By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Ice Cube and A&E have announced a deal that will bring a pilot of a proposed reality series to the channel. The show, “Good in the Hood”, will focus on redemption and reformation and will be produced and hosted by Ice Cube. The hour-long series will feature reformed gang members, drug dealers and thieves reaching out to family, friends and sometimes strangers actively living the life that they used to and help them turn their lives around and away from the street. "This show is a way to demonstrate what is going on in a positive way in the urban community,” Cube said in a statement. There’s no word that if the show is accepted by A&E when it will air. Cube’s previous TV show, “Black White”, had a white family pose as a black family and a black family pose as a white family to see the difference the color of one’s skin makes in one’s treatment in society.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Snoop Dogg just dropped Tha Blue Carpet Treatment four months and is already gearing up to drop another project. Under the guise of ‘Niggaraci’, Snoop executive produced, The Big Squeeze, a compilation featuring up and coming west coast emcees including Westurn Union, a new group featuring Soopafly, Damani and Bad Lucc. The album is set to drop on April 24 through Koch Records and will also feature veteran west coast emcees MC Eiht, Kurupt, JT Tha Bigga Figga and Kam. "I basically wanted to produce these tracks from up and coming West Coast acts,” Snoop said. “I see a new West Coast and it’s right here — and it’s brought to you by the King of the West Coast." Here’s the tracklisting: 1. The Big Squeeze Intro (Snoop Dogg) 2. Killaz (War Zone, Westurn Union, and Snoop Dogg) 3. We Came to Bang Out (Dogg Pound, Soopafly, and Snoop Dogg) 4. Shackled Up (War Zone) 5. We Go Hard (Katt Williams, Soopafly, Kurupt, and Snoop Dogg) 6. Hat 2 Tha Bacc (Westurn Union and Snoop Dogg) 7. Pop Pop Bang! (Kurupt, Kam, and Snoop Dogg) 8. 31 Flavors (Kurupt and Snoop Dogg) 9. All About Damani (Damani and Snoop Dogg) 10. Like Rock Stars (Bad Lucc, Damani, JT Tha Bigga Figga, Chuck, and Snoop Dogg) 11. Spend Some Time (Ricky Harris, Chuck, Kurupt, Soopafly, and Snoop Dogg) 12. F***in’ Is Good for U (Damani, JT Tha Bigga Figga, Kurupt, Soopafly, and Snoop Dogg) 13. Get Your Body Moving (MC Eiht, KAM, Chuck) 14. Get Closer (Azure and Snoop Dogg) 15. Can U Get Away? (Goldie Loc, Ray J, and Snoop Dogg) 16. U In Trouble (Kurupt and Snoop Dogg) 17. Mr. Vice President (JT Tha Bigga Figga) 18. Get It Started (Azure and Snoop Dogg) 19. Be Thankful (Terrace Martin, J. Black)
By: Hot Gossip Gal Rumors were flying yesterday that Snoop had been arrested in Sweden with a 23 year old young lady and with a small amount of something WE DO NOT GIVE TWO YEAR OLDS. The big homie Snoop wasn’t arrested but he was questioned and was then released according to his publicist…damn and i though it was a cat who had nine lives. Oprah’s School Oprah’s school has been under fire lately, the school she opened in South Africa where she thinks kids will appreciate things a little more than the kids in her native America. Strict food guidelines and visiting for parents of the girls in the school are what has the people talking. Oprah is denying the allegations of running a strict school..but is she denying having had plastic surgery when you look at this pic? Damn she looks plastic here.
By: Rizoh Rhymesayers Entertainment, one of the labels featured in our Indie Hip-Hop Month, has joined Warner Music’s Independent Label Group for North America distribution. The Independent Label Group will assume control of the Rhymesayers catalog, which will be handled by the major’s independent distributor, the Alternative Distribution Alliance. The first Rhmyesayers release via the new arrangement will be Brother Ali’s Undisputed Truth, due out on April 10, 2007. "They encompass what we look for an indie label," Rhymesayers co-founder Brent "Siddiq" Sayers says of Warner Music Group. "They have that entrepreneurial spirit. They’ve built a great thing in 10 years, and I’ve been a fan for a while. They bring a punk rock feel to do what they do when you look at how their acts tour." Rhymesayers is home to cutting-edge artists like Atmosphere, Brother Ali, P.O.S., and Psalm One.
