By: Hot Gossip Gal I have yet to get the footage but the minute I do you will have it. Another wardrobe malfunction for Beyonce while preforming in Toronto the other night. As her shirt flew up it revealed to those close enough to see, her rack…turns out B doesn’t wear a bra when performing. Wait until you have a couple of kids ma…make the most of it while you can.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It was a couple of years ago when Kanye West spoke out against homophobia in hip-hop and while he was applauded by liberal thinking fans, other critical fans were waiting for Kanye to come out of the closet. In an interview with NME.com, West shared the fallout of speaking publicly about homophobia in hip-hop. "Speaking out against hip-hop homophobia, some people were like ‘Oh, Kanye must be gay! Look at the way he’s dressing! And why would he speak about it? He’s a gay rapper’," Kanye told U.K.’s NME.com. "And my whole point is, I wouldn’t have spoke on that if I was gay or if I was in the closet. I would have stayed so far away from it. And I’m still homophobic myself to certain extent… You know, I wouldn’t go to a gay parade and feel comfortable. I wouldn’t ever to a gay club or something and just be chillin’ and grab a drink. It’s being in the entertainment world, I meet so many different gay people who are actually nice people. Where I came from, Chicago, being black and being a hip-hop artist, we used to really disrespect gay people. And the thing is, we can’t get close to them with a 10-foot pole. And I realized, ‘Wow, how ignorant has this been?’" Kanye is currently on a promotional tour in Europe stopping by radio and TV shows and also a couple of intimate shows. His single, “Stronger,” currently hold the #1 spot on the U.K. charts.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno As previously reported, VH1’s annual Hip-Hop Honors is going down on October 4 (airing on October honoring Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, Whodini, Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell. VH1 also announced that A Tribe Called Quest has been added to the honoree list as well. The show will feature performances by all the honorees as well as Ciara, Eve, Pharrell Williams, The Game, T.I., Timbaland, Bow Wow, Busta Rhymes, Common, T-Pain, Keyshia Cole and Nick Cannon with an appearance by Chris Rock. The show will be hosted by Tracy Morgan. VH1 is till looking for an unknown producer to score the entire event, with voting set to take place on August 27 at HIP HOP VH1. The winner will get to attend the Hip-Hop Honors event and have a chance to be mentored by ?uestlove of the The Roots.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Word on the street is Mya is shopping her tell all book. Yup I am saddened about this as I never thought I would see the ‘liberated’ artist go pull a Superhead but supposedly she is. And the thing is she is said to be going into more explicit detail that we experienced with Superho…why Mya..why? Oh Cam’Ron what have you done? This is an editorial cartoon in which they visually ‘describe’ what Cam said while being interviewed on 60 Minutes the other month. The paper has obviously come under fire…no wonder Cam is laying low and just to make matters worse here is a skit from the G Unit Radio 25 mixtape LISTEN HERE Hopefully Cam is somewhere regrouping and getting ready to come back with some fire at everyone who has clowned on him lately.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Rumors are circulating that Miss Jackson is actually now Mrs Dupri….the couple are supposed to have tied the knot/jumped the broom/got hitched this past weekend. I had heard it was supposed to be September but maybe that was to throw the press off. Usher take note…this is how to get married discreetly.
By: Rizoh A contractor who claimed that Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) stiffed him for $8,000 has now dropped the criminal complaint, telling a judge that he was concerned for his family’s safety. Apparently, he just learned out about Ja’s weapons charge. “People are asking me, do you know what you are doing?” said the contractor Joel Tobia to a municipal court judge for Bergen County. “I have two children. I am concerned. I hope you are reading between the lines.” The judge replied, “It’s not my job to read between the lines” and proceeded to grant the contractor’s request for the suit to be dismissed. As we reported earlier, Ja Rule hired Tobia to fix a leak at his $3.5 million mansion. Tobia and six of his men reportedly completed the project within three days, devoting 150 hours of manpower to the job. After presenting Ja Rule with a $13,000 invoice for the work, the 31-year old rapper allegedly paid Tobia $5,000 and refused to pay the remaining $8,000. Ja’s legal representative, Brian Neary, said the matter was never a criminal case to begin with. “It was a simple dispute between a contractor and a homeowner,” he told The Bergen County Record. “They happen all the time. Just because Jeffrey is a celebrity doesn’t change the basic argument.” My question is, who in the world would be afraid of little ol’ Jeffrey?
