By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been a couple of years since Chris Brown released an album but that doesn’t mean he’s been out of the limelight. He’s been doing the movie thing, starring in last year’s “Stomp the Yard” and a little bit of TV with apperances on the “O.C.” and “One on One.” But now he’s ready to get back to the music thing dropping his new album, “Exclusive” on November 6. "I feel it’s an album especially for my fans," Brown said about the meaning of the album title. "I made this album ‘exclusively’ for them." The first single, “Kiss, Kiss,” features T-Pain but on the album you can also expect contributions from Kanye West, will.i.am, The Underdogs, Sean Garrett, and Bryan Michael-Cox. Brown still has the acting bug though. He’ll star along side Loretta Divine, Regina King and Delroy Lindo in the film, “This Christmas”, hitting theatres on November 21.
By: Rizoh It’s been eleven years since Tupac Shakur was fatally gunned down, but new details of his murder are still emerging. In the latest wave of information sure to annoy Tupac faithfuls, the late rapper’s former bodyguard Kevin Hackie has revealed that he was an undercover FBI agent while employed by Death Row Records. Hackie made the revelation at a recent screening for Tupac Assassination – Conspiracy or Revenge, the new film based on Shakur’s death. Previous media reports had labeled Hackie an FBI informant, so he deemed it fit to clarify his former occupation in law enforcement. Hackie, who now helms a security company, was employed by Suge Knight as a Death Row bodyguard between 1992 and 1996. Tupac was killed on September 13, 1996. Death Row chief Suge Knight, who was in the car with Tupac, was also grazed by bullets at the scene.
By: Rizoh Kanye West may be getting hitched before the year runs out. The 30-year old artist’s girlfriend supposedly confirmed the news to a reporter, according to U.K.’s Megastar. Asked when she plans to tie the knot with Mr. West, longtime fiancée Alexis Phifer replied: “Before the year is over.” Meanwhile, Kanye has other things to celebrate, as his latest opus, Graduation, has been certified double-platinum in the United States for sales over two million units.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Y’all are tripping if you believe that rumor that is circulating. TI WILL NOT be pleading guilty to no charges today when he appears in court. His team are hoping they can have him placed under house arrest and tagged to avoid being banged up until the case which is what the feds are hoping to achieve today.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After a report from Fox News that Def Jam Records is not releasing a new Nas album this winter and it would never release an album with title like “Nigga”, Nas told MTV News that the report was news to him. "I don’t know where that [report] came from and neither does Def Jam," Nas told MTV News. "None of us knows where that came from." Nas told MTV that he changed the album title to “Nigger” and it’s slated to hit stores on December 11. He said that he’s two weeks away from finishing up the album and it features production from Salaam Remi, Jermaine Dupri, Diddy and DJ Toomp. In response to the negative reactions from Jesse Jackson, NAACP and other Fox News pundits, Nas said to mind their business. “I’m a street disciple," Nas said. "I’m talking to the streets. Stay out of our business. You ain’t got no business worrying about what the word ‘nigger’ is or acting like you know what my album is about without talking to me. Whether you in the NAACP or you Jesse Jackson. I respect all of them … I just want them to know: Never fall victim to Fox. Never fall victim to the sh– they do. What they do is try to hurry up and get you on the phone and try to get you to talk about something you might not know about yet. "If Cornell West was making an album called Nigger, they would know he’s got something intellectual to say," Nas continued. "To think I’m gonna say something that’s not intellectual is calling me a nigger, and to be called a nigger by Jesse Jackson and the NAACP is counterproductive, counter-revolutionary." Nas also told MTV he wanted to help make the word less hurtful while at the same time educating his fans. "I wanna make the word easy on mutha—-as’ ears," he explained. "You see how white boys ain’t mad at ‘cracker’ ’cause it don’t have the same [sting] as ‘nigger’? I want ‘nigger’ to have less meaning [than] ‘cracker.’ With all the bullsh– that’s going on in the world, racism is at its peak. I wanna do the sh– that’s not being done. I wanna be the artist who ain’t out. I wanna make the music I wanna hear. "We’re taking power from the word," he added. "No disrespect to none of them who were part of the civil-rights movement, but some of my n—as in the streets don’t know who [civil-rights activist] Medgar Evers was. I love Medgar Evers, but some of the n—as in the streets don’t know Medgar Evers, they know who Nas is. And to my older people who don’t now who Nas is and who don’t know what a street disciple is, stay outta this mutha—-in’ conversation. We’ll talk to you when we’re ready. Right now, we’re on a whole new movement. We’re taking power from that word."
