By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Stones Throw Records announced its partnership with 2K Games to release a soundtrack for its upcoming game, NBA 2K8. The soundtrack, “B-Ball Zombie War” was compiled by Peanut Butter Wolf and is set to drop on October 2, the same day the video game hits stores. The soundtrack features appearances from Talib Kweli, Percee P, Q-Tip, MF Doom, Guilty Simpson and others with production from Just Blaze, J Dilla, Madlib, and Peanut Butter Wolf. After the album’s release, 2K Sports and Stones Throw will partner for two tours: Common, Q-Tip and Percee P in September and a Stones Throw Showcase featuring Madlib, Peanut Butter Wolf and J Rocc. Here’s the tracklisting for the soundtrack: 01. SUPREME TEAM (MADLIB & KARRIEM RIGGINS) – See (Suite) 02. MED – Break It Down 03. GUILTY SIMPSON – Make It Fast 04. J DILLA feat. Q-TIP & TALIB KWELI – Lightworking 05. PERCEE P feat. J.ROCC – Legendary Lyricist Pt. 2 06. J.ROCC – Super Sound 07. MADLIB – The Wigflip 08. J DILLA feat. MF DOOM & GUILTY SIMPSON – Mash’s Revenge 09. OH NO – Action (Rap Version) 10. BEAT KONDUCTA – Trouble 11. QUASIMOTO – Hydrant Game (Jaylib Remix) 12. ALOE BLACC – Find A Way 13. DAM-FUNK – Sidewayz 14. BARON ZEN – Electronic (Koushik Remix) 15. JAMES PANTS – Ka$h (Peanut Butter Wolf Remix) 16. NIKO & DJ BABU – Now You Know 17. KOUSHIK – Basketball Beat 18. ARABIAN PRINCE – Professor X Saga 19. JONATHON BROWN – Bass Creator’s Groove 20. CX KIDTRONIK feat. TCHAKA DIALLO – Big Girl, Skinny Girl
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno VIBE Magazine and VH1 announced its upcoming event “VH1 Presents: VIBE Awards Special,” will air on VH1 Soul on November 14. The award show will be hosted by Eve and feature a wide array of categories such as Hip Hop Artist of the Year, R&B Artist of the Year, Best Collabo, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Producer of the Year, among others. Although performers have yet to be announced, the nominees were announced with Beyonce getting three and R. Kelly, T-Pain, and Robin Thicke getting a couple. Here’s the catch: the fans get to decide the winners. From now until September 30, fans can visit www.vibeawards.vh1.com and place their votes of who they think should win. Here’s the list of nominees: Hip Hop Artist of the Year T.I. Diddy Lil Wayne Jay-Z R&B Artist of the Year Ne-Yo R. Kelly T-Pain Beyonce Best Collabo R. Kelly duet with Usher "Same Girl" Fabolous featuring Ne-Yo "Make Me Better" DJ Khaled/T.I./Akon/Rick Ross/Fat Joe/Lil Wayne/Baby "We Takin' Over" Ludacris featuring Mary J. Blige "Runaway Love" Breakthrough Artist of the Year Robin Thicke Rich Boy Amy Winehouse Chrisette Michele Producer of the Year Timbaland Scott Storch Swizz Beatz Polow Da Don Song of the Year "Lost Without U" Robin Thicke "Irreplaceable" Beyonce "Buy U A Drank" T-Pain featuring Yung Joc "We Fly High" Jim Jones Video of the Year "Runaway Love" Ludacris featuring Mary J. Blige "Get Me Bodied" Beyonce "Umbrella" Rihanna featuring Jay-Z "Same Girl" R. Kelly/ duet with Usher VStyle Beyonce Diddy T.I. Kanye West Kimora Lee Simmons VIBE Props Stephon Marbury Jay-Z Barack Obama Oprah Winfrey Mixtape of the Year Kanye West "Can't Tell Me Nothing" Lil Wayne "Da Drought III" DJ Drama "Gangsta Grillz 16" DJ Soul "Assorted Donuts" Ringtone of the Year "We Fly High" Jim Jones "This Is Why I'm Hot" Mims "Lip Gloss" Lil Mama "Party Like a Rockstar" Shop Boyz "Walk It Out" Unk VHollywood Ice Cube T.I. Jennifer Hudson Will Smith
By: Hot Gossip Gal Turns out Ms Berry is pregnant with her ‘chef’ boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey…not quite sure how he managed to sink his claws into one of the hottest actresses out there..but he did. Anyhow Halle is three months and why oh why do I feel a scenario like Brit and K Fed escalating from this. Halle has been spotted about town looking fly in big baggy bump hiding clothes and has dodged questions about her pregnancy..but now it is official.
