By: Hot Gossip Gal I am hearing that Jay Z is concerned about how his American Gangster album is moving….not believing that for a second..Jay reaffirmed himself as the games most prized lyricist with this album..only Jay would have Penny Cruz up in her seat shaking her ass as he performed at The House of Blues in Hollyhood the other night. Anyone who thinks the album is wack speak now or forever hold your peace…Hov is back
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno T.I. is currently under house arrest stemming from federal weapons charges. He was arrested on October 13 after federal agents said he was trying to buy guns. As a convicted felon, T.I. is prohibited from buying or owning any firearms. On October 26, he was released on bond, but was ordered to house arrest. He isn’t allowed visitors without prior notice and there can’t be more than three unless it’s under special circumstances. Through his lawyer, T.I. asked the judge if he can have a list of family members come over for Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 22 from 9am to 6:30pm. There’s no word on the judge’s decision.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Since Michael Vick was accused of participating in dog fighting, the media has put the hip-hop world on blast, blaming the culture for attraction to the act. To prove otherwise, Russell Simmons has shot variety of public service announcements, denouncing the practice. The PSAs were shot for the Humane Society of the United States and the BeKIND Foundation and consist of 15 and 30 second spots featuring Simmons, Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle and BeKIND founder Frances Hayward. The spots will be posted on YouTube and on the organizations’ websites.
Akon Not Getting Hitched Again Already with five wives at the last count, turns out Akon wont be marrying the British model Rachel Ritfield after all. Turns out home girl finally came to her senses and turned the lights on…noooo i dont mean that…what I mean is she finally got the fact that Akon likes to have his cake, cookies and candy and eat it too. Wife #6 was just not an option for this chick..what made her think she was going to have him all to herself is beyond me anyway and anyway who would want him all to themselves anyway? There is a reason he has all these wives. The Hip-Hop Court Turns out Remy, Busta, Weezy and Ja Rule were all up in court in Manhattan yesterday morning.Sure the lights were flashing downtown yesterday as everyone rolled through..theres gotta be a joint coming out of this..all those names in the same place at the same time…damn perfect opp for a video too…
By: Rizoh LL has been taking shots at Def Jam president Jay-Z for a while now, but he still has a few more bones to pick with Jay regarding his American Gangster album. “Shouldn’t there be other Def Jam artsts on the soundtrack? If there are any other artists associated with it, I’m not hearing about ‘em,” LL said in a new MTV interview. “As the president, shouldn’t a lot of people be involved with the project? Shouldn’t this be the big Def Jam project? Yeah, I’ve heard that different people are collaborating, but I’m talking about being out there in front of the project and promoting the project and growing the project.” LL also complained about Hov sucking up all the attention while his own album is trying to get on the release schedule. “Now you’ve got LL working on an album for a year and you’ve got the president putting out an album in the middle of that, before your album…when you trying to get on the schedule—and they’re…you know, really look at what’s going on here!” Someone please tell Uncle LL that the American Gangster album is not a soundtrack, but a concept album inspired by the movie.
By: Rizoh Duane “Dog” Chapman has continued to apologize for using the N-word in a conversation with his son. Dog, whose “Bounty Hunter” show was canceled by A&E following the controversy, told Fox News that he now understands the implication of using the racial epithet. “I will try never, ever, ever to use that word again…I didn’t want to have to explain to America outside my family and people that I love that know me what that means.” He added: “I thought that I was cool enough in the black world to be able to use that word as a brother to a brother. I’m not. I didn’t really know until three or four days ago what that meant to black people. Of course, I know the story, and I know America’s story. But I never realized that that’s like stabbing a black person in the heart. I would never do that to any kind of person. I’ve always taken pride to be the white guy that can talk to the black people, that can refer to them truly as a brother from a different mother.” Dog conceded that he needs to increase his vocabulary to avoid using offensive language in the future. “I need to get a greater vocabulary than what I have and when I get mad and my brain searches for a word. I have to find different words and to do that you need to have more of an education,” said 54-year old Chapman who only made it to 7th grade.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Turns out cops in Mass got heavy with Trey Songz after a show the other night in Springfield, but the thing is now Songz is talking about suing the cops for how they beat up on his bodyguard and other members of his entourage. Supposed to have taken six guys to beat down the 300+ weighing bodyguard though, now you know those guys don’t go down easy unless they working for TI…ooops did I say that out loud?