By: Rizoh Will.i.am has hopped on the digital revolution bandwagon. The Black Eyed Peas producer recently launched a digital music store on his site, will-i-am.com. Backed by Musicane, for which will.i.am also acts as head of marketing, the digital store makes songs available for download without digital protection. The launch comes on the heels of will’s upcoming solo album, Songs About Girls, due out September 25th. Fans who want to avoid the record store rush in September can pre-order the album now. All pre-orders come with a free single and some exclusive remixes.
By: Serge History has proven that someone can be the most talented MC in the world, but if you don’t have solid production, you’re more likely to fall flat on your face. Even though fans might sing their favorite artists lyrics for years to come, initially the beat is what’s going to attract them to take a listen. From DJ Premier, to Pete Rock, to 9th Wonder, they’ve all helped MC’s fill their resumes up with head-nodding classics. But if you want to take a closer look into the world of production, then pay close attention to West Coast native J Wells. This producer/rapper first got his start by touring with the Likwit Crew, which consisted of Hip-Hop veterans such as King Tee, and Tha Liks (formerly known as Tha Alkaholiks). After building up his buzz with "The Wolfpac Mixtape" which featured some of the best MC’s the West Coast has to offer, he quickly compiled a working relationship with artists throughout other regions as well. Now he steps back in with his newest creation, "Digital Smoke", a joint project with himself and the one and only Dogg Pound Gangsta, Kurupt. CrackSpace.com had a chance to chop it up with the West Coast beatsmith as he breaks down the creative process of making albums, his association with Kurupt, and the art of making noise. CrackSpace.com: So how did you and Kurupt come together for this album? J Wells: Well we’ve been working together since the Puff, Puff Pass Tour back in 2001. When I first met him, I was on tour with Alkaholiks. So pretty much, we’ve been working together ever since then. We kind of accumulated records over the years, and he came with the idea, and supported me. CrackSpace.com: What would you say is your first love? Producing or rapping? J Wells: My producing is a monster of its own, I’ve been doing that for years. I just produced something for Keyshia Cole’s new album, and I got stuff with Snoop Dogg. I did the Goodie Mob record "Play Yo Flutes" a couple years back, and I’ve worked with Rakim. As a producer, its just been great. But I started off rapping like when I was around 12 years old. Then I started making beats like around 15, so I kind of let it all play itself out. I’ve grown as an artist, but Kurupt always told me to rap. He heard me rap a couple times, and he was digging it. So he kind of encouraged me to step up to that plate. CrackSpace.com: What are some of the things you’d say you learned by working with King Tee and Tha Alkaholiks? J Wells: Just to be yourself, know what I mean. Do what you feel, do what you like, and don’t follow everybody. Just go out there and do real music, like Tha Alkaholiks they always did them. They always had their own sound. Plus just learning all the different elements of Hip-Hop, especially from J-Ro. Like the importance of having a good show, and just about the roots of Hip-Hop, you know. Oh yeah, and of course how to get drunk. [laughter] CrackSpace.com: [laughs] I’m sure that was an important lesson also.. J Wells: [laughs] Yeah man… CrackSpace.com: So were you and Kurupt pretty much on the same page when it came to the creative process of the album? J Wells: Well yeah because we had some songs together already, then we made some songs specifically for the album. We kind of rearranged some things, like I’d go to him for a track listing. He’d be like; "I like this, but add this song", and he say" put a verse here." Then he told me to add my solo song called "Los Angeles" which came out crazy! That was his whole idea, he was like; "people need to hear J Wells, people need to hear you." So I was like "alright cool", and I just followed his direction. So I definitely put some of my best sh*t on there. CrackSpace.com: Do you think there’s any particular thing that makes West Coast production stand out than any other region? J Wells: Well we’ve always had that polished sound, know what I mean. Like Dr. Dre, he’s the biggest producer in Hip-Hop, and he’s from the West Coast; and he’s definitely one of the most polished producers out there. Plus you DJ Quik, Battle Cat, and myself. We pride ourselves in great mixes and sound. CrackSpace.com: Do you have any other projects in the works besides Digital Smoke? J Wells: Well I’m producing for other people. Like I said, I’m working on Keyshia Cole’s next album, and I did some stuff for Rakim’s next record. I have my solo album coming out, and its called the "Inebriated LP." That’s going to be a concoction of party music, and just having fun man, know what I mean. I’m just producing for folks, and putting it down. I just did some stuff for Big Gipp from Goodie Mob, he got another album coming out; and I’m working on some stuff for Nicole Wray too. CrackSpace.com: What advice do you have for other inspiring producers? J Wells: Just to know the essence of beat making, know your roots, and just go in and make your own sound. Know how to take the drums off those old records, and know how to use the break beats. Learn how to be a businessman, because this is a business. So just learn everything you can, so you can be on top of things. Because if not, then you’ll be working backwards.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Eve has the attention of a lot of lesbians out there and I am sure after she went on the record and said her crush is Angelina Jolie her stock will continue to rise. In a recent interview she gave up a little insight about how she gets hit on by the women. Read here Do you get approached a lot by women? "Yeah, I used to more when I first came out. I’ve had people tell me straight up and down that I was gay—I still get it from people. I get more accusations than I actually do get hit on now." Did it make you uncomfortable? "Gay women are way more aggressive than men—I will definitely say that. [Laughs] But it doesn’t bother me. I’ve never been disrespected in any way. If I’m like, "Yo, I get it, but I don’t swing that way," then it’s all love."
