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.
By: Rizoh Many of us have no trouble recalling how many bedrooms and bathrooms are in our home. Not Mar Mariah Carey. The 37-year old singer’s New York residence is so large that she doesn’t know how many bathrooms she has. Glamour magazine asked Carey how many bathrooms she has in her 12,000 sq. ft. apartment. Her response? “I don’t know! Do you really want me to try and think about it?” The R&B diva admitted that she has an entire bathroom dedicated to “Hello Kitty.” And when you’re as rich as Carey, you can also afford to devote a 3,000-square foot closet to your clothes, in addition to a separate room just for lingerie.
By: Rizoh Jermaine Dupri recently appeared on NBC’s The Big Idea to discuss the secrets of his success. Dupri told host Donny Deutsch that he discovered his first group Kris Kross at a shopping mall. Said JD: “The people in the mall [was] so magnetically drawn to them. I thought I was watching Nickelodeon or something…It was the appeal that they had with the ladies.” From that moment on, the So So Def CEO was convinced that all Kris Kross needed was a hit rap record. “I felt like if they had a record to go with the look, it could be a bomb.” Kris Kross went on to sell 8 million records, thanks to the popularity of their smash single “Jump.”
By: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah he has finally admitted to being the father of Sarah Chapmans baby, the chick living down in Atlanta that Kim tried to air out. Only took him 18 months. Should have gone on Maury if a paternity suit was taking that long.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno For those hoping that the New Jersey Nets would be playing in the “Roc-A-Wear Arena”, looks like it’s not going to happen. The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority have given the naming rights of the Continental Airlines Airlines to clothing company Izod. Continental Airlines was paying roughly $1.3 million a year to have their name attached to the arena and Jay-Z was willing to do the same. The arena will now be called the Izod Center. No worries though. The Nets will make a move to Brooklyn after the 2008-2009 season and Jigga will have a chance to buy the naming rights to the new arena being built in the city.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno While haters continually attack the music of Ludacris, others are recognizing the good and giving him rewards. The National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) have awarded Ludacris and The Ludacris Foundation the 2007 Spirit of Youth Award for his song “Runaway Love” and the work his charity does with the NRS. "Since Ludacris and The Ludacris Foundation have been involved, we have experienced a 50 percent increase in calls to our hotline, and the number of visitors to our Web site has increased more than 60 percent," said Maureen Blaha, NRS executive director. "I am extremely happy my association with the National Runaway Switchboard has had a positive impact on reaching out to runaways and potential runaways. When I wrote the song, I wanted young people to know running away from their problems is not the answer and that they did not have to face every problem alone," said Ludacris. The National Runaway Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for homeless and runaway youth.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Kay Slay Beefing With His Strip Club Buddy Ok so he has no beef with Dre all of a sudden, but he now has beef with Busta. What this translates to is..Kay dissed Dre, Busta who is signed to Dre got a telling off internally and told Slay to check himself and now Slay is mad at Busta for siding with Dre. What do you think? Slay stands united with Pap though…well yeah I mean someone has to I guess..but on the real..Slay be frothing at the mouth about a lot of people lately..including his own artists so its like whatever Jay Z and Beyonce are Engaged? Damn I am so so tired of this..but rumor has it that there are a couple of mentions on the up and coming American Gangsta Album where Jay quotes ‘Beyonce is the Fiancee.’ Ok so it might be true, but on Kingdom Come I remember people hitting me after Lost Ones broke saying they had broke up..so not true…its called creativity. Damn I just have a feeling that ‘Beyonce is the fiance’ will become as popular as ‘I am the Mike Jordan of Recording’.
iHipHop Blog Team