By: Rizoh Uh-oh…50 Cent has lost it. Word on the street is that 50 went completely bananas at the G-Unit office, after learning that his video for “Follow My Lead” has prematurely made its way onto the Internet. According to spywitnesses, 50 went on a rampage and ripped off a 70-inch plasma TV from the wall before hauling his cellphone through the window of his G-Unit office. According to missinfo.tv, Curtis yelled “You’re f***king everything up! You’re messing up my look, my album, so you know what, I’m on f***ing vacation now. F**k you and F**k Interscope!” As radio personality Miss Info reports, 50’s original plan was to save “Follow My Lead” (featuring Robin Thicke) for October, since he already has the Justin Timberlake-assisted video for “Ayo Technology” in heavy rotation. That explains why he lost his cool and decided to boycott all promotional run for Curtis. He even hinted at possibly leaving Interscope Records for good. Somewhere in L.A., The Game is throwing a victory parade, saying “I told you so.” Click Here To View
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well more like he told his tale and some chick wrote the story for him. Anyhow here is the cover of JDs book. Will he dish the dirt on the situation at Virgin we wonder, will he talk about his annual strip offs in ATL, any info on him and Janet? If not..not much point in buying the book to hear him bitch about STILL not winning a Grammy. Hot cover though.
By: William Ketchum For being one of the most heralded figures in independent hip-hop, El-P sounds impressively grounded while talking to CrackSpace. Since his entrance into the game with former Rawkus trio Company Flow, the NYC native has earned a reputation as one of the most avant-garde, consistent producers in the industry, with his highly successful Definitive Jux label housing indie mainstays like Cage and Aesop Rock; and as an abstract, angst-filled lyricist. With every project he approaches, El-P seems to take on a totally different style of production: his Fantastic Damage solo debut deftly organized hazy, abrasive sounds, and his High Water instrumental LP saw him experimenting with jazz. With his sophomore LP, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, El keeps the trend going, experimenting with even more sounds and rapping with the just as much urgency as he ever has. His explanation? “I’m just a fucked up person.” Read on to see El-P talk about his latest record, life in New York City and illegal downloads. HHC: It’s been a minute since your last solo album. In between Fantastic Damage and now, with all of your work that you do with Def Jux, how has your focus been balanced? El-P: It’s been balanced as well as it possibly could. The fact is that what I do now, most of the time it’s bigger than just me. I’m working to help other artists and I’m helping to produce for other people. I try and balance it as much as I can, but I can’t really do both at the same time. So eventually, I had to be like, “Yo, I’m going to do this. I have to go back into my little world, now.” So eventually, that’s all it was about. I was like, “Yo, I have some shit I’ve gotta change.” HHC: What kind of viewpoint did you use for the new album? Did you have a specific mission or message that you wanted to convey? El-P: Just a fuckin’ eloquent translation of one man’s experience during strange times, trying to walk through the muck and mire and live like everyone else is. That’s my viewpoint. I just wanted to be an honest voice. I have no intention of getting on a soapbox and preaching to anybody, or anything like that. I just wanted to capture my time, and my head is the filter. I just wanted to tell some stories and to create a record that, ten years from now, people could look back and have some sort of understanding of what it really meant to be alive during this time. I just wanted to give the fans something I think they’ve been craving for, which is honesty and genuine expression. And that can be fucked up. … Something that we can look at, where even if it’s not your voice, it’s a voice that makes you feel something, and you understand that there is something to be said here. Whether or not I succeeded is up to everybody else. HHC: I read something that quoted you as saying, “I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead is what I imagine New York City whispering into my ear.” Elaborate on what you meant by that. El-P: New York City is the backdrop to my story, where I was born and raised. Everything in my music and my life is influenced by New York City. That’s a love-hate relationship, the same way that life is hard, and sometimes life is great. I think that over the past five years, the city has been a lot harder psychologically on people than anyone is really admitting. Because you have some obvious things, and I think that…I have self-destructive tendencies, I’m a bit of a crazy bastard sometimes. I think that walking through this city and trying to survive, the city can