By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Last weekend, during a show at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, Nas announced that his new album will be called “Nigga” and drop in December. While the media and blogosphere went crazy over the news, Def Jam Records came out on Tuesday saying that it isn’t so. "There is no album release by Nas on the release schedule at this point," a source close to Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid told FOXNews.com. "And they would be unlikely to release an album with that title. How would that look at Wal-Mart?" The only album Nas is coming out with in 2007 is a greatest hits collection dropping next month. When Nas made the announcement, people like Jesse Jackson and NAACP’s Richard McIntire came out in disapporvement. "The title using the ‘N’ word is morally offensive and socially distasteful," Jackson said in a statement. "Nas has the right to degrade and denigrate in the name of free speech, but there is no honor in it. Radio and television stations have no obligation to play it and self-respecting people have no obligation to buy it. I wish he would use his talents to lift up and inspire, not degrade, making mockery of racism." "We will not support and we will not continually be assailed by other individuals who want to use that type of term in our presence," said national NAACP spokesman Richard McIntire. "This has gone on long enough."
By: Hot Gossip Gal Why? Why does Dame Dash have to make moves like this? He is releasing some remade joints of Jays classic Reasonable Doubt, which feature Juelz Santana, Nichole Wray..surprisingly enough the Jimmy Jones and Cam joints have gone missing. But why would you want to pay homage to Jay in this way? I mean send him a Xmas card or summin if you trying to mend bridges.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though Foxy Brown is currently serving a one-year sentence at Rikers Island for violating her probation, she still has some legal issues to work out. Foxy was supposed to be in court on Friday to answer to assault charges stemming from an allegation that she threw her phone at her neighbor, but Foxy refused to get on the bus for the court appearance. The judge then ordered the hearing for Tuesday, October 16 and if she refused to get on the bus, officers would cuff her and force her. She finally appeared in court on Tuesday and plead not guilty to assaulting her neighbor with a Blackberry. The neighbor claims that the phone hit her in the face, bruising her eye and chipping her tooth. If convicted of the felony assault charges, Foxy could face up to seven years behind bars. Foxy says she’s innocent and that she is a victim of her own celebrity.
By: Hot Gossip Gal After another of Hip-Hop’s finest got caught up with the Reality TV bug it turns out that the Nas/Kelis show has actually been dropped from the MTV schedule before the show even aired. Now I heard a rumor that the reason for that was something to do with the lack of decent story lines on the show..Nas wasn’t feeling the idea to begin with anyway but to keep Mrs Jones happy he went along with it. I would rather not see one of my fave lyricists on Reality TV anyway.
By: Rizoh Contrary to media reports, Diddy has not reached any settlement agreement with Steven Acevedo, the man he allegedly punched at a New York nightclub. Acevedo’s lawyer, Mark Heller, has dismissed the settlement claim as “erroneous” and incorrect. “He has no place other than that he’s a victim, and as a good citizen, he will be called upon to address what happened,” Heller explained to MTV News. “As a victim, he’ll have an impact statement, and if there’s a prosecution, he will no doubt be asked to participate. This is something that is now in the mechanics of the judicial system.” Diddy reportedly lashed out on Acevedo during an altercation at Kiosk Nightclub, leaving him with a broken nose and swollen lip. Several news Web sites later published stories claiming that Diddy had settled with the alleged victim of the scuffle. Though no agreement has been reached so far, Diddy’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, hopes to keep the case out of the court system. “We hope this matter will be resolved without the filing of any criminal charges as it was a disagreement among acquaintances, not a criminal assault,” Brafman said in the statement. The rap mogul has not been charged or arrested in connection with the incident.
By: Rizoh Plies may never sell a million records this year, but the Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic recording artist already has a platinum plaque under his belt. Plies’ popular tune “Shawty” (featuring T-Pain) has now sold over a million ringtones, according to reports from Billboard’s Hot RingMasters chart. In addition to “Shawty,” Plies has 6 other songs from his debut album, The Real Testament, on the Hot RingMasters chart.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well I think she is looking pretty hot on this cover of King…still kicking it with Nelly, but for some reason she didn’t walk the red carpet with him this weekend down in the A…now I heard a rumor that there was a little wardrobe malfunction that had her running for cover..anyway just wish she sounded as good as she looks
By: Rizoh After months of pressure from the public and media, the United States Congress has finally decided to address the Jena Six incident. The House committee on Judiciary held hearings today to discuss the case of six black teenagers in the small town of Jena, LA who were charged with the beating of a white student. The incident happened after three white kids hung nooses on a tree on a high school campus there. African-American civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton asked Congress to expand hate crime laws to accommodate noose-hanging incidents like the one that occurred at Jena High School.
