By Quibian Salazar-Moreno If you were keeping up with MTV’s Celebrity Rap Superstar, you know that Shar Jackson (“Moesha” actress, K-Fed’s ex-lady) was the best emcee in the competition. Now that she’s won the top prize, she getting serious about a hip-hop career. She just finished up her first single, “Let It Blow,” with Mr. Collipark (Soulja Boy) which she first performed on the show. "It seemed to speak to a lot of people when I did the song and I thought it would be a lot of fun to finish it up and get it out there It is the kind of song you dance around to and just be silly,” Jackson said. She’s also planning to record an entire album, although it won’t be filled with just rap songs. She also sings and the album will be mix of all the types of music she likes. "Music should be about having fun and doing what you love," she said. The song “Let it Blow” is currently available for sale on her MySpace page for $.99 but will be available through her record label, LONG LIVE CRIME RECORDS, in the next few weeks.
By: Hot Gossip Gal J Hood Fights Back In response to Styles this is what the ‘hoodster’ had to say: "Once again it has come to my attention that one of the CEOs of the crew has something about my thoughts. First of all, he was the one I actually got a chance to sit down and talk with, and during that talk I explained to him I wanted off the label with no affiliation with it or anything. He responded by saying, "Okay, that shouldn’t be a problem. I’ll get it done. I then gave him two weeks to get it done or to try to get it done without getting a call to let me know the status of the release or anything. So then I called him and he told me that he was working on it. "I then gave him another week without hearing anything back from him. Then that week turned into another week, so I then called him again to see what was going on. I got no answer so I called repeatedly. Approximately three to four times later, he called me back and said he has to see what’s up with the lawyer for D-Block because he doesn’t really deal with him. I started to feel like I was being dicked around. "There was a four-week time period I gave him to try and make something happen. After the fourth week, the YouTube thing popped up and all the commotion started. And to this day, I have yet to get a release from the label or a call and he has the audacity to say he wants a public apology? I already apologized to the fans. That should be the only people I need to apologize to for letting them see me show frustrating by using the "dragging the chain" as a metaphor for how I felt they was dragging me all these years. They get on the radio on the same station that a top DJ said he wouldn’t support me and they try to assassinate my character so the fans would look at me differently. They’re using the radio as a defense mechanism because Flex won’t interview me, so I’m using the internet, something that the world can see. Then he has the nerve to have his little puppets talking brazy on his new mixtape and he wants me to apologize? Come on now. "Everybody knows time is money, so why you wasting mine, brother? If you would have just signed them like you said you would, none of this would be happening. So you want a reason that you should let me go? If you was a super gangster you wouldn’t need a reason because you would be real enough to know that’s not G’d up to stop the next man’s paper or hold them or at try to hold them from being successful. Yeah, you said I was off and I could get off, but you never came through and signed the papers. You can say anything. Everybody knows that, but if it ain’t in black and white, it ain’t official, so that’s that. "Point blank, I need off and thought they would be realer than this and handle it like someone that lives off experience."
By: Rizoh Diddy is in stormy waters again. The Bad Boy head honcho has been ordered to pay as much as $500,000 for sampling an Ohio Players song on Notorious B.I.G.’s Earlier in 2006, a jury awarded $733,878 in damages to the publishing company Bridgeport Music Inc. This is the latest among the litany of lawsuits that have docked Diddy. Previously, the rap mogul was hit with $5 million lawsuit by a man who says he was jumped by his bodyguards at a Manhattan nightclub last June. Then came the $19 million lawsuit from one James Sabastino, who claimed that Diddy owes him for audio and video footage of the late great Biggie Smalls. classic debut, Ready to Die. The song “Ready to Die” allegedly sampled the Ohio Players’ “Singing in the Morning,” without permission.
By: Rizoh Too Short has spoken out on some controversies involving the use of the N-word by radio host Don Imus and, most recently, TV personality Duane “Dog” Chapman. Short, who is famous for his own foul-mouthed lyrics, rebuked Dog’s comments as offensive. “I’m pretty sure we all have our moments,” Short said about Dog’s use of the N-word in a private conversation with his son. He added: “But the way he was using it was derogatory.” On the flip side, Short Dog said Imus was only joking when he referred to the Rutgers female basketball team as “nappy headed h*es.” He told TMZ in a video interview that “the Imus thing was jokes, it was a hateful joke but it was jokes, it didn’t bother me that much because I throw the word hoes around a lot myself. It wasn’t really a baaaad thing to me, so I can understand him getting back on the air, I really do.”
CrackSpace has learned that Donda West, Kanye’s mother, died in Los Angeles this morning. Kanye, who was in London preparing for his European tour, is in route back to LA. Our condolensces go out to the West Family.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Ne-Yo do I need to say anything more??? Happy weekend y’all.