By: Rizoh The Game (born Jayceon Taylor), who’s facing charges for making criminal threats and waving a firearm in a school zone, has been ordered to stand trial for the incident. The west coast MC was arrested in May and later released on a 50,000 dollars bail. Game will now face three felony charges following the gun brandishing incident. He’s scheduled to reappear at Los Angeles Superior Court for arraignment on September 25. Game caught the charges during a basketball game at an educational facility in Los Angeles. Police threatened an opponent with a gun. If convicted, he could face up to five years behind bars. 50 is somewhere laughing his butt off right now.
By: Rizoh Confused? You should be. After all, there was little to no mention of Rick Ross’ sophomore LP, Rise to Power, (September 18th) until recently. Well, that’s because the album is being released via Texas independent label Suave House and not Def Jam. Slip-N-Side and Def Jam partnered up to release Rick Ross’ debut, Port of Miami, in 2006. But Suave House CEO Tony Draper claims that the Miami rapper was signed to his label first. He asserts that having legal control over Ross’ early material empowers him to release the album. After a bit of bickering—including a cease-and-desist letter to nix the release—Suave House agreed to split the revenue from Rise to Power with Def Jam. Trilla, Ross’ official follow up to Port of Miami will be released via Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam on November 11th, 2007.
By: Hot Gossip Gal The new BBF must have upset the DJ at Jet Club at the Mirage in Vegas the other night. The two not content with taking over the charts (yeah not quite I know) they take over some poor DJs set. Just where do these celebs get off? I am sure the crowd were happy to witness such a monumental occasion….NOT. Anyhow Vegas is going to be a buzz later this week for the XYZ Awards..sorry MTV awards. Big Girl you are Beautiful Chris Brown not ashamed to cavort on stage with the healthy women among us…good for you Chris …still not sure what you were talking about in parts in your recent Vibe interview but you get brownie points for this…
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno By now we’re sure even Usher is tired of this “let’s get married” business. Last month, the singer and his bride Tameka Foster, 37, cancelled a lavish wedding for unknown reasons and tied the knot in Usher’s lawyer’s office. This past weekend however, Usher and his old lady tied the knot again with all of their friends at the Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. During the ceremony Lalah Hathaway sang the Vandross tune “Forever, For Always, For Love” for the happy couple. After the ceremony, Usher, Tameka and their 200 guests has a traditional southern dinner with fried chicken and mac n’ cheese – that’s right, no lobster and shrimp. Next up for the couple is their baby, due in the next several months.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Over the weekend Snoop did a show in Chicago on the shores of lake Michigan and apparently some of the neighbors didn’t like it. According to the Chicago Tribune, boaters floated up near the stage and started blowing their boat horns to disrupt the show in protest with drivers in the parking joining in blowing their car horns as well. This is the second weekend in a row where a hip-hop show has been booked at Charter One Pavilion on Lake Michigan. "It’s not just about the boaters," organizing protester Tom Collins told the Chicago Tribune. "It’s also about the families who want to walk along the lakefront." Boaters have complained to Charter One Officials as well as the city but according to Chicago Parks District Jessica Maxey-Faulkner, performers and venue operators have been following the noise level laws for the area.