suck the death out of you, insert the worst into you, and it can magnify your worst tendencies. You have to fight to a degree, heavily, to be the person you want to be in a city like this. If you’re not careful, it can follow you…of course, it’s bigger than New York. But there are times where I’m like, “Goddamn, this city can kill me. This city is going to fucking kill me.” And that’s just the way it is. That’s really what the record is about. It’s about being susceptible to all that bullshit. Having serious ups and downs, and yet, I’m resigned…I’m not going to be taken out. HHC: Your style is always out there, production-wise and lyrically. When I told a friend I was interviewing you, he told me to ask you what drugs you’re on when you make your beats. Where does that style come from? El-P: Drugs! It comes from drugs, of course! [laughs] It’s funny when I get asked that question, because I wonder…it’s because I’m a fucked up cat, basically. I’m a fucked up person. That’s basically the answer. But other than when you’re sitting in your apartment in Brooklyn, …and you’re fucking trying to fucking write something in the pad, and you’re hearing die rants and people screaming, and all types of noise, and cars, and you start walking around and then you hear birds chirping, and church bells in the distance, singing. All this noise and all this shit in conflicted frames of my skull, it kinda worked its way into my mind as one, and I couldn’t separate it. I’m not one of these people that can live somewhere and make music….I just pick up on the shit, and I corporate it in. I’m just trying to turn chaos into beauty. That’s all I can tell you; I’m a fucked up person. HHC: You’re also versatile, which is odd for someone whose style is as unique as yours. Your beats will be a certain way, while your beats for Mr. Lif would be more structured. El-P: Well, more traditionally structured. HHC: How difficult is it for you to work with artists who aren’t always on the same page as you are? El-P: I think the key to being a good producer is being able to make music for other people that’s not the same shit you do for yourself. It’s a challenge, and it’s something I’ve learned how to do. If I’m doing something for Lif, I know what Lif wants. Lif wants something much more straightforward, and I’m going to give it to him. Because I’m going to work with him to get the music he wants out of him. Of course, my vision is going to be a part of it, because I’m a producer and because I’m an artist and we’re working together, but of course I’m going to give Lif something different than I’m giving me. To be honest, no one wants what I use for beats [laughs], and I can’t do it for anyone else. It’s kind of hard to explain, but that’s like my blood right there, that’s my DNA. That’s something that I can’t create for anyone else, because I have to be 100 percent involved in the process, as plain as possible. And the thought behind the shit, the way that I do it…I would never subject anyone to that process [laughs]. They’d kill me. They’d murder me. … I have to be able to provide people different things, I have to be able to do different things for different situations. I’ve worked really hard at being able to be versatile. HHC: With the new album, you also have a lot of rock and jazz artists: Mars Volta, Cat Power, Trent Reznor. What made you take that approach? El-P: Put it this way: name one hip-hop record that you’ve ever heard that was comprised of samples from all hip-hop records. All your favorite classic hip-hop records are sampled from rock, jazz, funk, soul, Brazilian music, all different genres. To me, to have the Mars Volta on a section is like finding the Mars Volta in a dusty bin for a dollar when it was recorded in the 60s. So I just look at it as sampling, I just like to weave it in. I’m a hip-hop producer and a student of music, I’ve got thousands and thousands of records of all different types of genres. Shit that fucks my head up is that all these producers out here have the same record collections that I do. More, actually—20,000 records, 30,000 records—all these different records that they have, with all these different genres of music, with all these different structures, different ideas; and they keep coming up with the same wannabe career beats every time. That shit fucks my head up. I’m like, “How are you listening to all this music, and not coming up with some different shit?” So to me, working with other musicians is just natural; it just makes sense to me. If I would’ve found your part on a record, I would have sampled that shit. But now, I don’t have to clear it. HHC: Within the past few years, you’ve really revamped your studio and invested a lot into it. What do you think is the most valuable addition that you’ve made? El-P: Do you want directions to my studio, too, so I can get robbed? What the fuck? I’m a musician, and I put my money into it. I’m not going to go down a list of shit of money and prices. HHC: I didn’t mean