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno December 11 doesn’t seem too far away, but the Wu-Tang Clan are giving fans a little something to whet their appetite before the new album, “8 Diagrams,” drops on that date. The mixtape features 29 tracks of exclusive and previously unreleased material from Old Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and the rest of the crew. You can head over to LOUD to cop the official “8 Diagrams Mixtape” for free. Here’s the tracklisting to the mixtape: 1) Intro feat. Method Man 2) Watch Ur Mouf (Wu-Tang Exclusive) 3) State Of Grace (Raekwon Exclusive) 4) Break That Break (Unreleased) 5) Wu Banga 101 Remix (Unreleased) 6) My Corner (Raekwon Exclusive) 7) Stick Me 4 My Riches (Wu-Tang Exclusive) Thug World (Wu-Tang Exclusive) 9) Maxine Remix (Unreleased) 10) King Toast Queen (Unreleased) 11) Strawberries & Cream Remix 12) Weak Spot (Wu-Tang Exclusive) 13) Intoxicated feat Macy Gray (ODB Exclusive) 14) Crooklyn Dodgers (Ghostface Exclusive) 15) The "W" Remix (Unreleased) 16) Real Nillaz 17) Ghost Is Back 18) Don’t Go Breaking My Heart ODB feat Macy Gray 19) Violent Skit 20) Life Changes (Wu-Tang Exclusive) 21) Treez (Unreleased) 22) The Abduction 23) John 3:16 24) Good 25) Da Destroyer (Raekwon Freestyle) 26) Iron God Chamber 27) 4:20 28) Wise (Unreleased) 29) Presidential M.C. (Bonus Track – The Heart Gently Weeps)
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno In hopes of getting the hip-hop community down, the Barack Obama campaign recruited Common to tape a public service announcement endorsing the Democratic presidential nominee. “I just want to tell everybody to vote,” Common said in the video. “I’m voting for Obama, because he’s just there to do some good things in the world; for people all around the world. Whether you’re Black, white, Latino, Asian, Obama is down for us. I want to encourage ya’ll to go out and vote and make history on February 5, 2008. Vote Hope. Vote for Change. Vote Obama.” The video gives a list of states that will conduct their Democrat primary voting on February 5. For more information, check these sites out VOTE HOPE 2008 or BARACK OBAMA. Check out Common’s PSA:
By: Serge Fleury Just as Eminem proclaimed in his song, “Lose Yourself”; “you only have one shot, do not miss your time to blow; this opportunity comes once in a lifetime.” Those are the words that every artist lives by when they fanaticize of making it to the big time. Every unknown MC trying to break into the world of Hip-Hop, wants a taste of the glamorous life. Whether they want to publicly admit it, or not. They all want segments on MTV Cribs, to being the headliner for tours, and to be adored by millions of screaming fans. Some are just a lot more modest than others, when speaking about their personal goals. History has shown us that in the entertainment business, its not about what you know; its about who you know. Sad, but very true. You can be the most talented person in the world, and get the door shut in your face; because you lack the necessary connections. Or you can be one of the lucky few that has connections; and the talent needed gain the spot light, that everyone craves. This is the case for West Philadelphia native, Kenneth Johnson; better known as Omillio Sparks. The kid from Philly, and formerly of Roc-A-Fella’s State Property fame; has grown into a wise businessman over the past eight years. After being signed to Roc-A-Fella Records in 1999 through Beanie Sigel, the future looked bright for the young star. When he, along with fellow State Property cohorts invaded the Funk Master Flex Show on Hot 97 and took it over; the fire was already lit. And it seemed that it would be a very long time before it fizzled out. But with only two group albums in eight years, one movie, Beanie Sigel’s incarceration (since has been released), and the break up of Roc-A-Fella; O. Sparks looked more like an outsider looking in. Now as he sets forth to debut his solo project, “The Payback” through his own imprint Colossal Entertainment; Omillio Sparks lets the world know that all that glitters; isn’t gold. CrackSpace.com: Talk about Philadelphia. How was it like growing up there? Omillio Sparks: Man, it was cool growing up there. We had Schooly D, and we had a couple of other big artists coming out of there. So it was cool coming up in Philly. CrackSpace.com: So what have you been up to lately? What new projects are you working on? Omillio Sparks: Well my project is called “The Payback”, and that’s about to drop. I also have another movie in the works called “Expendable”, and I got another movie coming out called “What We Do.” I’m just movie central right now. [smiles] Its just popping off right now; there’s a lot of things that I’m working on. CrackSpace.com: Is there any particular reason you named your album The Payback? Omillio Sparks: Well yeah, there were a bunch of reasons man. Like when that whole thing happened with the Roc; I didn’t know where my next step was coming from. Then, when the Roc was going over to Def Jam, they didn’t take me, know what I’m saying. They left me hanging in the wind, and besides that, I had some other personal problems too. Like my money was low, my lady was trippin’ on me, and I couldn’t get distribution. But I was still in grind-mode, and now I got my own company. We are in full effect now. [smiles] CrackSpace.com: Was it hard to make a solo album, after being involved in just group projects? Omillio Sparks: Nah, not at all. Even with all that other stuff going on, it wasn’t hard for me to do that. Because I was starving; and I was