By: Rizoh New York-based hip-hop jeweler Yakov Arabov, better known as Jacob the Jeweler, has pled guilty to charges of falsifying records and giving false statements to authorities investigating a drug ring. “I realize I have made a terrible mistake and I accept the consequences of my actions,” said 42-year old Arabov in a statement. The jeweler, who has designed bling for the likes of Nas and Kanye West, is involved in an investigation into allegations of laundering $270 million in drug profits for the Black Mafia Family gang. He may face up to 46 months in prison and pay a $2 million fine, under the terms of the plea.
By: Rizoh Chamillionaire has lashed out at major labels for their greedy approach to promoting records. Cham’s last album, Ultimate Victory, hardly dented SoundScan, posting a mere 79,000 units in its first week. But the Houston rapper says he’s determined to stay on the grind. “You spend a whole year putting money on a project, and the first week indicates whether you’re gonna keep on going with that? That sounds stupid to me,” said Chamillionaire via a web video. After asking if anyone knew the first week numbers of hip-hop greats like Tupac and Scarface, Cham urged fans and A&Rs to hop off the First Week bandwagon.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Keyshia..oh Keyshia Not quite sure what it is and I am sure some of y’all will think I am hating but Keyshia Cole no matter what pose you put her in, is always just going to be that hood chick from round the way..here she is on the front of Vibe…nice idea but still nothing special Superhead Needs Help Well according to Bobby Brown she does and for once I think he is right. He called into a radio show yesterday and aired out the chick who videoed him while snoring on her couch. Here what he has to say here:
By: Rizoh Another day, another hip-hop artist in trouble with the law. This time, it’s Da Brat (born Shawntae Harris) who found herself in steamy waters for aggravated assault. The 33 year-old rapper allegedly smashed a rum bottle in the face of a club waitress, following an altercation. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the incident stemmed from what started as a shoving match between Da Brat and the waitress. “After the pushing, the waitress walked away, and a short time later, that’s when Harris picked up a bottle and hit the waitress in the face with it,” said a police spokeswoman. The badly battered waitress was rushed to a local hospital. Da Brat is currently being held at the DeKalb County jail. The incident occurred at Atlanta’s Studio 72 nightclub, which is owned by Da Brat’s former mentor and producer Jermaine Dupri. Da Brat has not released an album since 2003’s Limelite, Luv, & Nightclubz, but she has made appearances on various TV shows, including VH1’s The Surreal Life and Celebrity Fit Club.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well it turns out the reason Mobb Deep fired their management team was because he was putting out music on the low and the duo definitely weren’t seeing any of the benefits. Talk about dodgy business practices. No wonder finding decent managers is nearly as hard as getting a deal nowadays when they acting all shady like the Mobbs did.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Bow Wow is starting to do a little bit of press for his upcoming collaborative album with Omarion called “Face Off” dropping on December 11. In September they let the song, “Hood Star” leak to the web and it created a small buzz. Bow Wow believes that it served its purpose. " ‘Hood Star’ is really just saying that we here to stay," Bow Wow told MTV News. "Whatever these other rappers talking about and they ain’t living it, we living it. When I tell people I got a Phantom and I got a [Ferrari] F40 in the garage, I’m living it. That’s the truth — you can bring the cameras to my crib. I don’t rent nothing, I don’t rent jewelry. … It’s just really all about living the lifestyle. … That’s what’s really poppin’. I’m good with the poppin’, everybody knows that. Even with [2005's] ‘Fresh Azimiz.’ I’m just good with that. But this is way better, it’s smashing ‘Fresh Azimiz.’” Now that we know he has money, the real first single the album is “Girlfriend.” The duo just finished filming the video and should be heading toward video outlets soon.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno When Arrested Development released their debut album, “3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days in the Life of…” they were a little late to the “conscious” hip-hop vibe of the late 80’s as the rest of the hip-hop world were stuck on the sound of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Death Row Records. Nevertheless, Arrested Development managed to score several hits and two Grammys from the mainstream media. Now the group has reunited for their first album in 13 years, “Since the Last Time.” "People have been saying they’re tired of this one-dimensional viewpoint of our community, of what our values are," Speech, lead rapper/vocalist of the group, told the Associated Press. "Now, it’s an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is and support music that’s not about that. We stayed away from the United States because the atmosphere here was so anti-message. We stayed away from the U.S. for 12 years and released music everywhere but here. Now with the Don Imus situation, with the Jena 6, with all the recent sort of awakening that’s happening, where people are at least starting to talk, maybe it’s time for us to start releasing music here again.” The album was released on the group’s indie label, Vagabond Records, with the first single being “Miracles.” The album also covers the Los Lonely Boys hit, “Heaven.”