price-wise, I meant what’s the most valuable musically. El-P: Ohhhh, my bad. I thought that was a weird question. Now I understand your question, and I’ll answer it. Pro Tools is the most valuable shit, in terms of, it’s the hub. It connects all the other instruments, all the other synthesizers and functions, and everything that I use. It’s where it all comes together, and where the final touches put on it. HHC: It’s 2007. Five years later, would you still rather be mouth-fucked by Nazis unconscious? El-P: [laughs] Yeah, man. Pretty much. HHC: Advance copies of your album had the specific names of their recipients watermarked all over them to help thwart bootlegging. Do you think downloading has downgraded the quality of music? El-P: I’m not one to bitch and complain about shit. To me, it’s just become a part of the culture. To some degree, I can’t blame motherfuckers for it. Kids are used to it now, it’s established. Cats can get ahold of a record before the shit’s on sale. I leave it up to the artist to make a record that is deserving of a kid spending his hard-earned cash. It’s there, so we’ve got to work with it and figure it out. A lot of what motherfuckers are mad about is that they put piece of shit records out, and they can’t trick kids into buying it anymore. They can’t even put one single out and there’s a bunch of hot trash on the album. And a kid is like, “That single’s the shit!” and they run out with their $15, which is too much anyway for something that they can get free, then they buy the album and one single is the only hot song on the record. Basically, kids now, they’re just smarter. They just want to hear the shit and they just want to know they’re not getting scammed. A lot of that scamming is big right now, they’re putting out wack albums. They’re not putting any effort into it, they’re not taking the shit seriously as an art form. … If a motherfucker likes my record, of course, my plea would be that if you really do like it, please buy it. It’s going to be better quality, I’m going to package the shit right, it’s going to look great, and if you come out, you’re going to get all types of shit, and it’ll allow me (to keep making music). It’s a relationship between the fans. All they’re asking us is, “Make some quality shit so that I don’t have to get it for free, listen to your wack mediocre album and toss it into the trash in my computer.” That’s how I look at it. HHC: Any possibility of another Company Flow record? El-P: This year, we’re planning on releasing the 10-year anniversary of Funcrusher Plus on Definitive Jux Records. It’s going to have a DVD of the last show we did in 2000, and we’re talking about doing new songs for that one. I don’t think it’s any type of full-fledged reunion, but we’re definitely talking about getting down on some [records]. But basically, I think that’s going to be the end of it, but you never know what to do.
By: Hot Gossip Gal I was giving home boy props for his new video yesterday but man he needs to take his ass back to class and get taught some math for real. In a recent interview he said his projects are guarded now in the interscope building becasue he is the biggest selling artist on the roster. Hmmm 50, Gwen Stefani, BEP. Give me a break
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Since Cedric the Entertainer’s last film, “Code Name: The Cleaner,” flopped hard, the comedian is taking a shot at television once again. Cedirc got his start hosting BET’s ComicView, and then on the Steve Harvey Show. After the success of the Original Kings of Comedy, Cedric got his own show on Fox called “Cedric the Entertainer Presents” but it was cancelled after one season. Now Cedric has scored a deal to star in an untitled comedy where he plays a man who has always been the proud breadwinner for his family and has difficulty adjusting when his wife’s hobby turns into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. The script was written by Cedric and Rock Reuben and Michael Soccio who wrote for “The King of Queens.” Cedric will shoot a pilot and if ABC likes it, they could order it for this fall season.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Beyonce Is currently in the middle of her “The Beyonce Experience Tour,” but that’s not stopping her from giving back to the community. She has teamed up with her minister and friend Pastor Rudy Rasmus and America‘s Second Harvest — The Nation’s Food Bank Network to sponsor pre- concert food donation drives in Houston, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Los Angeles as part of her Beyonce Experience Tour. “Hunger affects every community in the United States,” Beyonce said. “So I’m using my Tour and Survivor Foundation to bring attention to domestic hunger. I’m joining forces with Pastor Rudy and America‘s Second Harvest — The Nation’s Food Bank Network to fight hunger. Reaching out and touching lives is incredibly empowering. That’s why I want my fans to experience more than my music this