By: William E. Ketchum III Detroit hip-hop has gotten a lot of love since J Dilla passed in February 2006, but Phat Kat has been through it all. Having worked with Dilla since the mid-90s and constantly showing his face at various events in the city, Kat has cemented a reputation as one of Detroit’s most respected, yet attainable hip-hop figures. With a hip-hop scene that’s open to the mitten and a stellar sophomore album, Carte Blanche, getting rave reviews, the MC known as Ronnie Cash is finally getting some of the recognition he deserves. In an interview with HipHopCrack, Phat Kat talks about his album, the Detroit hip-hop scene, and touring. HHC: What’s been going on? Phat Kat: I’m on tour right now, on the Carte Blanche tour, the album came out. Just out here grinding, man. We’ve been to LA, Frisco, Seattle, Portland, Albuquerque, a whole gang of spots on the west coast. The east coast leg started yesterday, and we’re just out here grinding. HHC: What spot has received you the best besides Detroit? Phat Kat: It’s a toss-up between San Francisco…I’d have to say San Francisco. Just the whole little vibe that was going on in there, and everybody knew the shit. HHC: With this album, it seems like you’ve really stepped your game up lyrically. What have you been doing between your first album, The Undeniable, and Carte Blanche? Phat Kat: With The Undeniable, that album was pushed back three times, the album was like three years old. The album’s supposed to came out in 2001, the album came out in 2004. That’s the difference. It’s not really nothing different in how I was going about things, but the album was dated. It was pushed back. The album was three years old before it even came out. With Carte Blanche, it was fresh. That’s really like my first album to me. The situation I was in, I didn’t feel like the label believed in what I was doing 100 percent, so I wasn’t going to give 100 percent as an artist to a label that wasn’t giving 100 percent as a label. With the situation I’m in now, you can tell it’s 100 percent. I was full throttle on this album. HHC: Yeah, you document that in the song, “My Old Label.” Do you think that a lot of other artists on Barak Records went through the same thing? Phat Kat: Every artist over there feels almost, if not the same way that I felt. I’m not there, so I can voice my opinion and say what I feel now. I don’t have a muzzle on me, I can say whatever I want to say. And, if the truth (hurts), so be it. But it’s the truth. It wasn’t a good situation. HHC: You also have the song, “Survival Kit,” in which you go through some things that every artist should know. Out of that whole kit, which would you say would have helped you the most in your career? Phat Kat: Really, Rule #2 and Rule #1, it’s a mixture of those two. Rule #1, “You want shit done, you’ve got to do it yourself/it’s the only true way to see your growth and your wealth.” It’s the only true way! You’ve got to do shit yourself. And #2, “Only you are responsible for you.” You’ve got to take responsibility for your own acts, and control your own destiny. That’s what it’s about. HHC: It seems like ever since J Dilla died, Detroit hasn’t gotten a lot of nationwide shine as far as the music scene. How much of that would you attribute to the music itself, and how much would you attribute to media outlets flocking there in light of Dilla? Phat Kat: It’s a mixture…it’s really this. It’s a jedi mind trick, everybody knows that. The reason Detroit has a lot of people looking and checking is because of the passing of Dilla. His passing raised awareness of the music that was coming out of this city, so everyone wants to know and hear what’s next since Dilla passed. I already prepared for that, and that’s what Carte Blanche is. That’s what’s next. That’s what we’ve been doing. We knew that with the passing of Dilla, that was going to raise awareness. A lot of people were expecting us not to come with nothing! So we really just stepped up to the plate and accepted the challenge, to show the world that we got some crazy music that’s getting made out of this city, man. So now that y’all are looking, now y’all can finally hear and see. HHC: So what is it like for you, now that Detroit is getting so much exposure? Phat Kat: I mean, it’s different, man. I’m not used to it, so I’m really just taking it all in stride. But it’s a beautiful thing. Now that people are looking, they can hear, so it’s a beautiful thing, man. HHC: Being a personal friend of Dilla, how bittersweet is it for you that all of this is happening after Dilla passed? Phat Kat: it’s bittersweet, because we used to always used to say that the music we were making was light years ahead of people, so that it was going to take them years to catch on to what we were doing anyway. It’s kind of fucked up that he can’t be here to see people finally catching on, but I know he’s here in spirit with the stuff we created, so it’s all good. HHC: There are a whole lot of projects coming out of Michigan right now. You’ve got Slum Village, Elzhi’s solo, OneBeLo, and other projects. With all the projects coming out in that area, which ones are you personally looking forward to the most? Phat Kat: Actually, me and Elzhi are doing an album too. We formed a group called Cold Steel (named after Carte Blanche’s Elzhi-featured single of the same name). Yeah. We just really putting ideas and crafting songs, and we’re just going to see what we come up with. We might put it out on Look. … I’m looking forward to Guilty Simpson’s album, I’m looking forward to the new Slum Village album, and I’m looking forward to this Cold Steel album. HHC: You’re from the D, so you’ve basically worked with everyone out there. But if you could have a fantasy track with any three MCs from the area and any producer, who would it be? Phat Kat: Well, of course it would be a Dilla joint. It would be myself, Royce Da 5’9”, Elzhi, and Eminem. I think we would all bring something different out of each other on that track, and it would be one of the craziest songs ever made.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well not quite sure about Janice Combs..but Diddy’s white party always goes down well Labor weekend in East Hampton. You know when you are wearing white you gotta be on best behavior..no rolling in the grass, no wiping your nose on your sleeve ..yes celebs do that too..I caught Scott Storch at some event one night with the remains of a nose wipe on his shirt sleeve..not nice..BUT in attendance were the usual, Mariah, Momma Combs. Kim Porter (Not really but would be interesting to know how that would have went down), Making tha Bands past present and future…but no Gucci fireworks…Billy Joel got turned away fro not sticking to the dress code..I am sure he was bummed.
