By Quibian Salazar-Moreno A few years ago, Diddy hit Broadway as part of the “A Raisin in the Sun” cast alongside Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan and Audra McDonald. The Broadway show received critical acclaim and apparently, Diddy didn’t do half bad. So earlier this year a television version of the Broadway play was produced with everyone resuming their roles including Diddy. Of course, they couldn’t count Diddy all the way out since he also helped produce the telepic through Bad Boy Worldwide with Sony Pictures TV and Storyline Entertainment. The telepic will premiere on February 25 on ABC after the telecast of the 80th Academy Awards. For those unaware, “A Raisin in the Sun,” is play by Lorraine Hansberry that tells the story of a family living and struggling on Chicago‘s South Side in the 1950s.
By: Hot Gossip Gal …just what every man wants..the attention of Superhead. Here is what she has to say about Weezy in her recent interview with Essence "He’s not my boyfriend, but I’m closer to Wayne and we’ve spoken every day for the last six months. I can’t start or end my day without talking to him. And we don’t necessarily talk on the phone, but we text each other all the time. It’s a perfect relationship. He knows that no matter who he’s with and vice versa, we love each other. We don’t have any surprises. If I were to see him kissing a girl tomorrow, it would be okay because I already know about it." Girl please…how many times you played this song??? IS she trying to say that if Weezy wanted her as his girl he wouldn’t be able to have her? Please..this chick knows these dudes want only one thing from her and she tries to play it like she has the upper hand in these ‘jump off’ situations. Karrine you just aren’t wifey material ma.
By: Rizoh What do you do when your group is widely considered a has-been and your last two albums have failed to put you back in the spotlight? Easy—you sign to Cash Money Records. The Dogg Pound duo of Daz and Kurupt have joined Baby and Lil’ Wayne at Cash Money Records. The group left a message on their website officially confirming the new deal. They added that a new album is also in the works, to be released via Cash Money. DPG’s last disc, Dogg Chit, was released in March via Daz’s DPG Recordz in conjunction with Koch Records. Dogg Chit, which was conceived as a sequel to the classic Dogg Food, only managed to sell 12,000 units in its opening week.
By: Rizoh Method Man is joining the back-to-school hustle this fall, as part of a plea deal from his DUI charges. After being arrested for marijuana, the Wu-Tang vet didn’t want to spend his valuable time in prison so he copped a plea deal. Meth, whose career has been largely synonymous with huffin’ and puffin’, will now work with prosecutors on a city-wide tour of high schools to warn kids about the dangers of drug abuse. Mef Man’s attorney boasted that his client is “thrilled to do it,” adding that he “never been in trouble before. He’s not a stereotypical rapper.” The 36-year old rapper was arrested in May after police found marijuana inside his SUV. He was consequently charged with DUI and drug possession, but prosecutors reduced the drug charges to disorderly conduct as part of the plea deal.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Since the Mighty Mos Def reps Brooklyn and New York to the fullest, he’s not used to the paparazzi’s flashing cameras in his face, so he took matters into his own hands. In footage caught by a TMZ.com cameraman, Mos is seen trying to talk the photographer out of keeping his picture. “I’m not used to that, I’m from Brooklyn and I’m not for that,” Mos told the photog. “If someone put their hand in my face, I respond like someone is putting their hand in my face. You put you camera in my face and I don’t know you, and it has nothing to do with this town or what I do for a living, it’s a matter of respect. So I’m asking you man-to-man, please erase my photo because I don’t know you like that.” The courageous heavy-set photog flat out said “No.” Then one of Mos’ boys tried to be quick and grab the dudes camera, but he wasn’t letting go. Mos then jumped into the fracas for a moment before he realized that cameras were filming him and tried to explain himself. “I’m not trying to damage nothing or hurt him,” Mos explained. “I asked him nicely to erase my photo.” CLICK HERE TO VIEW
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno He’s worked with everyone from Black Thought, Guru, and C.L. Smooth to Mos Def, El-P and Aesop Rock, and now DJ Krush is telling his life story in a new 3-DVD documentary called “History of DJ Krush.” In Krush’s early life he was part of the Japanese mob, The Yakuza, but cut ties with the criminal underworld after seeing his friend get his finger cut off. He turned his attention and passion to hip-hop after watching “Wildstyle”. He’s a pioneering DJ in Japan and started his solo career in 1992. During his career he’s released 10 albums and collaborated on many other projects. The documentary follows his career from recording his breakthrough album, “Meiso,” in 1995 to his 2006 world tour which includes a DJ set performed on a specially-constructed stage on the rooftop of a building in Tokyo. The 3-DVD set includes two documentaries and a collection of all of his videos. The DVD set will hit stores on September 18 and will head out on a nationwide U.S. tour to promote it. Here is the current itinerary: Thu Oct 4 New York Highline Ballroom Fri Oct 5 Montreal Le National Sat Oct 6 Washington, DC 9:30 Club Mon Oct 8 Toronto Mod Club Tue Oct 9 Cleveland Heights the Grog Shop Thu Oct 11 Minneapolis Foundation Fri Oct 12 Chicago Smart Bar Sat Oct 13 Atlanta The Loft Tue Oct 16 Orlando The Social Wed Oct 17 St. Petersburg The Bishop Fri Oct 19 Dallas Minc Lounge Sat Oct 20 Denver Bluebird Theatre Mon Oct 22 Portland Holocene Wed Oct 24 Vancouver Commodore Ballroom Thu Oct 25 Seattle Neumos Fri Oct 26 San Francisco Mighty Sun Oct 28 Pomona Glass House Tue Oct 30 San Diego House of Blues Wed Oct 31 Hollywood Knitting Factory
By: Hot Gossip Gal Why do these so called artists feel the need to do this and in embarrassing themselves try to do the same with kids who should be studying or something? This is straight up trash and of course you can find this BS on BET if you looking. It aired on 106 and Park the other day.
