Clothing retailer Gapcompleted their "Sound of Color" campaign today. The ad was conceivedby assigning five artists a color and having them create an original song based upon theprearranged color. Rapper, producer and Full Surface Records founder Swizz Beatz teamed up with up-and-coming director Tom Gatsoulis on the song "Candy Green." Swizz has previously appeared in Gap advertisements, and will have the benefit of retaining the rights to his music after the month-long viral campaign is finished for Gap. "I didn’t want to do a song I wasn’t comfortable giving to the DJs," Swizz tells Billboard. "I took the approach of, ‘How would I use green in a painting without making green the main ingredient, and use it in the slickest way?’" Gap director of advertising Jamie Gersch says the goal of the campaignis to connect with people via digital media and convey the emotion of the company’s new spring line. Swizz is the sole Hip Hop artist featured in the campaign, which also includes the Ravonettes, Dntel, the Blakes and Marie Digby.
A concert featuring rap duo Dead Prez resulted in more than $30,000 in damages and an overturned Thurston County Sheriff’s patrol car during a riot that took place after the performance on Friday (February 15) at The Evergreen State College. A campus police officer was dispatched around 1:30 a.m. following a report of a fight inside the College Recreation Center where the group Dead Prez was performing. The female officer arrested a man and placed him in the back of the patrol car. Some of the concert goers were taunting and questioning the actions of the officer, said Trooper Brandy Kessler of the Washington State Patrol. After the arrest, Kessler said, a member of the hip-hop group reportedly told the crowd, “They’re taking one of our people. Go take care of it.” “It sounds like the band may have been encouraging them a little,” she said. But some of the people at the concert said the band member only told the crowd to get the officer’s badge number and look after the man. Six sheriff’s deputies who arrived to assist the campus officer reported that several people in the crowd were throwing rocks, bottles and even a garbage can at the them, and others were grabbing at the deputies’ guns. Some in the swelling crowd kicked the patrol car, broke its window, wrote graffiti on it with black marker and rolled the vehicle onto its roof, Kessler said. Two hundred people were at the scene at one point, she said. SOURCE
Yep, that’t the word on the street. "Right after season two wrapped Flav got yet another woman pregnant," our spy said. "He decided he was in love with her and they got engaged. He never even bothered to call Deelishis after the reunion show. He has a fiancée he’s in love with and doesn’t want to cheat on, but he’d already cashed his check that VH1 gave him for season three — and the show resurrected his career. He was dead broke before, so he’s doing it for his family." Besides his (now born) child with his fiancée, Flavor has seven other children with a variety of mothers. A rep for VH1 said, "Flav is not engaged. It’s true he’s on his eighth child but, as he’s said in the past, he’d like 10. So there’s two more to go." source
by AF Nine years ago today hip-hop lost a rising star, Lamont "Big L" Coleman. Here is a look back at some of contributions to hip-hop: "Put It On" "No Endz No Skinz"
George Daniels has confirmed rumors that he and his wife, Regina Daniels, have severed all ties with 41-year-oldentertainer R. Kellybecause of a sexual relationship the singer had with their daughter, Maxine. Now, music retailer George Daniels is speaking out about the situation, confirming rumors about what led to the bad blood. "He crossed the line with my daughter," Daniels said during an interview with Los Angeles radio station KJLH. "It didn’t get to the extreme of that [sex tape] video or else I wouldn’t be here, if you know what I’m talking about." Maxine, who was 21 when the relationship occurred, is still in college at Northern Illinois University and "doing very well,"Daniels tells KJLH’s morning show host Guy Black. Though his daughter was of legal age,he says Kelly still took advantage of her. "When you’re 21, and if you’ve been there already like I’ve been many years ago, you’re still 15 to 16 mentally. You’re vulnerable," Daniels explained. Daniels said he and his wife would hear rumors about her daughter and Kelly having relations, and it took a while for his daughter to come clean and admit it. When she finally did, Daniels said he immediately confronted Kelly. "He denied it. He lied to me to my face," Daniels said. "The reason that I’m talking abut this, it’s not just for me, it’s not for my wife, it’s not for my daughter, but it’s for the public, "Daniels added. "It’s for other fathers and mothers because it doesn’t have to be a superstar, it could be the dude on the corner. There are guys who sit around and give your child a couple of bucks to go to school and then wait until they get a little older, then they set that trap. See, so I’m doing this really for everyone." SOURCE
Charges have been dropped against rapper Trick Daddy over a fight in September at a strip club.The charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest were dismissed Thursday just before trial was to begin. Prosecutors and the rapper’s lawyer reached an agreement that he shouldn’t have been arrested and no crime was committed. Police said the 33-year-old rapper, whose real name is Maurice Young, was threatening staff at Tootsie’s Cabaret, refused to leave when asked to do so by police and resisted being handcuffed. His lawyer, Jay White, said he was pleased the charges were dropped. "My client got beat up, taken to the hospital and spent time in jail for being the victim of a crime," White said.