By: Hot Gossip Gal I always thought Jay was pretty ‘dapper’ when it came to his sense of style..turns out homeboy is getting fashion advice pro gratis from the fashion editor of Vogue..I mean I guess it don’t come no better than that.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Earlier this year, Kanye West introduced a supergroup consisting of himself, Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell Williams called C.R.S. (Child Rebel Soldier) on his mixtape “Can’t Tell Me Nothing (The Official Mixtape)”. The song, “Us Placers” was the shining moment on the mixtape and got the hip-hop world talking about the possibility of an album. Lupe said they plan to do one, but it’ll take a minute before it gets into people’s hands. "Kanye got busy with releasing ‘Graduation,’ and now I’m going to be busy with ‘The Cool,’ and then Pharrell has a new project with [his side project] N.E.R.D.,” Lupe told the Chicago Sun-Times. “But there’s gonna be an album eventually, and watch out when there is! Honestly, I think it’s one of the few good ideas out there in hip hop yet to be done, and it will really draw some attention and have some really great music on it." Lupe’s album, “The Cool” is set to drop on December 18, with Pharrell’s NERD project dropping sometime next year.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Last year Coolio dropped an import-only album called “Return of the Gangsta” that barely made U.S. shores. Before that, he released an album in 2002 called “Cool Magnifico” but he really hasn’t had a hit since 1995’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Now he’s trying reclaim some of his former glory with a new reality show. The show, “Coolio & The Gang” will air on the Oxygen Network starting in the second quarter of 2008, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The show will focus on Coolio’s trials and tribulations as he tries to balance his rap career and raising six teenagers as a single parent.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Turns out former Diplomat Jha Jha is saying that Foxy stole her song Lights Out which features on her up and coming Koch debut. Now my sources at Koch are saying not true but Jha is allegedly adamant that she recorded the joint and now its everywhere with Foxy’s voice all over it.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well it looks like she might be getting dropped from her label. I doubt she will be going back to Castle Hill ..but i mean if she is having twins maybe its time to forget trying to be a singer and be a momma instead..she made her dollars right?
By: Rizoh Eleven years after his death, Tupac Shakur is still stacking more chips than most living rappers. Shakur and James Brown, who died last Christmas, were both named among Forbes’ top-earning dead celebrities of the past year or so. The hip-hop legend finished at No.8 with $9 million, while the godfather of Soul came in at No.13 with a remarkable $5 million. Here’s a breakdown of Forbes’ Top-Earning Dead Celebrities of 2007: 1. Elvis Presley – $49 million 2. John Lennon – $44 million 3. Charles Schulz – $35 million 4. George Harrison – $ $22 million 5. Albert Einstein – $18 million 6. Andy Warhol – $15 million 7. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) – $13 million 8. Tupac Shakur – $9 million 9. Marilyn Monroe – $7 million 10. Steve McQueen – $6 million 11. James Brown – $5 million 12. Bob Marley – $4 million 13. James Dean
By: Rizoh The businessman in Jim Jones is hoping to capitalize on the buzz surrounding Jay-Z’s American Gangster for a comeback. Jones will release a mixtape-style album dubbed Harlem’s American Gangsta on the same day Hov’s latest opus is slated for release. According to Hot 97’s gossip guru Miss Info, Jones will release his CD on November 6, 2007. Unlike Jay-Z’s album, though, Capo’s new set will be available to fans at no cost. Harlem’s American Gangsta, which features new songs from Juelz Santana, is also hosted by Jay-Z’s ex-Roc-a-Fella partner Dame Dash. Cam’ron is another Dipset vet hoping to capitalize on American Gangster for a comeback. Killa Cam plans to release his new mixtape, Public Enemy #1, on November 7.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Don’t get it twisted, Jay-Z’s ‘American Gangster’, is not the same as the film’s ‘American Gangster’ Soundtrack. The soundtrack drops on November 6 and features classic music from Public Enemy, Bobby Womack, Sam & Dave and the Staples Singers. The first single from the album is “Do You Feel Me” by Anthony Hamilton produced by former Public Enemy producer, Hank Shocklee. Shocklee also assisted in scoring the film, with some of the instrumental tracks also on the soundtrack. The film, ‘American Gangster’, stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe and opens in theatres on November 2. Here’s the tracklisting for the soundtrack: 1). Do You Feel Me (Anthony Hamilton) 2). Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? (Lowell Fulson) 3). No Shoes (John Lee Hooker) 4). Across 110th Street (Bobby Womack) 5). Stone, Cold (Anthony Hamilton) 6). Hold On I’m Comin’ (Sam & Dave) 7). I’ll Take You There (the Staple Singers) 8). Can’t Truss It (Public Enemy) 9). Checkin’ Up On My Baby (Hank Shocklee) 10). Club Jam (Hank Shocklee) 11). Railroad (Hank Shocklee) 12). Nicky Barnes (Hank Shocklee) 13). Hundred Percent Pure (Marc Streitenfeld) 14). Frank Lucas (Marc Streitenfeld).
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