hungry, know what I’m saying. The more things I go through, the better I write. So every time something hit me, and I’d recover from it. It was like; “BOOM!” I’d make a rhyme. So it wasn’t hard at all. Man, it made me strong actually. CrackSpace.com: Do you still keep in contact with all the members of State Property? Omillio Sparks: No doubt, I’m in contact with everybody except for Freeway. I done talked to Mac [Beanie], and Oschino is on my new mixtape. I still talk to the Gunnas, I just don’t talk to Freeway that much. But I’m still in contact with the boys. CrackSpace.com: So everything is still cool between you and Beanie? Omillio Sparks: Yeah, ain’t nothing bad between us. CrackSpace.com: What did you learn from your experience at Roc-A-Fella and working with Jay-Z? Omillio Sparks: Just to handle your business, keep your mind on your money, man. Keep your folks tight, and keep your business tight. And I’ll tell you that and that everything is not what its cracked up to be. I want to see everything in writing, and after that; my lawyer has to see it in writing. That’s what l learned man, straight up. CrackSpace.com: How was your mind set during that time when The Roc was going through turmoil? Omillio Sparks: It was crazy man, I never knew why we didn’t come out. [long pause] Listen man, we had State Property. Me and Oschino was a group, Crakk [Peedi] was a solo artist, Beanie, was a solo artist, Freeway was a solo, artist, and The Young Gunnas was a group. Then we got to Hot 97, and we was all in one building. CrackSpace.com: Yeah, I remember that night. Y’all took over the station. Omillio Sparks: Yeah that night was CRAZY! You feel me? Then everybody was like; “damn these n***as are hot!” “so what’s up with them?” So that was a buzz for us, and then here comes the State Property album. But we was still all broke. And there wasn’t anything before someone came; and actually worked out the deal for us to promote State Property. We was like; “if we’re State Property, and we doing all this, then where’s our cash at?” So that’s how that was going down. Then me and Oschino couldn’t come out, because he was going to jail and I was working. I was under contract with Oschino, so I couldn’t sign without him. Then Freeway did a song with Puffy and them, so he was about to drop his record; and we still got pushed back some more. Omillio Sparks: So meanwhile back at the ranch, [laughs] we still kept it popping, because we did “State Property: The movie”, and we hit the road. But we was like; “hold up!” Because we’re working but, everybody ain’t eating. So that’s how it went down, and we never came out. But we was still riding. We were like; “Jay you’re our man you’re the boss, so we’re riding with you.” “If anybody comes at ya neck, you ain’t got to say nothing we got you, just fall back.” So when [they] did the break-up of Roc-A-Fella, and Jay took the rest of them and left us, that’s when we was like; “WHOA!”, “HOLD UP!” But this is a business know what I’m saying, it was all business. But now I got my own company, Colossal Entertainment. CrackSpace.com: So during all that down time, were you still making music? Omillio Sparks: Well, I wasn’t chilling. But before I started making music; I had to handle my business. I had got with my business partner, then we had formed the company, know what I’m saying. So first I had to get comfortable, before anything else. CrackSpace.com: So how did the situation come about with you writing the hook for “I Just Wanna Luv You (Give It 2 Me)” for Jay-Z? Omillio Sparks: I was just in the studio, I was in the B Room, and they were in the A Room. Then Mac came into the B Room, and he heard me laying the song down. Then he went back into the A Room to tell Hov what was going on. Then Hov came back into the B Room, know what I’m saying. [smiling] Then Hov heard the hook, and he wanted it. Next thing you know, I’m flying to go meet Pharrell, and shoot the video out in L.A. CrackSpace.com: What other material have you written? Omillio Sparks: Well I wrote seven songs off the first State Property album, and six off the second State Property album. I had something on “The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse” album too. I did a lot of writing, thank God for the publishing companies. [laughing] CrackSpace.com: So that ASCAP money must be looking real good right now? [smiles] Omillio Sparks: Oh right! Now its good! We get about $8.00 per record, we just chilling man. I’m just feeling good, and going shopping. [smiles] CrackSpace.com: Would you say it’s hard switching from artist to CEO? Or do you wear both hats equally? Omillio Sparks: You would think that, but with all the crap I went through; it already made me a CEO. Because my brain thinks big business first; that’s just second nature right now. Everything I do, I plan it out first. I figure out in which direction I’m moving, in and I execute, know what I’m saying. CrackSpace.com: So what’s one of the toughest lessons you’ve learned in the music business so far? Omillio Sparks: [long pause] This is what I’ve learned. I learned that it doesn’t matter who you are; whether you’re Puffy, Jay-Z, or just anybody with a sh*t load of cash, always know who you are. That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned. When I got up [there], I was riding with the people who had the money, so I thought everything was going to be right. And that ain’t always what its cracked up to be. Just make sure you handle your own business; because if you don’t see no results, then you’re working for nothing.
