes start to get mad jealous. They want 50's money. That's what happened with Game and Buck, there was no way they were supposed to mess up the money. That's what they did, they started messing up the money."
Yayo said the Unit could never take Game seriously because "Game is bipolar." As for Buck, whom they knew a lot longer and were closer friends with, it doesn't look like Yayo will be slapping him five anytime soon.
"Buck, I think he's at a point where financially, I don't think he got it, homie," Tony explained. "What are you doing? I don't see him anywhere. Even when you don't see me, Yayo's in Peru getting a nice check with 50. You can call it whatever you wanna call it; I'm still buying cars, Louis glasses, Porches. If Buck was around, he would still have these outlets available to him. Why apologize now?"
1 "Winding On Me" produced by Ron Browz feat Lil Wayne & Ron Browz
2 "Hey Joe" produced by DJ Infamous
3 "One" produced by The Inkredibles feat Akon
4 "Put You In The Game" produced by Shief feat T-Pain & OZ
5 "Congratulations" produced by Eric Hudson feat Rico Love & T.A.
6 "Porn Star" produced by Jim Jonsin feat Lil Kim
7 "Cupcakes" produced by Shief feat Ben Soir
8 "Me and My Bitch" produced by Calvo feat OZ
9 "Here We Go" produced by P.I.T. feat Fabolous & Rico Love
10 "Ice Cream" produced by The Inkredibles feat Raekwon & TA
11 "Okay Okay" produced by The Inkredibles
12 "Music" produced by Raw Uncut
13 "Aloha" produced by Rico Love, EHood & E2 feat Pleasure P and Rico Love
Pitbull was honored Wednesday (August 19) at Miami City Hall with a key to the city.
According to the Miami Herald, the twenty-eight-year-old rapper, real name Armando Christian Perez received the key from the city he's made a point to represent in songs such as "305 Anthem," which refers to Miami's area code.
Recently, the rapper has had success with his latest single, "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)," which reached the No. 2 spot on the American Billboard Top 100.
Pitbull's upcoming album, Hotel Room Service, is set to hit shelves on August 31.
The 1st single from Shawty Lo's new album "I Am Carlos"
Aug 20, 2009
Aug 19, 2009
Lil Flip is returning with a solo album that will be released next month. Entitled Respect Me, Flip’s upcoming album will include 15 tracks and is produced by J Silva, who has worked with the likes of Keyshia Cole and Lil Wayne.
"The thing about this album is that it's so reflective of me, my music, life and lifestyle," Lil Flip said in a statement. "Trust me; everything I rap about is based on truth. So when I rhyme dirty style about the Bentleys, the clubs, the platinum, the girls, my life's lessons or whatever, it's not bragging, it's just fact."
The album, which will be distributed by E1 Entertainment, has been described as a combination of street anthems and top-of-the-line production.
Respect Me will be released online and in stores on September 29.
1. What We Talking About ft Jay-Z & Luke Steele (Of Empire Of The Sun)
2. Thank You
3. (D.O.A.) Death Of Autotune
4. Run This Town ft Kanye West & Rihanna
5. Empire State Of Mind ft Alicia Keys
6. Real As It Gets ft Young Jeezy
7. On To The Next One ft Swizz Beatz
8. Off That ft Drake
9. A Star Is Born ft J. Cole
10. Venus Vs Mars
11. Already Home ft Kid Cudi
12. Hate ft Kanye West
14. So Ambitious ft Pharrell
15. Young Forever ft Mr. Hudson
01. Raekwon - Cuban Revolution Intro
02. Raekwon - All That Money Is Us
03. Raekwon - Run Away Ft. Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Method Man & Gza
04. Raekwon - Better Shoot Something
05. Raekwon - Cipher Born Ft. Ghostface Killah & U-God
06. Raekwon - Get Your Shit Beat In Ft. Polite, Chip Banks, Ghostface Killah & Trife Diesel
07. Raekwon - Slang Copulation Ft. Nas, Cappadonna & Ghostface Killah
08. Raekwon - Curiosity
09. Raekwon - Iron Chef Ft. Ghostface Killah, Polite & Inspectah Deck
10. Raekwon - A Wise Man
11. Raekwon - Cuban Revolution Interlude
12. Raekwon - We Gettin' Knots Ft. Fat Joe, Armageddon & Big Pun
13. Raekwon - Fearless Ninjas Ft. Ghostface Killah
14. Raekwon - The All-Time Lineup Ft. American Cream Team, Inspectah Deck & Method Man
15. Raekwon - Live Kid Ft. Notorious Big & Ghostface Killah
The hip-hop journalist who exposed rapper Rick Ross as a former corrections officer in 2008 was shot and killed in Miami, Florida on Friday (August 14).
Don Diva Magazine writer Sam Ferguson's car was showered with bullets as he headed north on the Florida Turnpike freeway on Friday afternoon.
According to local reports, he crashed the vehicle into the highway median and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have launched a major investigation to seek out his killer.
Ferguson, aka P-Man Sam, hit the headlines a year ago when he wrote a piece for Hip-Hop Weekly about old friend Ross, revealing the rapper once worked at a prison.
