By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Ghostface embarks on his headlining Adult Swim tour today, but as soon as he’s done with this tour on October 19, he’s heading out on another to hit the spots he missed. This time he’ll be joined by hip-hop legend Rakim and Brother Ali on the “Hip-Hop Live! Tour.” The tour launches on October 29 in Los Angeles and will run until November 21, ending in Philadelphia. All three emcees will be backed by a 10-piece live band named Rhythm Roots All-Stars. "Hip-Hop’s roots are nourished by live music,” Rakim said. “For artists who dug through crates searching for the perfect sample, always trying to replicate the sounds of a full band, standing on a stage, moving the crowd in front of this talent is both the nexus and the pinnacle of what we do.” Here’s the tour itinerary: October 29 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues October 30 – San Diego, CA – 4th & B October 31 – Long Beach, CA – The Vault November 1 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst November 2 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine November 3 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater November 4 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox November 7 – Park City, UT – Harry O’s November 8 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre November 9 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up November 10 – Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Theatre November 11 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue November 12 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues November 13 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird Theater November 15 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place November 16 – New York, NY – Nokia Theatre November 17 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar November 18 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club November 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno To get hip-hop heads excited for the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors award show on October 8, the channel will be airing a slew of new shows and documentaries for the hip-hop audience. Today the channel will air its new “Bridging the Gap” series, featuring Queen Latifah and Eve and Snoop Dogg and The Game. The show features two artists who share a mutual admiration and respect for the other will share a day, discussing their lives while creating a new track produced by one of today’s hottest producers. VH1 will also air “Rags to Riches: Nick Cannon”, which documents the rapper/actor’s life and Jay-Z’s “Fade to Black.” Also launching this month is “The Salt-n-Pepa Show”, featuring the legendary group trying to get back together and squash their differences. “The Gotti Show” goes behind the scenes of Irv Gotti’s The Inc. label as he tries to attempt a comeback and reclaim the label’s glory. VH1 will also be showing hip-hop movies like Krush Groove, Brown Suger, 8 Mile, and Dave Chappelle’s Block Party throughout the month.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Not sure if I should laugh or cry at this. But goddamn has it been a slow week for news and gossip y’all. This might brighten up some of y’alls day.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno For last couple of months, underground rapper phenom MF Doom has been the subject of rumors ranging from sending imposters to do his shows, lip-synching his shows and the latest one of him missing a show because he was in the hospital. In a post on their website, MF Doom’s record label, Stones Throw Records squashed everything. “Every day for the past month we’ve been hit up by people wanting explanations, statements, clarifications, and declarations about MF DOOM,” the post said. “Is he lip synching? (No. Listen to the videos on Youtube.) Is he an impostor? (No, but he did lose some pounds.) Is he in the hospital? (No, he’s in his studio … or if not there, you can find him in the pub with the grub stain.) Reached earlier this morning at his home in Georgia, an alive and well MF DOOM issued this statement: ‘What up? I’m dead.’” The post also says that Doom was recently recording tracks with Guilty Simpson and over some leftover Dilla beats which will appear on the upcoming NBA 2K8 soundtrack, “B-Ball Zombie War,” hitting shelves on October 2.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno In an interview with Complex Magazine this month, Ja Rule called out MTV for promoting homosexuality saying that his kids can’t watch it and “If that’s not f***ing up America, I don’t know what is.” He received a lot of backlash from fans and homosexual organization, GLAAD. Well, in a new interview with Spinner.com, Ja is saying the comments are being taken out of context. “I’m a very avid speaker for all people’s rights and people having their own preference. I was taken out of context,” Ja told the website. “My statement was more about where our mind state is as a people. We’re focused on the wrong things — like, our country is at war right now. These things are more of a problem to me. Like another case I just read about — young ladies being raped by six white men. These are the stories that should be popping up on my TV screen. That’s what I was talking about, and somehow it got spun into some other s—.” When Ja was asked about if any of his kids came out as a homosexual, he said he would still love them. “That’s their own preference,” he said. “I’m going to love them regardless. I have relatives that are homosexuals and, you know, they come over for Christmas, hang out. It’s something that starts with us.” And in terms of gay marriage, Ja simply said “I really could care less.” His new album, “The Mirror”, drops on November 13.