By: Rizoh 50 Cent has a history of dissing rappers right on the heels of a new album release. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to that Fif has now unleashed two different tracks hauling verbal slugs at everyone from Jimmy Iovine to Lil Wayne. 50’s latest diss, “Part Time Lover,” takes aim at Lil Wayne and Baby. “It’s more than your body baby; damn it’s your brain. You make me wanna kiss you like Baby kissed Wayne,” quips 50 on the song, “and make you call me ‘daddy’ like Baby do Wayne. Damn this shit sounds gay it’s insane. I guess that’s the price the lil n***as pay for fame.” Another dissfest titled “Southside” finds Curtis flipping his Interscope boss the middle finger. “Think Jimmy Iovine my boss? F*ck Jimmy Iovine!,” barks 50, “I’m from 134th Street — I ain’t got no motherf*ckin’ boss.” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
By: Rizoh The RIAA is back at it again. As part of their education and deterrence campaign, the RIAA has unleashed a new batch 503 pre-litigation settlement letters to 58 universities on throughout the United States. As the title suggests, pre-litigation settlement gives students accused of illegal file sharing an opportunity to resolve the dispute before an official lawsuit is filed. Students have the option of settling the claims at an agreed rate before the issue goes to court. Universities contacted by the RIAA include: Duke University, Boston University, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, North Carolina State University, University of Maine System, Columbia University, University of California–Los Angeles, University of Texas at Austin, Boston College, Carleton College, Georgetown University, Indiana State University, Marshall University, New York University, Tulane University, University of Virginia, Bethel University, California State University—Fresno, California State University, Sacramento, Colgate University, Emory University, Loyola University Chicago; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Mississippi, Allegheny College, Gettysburg College; Lehigh University; Seton Hall University, University of Kentucky, Washington University; Bryn Mawr College; Bucknell University, California State University, Chico; Creighton University; Florida Institute of Technology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Rice University; Texas A&M University, University of Florida, University of Notre Dame, Bowdoin College, Haverford College, Mt. Saint Mary College, Pepperdine University, San Jose State University, Smith College, Trinity College; University of Minnesota – Duluth, American University, California State University, Stanislaus; San Diego State University; University of Hawaii, Villanova University, Swarthmore College, Virginia Military Institute, Wellesley College, and Oberlin College. Since February 2007, the RIAA has sent an estimated 2,926 pre-litigation settlement letters to universities across the country.
By: Hot Gossip Girl Kanye is getting ready to launch his fashion line Pastelle…not saying anything BUT you can kind of understand where Beans was coming from with his comments can’t you with that name? Expect to see the stuff on shelves in November. Michael Vick a member of Al Quaeda This law suit was filed against the Atlanta Hawk by someone locked up in South Carolina who is suing Vick for $63 million. Well you gotta have something to come home to. Dude is saying Vick stole his pitbulls…sold them on E Bay and then went on to buy weapons from Iran with the loot he made on the dogs. Boy oh boy…I am sure the Feds will look into this bs too.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though Raekwon’s “Only Built for Cuban Linx II,” was promised a 2007 release it looks like it might be early 2008. In a recent interview with Billboard.com, Raekwon said that he had to put his solo album on “freeze” because he had to work on the new Wu-Tang Clan album, “8 Diagrams,” due out November 13, which is also the third anniversary of Ol Dirty Bastard’s death. "I guess RZA stressed to the people he had to about how much that date meant to us," Raekwon told Billboard.com. "It’s like just thinking about our brother, just wanting to keep him around us mentally, y’know?" Rae did say that Cuban Linx 2 is 99 percent finished and will feature production from Dr. Dre, RZA, and J. Dilla. For the moment however, he’s currently promoting his new group, Ice Water, whose debut album, “Raekwon Presents… Ice Water: Polluted Water,” drops on August 28. The album features appearances from Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Three 6 Mafia, Jagged Edge and others.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Looks like MTV is trying their hand at the celeb-reality competition shows, but with an MTV-style. On August 30, the channel will premiere its new show, “Celebrity Rap Superstar.” The show follows eight rappers, who will include Tone Loc, Warren G, and Paul Wall who try to train eight celebrities, one of them superstar blogger Perez Hilton, for eight weeks. Every week the contestants will perform covers of rap hits, write and perform their own rhymes and compete in freestyle competitions in front of a panel of judges and live audience. After each week’s performance the audience will vote for their favorite performance, and the celeb with the least amount of votes will be eliminated. Similar to Dancing with the Stars, the celeb emcee left standing will come out on top as a Celebrity Rap Superstar. Fans can go to MTV.com to get info on the show, the cast and behind the scenes drama.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Not at all, but that is what Al Sharptons camp are saying about DB after he publicly spoke out about his dislike for Sharpton saying ‘he can suck my d**k.’ Banner is heated and rightly so about how there are kids being shot and all Sharpton is bitching and complaining about is the lyrics in Hip-Hop…politics and Hip-Hop will they ever get along? Mary J Blige Pregnant I heard that the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul is pregnant. Want to offer up congrats to Mary and Kendu…
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