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though the BET Hip-Hop Awards gave Common the Lyricist of the Year Award and honored KRS-One with the “I Am Hip-Hop Award”, the two rappers, along with Diddy, Timbaland, and Kevin Federline made Blender Magazine’s “The 40 Worst Lyricists” list. Listed at number #36, the mag said Common is “a self-righteous hippie. The principled rhymer’s earnest neo-soul thoughts touch on abortion (“Turning this woman’s womb into a tomb”), social injustice and his own vegetarianism.” KRS-One is listed at #25 with the magazine saying “the hip-hop pioneer’s raps devolved quickly from shrewd antigovernment observations to crackpot tirades and bizarre diatribes against the FDA and the IRS.” Diddy is listed at #33, Kevin Federline at #30 and Timbaland at #29. Yes they listed all of them as better lyricists than KRS-One. The #1 worst lyricist is rock singer Sting. View the list for yourself at Blender.
By: Hot Gossip Gal I thought this dude was playing daddy and fighting charges..but he ain’t he is in the studio working on his last album (??) The D.O.C, The diary of Compton…yup The Game is back…they are all crawling out of the woodwork now, Cam and now Game…2008 looking interesting already.
By: Rizoh Contrary to public belief, Mariah Carey will not be engaging in a chart battle with Mary J Blige a la 50 Cent vs. Kanye West. In fact, the R&B star has postponed the release of her eagerly awaited new LP to February 2008. The disc was originally scheduled for December 4th, but will now drop sometime in February. Mariah is not the only R&B diva dropping an album this winter. Mary J Blige’s Growing Pains is billed for November 20th. CDs from Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, and Madonna are also set to hit shelves in the coming months.
By: Rizoh Indy giant Koch Records has announced an expansion of its deal with Atlanta‘s Big Oomp Records. The deal will see Big Oomp heading the newly formed Koch South Urban division of Koch Records. Says Oomp of the new venture, “I’m very happy with what KOCH and I have come up with, and to head KOCH South. It’s an honor to commit my energy into doing the best I can do to make sure we turn in hits. KOCH is building its house and I’m glad to be a part of it. I’ve had a successful first year with KOCH and think that they deserve to have me for a couple more years.” Upcoming releases on Koch South include albums by Big Korey, Baby D, and DJ Unk.
By: Hot Gossip Gal 50 Going After Weezy Classic Line from Curtis when asked by King magazine as to why go after Wayne when he is not coming after you…..’why not break his neck…I got nothing else to do.’ I guess promotion has ceased on the album then. Eye Candy or Not? I shall let y’all be the decider on this one…Fantasia in a bikini…let the comments begin.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Jahiem’s last album, 2006’s “Ghetto Classics”, didn’t make that much of a splash in the music world, but he has a fan following like not other. That’s probably why Atlantic Records signed him and prepping to drop his new yet-to-be –titled album on December 18. "This is a milestone project for me, which reflects on changes and growth in my personal and professional life. I produced and wrote half of the album. I’m just focused," Jaheim told Billboard.com. "I’m with people that understand the market — no disrespect to anyone over there [Warner Bros.]. At this point in my career, I need a company that understands and they [Atlantic] are taking me to a whole new level." The album features productions from R. Kelly, Kaygee (formerly of Naughty By Nature), Ivan Barias and Carvin Haggins of Karma Productions, Jasper Cameron and former Luther Vandross producer Nat Adderly Jr. Keyshia Cole is the only guest on the album. The album’s first single, “Never,” is just now hitting radio.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno C-Murder was convicted of ….murder, back in 2003 for the shooting death of 16-year old Steve Thomas on January 12, 2002. But the conviction was tossed by judge Martha Sassone after she find out that prosecutors withheld criminal background information on their witnesses from C-Murder’s attorney. In March 2006, Sassone set C-Murder’s bail at $500,000 and ordered him to house arrest. Now, C-Murder will be retried on those murder charges with the trial beginning on February 11, 2008. The rapper faces a mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole. During his ordeal, C-Murder has found time to write. Earlier this year, he released his first novel, “Death Around the Corner”. In 2005 and 2006, the rapper also released a couple of albums. There’s no word on what projects he’s currently working on.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Damn corporate companies love the Hip-Hop game but when she hits the fan they quick to walk away…no innocent until proven guilty in corporate America. Car giants Chevvy are dropping TIP, for obvious reasons from his contract with them. Most Gullible Jah Rule is another dude trying to stay relevant off another mans name. Now he claiming that Curtis wanted to do a track with him really bad, but just didn’t know how to ask…will you stop…go do some gardening or something, you are killing me Jah
By: Rizoh As CD sales continue to plummet out of control, record labels are scrambling for ways to keep up with evolving online trends. Universal Music Group, the latest to launch an innovative effort geared towards new media, will release USB singles starting on October 29th, 2007. The USB singles will be first tested in the U.K. before being pushed in the U.S. USB singles will cost you a whopping $10.17! Kanye West’s Graduation and Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black are expected to be released on USB before the end of 2007. If the USB singles are so expensive, imagine how much UMG will charge for USB albums.
iHipHop Blog Team