By: Rizoh If you’re wondering why music played on the radio is worse now than it was many years ago, Hank Bordowitz, a veteran journalist and sometime musician is at your rescue. His book, Dirty Little Secrets of the Record Business: Why So Much Music You Hear Sucks, is an exposé of the surreptitious, unethical, and covert activities of the music industry. According to Bordowitz, the music industry sold 938.9 million units. In 2005, it sold 705 million units, a 25% drop in only six years! The Internet and other so-called disruptive technologies are some often blamed for sales dip, but a bigger reason, Bordowitz claims, is the industry’s reaction to new technology. The industry ignored the Internet, and then tried to “squash it” when it first arrived. “There are a lot of issues the record business ignored,” Bordowitz says. “When things are going well, it’s human nature to ignore any possible problems. And things were going very well in the early ’90s.” Some other reasons Bordowitz cites as being detrimental to the music industry includes payola and redundant playlists on commercial radio. Good music is still being created, most of them don’t get anywhere near a commercial radio station or a major label. (Thank God for the Internet!) "Music fans are going to have to dig a little deeper," Bordowitz says. "It’s not going to be laid out on your lap anymore like it used to be. If you want to hear one great song after another, you’re going to have to look for it."
Musiq Soulchild’s "Luvanmusiq" in stores today (3/13)
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well Burger King think that is going to benefit Oscar winner JHud who was once a BK employee, but Clive Davis had to check the possible Diva when she tried to call out on the Soul Train Awards in LA this past weekend. After Don Cornelius contacted Clive Davis it is rumored that Miss Hudson was told to get herself to LA promptly. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you JHud or you might be needing that freebie at Burger King after all.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno We don’t know how they keep selling records, but Pretty Ricky are doing it and preparing to hit the road to promote their new album, Late Night Special. The tour launches on March 23 in Clearwater Florida and will run until May 12 ending in Houston at Reliant Arena. To show how appreciative they are of their fans, Pretty Ricky also announced that every fan who brings their CD to the show will have the opportunity to have signed by the group. Pretty Ricky said they will stay after the show until every single CD brought by a fan is signed. Here’s the current itinerary: MARCH 21 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall 23 Orlando, FL House of Blues 26 Atlanta, GA Center Stage Theater 27 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues 29 Greensboro, NC N Club 30 Norfolk, VA The NorVa Theater 31 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall APRIL 5 Boston, MA The Palladium 6 Providence, RI Lupo’s 7 New York, NY Roseland 8 Philadelphia, PA The Electric Factory 9 Cleveland, OH House of Blues 10 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion 11 Cincinatti, OH Bogart’s 14 Memphis, TN Desoto Civic Center 19 Tulsa, OK Expo Square 20 Wichita, KS Cotillion 21 Oklahoma City, OK Washington Park 22 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom APRIL 25 Phoenix, AZ Marquee 26 Anaheim, CA House of Blues 27 Hanford, CA Hanford Civic Auditorium 28 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues MAY 4 San Jose, CA San Jose State University 11 Kileen, TX Fort Hood 12 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Guru is still rolling with the DJ Premier-replacement producer Solar and is planning to drop Jazzmatazz Vol. 4 later this year. The album is entirely produced by Solar and co-produced by Guru with appearances from David Sanborn, Common, Bob James, Damian Marley, Bobby Valentino, Vivian Green, Blackalicious, Kem, Caron Wheeler, Raheem Devaughn and others. The duo plan to drop the album on 7 Grand Records, the record label they launched together when they released Guru’s Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures. In addition, starting on March 27, Guru and Solar will tour in support of the project. The tour will run until April 28 ending in Guru’s hometown of Boston. Here’s the current itinerary: MARCH 27TH New York Bowery Ballroom 28thPhiladelphiaTrocadero 30thBaltimoreRamshead Live APRIL 1stTorontoMod Club 4th ChicagoHouse of Blues 5th MinneapolisFirst Ave 6thKansas CityRecord Bar 7th Denver Cervantes 11th Seattle Chop Suey 14th San Franciso Mezzanine 15th Los Angeles El Rey 16thSan Diego Belly Up 19th Dallas Granada 20th Little Rock Revolution 21st New Orleans House of Blues 24th Winston SalemZiggy’s 25thCarrboroCat’s Cradle 26thPittsburghMr. Small’s 28thBostonMiddle East
By: Hot Gossip Gal K-Ci apologizing to Mary J Blige …at last A little too late homie for this I think..but I guess your heart is finally in the right place. They do say that time heals all wounds though.
