By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been a little over 11 years since Tupac Shakur’s death, and he’s released more albums in the grave than when he was alive. Now all of his ‘best’ music is being condensed into a double CD. The album is set to drop on December 4 and well feature Pac classics like “Brenda’s Got a Baby”, “Keep ya Head Up”, and “California Love.” The album will also feature two new unreleased songs, “Resist the Temptation” and “Dopefiend’s Diner,” plus a reworking of “Dear Mama” now featuring Anthony Hamilton. Here’s the current tracklisting: THE BEST OF 2PAC – PT. 1: THUG So Many Tears Trapped California Love – ORIGINAL MIX How Do U Want It I Ain’t Mad At Cha 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted Hail Mary Changes Unconditional Love Resist The Temptation – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Dear Mama featuring Anthony Hamilton – NEW MIX THE BEST OF 2PAC – PT. 2: LIFE Definition of a Thug Nigga Brenda’s Got A Baby Keep Ya Head Up When I Get Free Until The End Of Time – RP REMIX Never Call You Bitch Again They Don’t Give A Fuck About Us Still Ballin – NITTY REMIX Ghetto Gospel Dopefiend’s Diner – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Thugz Mansion ACOUSTIC REMIX – NEW REMIX
By: Hot Gossip Gal Turns out Mobb Deep have parted ways with their management due to bad management ..obviously. Storm also managed Sam Scarfo until recently and he also fired the team too. Turns out this company appear to only be looking to benefit themselves and not their artists. I mean I am not sure what a manager will be able to do for Prodigy when he goes on his state vaca ..but always good knowing you got someone on the outside waiting for you….
By: Rizoh The business relationship between Kelis and her label Jive Records has come to a sudden end. K has been reportedly dumped by her label, after two albums issued on the imprint. The decision may be linked to the poor performance of K’s last Jive effort, Kelis Was Here, which didn’t exactly shatter SoundScan records. Despite debuting at number 10 and featuring a host of big league artists (including her husband, Nas), the album sold a mere 150,000 copies. Her manager, Jeff Rabhan, offered that it’s an issue of creative differences. “It was a case of being in the ever-shrinking world of the record industry,” said Rabhan, “and finding herself on a label she wasn’t signed to and without a champion. She’s a different kind of artist – very image and style-driven. It’s either something you get or you don’t.”
By: Rizoh Kanye West is literally following in the footsteps of his mother, who published Raising Kanye earlier this year. West announced on his blog that he has merged forces with author J. Sakiya Sandifer to pen his literary debut titled Thank You And You’re Welcome! The book is being pitched as an entertaining volume of “Kanye-isms,” a compilation of humorous and insightful philosophies and anecdotes that helped the hip-hop megastar achieve his success. According to the publisher’s Web site, the book “captures the same wit, playful irony, and piercing insight found abundant in his lyrics.” Kanye says of his book, “My book is a guide to creating then celebrating your moment!” Thank You And You’re Welcome! will hit bookshelves on December 15, 2008, but it’s available for pre-order now. The first 500 books sold will be autographed by Kanye West.