By: Rizoh T.I., who was arrested by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agents on federal gun charges last weekend, has been ordered today to remain in custody until a bail hearing later this week. The self-proclaimed King of the South was cuffed on Saturday, just before his scheduled appearance at the 2007 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Federal authorities say he tried to buy three machine guns and two silencers from a man cooperating with the ATF. Prosecutors are hoping to keep T.I. detained until his trial date. If convicted, the 27-year old rapper could face more than five in prison.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well well well, I guess her come back to Hip-Hop flopped so doing what she knows she does real well, Lauryn is expecting another child with baby Daddy Rohan Marley..Ms Hill is said to be a real hands on Mom…I mean we could tell that when she turned up in the clowns outfit after performing at a kids party to rock a set in Europe
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno While bloggers and media alike continually attack 50 Cent for his music and arrogance, the folks in Connecticut were showing him some love over the weekend. The rapper was hanging out in Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Mayor John M Fabrizi’s office on Friday and talked to about 50 teenagers about his life, his music and the industry. "I say in one of my songs I hate cops. I don’t hate cops," he said according to the Connecticut Post. "But I am expressing the feelings of a young boy who sees the cops take his brother away, and hates them for it. I don’t do drugs. That was who I was, but I changed direction. My music reflects the early part of my life. I got shot five times. But everybody has pain, whether it is from losing a parent or being in a bad relationship. God fits our pain to each person." Mayor Fabrizi declared Friday 50 Cent Day in Bridgeport, while 50 gave a $25,000 check from his G-Unity Foundation to the Hall Neighborhood House, an early childhood education program that is expanding its performing arts offerings. Fifty is currently in Bridgeport shooting the upcoming film, “Righteous Kill,” which hits theatres next year.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno People forget about Mack 10 quite a bit, especially since he hasn’t released anything of significance in sometime. Capitol/Priority Records certainly hasn’t forgot and they’re reminding fans of Mack’s contributions with “The Best of Mack 10: Foe Life.” The album drops on December 4 and features 19 tracks from his six albums over the last 12 years. Capitol/Priority is also releasing “The Best of Westside Connection: The Gangsta, The Killa, and the Dope Dealer” on December 4. The collection will feature selcted tracks from both Westside Connection albums, “Bow Down” and “Terrorist Threats.” Here’s the track listing for both Mack 10 and Westside Connection albums. The Best Of Mack 10: Foe Life 1. Foe Life 2. Hate In Yo Eyes 3. Nothin\' But The Cavi Hit (with Tha Dogg Pound) 4. Like This (with Nate Dogg) 5. From Tha Streetz 6. Only In California (with Ice Cube & Snoop Doggy Dogg) 7. Money\'s Just A Touch Away (with Gerald Levert) 8. On Them Thangs 9. Do The Damn Thing 10. Hoo Bangin\' 11. The Testimony (with Young Soprano & Pastor Steven Hamilton) 12. Hustle Game 13. The Letter 14. Chicken Hawk 15. My Chucks 16. Tha Weekend (featuring Ice Cube & Techniec) 17. W/S Foe Life 18. Get Yo Ride On (featuring Eazy E & M.C. Eiht) 19. Mozi-Wozi The Best Of Westside Connection: The Gangsta, The Killa And The Dope Dealer 1. Potential Victims 2. The Gangsta, The Killa And The Dope Dealer 3. Bow Down 4. Cheddar 5. Gangsta Nation (with Nate Dogg) 6. Lights Out 7. Connected For Life (with Butch Cassidy) 8. Gangstas Make the World Go Round 9. West Up! 10. Let It Reign 11. Hoo-Bangin\' (WSCG style) 12. Walk 13. So Many Rappers in Love 14. Bangin\' (with Master P) [previously out-of-print track] 15. Nobody (with Timbaland) 16. All The Critics in NY 17. Westside Slaughterhouse 18. Terrorist Threats
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The BET Hip-Hop Awards were held in Atlanta on Saturday and the winners of the awards all around may satisfy even the most purist hip-hopper. Common walked away with the coveted Lyricist of the Year Award and CD of the Year, which he tied with T.I. Kanye West doesn’t have much to complain about since he won the award for Best Live Performance and Best Video for “Stronger.” KRS was also honored with the “I Am Hip-Hop” Award. Even the kids were represented at the show with Soulja Boy’s “Crank Dat” won Best Dance and the Track of the Year was won by Shop Boyz for “Party Like a Rock Star.” Lil Wayne also won multiple awards with MVP of the Year and People’s Champ for “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” with Birdman. The award show will air on Wednesday night on BET with performances from Kanye, Nelly, Ludacris, Lil Wayne and others. Here’s the full list of winners: Best Collabo: UGK featuring Outkast, “International Players Anthem” Best Movie: “Stomp The Yard” Best Dance: “Crank Dat Soulja Boy,” Soulja Boy Lyricist of the Year: Common Video Director of the Year: Part-time Atlantan Hype Williams Track of the Year: “Party Like a Rockstar,” Shop Boyz CD of the Year: Common, “Finding Forever,” and T.I., “T.I. vs. T.I.P.” Best U.K. Hip-Hop Act: Kano Best Live Performance: Kanye West Producer of the Year: Timbaland MVP: Lil Wayne DJ of the Year: DJ Khaled Hustler of the Year: 50 Cent Best Ringtone: “Big Things Poppin,’ ” T.I. People’s Champ: “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy,” Birdman and Lil Wayne Best Video: “Stronger,” Kanye West
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno When you watch the BET Hip-Hop Awards on Wednesday, you’ll notice that T.I. won’t be there to pick up the couple of awards that he won. On Saturday afternoon, hours before the award show was being taped, T.I. was arrested by federal agents for possession of three unregistered machine guns and two silencers, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon, both felonies. T.I was arrested in the parking lot of an Atlanta Walgreens after he tried to buy the weapons from a cooperating witness with the ATF. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the “cooperating witness” is actually T.I.’s bodyguard who was previously busted by the ATF for buying weapons from an agent. After T.I.’s arrest, agents went to his house and found three rifles, two pistols and a revolver in a walk-in closet. Three of the weapons were purchased by the “cooperating witness.” Hassan Musaddiq, a cameraman for the Atlanta public access hip-hop show "Severe Entertainment," told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he saw the entire arrest go down in the parking while he was getting equipment to cover the awards show. "I saw the ATF come out of nowhere," Musaddiq said. "They had them all on the ground. At first, I didn’t even realize it was T.I. It was crazy. There was an unmarked black van and then about 10 squad cars came in. I didn’t see T.I. with any weapons but the ATF officers had guns out. It was total drama." T.I., who is a convicted felon, may face a hefty prison sentence. He will appear in court today.
iHipHop Blog Team