By: Hot Gossip Gal And he cant wait to dress him up in designer jeans …is this dude kidding me. Is this what we aspire to do for our children nowadays? Forget school and college, reading and writing, as long as they wearing the finest clothes they be aight??? Yeah Hot Gossip Gal is not impressed with the bs that spews forth from peoples mouths right now. Anyhow here is Miss Jones audio while she interviewed Tamekas baby Daddy on the phone the other day. Usher had obviously just woke up to take the call. Damn that publicist is making sure she gets her check anyway. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
By: Hot Gossip Gal Sheek Louch Waiting on J Hood to Come Home and Not to D Block Yeah well had to be some come back from D Block for J Hood dragging the chain round the streets. All I can say is like I said last week, you a boy caught up in the middle of a mans game son. Sheek is nothing but a real dude and if he coming for your ass he got every reason to the way you been acting. CLICK HERE TO SEE PART 2 Losing Pounds In More Ways Than One OK so Young Joc might be dropping weight from his body, 35 pounds but weight I am sure he didn’t want to lose i guarantee was his chain valued at $135,000 which was robbed in London. I mean on the real why on earth would you spend that much money on a chain anyway when you know in a year or so you gonna be looking for a new deal? Damn cookie cutter rappers…invest it in a 401K or summin..
By: Rizoh We’re all accustomed to seeing the dynamic duo of Timbaland and Missy on the same songs together, but that may soon change. Timbo has made it clear that even though Missy has a new album coming out, the artists on his Mosley Music Group imprint remain his priority. “I can’t make Atlantic (Records) money. Nothing personal,” Timbaland told MTV recently. We had a time and a crazy run, but I gotta get my own indie label poppin’. Missy is my sister, but I got a family: Nelly (Furtado), Keri (Hilson), One Republic. If I don’t function, then they don’t function and they can’t get their careers off.” The Virginia-bred producer will limit his contributions to a select few tracks on Missy’s The Countdown.
By: Rizoh Michyal Bell, the only member of the Jena 6 that has been tried and convicted in the beating of a white classmate, has been finally release. Bell’s release comes on the heels of a well-publicized Jena 6 protest held by thousands the previous week. Bell was originally charged with attempted murder charges and up to 22 years in prison for his role in last year’s attack which sent the victim to the hospital. Protesters at last week’s demonstration were challenging the way the cases of Bell and five other teens accused of beating fellow student Justin Barker were handled. Many said they were vexed that the students, the Jena 6, were being treated more harshly than three white students who hung nooses from an oak tree on Jena High School. The other five students are still awaiting trial.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Does this chick really think she looks fly stepping on to a red carpet dressed like this? I mean seriously now. I am sure there are a lot of other things I could have spewed about today but when I got this pic I just couldn’t let it slide peeps. Just couldn’t do it.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even thought he’s dropping his new album, “Songs about Girls,” this week, will.i.am has been holed up in a New York studio working with King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Although he can’t divulge specifics he’s excited and intimidated to work with Jackson. “We’re taking it day by day, we’ve finished some songs. I like what I’m doing, I’m really happy with it, but it’s not my project to talk about,” Will told Rolling Stone. “I could be talking about song titles what they sound like and be excited about it, but those songs I made may not make his record and then I look like an idiot.” And even though Will has produced joints for everyone from Nas and The Game to Justin Timberlake and Fergie, he was still nervous working with a legend in pop music. “That was the hardest thing on the planet Earth that I ever had to endure,” Will told Rolling Stone about working with Jackson. “I even said, ‘You know what, Mike? I know how to work with Justin [Timberlake]. I know how to work with Fergie. I know how to work with John Legend. I know how to work with these people, but it probably took four or five days [for me to figure it out with you].’ He’s like, ‘Why? What do you mean? Well everything you do I like.’ Because we had that conversation, I could navigate the session and not just be like, ‘Ooooh, damn, it’s Michael, oh my God,’” There’s no word on when Jackson’s project will hit store shelves.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Ten years ago, Master P and his No Limit Records used to be part of the problem with hip-hop, but now he wants to part of the solution. P will be the only rap artists testifying at today’s congressional hearing, “From Imus to Industry: The Business of Stereotypes and Degradation.” "I am not trying to take away anyone’s freedom of speech," P told the NY Daily News. "I’m concerned about the constant use of profanity. And it’s time to clean up hip hop in order to preserve it for the next generation. We need to clean up our lyrics, but not turn our backs on the entire hip-hop community because they’re not the problem. The artists are the puppets who are controlled by the puppeteers. It’s time for accountability. "I made mistakes and now I want to do better," said Miller. I am a businessman trying to prove that clean music sells. … You can keep it real and keep it clean without the cussin’." P recently released a curse-free album with his son Romeo as the Miller Boyz called “Hip-Hop History.” The congressional hearing is a discussion on the stereotypes and degradation in hip-hop.
By: Rizoh If you thought you’d seen the last of Lil Wayne this year, you thought wrong. The ubiquitous rapper has landed himself a cover feature on the upcoming November issue of VIBE magazine, in which he discusses childhood, drugs, his relationship with ex groupie Karrine “Superhead” Steffans, as well as his quest to become the best rapper alive. Weezy’s next album, Tha Carter III, is expected to hit shelves in December.
iHipHop Blog Team