By:Hip Hop Journalist College Park, a suburb of the sprawling southern Hip-Hop capital Atlanta has birthed many MCs who have maintained a solid glow to the Georgia skyline. Names like Jermaine Dupri and Luda rep Collie Park to the fullest. Now it is the time of a couple of Luda’s co-horts to shine. Playaz Circle has been down with Luda longer than DTP has been in existence. With their up and coming album Supply and Demand destined for release later this year or early next, the duo made up of Tity boy and Dolla Boy gave us here at HHC a little insight into what goes on in their world. Talking on how hard it is for them to make the albums final cut the duo break down their views on changing lanes, whose opinions matter and just how unity continues to rage in the South. Hip-HopCrack.com: When is the album dropping? Playaz Circle: Basically we was in a deal with Universal and we got out of that deal and signed with Def Jam and DTP. We are hoping to get out the end of this year, the beginning of next year. We have a song out right now The Duffel Bag Boys which features Lil Wayne and we are just doing our thing. Hip-HopCrack.com: You have been talked about for a long time, why have we had to wait so long for this album? Was it just down to label politics? Playaz Circle: I mean it is what it is. You have to realize we are street artists and this label here in the past has put out a lot of radio hits and stuff that has gone straight to pop; you know stuff of that nature. So I think with us we had to think of a new avenue to get our album even heard and to break it through. Hip-HopCrack.com: Taking a new avenue, isn’t that a case of denying your creativity and what you stand for? Playaz Circle: You know we could say it was Universal’s fault or DTP’s fault or we could say it was our fault. But I think this time it’s been good for everybody as this time we have all learned and made decisions. You know we can make comfortable decisions from things that have been done in the past. I think even our opinions are listened to now as artists. I think our creative control is that much more respected and listened to throughout all this process. Hip-HopCrack.com: That is obviously a good feeling? Playaz Circle: Yeah that is a great feeling for people wanting to actually hear your ideas because when you hear feedback it is good to hear it from another perspective. We come from a whole different back ground and just getting that feedback from us is something we like getting for support. Hip-HopCrack.com: Being that you yourselves stated, street artists, coming into the mainstream was it hard for you to cater to a different audience, as those who listen to mixtapes may not even bother with shelf albums. Playaz Circle: Yeah it definitely is and that is the great part of being with Luda. He has had such a great career on the radio and we knew when we came onto DTP that we could lock down the street aspect. It was going to be a challenge getting onto radio and being heard and appealing to all these other listeners. Hip-HopCrack.com: You weren’t concerned? Playaz Circle: I think our biggest thing was if we were crossing over, it was because it was something we wanted to do. It would be because the song had capabilities to cross over. It would be nothing to do with what we had changed. Of course we have songs that will go pop, like most artists do because at the end of the day pop just means popular. If we have a song that is popular and people like it, doesn’t matter if you are street artist or whatever. Like Sean Kingston who has that Beautiful Girls tracks, that is a mix of everything. As long as a track sounds good, it has to stand out. Hip-HopCrack.com: How important is being part of a collective. Did you always want to be part of one? Playaz Circle: Well we have always been down with DTP. We all stayed in the same complex. We always said if one of us got on we would come back and look for the others and shout out to Cris as that is what he did. He came back and gave us the opportunity to do our group thing, Playaz Circle and we are here now. Hip-HopCrack.com: Where does Duffle Bag Boys come from? Playaz Circle: It is like the bigger picture of Playaz Circle, which is the group. Duffle Bag Boys is our movement, you know our group, our side of town. We have artists all across the country. It is basically our movement. They are people who are getting money, you know you don’t have to be in the streets; you can be a blue collar, white collar worker or whatever you may be. Just someone who strives to get so much money that they can’t fit it in their pockets or their wallets, you going to need a duffel bag so you can do it big. It’s like if you have a duffle bag full of money you have made it in some people’s eyes. Hip-HopCrack.com: Who have you got on the album? Playaz Circle: I don’t know if it is too late to say or too early to say as we have had albums done but we have been constantly recording. A lot of big name producers and a lot of no name producers. I think that our problem that we have is trying to narrow down which 13 songs we are going to use. We have certain songs that we like and times keep passing and music keeps growing so we just keep recording and replacing the songs. We work with everyone we are fans of, but right now the artist list is so long as we have worked with so many people, it is hard to say that all these tracks are going to go on our first project Supply and Demand. Hip-HopCrack.com: Who is executive producing the album? Playaz Circle: You could say Playaz Circle or you could say DTP because basically the Exec Producer is who is paying for the recording time. Me and Dollar have been doing that as sometimes your budget may be closed or you might have to wait