summer. I want them to experience the joy of making a difference by helping someone else." Plus the first 1,000 fans in each of the five cities to drop off non-perishable food items will receive an autographed photo of Beyonce. Ticket holders that bring items as they enter the venues will be given a raffle ticket for a chance to have their seats upgraded. Here is the remainder of B’s tour dates: 08/10/07 Philadelphia, PA The Wachovia Center 08/11/07 Atlantic City, NJ Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort 08/12/07 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden 08/14/07 Montreal, QC Bell Centre 08/15/07 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre 08/17/07 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills 08/18/07 Chicago, IL United Center 08/19/07 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena 08/22/07 Denver, CO Pepsi Center 08/24/07 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center 08/25/07 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 08/26/07 San Diego, CA Cox Arena 08/28/07 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center 08/30/07 Lake Tahoe, NV Harvey‘s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Amph. 08/31/07 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena 09/01/07 Anaheim, CA Honda Center 09/02/07 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center 09/07/07 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place 09/13/07 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place 09/14/07 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre 09/15/07 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
By: Hot Gossip Gal WOW check this out…you can now buy a Michael Vick chew toy for your dog. The toy which retails at 13 bucks plus shipping is said according to the site to be made of "state of the art "dog" material. The Vick’s Toy Doll is so strong and flexible, it will challenge every breed. Especially The Pit Bull. Unlike other toys, our manufacturer is so sure of its durability they guarantee it against the most playful dog destruction. It Bends. It Bounces. It Flies. It Floats. And best of all, it lasts through the whole season and more."
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno With her new single, “Let It Go,” popping off on radio and her BET reality show “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is 2”, Keyshia Cole is gearing up to hit the road to get folks excited about her new album, “Just Like You,” set to drop on September 18. This weekend she’ll be in Minneapolis and will tour until September 9, ending in Seattle. The album features production from Kanye West, Scott Storch, Bryan Michael Cox, Greg Curtis, Missy Elliott and others. Here’s the current itinerary for the tour: 08/10/07 Minneapolis, MN Trocadero 08/11/07 Milwaukee, WI The Rave Eagles Club 08/12/07 Chicago, IL House Of Blues 08/14/07 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues 08/17/07 Washington, DC Love 08/18/07 Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues 08/19/07 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square 08/21/07 Norfolk, VA The NorVa 08/24/07 North Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues 08/25/07 Atlanta, GA Center Stage 08/26/07 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues 08/29/07 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues 08/30/07 Dallas, TX House Of Blues 09/01/07 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues 09/02/07 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues 09/03/07 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues 09/05/07 San Diego, CA 4th & B Concert Theater 09/06/07 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues 09/07/07 San Francisco, CA Mezzanine 09/09/07 Seattle, WA The Showbox
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The Rock the Bells Festival is about half way through its nationwide tour and the Wu-Tang Clan are about to change things up for the remaining dates. Starting with the August 11 San Bernardino date, the Wu-Tang will employ Stone Mecca as its live band. Stone Mecca is a R&B/Soul/Funk band based out of Los Angeles who worked with RZA on the Afro Samurai soundtrack. "I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for us," said Trú James of Stone Mecca. "It will also bring a different flavor, a different energy to their show." He adds, "Some of the Wu fans already know us as part of the Wu Family, but this will help us gain some new fans and recognition." In other Wu-Tang news, the group announced that their new album, “8 Diagrams” will drop on November 13 on the recently resurrected Loud Records, according to Billboard. Loud Records is the same label that released Wu Tang classic debut album, “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).”
By: Hot Gossip Gal Here she is. Whatever all the haters say, this chick has the game on lock and looking at her in this new Armani ad, she doesn’t really have much competition.
