By: Rizoh Two names people may be surprised to find in the Production Credits section of Michael Jackson’s next album are will.i.am and Kanye West. Both producers recently revealed that they’ll be collaborating with MJ on his comeback record. “If I like a person’s outlet or what a person brings to the table, then I’ll speak to them,” Kanye told the UK’s The Sun. “I’ve been in the lab already,” said Kanye. “You’re already producing for other people and you’ve still got to promote yourself.” Kanye is not the only A-List producer on board for the project. Blacke Eyed Peas’ frontman will.i.am and R&B songwriter Ne-Yo will also contribute tracks to Jackson’s new album. Jacko sent a message to his fan club telling them about his plan to release his first album since 2000’s Invincible. “I’ve been really busy lately. Soon I will be sharing exciting and surprising news with you. Your continued love and support means so much to me. I really love and appreciate you all from the bottom of my heart.”
By: Rizoh Island Def Jam Music Group will expand its music hustle to include a mobile music subscription service, IDJ Radio. IDJ Radio subscribers will enjoy access to six streaming radio stations and plenty of music videos featuring hip-hop and R&B acts, as well as old school and latin hip-hop artists. It will feature Def Jam acts and artists from other labels. The mobile music subscription will be powered by M-Spot, the company behind Sprint’s mobile music technology.
By: Hot Gossip Gal No money, no wife, no daughter and sleeping on Superho’s couch might have encouraged the 80s icon to have the imaginary heart attack that his lawyer said he had earlier in the week…Brown is saying ‘no no no he didn’t have a heart attack.’ Is this a really messed up attempt at a publicity stunt?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno With the BET Hip-Hop Awards just a week away, Def Jam has announced that they will be throwing a free show for everyone who comes to check out the festivities. The Awards show is set to tape on October 13, but Def Jam will throw a free concert on October 12 at Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena at 7p.m. Confirmed artists include Jermaine Dupri, Rick Ross, Fabulous, DTP’s Playaz Circle, Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Dream with more to be announced soon. The BET Hip-Hop Awards will air on BET on October 17 at 8 p.m. EST.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Nas has been reppin’ hip-hop for close to 15 years and is finally gearing up to drop a greatest hit collection. Set to drop on November 6, the collection will feature tracks from his album Illmatic, It Was Written, I Am, Stillmatic, God’s Son and Street’s Disciple. The collections will also include two new tracks recorded this year. According to the press release, more than 20 million Nas albums, singles, and digital tracks have been sold worldwide since the release of Illmatic in 1994. Here’s the tracklisting for the album: 1) Surviving The Times (newly recorded) 2) Less than an Hour (Theme from Rush Hour 3) (newly recorded) 3) It Ain’t Hard to Tell (from Illmatic) 4) Life’s A Bitch (from Illmatic) 5) N.Y. State of Mind (from Illmatic) 6) One Love (from Illmatic) 7) If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) (from It Was Written) 8) Street Dreams (Remix) Feat. R. Kelly (original from It Was Written; remix from 2002′s From Illmatic to Stillmatic: The Remixes EP) 9) Hate Me Now Feat. Puff Daddy (from I Am … The Autobiography) 10) One Mic (from Stillmatic) 11) Got Ur Self A … (from Stillmatic) 12) Made You Look (from God’s Son) 13) I Can (from God’s Son) 14) Bridging the Gap Feat. Olu Dara (from Street’s Disciple)
By: Hot Gossip Gal Kick Pushing Vibe to the courts…check it out for yourselves. Lupe been getting slammed since the Honors but those goddamn journalists have a habit of taking things out of context. This is the audio and funny how Vibe sneek a lil dislcosure saying comments were made before th Honors when court gets mentioned. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
By: Rizoh Timbaland, Beyonce, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and T.I. are among this year’s top nominees for the American Music Awards. Beyonce was nominated for Female Artist andBest Female Artist in the Pop category and Favorite AlbuminSoul Rhythm/Blues. Justin Timberlake faces off against Timbaland and Akon in the Pop-Rock genre for “Male Artist of the Year.” Also, his multi-platinum selling album FutureSex/LoveSounds got a nod in both the Pop-Rock and Soul/Rhythm & Blues genre categories. In the Hip-Hop category, T.I. is up against Young Jeezy and Fabolous for “Male Artist,” while Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony will vie for votes with Pretty Ricky and the Shop Boyz for “Best Group.” “Rap Album of the Year” nominees are: Strength & Loyalty (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony), T.I. vs. T.I.P. (T.I.), and The Inspiration (Young Jeezy). The 35th annual American Music Awards will for the first time allow members of the public to vote for the winners. Fans can vote online at ama.abc.com through Nov. 1. This year’s show will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The awards show airs on ABC November 18, 2007.