on a signature and to be honest we are not waiting kinds of people. Hip-HopCrack.com: Is there anyone outside of DTP that you call on for advice when it comes to music? Playaz Circle: Of course, Lil Wayne, Baby have all been down with the Duffle Bag Boys. The whole Cash Money has been very supportive during this whole process and even Slim; you can have a conversation with him where you can just take something from. Outside our camp there would be Polow the Don, Raekwon, he gave us a lot of game. There is a lot of people you just wouldn’t think are going to be mentioned are people who have given us a lot of heads up on the Hip-Hop game. It is good when you have peers in the game that can offer up constructive criticism and you can take something from them. Hip-HopCrack.com: Are you confident with this project? Playaz Circle: Oh man we are confident with each other, we are confident with the project and the music period. We do this for the streets, we get money regardless. This is like a hobby to us. We have been in the streets for so long; we ain’t made no major money out of this yet, so we can’t really put all our eggs in one basket. We make sure our family and our friends are straight and then we go to the studio and do our thing. It is like a hobby and our work at the same time as we know we don’t want to do the street thing forever. We want to make money and open the doors for our friends and our families to eat through the music. That is what time it is. We just want to be helpful in our community. And it is fun, who wants to go to a job when you don’t want to be there? Who wouldn’t want to get paid for expressing their thoughts? This is a job where we enjoy getting up and doing what we do. Hip-HopCrack.com: Did you two come up together? Playaz Circle: Yeah clearly we came up together; before we knew how to rap it was already written. You know we don’t even look like a natural group when you see us together as one of us is real tall and the other real short. It goes deeper than that. Like you said we are family orientated we are into the community; we know each others moms and dads, the whole thing. We came up from the bottom to this point and it feels good to have a video shoot where everyone comes through from High School and family came out. It was like a big reunion.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Why is that we wonder? Could it be that his day is done. Hmmmm let me think about that. The Inc are saying it is to do with sample clearance…but how many times have we heard that before and we still waiting for albums to hit the shelves…Saigon…oops did I say that out loud.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It was the day before Halloween in 2002 when shots rang out in a Queens, New York studio that left the legendary DJ and founding member of Run-DMC, Jay Master Jay dead. Five years later, police are still investigating and the people who were at the crime scene aren’t talking. "It’s five years already and none of his so-called friends that were in the studio have come forth yet," Jay’s brother, Marvin Thompson, 53, told the New York Daily News. “Come on – you were in the studio and you didn’t see nothing? It just doesn’t make no sense. … As far as I’m concerned, everybody that was there and hasn’t said anything had something to do with it." Thompson’s comments are directed towards Randy Allen, Jay’s longtime business partner, and his sister, Lydia High, who allegedly buzzed the killers into the studio. In April prosecutors implicated Ronald “Tinard” Washington in the murder, but he claims he was outside of the studio when it happened. Washington said that Darren (Big Dee) Jordan, a former promoter for Island Def Jam Recordings, and his son, Karl Darren (Little Dee) Jordan are the ones that carried out the murder. But prosecutors claim that Washington entered the studio waving a gun to provide cover for another person to kill Jay. "I have bitterness for a lot of people, but I just keep it to myself now," said Jay’s sister, Bonita Jones, 49, told the New York Daily News. "I really just want some closure. I want to know who did it and why they did it. Somebody out there knows."
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Fans of The Clipse know how disappointed Pusha T and Malice have been in the treatment of their music by Jive Records, but there finally might be some vindication. Sony/Columbia Records have announced that they have signed The Clipse to a multi-million dollar 5-year deal. "I been a fan of the Clipse since I first heard them," said former Roc-A-Fella exec and now Columbia A&R rep Joshua ‘Hip-Hop’ Kyambo. "And I ain’t a fan of too many things. Every song they come with it, lyrically. They were on a real short list when I got to Sony; I was going all the way to make this happen. We trying to be more of an artist-friendly company, and focus on artists we really love. I liked them three years ago, I liked them yesterday, and I feel like they can be a group with a future." Sony/Columbia Records is now being headed by Rick Rubin, one of the original founders of Def Jam Records. The deal with Clipse not only includes the group’s upcoming albums, but also projects from the Re-Up Gang which includes Ab-Liva, Sandman, Malice and Pusha T. That album will drop in March. "The Clipse represent everything that we’ve all known Rick Rubin to represent: hip-hop in its purest form,” Pusha said. “To know that the head guy is a creative guy as well, that makes me feel good. I come from being surrounded by creativity. And I felt like in going forward, I wanted to be able to put out as much music as I wanted to. That was my goal. That’s been the one thing that’s hindered the Clipse. And Sony’s allowing us to do that."