By: Hot Gossip Gal J Hood is making allegations that D Block won’t release him from his contract…hmmmm seriously doubting that statement. First of all there are only three stars of D Block and he ain’t one of them…second of all why oh why would anyone want to keep him when he aint making them no money…and he hasn’t, isn’t and never will and thirdly I think he gotta stop tying his doo rag too tight as the pressure is affecting his mind…
By: Rizoh If you’re among those skeptics who believe that Kanye’s “Big Brother” is a diss to Jay-Z, you have something in common with Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder Dame Dash. Dash recently told BET.com that he sees the song, which many believe to be a tribute, as a subliminal diss. “It sounds like a sneak dis record to me. You gotta understand certain things about Kanye; he doesn’t go at things like the average person does,” Dash explained to BET.com. “I feel like if he has something to say, he has to pose it in that way or he can’t communicate it at all. And that was the only way he could express why he doesn’t understand why he’s treated that way. It’s not like he could be gangsta about it and say,’Yo, this n***a’s playing me.” Dash continued that there is a public misconception about the song’s true message. “I didn’t think it was a very complimentary record. N***as saying n***a on their d**ks and that was some real disrespectful stuff. I might have choked Kanye out for that.” “Big Brother,” which appears on the platinum-selling Graduation CD, finds Kanye griping about being relegated to the backburner in his early years at Roc-a-Fella: “Only thing I wanna know is why I get looked over…Big Brother saw me at the bottom of the totem/Now I’m on the top and every body on the scrotum.”
By: Rizoh Jay-Z is taking an unconventional marketing approach with the release of his 10th studio album, American Gangster. The Def Jam prez just announced his decision to remove the album from iTunes. To ensure that consumers enjoy the album in its entirety, individual tracks from American Gangster will not be available for purchase via Apple’s digital retail store. Now, you may be wondering why Jay-Z would be willing to undermine sales of his new CD by removing it from the increasingly popular iTunes store. Wonder no more. Jay’s plan for the album exceeds sales and numbers. “As movies are not sold scene by scene,” says Jay-Z via a statement, “this collection will not be sold as individual singles.” American Gangster, which was inspired by the Ridley Scott movie of the same name, is in stores now.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Amy Freaks Out Snoop Turns out Snoop was trying to lend a helping hand to lost girl Amy Winehouse at the MTV Europe awards..he went to the Back to Black singers dressing room to share a blunt I guess before performing but came close to being smacked about the head with a bowl of pasta…Amy allegedly was having a ‘moment’…one that no-one appears to be able to control. Poor Snoop, he didn’t know which way to look. Get Your Money Right Ok the Young Uns were out in full effect in the A the other day, supporting The Hip-Hop Action Summit Network ‘Get Your Money Right.’ The event was hosted by Free and the likes of Young Joc and Yung Berg were in the house explaining to people how to save their pennies. Save that cash kids..invest in something better than a sneaker collection or a range of Fendi purses.
By: Rizoh Akon has added yet another feather to his hat, with his multiple award wins at the 2007 World Music Awards. ‘Kon, whose stellar hits include “Ghetto” and “Locked Up,” bagged three accolades at the event. He won “Africa’s Best Selling Artist” and the “World’s Best-Selling Internet Artist. He also clinched the “World’s Best Selling R&B Artist” award ahead of Fergie, Beyonce, and Rihanna. “You are witness to seeing me receive any kind of award for music the first time in my life,” Akon commented at the ceremony. Akon wasn’t the only major winner of the night though. 50 Cent picked up “World’s Best Selling Hip-Hop Artist” award for Curtis. Rihanna was another big winner, taking honors for World’s Best Selling Pop Female Artist and Female Entertainer of the Year.
iHipHop Blog Team