Saaphyri, the winner of VH-1′s Charm School is currently pregnant. Words are quickly going around Los Angeles that the baby was fathered by Death Row Records’ boss Suge Knight.
Louisiana rapper Mystikal’s bid for parole was recently denied by a parole board. Mystikal, aka Michael Tyler, is serving a 6-year sentence for sexual battery and extortion, after he forced his hairstylist to perform sexual acts on him. He has been incarcerated since 2003 and from the looks of the parole board will have to finish out his full sentence. Mystikal should be out in 2008. source
Duck Down Records is continuing its expansion and doing so by adding two of the most highly respected talents in Hip-Hop to its roster of artists: THE TEACHA himself, KRS-ONE and DJ Revolution. KRS ONE AND BUCKSHOT Team Up For New Album: KRS ONE is a significant figure in the Hip-Hop community and is often credited by critics and other Hip-Hop artists as epitomizing the "essence" of an emcee. It is no surprise then, that KRS-ONE decided it would make the most sense to combine forces with Buckshot, of Black Moon and record a new album on Duck Down Records. Buckshot shares similar philosophies as KRS-ONE, one of which is the notion of the "Stop the Violence Movement," which KRS-ONE is actively involved with. KRS-ONE turned to Dru Ha and Buckshot (co-owners of Duck Down Records) to bring a certain sound and production to this upcoming project, a request that Duck Down Records Co-President Dru Ha was honored to fulfill “To say we are honored and humbled would be an understatement. Buck and I have known KRS since our early days in the game, back when we were recording at D&D Studios and he directly influenced the name of the labelwith his song "Duck Down” (sucka Mc’s Duck). He was also instrumental in one of Buck’s first and biggest records as Da Beatminerz flipped the "How Many MC’s" vocal sample from KRS. But with the nostalgic feelings of KRS being one of my favorite MC’s growing up to the side, it’s KRS’s continued relevance of today that’s most exciting. KRS has a message in his lyrics, a gladiator performer who reps the culture and posses all the qualities that an MC should embody: Meaningful lyrics, mastery of the flow, intense creativity and a ferocious live show. I know how much respect Buck has for KRS, so I can only imagine how this will elevate his game. It’s Old School to those that don’t keep up with the current works and movements but to me, I would call it Now School.” Three tracks have already been recorded and the chemistry between the two artists is very natural. Buckshot described the work as"CONFLOSATION,even when KRS ONE is flowing he’s having a conversation with his audience. This collaboration with KRS-ONE is going to be an album full of Hip-Hop conversation, ranging from New World Order, to socially conscious topics such as unemployment, poverty, and politics. At the same time, we will speak to the streets, as that is what I’m known to do. It’s a dream to be able to work with KRS-ONE. Before I even began rapping that is who I checked for. I kept the “Blue Print” album on me at all times. That is all I listened to for an entire summer." Check for the KRS-ONE & Buckshot’s album later this year on Duck Down Records. In related news, 9th Wonder & Buckshot’s "The Formula" album will be in stores April 15th on Duck Down Records. DJ Revolution Preps "KING OF THE DECKS" Album DJ Revolution has spent 15 years perfecting his craft on the 1200s. Revolution has done just abouteverything you can think of with records. Spun ’em, scratched ’em, juggled ’em, sampled ’em, collected ’em, produced ’em, sold ’em, distributed ’em, promoted ’em, and so on. Aside, from being the DJ, producer and editor for the world famous "Wake Up Show," based out of LA on Power 106 and Syndicated across the nation, DJ Revolution is a renowned producer with credits on albums by: KRS-ONE, Defari, Dilated Peoples, Planet Asia, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, Crooked I, Slum Village, El Da Sensei and Akrobatik to name just a few. DJ Revolution is also a veteran stage show DJ who has toured with artists such as Rakim and Kanye West. Now DJ Revolution is readying his new project "KING OF THE DECKS" to be released on Duck Down Records in 2008. The album currently features appearances from: *KRS ONE *Sean Price *Tash *Crooked I *Bishop Lamont *Dilated Peoples *Alchemist *Royce 5’9" *Guilty Simpson *Q-Bert *Blaq Poet *Spinbad *Defari *Kidz In The Hall *Buckshot *Bumpy Knuckles *Planet Asia DJ Revolution’s attention to detail and his genuine respect for the craft of Hip-Hop music is what separates him from other DJ’s, as quoted by saying: "despite today’s DJ’s being ‘psuedo-lebrities’ and as big and trendy as ever, they are almost completely disconnected from Hip-Hopin the eyes of the general public. Through this record I’ll attempt to reconnect the DJ with Hip-Hop, re-introduce the DJ to those who forgot what wereallydo and re-define what is possible in recorded music for the DJ as an artist." Expect to see DJ Revolution’s "King of The Decks" album in stores fall 2008.