Ross initially denied the story, but he opened up to Ferguson, a former convict, for Don Diva's October 2008 issue, and came clean.
Afterwards, Ross was said to be unhappy with the article and began a nasty feud with the writer.
Ross recently stated, "Ferguson is a liar, he’s an informant, he’s a rat, he’s a b***h... This s**t (is) about to get deeper than rap."
Don Diva's Editor-in-Chief, Tiffany Chiles, admits she is "deeply saddened by this tragic and senseless incident."
Newly resurrected rap label Death Row Records is expanding into film production.
Death Row Records CEO Lara Lavi said her new Death Row Films division is set to shoot Sons 2 The Grave in Toronto this October, with Tonya Lee Williams, Dorian Harewood, K.C. Collins (Flashpoint) and child actor Cameron Miles Jones on board.
The indie hood drama, written and produced by Lynn Stoltz and near to signing a director, features Collins as a young basketball phenom returning to an embattled inner city ghetto after two gunshots cut short his dream of an NBA career.
"This film embodies what we're trying to do with Death Row, to tell human stories that don't always have happy endings, and that allow us to learn from violence and disenfranchised lives, but not glorify it," said Lavi.
WIDEawake Entertainment Group, Lavi's Toronto-based shingle, acquired Death Row Records out of bankruptcy last January for $18 million.
Death Row Films will tap the rap label's catalogue to score Sons 2 The Grave, before moving on to other projects.
"We're looking at film properties that relate to Boyz 'n the Hood-type stories, and to power the films with Death Row music," Lavi said.
She added the Death Row library, which includes iconic songs and albums by Tupac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Danny Boy, is barely exploited.
"We're sitting here with 10,000 masters, of which only 10% to 15% have been released to the public," she said.
Death Row Records is licensing its songs to film, TV, video game and advertising producers, including to EA Games, and the CSI and Cold Case TV series.
Music publisher Evergreen Copyrights is providing worldwide administration for the rap label.
And Death Row Records is also to re-release on September 1 Dr. Dre's The Chronic. The Chronic Re-lit collectors disc will feature 16 original songs and seven new tunes, and unreleased video of Dr. Dre and other artists.
Death Row is also readying box sets of unreleased master recordings for the holiday season.
Tracklist and download link after the jump
01. Smells Like 9/5
02. What's That Smell?
03. Bang Bang ft. Lloyd Banks
04. That's How You Feel?
05. Fly With Me
06. Always Have a Choice
07. Letter to P
08. Handle My Handle
09. Call from Cousin Ferb (Skit)
10. H is Back
11. You Know My Name ft. Philthy
12. Keep on Talking ft. Prodigy
13. Computer Crash (Skit)
14. Going OT
15. Sex Tape
16. You Take Her ft. Freeway and Termanology
18. 24k Rap f. Raekwon (Bonus)
19. Evil Deeds f. Ghostface & RZA (Bonus)
Workers prepping a Chelsea block for a movie shoot starring Common got a shock Sunday (August 16) when bullets started flying outside a nearby housing project, police and witnesses said.
Feliberto Rivera, 36, was hanging no-parking signs on W. 17th St. near 10th Ave. in advance of a shoot for the sports-themed romance Just Wright when he heard gunshots at the opposite end of the block.
Rivera said he turned around to see what happened and saw a man sprawled out on the street in front of the Fulton Houses.
"I was waiting for him to get up, but he did not," Rivera said. "He yelled, 'Help! Help!'"
"The neighbors kept saying, 'Get up!' Then the ambulance came."
The shooting took place shortly after the unidentified victim parked his car in front of the Fulton Houses around 6 p.m., witnesses said.
After getting out of the car, the victim got into an argument on the street with two guys. When the argument escalated, someone started shooting, hitting the victim twice in the torso and once in the leg, police and witnesses said.
"He was conscious the whole time, just in pain," Rivera said.
The victim was in stable condition at St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan Sunday, a police source said, adding that no arrests have been made.
The car the victim had been driving was registered to Your browser does not support inline frames or is currently configured not to display inline frames. ONG>Prince Harris, 29, of East Harlem, records show, but it was unclear if Harris was the victim.
The Just Wright shoot was expected to take place Monday (August 17), Rivera said.
The flick, due out next year, is about a sports trainer (played by Queen Latifah) who falls in love with a professional basketball player (played by Common) while helping him rehab from an injury.
A hailstorm of stones and bottles rocked a Lil Wayne tour bus after a concert in Arizona last week -- and cops say at least one shot was fired in the melee.
According to police, it all went down after Wayne's show last Wednesday at the Cricket Pavilion in suburban Phoenix -- when 2 buses from his 4-bus entourage stopped at a nearby apartment complex.
Law enforcement sources tell us witnesses saw several women getting on and off the buses -- and it was then that certain people in the complex began to get violent.
Witnesses told police they heard at least one shot fired during the altercation -- though it's unclear who fired it.
Cops arrived to the scene and broke things up -- but we've learned a 15-year-old boy has since filed a police report claiming one of Wayne's bodyguards roughed him up during the chaos, bruising a few of his ribs.