By: Rizoh Mobb Deep’s Prodigy may be facing an extended vacation behind bars, after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a loaded handgun. At the Manhattan Supreme Court, the 32-year old rapper interrupted his trial to state that the .22 caliber pistol that was found in his car when police pulled him over belonged to him. P had been pulled over for making an illegal turn, and producer Alchemist was in the car at the time of the incident. Prodigy originially denied ownership of the unlicensed handgun. But his admission of guilt will now put him behind bars for 42 months. Saigon is somewhere laughing his behind off.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Shaunie Wants Her Man Back Shaqs wife and baby mama ain’t giving up here man that easily. Turns out she is not signing the divorce papers and has replied to every accusation made against her. Something is telling me Shaunie is determined to get her man back. Usher Worried Turns out Usher is concerned that his personal life is going to interfere in the sales of his album. Does this mean that the album is wack and he is just covering his bases before the critics hang him out to dry? Well we are not going to find out as the album ain’t dropping. BOOOO
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno If you caught the broadcast of VH1’s Hip-Hop Honors Monday night, you may have noticed A Tribe Called Quest how thin group member Phife Dawg looked. It’s well-known that Phife has suffered from diabetes and even refers to himself as the “funky diabetic”, but in the last several it got worse, but now he’s on the right track to feeling healthier. “For the last 3 yrs I’ve been a dialysis patient,” Phife told VH1’s blog. “The first two years I was on peritoneal dialysis, which caused me to gain a great deal of weight. For the last seven months I’ve switched over to hemodialysis, which has caused me to lose weight and has me feeling a whole lot better. Most people aren’t used to seeing me at this weight. Initially, I weighed too much for my size and height and now I’m where I need to be.” Phife has also found a potential kidney donor in his best friend and manager Rasta Root and hopes for a kidney transplant soon to get off the dialysis treatment.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been 12 years since Eazy E died of complications in relations to the AIDS virus, but every few years he comes back to life in some new project. This time it’s in the form of “Featuring… Eazy E” a collection of tracks that featured Eazy in collaboration with a number of artists including Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Mack 10, Ice-T, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and others. The 16-track collection also features four out-of-print songs that will only be available on this album. The project is set to hit shelves on December 4. Here’s the tracklisting: 1. Luv 4 Dem Gangsta’z* Beverly Hill Cop III soundtrack 2. 2 Hard Muthas w/MC Ren 3. Trust No Bitch* w/Penthouse Player’s Clique, DJ Quik & AMG 4. L.A. Is The Place w/Ron-De-Vu 5. Findum, F**kum & Flee w/N.W.A 6. Get Yo Ride On w/Mack 10 and M.C. Eiht 7. Black Nigga Killa Ruthless Records Tenth Anniversary compilation 8. We Want Eazy (12" remix)* Eazy-Duz-It 9. Foe Tha Love Of $ w/Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 10. I’d Rather F*** You N.W.A 11. 24 Hrs To Live Ruthless Records Tenth Anniversary compilation 12. Boyz In Tha Hood (G Mix) w/ Dr. Dre It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa 13. Fat Girl w/Ron-De-Vu 14. Automobile w/N.W.A 15. P.S. Phuk U 2* w/Penthouse Player’s Clique & DJ Quik 16. Ruthless Villain w/MC Ren * = previously out of print track, exclusively available on this release
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well..that’s what it looks like as the two ramble through the streets of Hollywood with the old faithful…Kim Porter and the twins..what a pretty picture. I guess Suge gotta make his money somewhere
By: Rizoh BET founder Robert Johnson has added a car dealership joint to his long list of business ventures. Johnson teamed up with automotive dealer Steve Landers and Mack McLarty, former chief of staff for President Clinton, for the deal. Johnson is expected to contribute about 60% of the capital needed to fund the business. Toyota, Ford, Jeep, Scion, and Chrysler are some of the brand names that will be available from the RLJ-McLarty-Landers Automotive Partnership. Johnson is no stranger to business moves of this magnitude. The African-American billionaire already owns an NBA team, a film company, a fleet of hotels, and financial institutions. Ethnic minorities constitute a mere 5% of the 41,000 care dealerships in the United States.
By: Rizoh Previously scheduled for release on June 5, DJ Drama’s long overdue Gangsta Grillz: The Album is now penciled for December 4. The album will feature Rick Ross, Akon, Lil’ Wayne, T.I., and many others. It will be issued on T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records. Drama spent most of 2007 reorganizing the blueprint for the album after a January racketeering arrest. The first single is “5000 One’s,” which features T.I., Twista, Diddy, Yung Joc, Young Dro and Willie the Kid.
Best Photoshop Work Ever? I mean I knew Trina was shedding pounds but on the real…just how many. Here is the Miami Madame looking more like a runway model than the stripper…ooops dancer she was. Looking good though but for real we all know what photoshop can do for cottage cheese thighs New York Please Go Away Does anyone really have any love for this chick? I mean I can see why dudes like Deelishis even though i think her time is up too…but this chick and her reality show…who watches that? Please let me know if you do..I have a couple of questions for you. But anyhow here is her royal bitchiness at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors Weekend Hoops event. Good to see Juelz out and about though, thought he had disappeared..well I guess getting out of his deal with Cam is keeping him busy.
iHipHop Blog Team