By: Rizoh The ongoing Hollywood writers strike may affect some of your favorite reality shows, but Irv Gotti’s Vh-1 series, Gotti’s Way, will soldier on. Gotti has been promoting the show aggressively in an effort to launch a comeback to the music industry. During a media stop at Complex magazine, the Murder Inc founder addressed some hot button topics, including sagging CD sales and rumors of a sexual relationship with Ashanti. Gotti blamed the Internet for declining rap sales. “Look at the sales. Look at "Ay Bay Bay." That was the biggest song in the f**king country and he did 20 f**king-thousand units,” said Gotti in the Complex interview. “This is the music business that we’re in. The Internet has totally taken the music business and stuck a big fat d**k in it’s a** and now it’s f**ked it.” He added that even a big shot like Inc rival 50 Cent is feeling the brunt of bad sales. “It’s tough for everyone. 50 just now went over platinum. I know he’s sitting back like ‘What the f**k is going on?’ He’s going to bottom out at like a million-two.” Gotti also seized the opportunity to debunk rumors that he had an affair with R&B singer Ashanti. “Why’s everyone saying I slept with Ashanti? Because Wendy Williams is saying it? Wendy Williams says a bunch of crazy shit. That’s what she does. So on that note, next question. I never said that I slept with her.” The next episode of Gotti’s Way airs on Vh-1 Saturday Nov. 10 at 12:30 AM EST. The show traces the comeback of a fallen rap exec and a family man.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It must be nice to be famous. In an effort to get big money spenders and shoe collectors interested in diamond-studded Nikes, Atlanta retailers Laced Up Boutique and Priyya & Chintans Diamonds have designed a custom version of Air Force One’s So Cal featuring nothing but ice. They’re giving the first pair away to Big Boi of Outkast with hopes of attracting some clients. "People in the entertainment industry aren’t afraid to spend big money, and sneakers are becoming like collectibles," Ernel Dawkins, owner of Laced Up, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The shoe features the logo cast in gold metal and the 11- carat diamonds are studded in casings held together by a fine gold stitching. The shoes will be unveiled on November 27, and then Big Boi will be able to take them home.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Nor does Freekey..nor does Juelz…allegedly the Diplomat brand is co-owned by Cam’Ron and this producer from uptown who has worked on a lot of Dipset stuff…Darrell "Digga" Branch..if anyone would like to throw light on this please do as for once I am feeling kinda in the dark…where has this dude crawled out from now …especially when shit is bad..you expect it when things are good but not like everything is a bed of roses up town right now.
by: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah if he stopped acting like a chick I might get his name right. Here is what Styles had to say to him "Fall the fuck back and come speak to us like a man before you go to the Internet. Stop being corny. I told him he was off the label and then he went and got disrespectful by dragging the chain and disrespecting what we built. I told him then I wished him the best. Why the fuck should I let him off? Tell him to tell me why. He was off before he did the dumb shit. He can get off if he makes a public apology on the internet. Make that apology nice and humble." True talk from my dude Styles..act like a man be treated like a man….act like a jerk expect to be jerked
By Rizoh 8 Diagrams, the Wu-Tang’s first album in six years, is only two four weeks away. But don’t expect to see the clansmen promoting their new album together. Some members of the group disagree with their frontman RZA on a number of issues. So far, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon have gone public with their grievances. Ghost first fired off on monetary matters during an interview with MTV News. “N***as ain’t give us money when we did them Wu-Tang tours… n—as is holding onto a lot of money…It’s a battle right now.” “The Big Dough Rehab is my album, 8 Diagrams is their album,” Ghost continued. “But it ain’t got nothing to do with the regular members. ‘Cause I love Raekwon, Masta Killa, U-God, Genius, all them. But it’s on right now… N***asas better pay my f**king money. Matter of fact, they can keep the money…just get me out of their life right now.” Raekwon added his voice to the debate in a heated sit-down with Hot 97’s Miss Info. “When it comes to making sure my family and my child is going to be able to have something for tomorrow, I’m not letting nobody ring me out without me saying what I got to say.” Beyond the financial dispute, Rae took a strong exception to RZA’s creative direction with the new album. “I’m not going sit here and allow myself to drown in the water when I know the boat is about to sink. RZA is trying to create too much of the orchestra piano. He’s trying to do too
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno With his new album, “Big Doe Rehab”, dropping on December 4 and currently on tour with Rakim, Ghostface is taking a shot at another form of media – books. In collaboration with MTV Press, Ghost will release “The World According to Pretty Toney,” on January 8. The book is a collection of ‘Toneisms’, co-written by MTV’s J. Brightly and inspired by the popular MTV skits of the same name. The book is supposed to be the modern hustler’s guide to life where Pretty Toney offers nuggets of wisdom on the key elements to becoming your own personal success story: Livin’, Hustlin’, Love, Nutrition, and the all-encompassing Toneology. The book also has photography by Dave Hill that illustrate each piece of wisdom, and includes a companion audio disc, that will teach hustler’s everywhere what to do and what not to do.
By: Hot Gossip Gal I am hearing that Jay Z is concerned about how his American Gangster album is moving….not believing that for a second..Jay reaffirmed himself as the games most prized lyricist with this album..only Jay would have Penny Cruz up in her seat shaking her ass as he performed at The House of Blues in Hollyhood the other night. Anyone who thinks the album is wack speak now or forever hold your peace…Hov is back
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno T.I. is currently under house arrest stemming from federal weapons charges. He was arrested on October 13 after federal agents said he was trying to buy guns. As a convicted felon, T.I. is prohibited from buying or owning any firearms. On October 26, he was released on bond, but was ordered to house arrest. He isn’t allowed visitors without prior notice and there can’t be more than three unless it’s under special circumstances. Through his lawyer, T.I. asked the judge if he can have a list of family members come over for Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 22 from 9am to 6:30pm. There’s no word on the judge’s decision.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Since Michael Vick was accused of participating in dog fighting, the media has put the hip-hop world on blast, blaming the culture for attraction to the act. To prove otherwise, Russell Simmons has shot variety of public service announcements, denouncing the practice. The PSAs were shot for the Humane Society of the United States and the BeKIND Foundation and consist of 15 and 30 second spots featuring Simmons, Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle and BeKIND founder Frances Hayward. The spots will be posted on YouTube and on the organizations’ websites.
iHipHop Blog Team