Cops interviewed Wayne at a nearby hotel after the incident, where the rapper told cops he was on one of the buses when the attack started -- but his bus took off almost immediately.
Calls to Wayne's people have not yet been returned.
Beanie Sigel was arrested on a marijuana possession charge in New Jersey early Sunday morning(August 16) while on his way to perform at a local tavern.
According to Philly Burbs, Sigel was found in possession of under 50 grams of the drug during a 12:44 a.m. traffic stop at the intersection of Fort Dix and Main streets, said Sgt. Julian Castellanos, spokesman for the New Jersey State Police.
The driver, Karl S. Dargan, 24, of Philadelphia, and another passenger, Justin S. Gaines, 25, of Westville, Gloucester County, also were charged with marijuana possession of under 50 grams, Castellanos said.
Sigel was set to perform at a private function at Kelly’s Bar on Rexall Avenue but the performance was canceled as a result of his arrest.
Castellanos revealed that all three men are no longer in custody.
Aug 17, 2009
All day Sunday (August 16), Bow Wow has been hinting at a "big" announcement on his Twitter page saying he'd let the cat out the bag when the clock strikes midnight on Monday.
Bow also posted a video on his YouTube page, speaking of a mystery announcement that would be coming soon. "People have been wondering where I've been," the rapper said in a video. "For the past days, I've been here, keeping away from all human contact. Thinking. Strategizing my next move. I'll come out of hiding when it is time. This is a new me. A new look, for now. This is all you see. The mystery continues."
We'll we've gotten wind of some news in his music career that may or may not be his announcement -- that he's signed with a new record label ... Cash Money Records.
"It's the triple threat Bow, Wayne, Drake. Its about to be real stupid," Bow explained, via a UStream session. "Any Bow Wow fan that I let down ... what I am getting ready to do, I got y'all. I apologize to the fans that I let down. It’s finna to go down. Its on now, baby. Me, Drake and Weezy … let's get to the money."
The terms of the deal were unknown at press time. It's also unknown what the first project Bow Wow will release via the new deal will be. But, it's rumored his next album would be titled The Transition To Shad Moss.
In the meantime, the rapper said he plans to release a new mixtape titled Green Light with DJ Ill Will to hold over fans, and will be working on a new movie with Ice Cube called "Lottery Ticket" before hopping into the lab to work on his Cash Money Records debut.
Bow Wow has been signed with Columbia/So So Def since dropping his debut in 2000. Six albums later, it seems it's time for a change.
A teen has surrendered to police in connection with the shooting of eight people last month at the sceond annual 'Trae Day' celebration.
As reported earlier, the drive by shooting took place at the parking lot of Texas Southern University where local parents and children were being treated to live performances and family-friendly events as part of 'Trae Day', which was in honor of Houston rapper Trae.
According to The Houston Chronicle,19-year-old Albert Walker Mondane surrendered to authorities Friday (August 14). He is suspected of being one of an unspecified number of individuals who fired into the crowd.
No motive for the shooting was reported.
Mondane, who is being held on $30,000 bail, has been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.
Drake has already begun working on his highly anticipated debut album, Thank Me Later, tentatively due later this year, but the Young Money lyricist still isn't done pushing his breakthrough mixtape, So Far Gone.
While on the Toronto set for his forthcoming "Successful" video, he revealed to MTV News exclusively that he'll be re-releasing So Far Gone to retail outlets on September 15.
According to Drake, the revamped project will feature most of the familiar tracks that have powered his rise, from the Trey Songz and Lil Wayne-backed "Successful" to his hit "Best I Ever Had."
But there will be a new record, "Fear," added to the track list.
The never-before-heard song will be tacked on to the end of So Far Gone and will serve as the transition from his mixtape to Thank Me Later.
According to Drake, the last line of "Fear" will be the first line heard on his debut.
"I did this song that no one has ever heard before, ever," he explained. "[It's] a song called 'Fear.' I recorded it when I did So Far Gone — the first verse and half of the second verse I had gotten through. But then I just stopped because it was getting eerie. It was getting where I didn't know if I could [finish it]. And then the other night I had a moment and I finished the song. That's go nna be the last song on the retail [version of] So Far Gone. And the third verse transitions into Thank Me Later. So the last line of the third verse is gonna be the first line on my album."
When Drake first created So Far Gone, he said knowing it was a mixtape as opposed to an album fostered a more relaxed creative environment. He said the project wasn't intended for retail. Now, because of his success, it's made it easier for him to rework the mixtape.
"I don't ever look at it and say, 'I wish that was an album,' " he said earlier this year of So Far Gone. "It was important that that was a mixtape, 'cause if it was an album, I don't know if it would've had the same impact. You know, I think the fact that I gave that for free, it was kind of brazen, like, 'What?' Like, 'What do you have in your collection, in your catalog, to be able to throw this out there?' And just while we were creating it, it was all of us, you know — me, 40, Oliver and everyone else involved — it was us just having fun in a stress-free environment because we knew we were going to give it away."
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