By Quibian Salazar-Moreno With all the buzz and top box office earnings over the weekend, Showtime has announced that they are teaming with Forest Whitaker to produce “Mr. Untouchable,” a drama series based on the life and times of Harlem heroin dealer, Leroy ‘Nicky’ Barnes. In the film ‘American Gangster’, Barnes is portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr., but there’s no word on who will portray the gangster in the drama series. According to Variety, the series will tell the story of how Barnes built a drug empire in the 1970s that rivaled that of the Italian Mafia. It will show how he rose to great heights, but with his success coming at the expense of his Harlem community. The show will also detail the government’s war on drugs and how it failed for years to bring Barnes down. There’s no word on when production will begin or when Showtime plans to begin airing the series.
By: Hot Gossip Gal I heard this is now official. Kiss has signed to the Roc. Rumors were circulating that The Lox were signing with Def Jam too and I wouldn’t say that isn’t happening just yet either. Signing at this time of year is normally a tax write off for labels…lets not hope thats the case for Jada.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno To celebrate Jay-Z’s ‘American Gangster’ this week, Sirius Radio channel Hip-Hop Nation has given up the airwaves to the rapper for the entire week. Starting today at 5pm EST, the channel will turn into “Jay-Z Nation”. "JAY-Z is one of the preeminent creative forces in the music industry. Over the last decade, he has truly changed the face of hip-hop and music culture," said Scott Greenstein, SIRIUS President of Entertainment and Sports. "We are excited to have him take over our airwaves and provide our listeners with this unique and exclusive experience." The station will play music from ‘American Gangster’ and Jay-Z’s entire catalogue all week. The station will also air a special live concert playback from Jay-Z forthcoming performance at the House of Blues in Chicago as well as special editions of Street Certified, DJ Green Lantern: The Invasion, and The Nation’s Top 20 Hip Hop Countdown hosted by Jay-Z. ‘American Gangster’ hits stores on November 6.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Gotta give Dennis Rodman his props on this outfit..the dude is just not of sane mind.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno While hosting the European MTV Awards, Snoop Dogg revealed that he’s become good friends with recent U.S. transplant and world famous soccer player, David Beckham. Actually they’ve become such good friends that they’re even considering going into business together. “No one would have thought me and my boy David would have anything in common – we come from separate worlds,” Snoop told U.K.’s Daily Mirror. “But he has the dollars at his disposal and we’re talking about putting our money together to do a movie. It’s incredibly exciting. We both love fashion too, and we might even do a fashion label as well. I think he got his idea to have cornrows in his hair from me, which is great.” Yup. Their families have even got together to hang out. “He was terrific with my kids and they had a great time as he taught them how to shoot and score the perfect goal. That’s a partnership you never thought you would see – Snoop and Beckham,” Snoop said. “I love soccer just as much as he loves hip hop. He hasn’t asked me to teach his kids how to rap yet – but I’m there if he ever needs it.”
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After getting shouted out as Kanye’s mentor on “Big Brother” and producing “Success”, arguably the best song on Jay-Z’s “American Gangster” which also features Nas, producer No I.D. is ready to reconnect with the rapper he stepped in the game with, Common. He says it’s something that he doesn’t even need to ask him about. “I’m not going to discuss it with him, because I know due to our history, it’s not a discussion — it’s an action,” No I.D. told Entertainment Weekly. “I want to bring him the music. Maybe in my more prideful moments, I was like, ‘He ain’t asked me; I never went anywhere.’ But I really, deep down, wanted to see him and Kanye achieve what they were going to achieve. Music needed that, and I needed to do other things. But I’m at a moment where I know he’s going to appreciate what I have to offer. I don’t believe he’s peaked yet…. [Certain] combinations of people create certain things. I did the Jay song, it made me realize that I want to get back to the people that I can create certain things with. I took a breather, and I’m back with all this energy.” No I.D. was the lead producer on Common’s albums “Can I Borrow a Dollar?”, “Resurrection,” and “One Day It’ll All Make Sense.” They went their separate ways after “One Day…” but there wasn’t ever any beef. “When [Common and I] were doing our first two albums, [1992's] Can I Borrow a Dollar? and [1994's] Resurrection, we weren’t thinking about commercial singles,” No I.D. said. “It was really a creative battle to prove that we were good. We made an album that we felt was a really good album and picked the best song to be a single. Maybe doing the third album [1997's One Day It'll All Make Sense] we started thinking ‘single,’ and then, ‘Okay, let’s put Lauryn Hill on this.’ But it was still from a pure place, in my eyes. After a while, when we were both frustrated with not having the success we felt like we should have, that’s maybe even the true reason we went our separate ways. From that point, we both made our personal journeys to find success.” Since then, No I.D. has been working with Jermaine Dupri and So So Def Records.
40/40 Problems Ok so a waitress is saying she is being let go from Jay Z\’s Manhattan sports bar because she is pregnant. Word on the street is that home girl is pregnant with a child that may cause embarrassment for someone pretty high up in the club. Now I am not sure how true this might be..but whatever goddamn women gotta support their kids more than ever nowadays so let her work until she decides it is time to give it up. Jay Z Pissed Off Did y\’all know Jay Z had hoped to play the role of Frank Lucas in American Gangsta..yeah the role that was played by Denzel Washington…I mean I love Jay and all that, but on the real..is he worthy of a role like that? I didn\’t even know Jay was even into acting like that…hmmm State Property, Training Day…damn Denzel really had competition.