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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton debated for the 20th time Tuesday night at Cleveland State University about health care, trade, Iraq and their own campaign tactics. Clinton was clearly intent on positioning herself as a fighter who could take on Republicans in the fall and all enemies, foreign and domestic, after that. Obama by contrast seemed far more interested in establishing himself as a cool conciliator, who could bridge the differences that divide his party and the nation. According to CNN estimates, Obama leads Clinton in the delegate race, 1,360 to 1,269. In all, 2,025 delegates are needed to seal the Democratic nomination. Tuesday, March 4th Primaries: Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont On the Republican side, a conservative radio talk-show host said that "he’s had it up to here" with Sen. John McCain after the GOP presidential candidate repudiated the commentator’s remarks about Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at a campaign event. "John McCain threw me under a bus — under the ‘Straight Talk Express,’ " Bill Cunningham told CNN on Tuesday, referring to McCain’s campaign bus. Earlier Tuesday, Cunningham spoke at a McCain campaign event in Cincinnati and called Obama a "hack, Chicago-style Daley politician." "All is going to be right with the world when the great prophet from Chicago takes the stand, and the world leaders who want to kill us will simply be singing ‘Kumbaya’ around the table of Barack Obama," the commentator told the crowd. Cunningham, known for his flame-throwing style, repeatedly used Obama’s middle name — Hussein — during his remarks, made as a warm-up for the audience waiting to hear Mc Cain speak. In his first public comment since Tuesday’s event, Cunningham defended his use of Hussein, which he called "a proud Muslim name."
Music writer/artist/producer Stephen "Static/Major" Garrett died unexpectedly on Monday in his hometown of Louisville, Ky. The cause of death is still under investigation. Static/Major career work consist of: Albums 2008: Suppertime Singles 2008: "I Got My" (featuring Lil’ Wayne) Songwriting/production highlights 1996: "Pony" for Ginuwine 1998: "Cheers 2 U" for Playa 1998: "Are You That Somebody?" for Aaliyah 1998: "Same Ol’ G" for Ginuwine 1999: "Eyes Better Not Wander" for Nicole Wray 1999: "So Anxious" for Ginuwine 2000: "Say My Name (Timbaland’s Remix)" for Destiny’s Child 2000: "Try Again" for Aaliyah 2000: "Come Back In One Piece" for Aaliyah (featuring DMX) 2001: "We Need a Resolution" for Aaliyah 2001: "More Than a Woman" for Aaliyah 2002: "Addictive" for Truth Hurts 2004: "Come as You Are" for Brandy 2006: "Tell Me" for Diddy (featuring Christina Aguilera) 2007: "On the Hotline" for Pretty Ricky 2007: "Juicy" for Pretty Ricky
Below is the tracklisting forFlo Rida’s debut album MAIL ON SUNDAYin stores March 18th. 1.AmericanSuperstar feat.LilWayne 2.AckLikeYouKnow 3.Elevator feat.Timbaland 4.Roll feat.SeanKingston 5.Low feat.T-Pain 6.Priceless feat.Birdman 7.Ms.Hangover 8.StillMissin 9.InTheAyer feat.Will.I.Am 10.Me &U 11.AllMyLife 12.Don’tKnowHow toAct feat.YungJoc 13.FreakyDeaky feat.TreySongz 14.MoneyRight feat.RickRoss &Brisco
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"The inspiration was just my personal life, personal tattoos, what I’ve been through as a man and as an artist. The actual logo is an African symbol that means bravery and fearlessness, because in life that’s what you need when you’re going after a vision. And [when you’re] determined to make something happen in life, you have to have bravery and fearlessness" "Not the false bravery and fearlessness or foolish pride or ego, I’m talking about when they [say] you can’t start your business, when they tell you you’ll never make it as an artist or executive, when they tell you things that are negative in that respect, that kind of bravery and fearlessness in the face of adversity. That’s what we’re doing" LL is kicking off his official launch of Todd Smith with several in-store events nationwide. Meet Todd Smith at Macy’s! March 1 – Miami, FL @ Macy’s Adventura, Adventura Mall, 2- 4 PM March 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Macy’s Fox Hills, Fox Hills Mall, 2-4 PM April 5 – St. Louis, MO @ Macy’s St. Louis, Galleria Mall, 2-4 PM For more information click toddsmithny LL is also gearing up for Todd Smith, which is due out in March 21st. The album will feature appearances from Mary J. Blige, 112 and Teairra Mari. source
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