By: Rizoh CEO/co-founder of Ruff Ryders Darrin “Dee” Dean was indicted on drugs and weapons charges last week. The charges stemmed from Dean’s arrest on May 31 during a routine traffic stop. The Palisades Interstate parkway police cuffed Darrin Dean and his driver after discovering 1½ kilos of cocaine and a loaded .45 caliber handgun concealed in a customized floor compartment of their Chevy van. Dean and his accomplice were both slapped with possession of a handgun and various drug-related charges, including possession of cocaine, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. If convicted Dean could face up to 20 years behind the slammer.
By: Rizoh Chamillionaire is taking an unconventional marketing approach for his upcoming album, Ultimate Victcory. The Mixtape Messiah will reward 600 fans who purchase his sophomore album with commemorative plaques. 100 lucky fans who mail in their official CD purchase receipts will receive special album plaques following Ultimate Victory’s initial release. Once the album is certified gold for sales over 500,000 units, 200 fans will also receive gold plaques. To crown it all, 300 fans will receive platinum plaques once it is certified platinum for sales of over 1 million units. Chamillionaire will sign each plaque himself. There’s one catch though, winning fans will be required to submit photos of themselves along with their plaques to be postedHERE. Says Chamillionaire: “Last year, I purchased over 300 platinum plaques to thank the executives, featured artists, producers, DJ’s and others who helped drive the success of Sound of Revenge. I know that the fans are also very responsible for an artist’s success and feel like they deserve to be recognized. This time I wanted to do something to show them how much I appreciate their support.” Ultimate Victory is scheduled for release on September 18th.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Oh man, Darrin ‘Dee’ Dean was indicted yesterday on drug and weapons charges. This isnt looking good for the Ruff Ryders CEO after he was caught with 1.5 kilos of cocaine back in Spring. When bail is set at way over a quarter of a mill, you know you in trouble.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The VH1 Hip-Hop Honors Tour is set to take off in a couple of with The Roots headlining and MC Lyte and Big Daddy Kane joining in the fun. But ?uestlove said that fans shouldn’t expect to hear their favorite Roots songs at the show. "This is a hip-hop celebration," ?uestlove told Billboard.com. "I’m going to take the biggest risk I’ve ever taken on any tour. I’m going to make this a Roots song-free tour. We’re going to rely on the classics that our guests are giving us, and we’re also going to cover some classic material and do some new routines that we’ve never done before. A Roots show isn’t really a Roots show unless half the audience walks away shocked like, ‘Oh (expletive), I wasn’t expecting that.’ So the onus is, how do you rock a two-and-a-half-hour show and not rely on one of your songs?" If you’ve been to a Roots show before, you’re familiar with the part of the set called “Hip-Hop 101”, where the band takes the audience through the hip-hop classics. ?uest said the show will be similar to that, with Kane, Lyte, Black Thought and other special guests rocking the mic. The Roots are also finishing up their new album, “Rising Down,” for an April 29, 2008 release date.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno With Fashion Week ruling New York next week, Conde Nast Media Group announced the biggest event of the week will be its Fashion Rocks! Celebration. The event will be hosted by Jeremy Piven with performances from 50 Cent, mary J Blige, Usher, Ludacris, Fergie, Alicia Keys and others. There will also be appearances from Diddy, Tyra Banks, Kimora Lee Simmons, Tommy Hilfiger, Jessica Alba and other celebs. If you can’t make it out to New York for the event, you can catch on television the day after, September 7 on CBS from 9pm to 11pm EST.
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