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno For those of you expecting to see DMX and Nas star in the sequel to Hype William’s move “Belly,”, it’s looking like it’s not going to happen. According to a recent report from ESPN, the film “Belly 2” stars The Game in the lead role and is currently in post-production, which means they’re finished filming. There’s no word of Nas or DMX being in the film. In a 2006 report DMX and Nas were said to be reprising their roles with X’s character heading to Africa to hunt down Nas’ character. The film is being produced by Verso Entertainment, which is owned by Golden State Warrior Baron Davis. Apparently the film will be released later this year through Lionsgate films. There’s no other information available.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been 15 years since Dr. Dre dropped “The Chronic” and now the super-producer wants it back. He’s filed a lawsuit against Death Row Records and Suge Knight in order to get the rights of his classic album back. Death Row and Suge are currently in bankruptcy court and are about to auction all of the label’s assets including the copyrights of “The Chronic.” According to Billboard, around March 1996, Dre agreed to relinquish his 50 percent ownership of Death Row Records, as well as hand over copyrights to the album on the condition he continue receiving royalties as he was leaving the label. According to Dre’s suit, he’s held up his end of the bargain but Death Row has failed to pay him his royalties, so back in 2000 he took back his agreements and asked for the copyrights of his album back. In the suit Dre says this makes him the rightful owner of the album and it shouldn’t be included in the asset auction. Dre is also asking that Death Row pay him the royalties from the last 11 years that he never received.
By: Hot Gossip Gal A waitress in a Manhattan restaurant has blasted Flavor of Love reject New York for being racist and rude…why do I find that hard to believe? Turns out the waitress had complimented Tiffany on her show and her sense of humor then had gone to shake her hand BUT New York was having none of that..uh oh..New York told the gal she had a cold after she looked her up and down…but was later to be seen shaking hands with another waitress who was black… Why was home girl surprised?
By: Rizoh 50 Cent doesn’t just rap about getting money; he’s constantly working on sustaining the reality of that lifestyle. Fifty has added a new dietary supplement company to his ever expanding empire, which includes Glaceau-manufactured Formula 50 Vitamin water and a clothing line. “I’m getting ready to do a dietary supplement company, so I have a nutritionist and a physical trainer travel everywhere with me,” Curtis told the Evening Echo. The 32-year old rapper is also preparing for a boxing-themed film, The Dance, alongside Nicolas Cage. “I’m preparing for a boxing film. I’ll be working out with boxer Roger Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather’s uncle.”
By: Rizoh Rumors of a Foxy Brown pregnancy have been swirling on the Internet since June, but Foxy has now confirmed the reports.If the latest report by the New York Post is anything to go by, Foxy Brown is expecting her first child as we speak. Miss. Brown was quoted as telling the Post, “I’m getting married in September. I’m pregnant.” Brown didn’t reveal the identity of the lucky baby daddy. On a related note, Foxy found herself in trouble with the law for the umpteenth time, after speeding past a stop sign while talking on a handheld cellphone simultaneously. During the traffic stop, the 27-year old rapper was arrested for giving police false information. The troubles didn’t stop there. A quick check of Foxy’s SUV indicated that the registration had been suspended. Consequently, she was shuttled off to police headquarters, where she was issued seven traffic tickets and released on her own recognizance. She’s been ordered back in Mahwah, NJ municipal court on Sept. 4.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno By now everyone has heard about the SOHH.com interview where 50 Cent said that if Kanye West’s album outsells his album when they both drop on September 11 that 50 would retire and no longer release albums. Kanye responded to the 50 comment during U.K. talk show Friday Night Project. “I really like 50,” Kanye said. “I don’t want him to retire once my album sells the most. Let me say this, please 50, do not retire once my album sells and beats your album! Please, do not retire, please! I like his songs, I’m a big fan!”
iHipHop Blog Team