By: Rizoh It’s one thing to say that Lil’ Wayne is better than Jay-Z (even though I strongly disagree with that claim). But it’s another thing to say that Weezy is bigger than—wait for this—Biggie, 2Pac, and Jay-Z combined. That’s exactly what Birdman wants you to believe. The Cashmoney Records CEO had some bloated compliments for his protégé in a recent interview with Miami New Times. “He take it like a professional,” Birdman said of Wayne. “He never stop working and that’s why he where he is. And besides that, the li’l n*gga supergifted, extra-smart, talented like a motherf**ka. You know it’s possible that they can have another Wayne come out, but what he ’bout to do is a miracle for us to see. We was fortunate to grow up on Tupac, but he died young. This sh*t Wayne got bigger that. Bigger than Tupac, bigger than Biggie and Jay-Z. It’s crazy.” I doubt that fans of the aforementioned music icons would agree with that bogus claim.
By: Rizoh Television bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman has apologized for using the N-word during a personal phone conversation with his son. A 2-minute recording of the conversation surfaced online after a tipster sent it to The Enquirer. In the clip, Chapman uses the N-word six times. Chapman is also heard telling his son to dump his “N*gger girlfriend” during the conversation. The 54 year-old Chapman, who stars in A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” released a statement saying that he was opposed to his son’s choice of girlfriend, and not to her race. “I was disappointed in his choice of a friend, not due to her race, but her character,” He added: “I did not mean to add yet another slap in the face to an entire race of people who have brought so many gifts to this world. I am ashamed of myself and I pledge to do whatever I can to repair this damage I have caused.” A&E has canceled “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” following his racist remarks. Click here to listen to Dog using the N-word in a rant.
By: Rizoh New York-based hip-hop jeweler Yakov Arabov, better known as Jacob the Jeweler, has pled guilty to charges of falsifying records and giving false statements to authorities investigating a drug ring. “I realize I have made a terrible mistake and I accept the consequences of my actions,” said 42-year old Arabov in a statement. The jeweler, who has designed bling for the likes of Nas and Kanye West, is involved in an investigation into allegations of laundering $270 million in drug profits for the Black Mafia Family gang. He may face up to 46 months in prison and pay a $2 million fine, under the terms of the plea.
By: Rizoh Chamillionaire has lashed out at major labels for their greedy approach to promoting records. Cham’s last album, Ultimate Victory, hardly dented SoundScan, posting a mere 79,000 units in its first week. But the Houston rapper says he’s determined to stay on the grind. “You spend a whole year putting money on a project, and the first week indicates whether you’re gonna keep on going with that? That sounds stupid to me,” said Chamillionaire via a web video. After asking if anyone knew the first week numbers of hip-hop greats like Tupac and Scarface, Cham urged fans and A&Rs to hop off the First Week bandwagon.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Keyshia..oh Keyshia Not quite sure what it is and I am sure some of y’all will think I am hating but Keyshia Cole no matter what pose you put her in, is always just going to be that hood chick from round the way..here she is on the front of Vibe…nice idea but still nothing special Superhead Needs Help Well according to Bobby Brown she does and for once I think he is right. He called into a radio show yesterday and aired out the chick who videoed him while snoring on her couch. Here what he has to say here:
By: Rizoh Another day, another hip-hop artist in trouble with the law. This time, it’s Da Brat (born Shawntae Harris) who found herself in steamy waters for aggravated assault. The 33 year-old rapper allegedly smashed a rum bottle in the face of a club waitress, following an altercation. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the incident stemmed from what started as a shoving match between Da Brat and the waitress. “After the pushing, the waitress walked away, and a short time later, that’s when Harris picked up a bottle and hit the waitress in the face with it,” said a police spokeswoman. The badly battered waitress was rushed to a local hospital. Da Brat is currently being held at the DeKalb County jail. The incident occurred at Atlanta’s Studio 72 nightclub, which is owned by Da Brat’s former mentor and producer Jermaine Dupri. Da Brat has not released an album since 2003’s Limelite, Luv, & Nightclubz, but she has made appearances on various TV shows, including VH1’s The Surreal Life and Celebrity Fit Club.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well it turns out the reason Mobb Deep fired their management team was because he was putting out music on the low and the duo definitely weren’t seeing any of the benefits. Talk about dodgy business practices. No wonder finding decent managers is nearly as hard as getting a deal nowadays when they acting all shady like the Mobbs did.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Bow Wow is starting to do a little bit of press for his upcoming collaborative album with Omarion called “Face Off” dropping on December 11. In September they let the song, “Hood Star” leak to the web and it created a small buzz. Bow Wow believes that it served its purpose. " ‘Hood Star’ is really just saying that we here to stay," Bow Wow told MTV News. "Whatever these other rappers talking about and they ain’t living it, we living it. When I tell people I got a Phantom and I got a [Ferrari] F40 in the garage, I’m living it. That’s the truth — you can bring the cameras to my crib. I don’t rent nothing, I don’t rent jewelry. … It’s just really all about living the lifestyle. … That’s what’s really poppin’. I’m good with the poppin’, everybody knows that. Even with [2005's] ‘Fresh Azimiz.’ I’m just good with that. But this is way better, it’s smashing ‘Fresh Azimiz.’” Now that we know he has money, the real first single the album is “Girlfriend.” The duo just finished filming the video and should be heading toward video outlets soon.
iHipHop Blog Team