By: Rizoh John Legend has signed British rapper/singer Estelle as the first artist on his new label, Home School. Legend wasted no time in jumping on the Brit’s bandwagon after checking out demos for her debut album. “Estelle’s the first artist we’ve signed," Legend confirmed to MTV News recently. "My younger brother, Vaughn Anthony, is also gonna get signed soon, and I got a couple of MCs that I’m working with as well.” In related news, John Legend once told Star magazine that he’d like to work with Paris Hilton after buying a copy of her single, “Stars Are Blind.” "I thought it was a great song and should have done better even than it did,” said John Legend. JL will team up with a more talented singer, Corrine Bailey Rae, for his North American tour which starts in Irving, California on April 3.
By: Rizoh Jay-Z won the Michael Jackson Award for Best Soul/Rap Video for "Show Me What You Got” at the 21st Annual Soul Train Music Awards, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The Isley Brothers won best album by a group for Baby Makin’ Music and Ronald Isley, currently waiting to begin a 37-month prison sentence for tax evasion, performed an ode to the late great James Brown. Jennifer Hudson, who last month won a best supporting actress Oscar for the movie musical "Dreamgirls," was given the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year. Top honors went to Mary J Blige and Jamie Foxx. Blige clinched the award for Best R&B/Soul Album – Female for The Breakthrough, while Foxx picked up the male award for his album, Unpredictable. But, neither Mary nor Jamie turned up to collect their awards at the ceremony. In fact, many of the winners in the competitive categories did not show up at the awards, including Beyonce, John Legend and Gnarls Barkley. Below is a complete list of Soul Train Award winners: Best R&B soul or rap dance cut: "Chicken Noodle Soup," Webstar & Young B Featuring the Voice of Harlem. Best R&B soul single, group, band or duo: "Crazy," Gnarls Barkley. Best R&B soul single, male: "Save Room," John Legend. Best R&B soul single, female: "Irreplaceable," Beyonce. Best R&B soul album, male: "Unpredictable," Jamie Foxx. Best R&B soul album, female: "The Breakthrough," Mary J. Blige. Best R&B soul album, group, band or duo: "Baby Makin’ Music," The Isley Brothers Featuring Ronald Isley. Best R&B soul or rap new artist: Ne-Yo, "Sexy Love." Michael Jackson Award for Best R&B soul or rap video: "Show Me What You Got," Jay-Z. Best Gospel Album: "Sounds from the Storm, Volume 1," Kirk Franklin. 2007 Stevie Wonder Award for Outstanding Achievements in Song Writing: Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. 2007 Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year: Jennifer Hudson. 2007 Quincy Jones Award for Outstanding Career Achievements: Jermaine Dupri.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well people in Hollywood this weekend were a little disappointed by the dismal turn out for the 2007 Annual Soul Train Awards. A List winners weren’t really in effect this year, well apart from Jermain and Janet who were there to scoop his Life Time Achievement Award from Quincey Jones. Eight out of ten winners from the main categories weren’t present to collect their awards. Those who failed to stop by and pick up their trophies were Mary J Blige (she may have been in shock after seeing the K-Ci video), Gnarls Barkley and Beyonce. But in all seriousness…how many award shows are there during the first quarter of the year…it has to become monotonous for even the most seasoned of stars. Pleased to see Robin Thicke and his wife the lovely Paula Patton were in attendance though.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah there is a track in the works between the two who had the ultimate stare down at All Star Weekend in Las Vegas last month. Game is supposed to have talked with ex boss 50 on the subject so who knows what was said..but anyway its going down kiddies. This should be interesting.
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