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well thats the word, Weezy and Cashun , the dude who is supposed to have issues with Yoga man Russell Simmons and his ex, are jumping on a joint. We all know Weezy spends more time recording for others nowadays than he does himself.
By: Rizoh T.I. (a.k.a Clifford Harris) has been granted a $3 million bond in his federal weapons case. Though he’s no longer behind bars, T.I. is still expected to remain in confinement at his home in Georgia. Under the terms of the bond and house arrest, he’s to remain at home except in exceptional circumstances, such as court appointments and medical emergencies. Obviously, Tip is not expected to have any guns during his house arrest. He’s also prohibited from making contact with any of the witnesses or informants (a.k.a. the bodyguard who “snitched” on him) in the case. As previously reported on ihiphop.com, T.I. is facing a federal weapons charge for the possession of unlicensed machine guns and silencers, as well as possession of firearms by a convicted felon. If convicted of the federal weapons charges, T.I. could face up to 10 years in prison.
By: Rizoh Pitbull, the man dubbed “too Latin for Hip Hop, too Hip Hop for Latins,” will release his new album The Boatllift on November 27th, 2007. The album spots various guests rappers, including Trina who appears on “Go Girl” and Jim Jones who guests on “Sticky Icky.” Production comes from Lil Jon, and Diaz Brothers, and Play-N-Skillz. The Boatlift’s lead single is the R&B-tinged “Secret Admirer,” featuring Lloyd.
By: Hot Gossip Gal I thought it was going to be Remy but turns out that people are whispering that Kelis who messed up a prostitution bust in Miami earlier this year might be facing jail as she wants her day in court on charges stemming from the fracas. Someone in the prosecution office is saying that they feel Kelis is wasting their time and because of that she gonna be heading to the slammer too.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Back in 2003, to the dismay of many men, Queen Latifah had breast reduction surgery to alleviate the back pain she was getting to being a bit top-heavy. In the new issue of People Magazine, Queen Latifah talked about the surgery and the outcome. "I didn’t want to get it,” Latifah told People Magazine. “But I had lost 25 pounds and my breasts didn’t go anywhere! I was still carrying that load. I didn’t quite want them to be this small. [I was] an E or an F cup. I was pretty big. Now I’m like a DD. I wanted to be a triple. They took one D too many! So that was hard to deal with. … I missed my old look." But there are plenty of people digging her look now. Not only is she continually getting film work, she has a nice endorsement deal with Cover Girl. She says it’s because the world is started to accept different types of beauty. "Beauty is not just a white girl,” she said. “It’s so many different flavors and shades. It’s good for regular girls because the meter (for beauty) has been a slim white girl. [In Hollywood] we’ve definitely gotten better with body type. It used to be just me! Now with Jennifer Hudson’s success and America Ferrera, I got some successors to take the reins on this whole bodylicious thing."
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Jay-Z is gearing up to drop his new album, “American Gangster” on November 6, a thematic album inspired by the Denzel Washington film of the same name. Over the weekend, Jigga taped an episode of VH1’s Storytellers show called “VH1 Storytellers: Jay-Z: Life of an American Gangster.” Similar to Jay-Z’s MTV Unplugged episode in 2001, the episode features Jay-Z performing tracks from the upcoming album backed by a 12-piece band. Jay will also share the inspiration and stories behind each track. Look for the episode to air on November 8 on VH1. Here’s the tracklisting to “American Gangster:” Intro Pray American Dreamin’ Hello Brooklyn 2.0 ft. Lil Wayne No Hook Roc Boys Sweet I Know Party Life Ignorant Sh*t ft. Beanie Sigel Say Success ft. Nas Fallin’ Blue Magic American Gangster
By: Hot Gossip Gal Amy Winehouse staying sober before shows Well that’s the word from her camp. The singing sensation is currently on a European tour and has promised not to drink before her shows…what she does after no-one seems to care about. Just as long as she is sober performing they are all good. Why does Fantasia look like she just stepped off the strip? Have her royalties not come in yet or something? I mean this chick can step into the mall right as opposed to Christmas gift wrap??
iHipHop Blog Team