To his partner…lol
April 16 Seattle, WA Key Arena 18 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena 19 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion 20 San Diego, CA Sports Arena 21 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre 25 * Las Vegas, NV Red Rocks Casino Resort 26 * Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion 27 Denver, CO Pepsi Center 29 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center 30 Austin, TX Frank Irwin Center May 1 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center 2 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 4 Atlanta, GA Gwinette Arena 5 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre 6 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena 8 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 9 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre 10 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion 11 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 13 New York, NY Madison Square Garden 15 Boston, MA Tweeter Center 16 Hartford, CT North East Dodge Music Center 17 Philadelphia, PA Susquehana Bank Center 18 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion 20 Montreal, Que. Bell Centre 21 Toronto, Ont. Molson Centre
by AF Tony Yayo’s lawyer Scott Leemon released a statement saying that the District Attorney has dropped all misdemeanor assault charges. The charges came after the 14 year old son of Johnny Henchman claimed that Yayo slapped him in Manhattan. Yayo did plead to guilty to a violation of harrassment, which his lawyer calls a “glorified traffic ticket.” Here is Scott Leemon statement: SCOTT E. LEEMON, ESQ., ATTORNEY FOR MARVIN BERNARD (P/K/A TONY YAYO) STATES: I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT AS OF THIS MORNING, TONY YAYO IS NO LONGER FACING ANY CRIMINAL CHARGES RELATING TO THE INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED LAST MARCH. FIRST, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, WHO AFTER FURTHER INVESTIGATION, AGREED WITH US THAT TONY YAYO SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO ANY CRIMINAL LIABIBILTY FOR THE INCIDENT. AS I TOLD YOU FROM THE BEGINNING, TONY YAYO DID NOT HIT ANYONE AND WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING TO HARM A CHILD. THIS FACT WAS CONFIRMED BY MR. FLETCHER WHEN HE TOLD MEMBERS OF THE NOTORIOUS HIP HOP POLICE IN AUGUST THAT HE DID THIS ON HIS OWN. THE HIP HOP POLICE BURIED THIS HELPFUL INFORMATION AND THE CHARGES AGAINST TONY YAYO PROCEEDED UNTIL TODAY. WITHOUT A DOUBT, TODAY’S PROCEEDINGS HAVE VALIDATED MR. BERNARD’S CLAIM HE WAS FALSELY ACCUSED. MARVIN BERNARD, A FATHER OF TWO, WAS ACCUSED OF DOING SOMETHING HE DID NOT DO…I HOPE THE MEDIA REPORTS THE DISMISSAL OF THE CRIMINAL CHARGES AS PROMINENTLY AS THE FALSE ALLEGATION WAS REPORTED. TO FURTHER ADDRESS WHAT HAPPENED IN COURT—MR. BERNARD PLED GUILTY TO A VIOLATION, WHICH IS NOTHING MORE THAN A GLORIFIED TRAFFIC TICKET. IN FACT, IT DOES NOT RESULT IN ANY CRIMINAL RECORD. ADDITIONALLY, NEW YORK LAW PROVIDES FOR THE SEALING OF ALL OF THE RECORDS OF THE ARREST. FURTHERMORE, HE ONLY ACCEPTED THIS NON- CRIMINAL RESOLUTION TO AVOID THE UNNECESSARY HARDSHIPS OF A TRIAL, ON BOTH SIDES. IN SUM, ALL THAT TONY YAYO ADMITTED TO DOING, WAS GETTING OUT OF THE CAR AND GLARING AT THE VICTIM. ONCE HE REALIZED WHAT FLETCHER WAS DOING, HE WENT AND GRABBED FLETCHER TO PULL HIM AWAY FROM THE VICTIM. THIS WAS NOT CRIMINAL AND THE DA’S OFFICE AGREED BY ONLY PURSUING THE VIOLATION.
by AF KRS-One has began to relaunch his Stop The Violence Movement. He has started by linking up with The Game, Chamillionaire, Nelly, David Banner and 55 other artists to record new audio and video for this movement. KRS has also confirmed that other artists such as 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe, Cassidy, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Lil Mama, Talib Kweli and MC Lyte will make contributions to this project. An official teaser version will be released on Monday February 18. "Self Destruction"
After getting booted off Flavor of Love 3, Shore-Tee had this to say:
The contest kicks off today, Feb. 14th on MTV’s TRL show and offers youth the opportunity to submit lyrics or poems addressing why getting tested for HIV is important. "It’s important to know your status by getting tested because HIV/AIDS is taking a lot of lives in our community and around the world," Common said. "I had an uncle succumb to HIV, so I’ve personally felt the impact of the disease. Your lyrics can really have an affect on people’s lives and I’ve seen it happen." Common will perform the winning entry in a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that is slated to premiere on National HIV Testing Day, which takes place on June 27. Entries must be submitted by March 27 and can be submitted in text, audio or video form. For more information visit: www.aminutecontest.com or www.itsyoursexlife.com.
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