By: Rizoh Kanye West has yet again responded to Beanie Sigel’s disparaging remarks about his fashion sense. In the latest issue of Smack DVD, insists that he’s neither gangsta (like Beans) nor gay. “The n***a tried to say I was gay or something,” he told Smack DVD. “That sh*t is disrespectful. The whole thing is…I’m happy where I’m at with my life and sh*t. I like the freedom, because the second you do that tough guy sh*t, there’s a certain level of freedom that you don’t have anymore that I’m not gonna get into, ‘cause then I gotta have extra security and sh*t. So I’m not even gonna come and get on some hot shit and be coming at Beans like, ‘Aw, yeah you know. I got money so I’m a get my security up and sh*t.’” Ye admitted, however, that he’s not willing to go to war with Beans because of the State Property leader’s street reputation. “ Man, that n***a Beans, that ain’t like studio rapper. I’m not beefing with Beans, man. That n***a don’t give a f**k, man. I’m just saying, n***a, I’m not gay. Don’t come at me with none of that sh*t. Don’t disrespect me. I respect where he’s coming from, you know. I respect Beans’ gangsta. I’m not gangsta, but I’m not gay either. Don’t disrespect me as a f***in man. That’s all I’m saying.” Back in May, Beans dissed Kanye and Pharrell Williams for wearing “Louis Vuitton driving shoes” and “silk shirts with the chest hair out.” Beans later added that Kanye “might as well come all the way out the closet.”
By: Rizoh Actress Vivica A. Fox won’t be getting her booze on anytime soon. Following her DUI bust in March, a County Superior Court judge has ordered Fox to stay sober until September. Then, she can bust out the Courvoisier. The actress appeared in court yesterday, where she was ordered to keep alcohol at arm’s length for the next month or so, according to TMZ.com. “She can be around alcohol because of the nature of her work,” noted the judge. “But she cannot consume or possess it. I am not permitting her to consume alcohol.” If the Set it Off star consumes alcohol before September, that would be one hell of an expensive drink because she may be forced to part with in bail money. Fox was busted for DUI in March, after she sped past cops in Los Angeles.
By: Hot Gossip Gal OK now is this a case of the right pay off or was Chicago’s very own Pied Piper really peeing on someone else. the chick in the R Kelly home video that got a bit more of Kelly than she actually hoped for is saying that it wasn’t her. The parents of the 23 year old is also saying it isn’t her BUT her Auntie, former best friend and other family members are saying it is her. Isn’t that some sh*t? Funny that the chicks father used to play in R Kelly’s band though isn’t it? Innocent until proven guilty (or until you pay the victim off maybe)
By: Hot Gossip Gal DJ Khaled shows Curtis love Not sure how Fat Joe is going to feel about his homie DJ ‘we the best’ Khaled playing 50′s I get money joint on his 99Jamz show down in Miami last night. But you can guarantee there will be something aimed at the TS front man from 50 because of this. Kim Porter on her relationship with Diddy "I’d been in an on-again, off-again relationship with Mr. Combs for about 10 years, and it came to a point where it was time for me to move on with my life. I had invested a lot of time in that relationship, and it wasn’t going where it should have been going. So it was time to [end it]. In a relationship, it’s important that the people are on the same page at the same time. And we weren’t on the same page." She goes on to say in the interview with OK that she knew he cheated and his relationship with Jenny from the block wasn’t anything serious…YEAH RIGHT. Kim you gave him the girls you thought he always wanted and still he didn’t put that ring on your finger girl. Do you mami, do you because he wasn’t.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Not too long ago the New York City Council Committee on Civil Rights passed a resolution banning the word “nigga” or “nigger.” Last month the NAACP held a funeral for the “n-word” at its annual convention in Detroit. Obviously, none of that is stopping rappers from using the word, so Al Sharpton is making signs and protesting the record companies. He is urging public divestment from the music industry, meaning he is asking government-run pension fund investments to pull out of record companies until they stop allowing rappers to use the n-word and degrade women in their music. "We’re talking about Viacom (Inc.), Time Warner (Inc.), Vivendi Universal," Sharpton told Reuters News Service. "The opposition has tried to use the argument of free speech, but they don’t have the freedom to use peoples’ pension funds against their own will and interest. I’m here in Motown in Detroit as a symbol of when music was not denigrating and was entertaining.” According to Sharpton there has already been legislation proposed in New York state for $3 billion in pension fund investments to be moved away from music companies that distribute rap music with the offending lyrics. Sharpton plans to protest in front as many record companies as possible.
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