By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Lil Romeo has done pretty well with the whole TV and acting career thing. He’s isn’t too shabby in the music department for the pre-teens. He’s even reppin’ on the basketball court and may make his way into the NBA. But now the son of Master P is dipping into the corporate world. The young rap star has bought Rap Snacks Inc., the maker of the Rap Snacks potato chips. Bags of Rap Snacks bear the images of cats like Romeo, Master P, and Yung Joc, with each having a unique flavor. Romeo\’s flavor is "Bar-B-Quin\’ With My Honey." Most Rap Snacks are available at 7-11 stores nationwide and will be appearing in cafeterias, convenience stores, and supermarkets soon. Romeo is currently working with his pops on the upcoming album, “Hip-Hop History”, his clothing line, Gumbo Station and a book, “Guaranteed Success for Teens.” Hmm… we wonder if one of those guarantees is being the son of a rap star?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After the announcement last weekend that Usher and his fiance’ Tameka Foster called off their wedding, speculation ran rampant within the industry if they were going to get married at all. Well according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Usher and Foster got married in the singer’s lawyer’s office in Atlanta on Friday evening. According to the report, Usher’s mother, Jonetta Patton was in attendance even though everyone thought she disapproved of the union. According to various reports, one of the problems between the couple was an elaborate pre-nuptial agreement that Patton was down with and Foster wasn’t. There’s no word if there will be an official wedding ceremony or any type of event to celebrate the union.
By: Serge Fleury The art of MC’ing isn’t rocket science, in fact the equation is quite simple: Keep hitting the people with solid material; and they’ll keep you from being tomorrow’s history lesson in their extra credit "Hip-Hop 101" college course. Many have tried, and a lot have failed in the 30+ years of this industry. But for the few that can keep up with the "supply-and-demand" mentality; the reward is well worth it. Especially for an artist that hasn’t had anything handed to them on a silver platter. In 1994, a young and hungry MC by the name of Keith Murray dropped an album called "The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World." The album would go on to sell over 500,000 copies. He then followed up with "Enigma" in 1996 which was fairly successful in its own right, but before he could truly enjoy his new found success; he was sentenced to a 33 month jail term stemming from a bar fight. While in prison, "It’s A Beautiful Thing" was released, and at the same time, a significant drop-off in his album sales were also occurring. After serving his prison term, he parted ways with Jive Records, and headed over to Def Jam Recordings. There, he would join his fellow Def Squadian Redman, as label mates. He soon dropped his fourth installment, "He’s Keith Murray" in 2004; but his situation at the super label deteriorated when he was removed due to an altercation with another employee. Now after a three year hiatus, Mr. Murray AKA, "The Lyrical Lexicon" steps back onto the scene with his latest offering, "Rap-Murr-Phobia (The Fear of Real Hip-Hop)", through Koch Records. So is this independent label really a graveyard? That’s exactly what the compound-word lyricist, lets the world know. That life truly does exists, after the major label deals are gone. CrackSpace.com: So what can we expect from your new album, Rap-Murr-Phobia (The Fear of Real Hip-Hop)? Keith Murray: Real drum-driven tracks. You can expect word play, vocabulary, and you can expect rhythmic flows. Along with verbalization and articulation. You can expect a well-rounded album, not just one or two singles, and the rest of the album his garbage. This is a "Keith Murray" album; featuring Redman, Method Man, Erick Sermon, L.O.D., and Lil Jamal. Is there any particular meaning behind the name you chose for your project? Keith Murray: Yeah, because rap is taking a beating right now; [they're] saying its the creation of society’s woes. A lot of people tried to kick me when I was down. Now I’m up, and this album is a dedication to Hip-Hop. Also for all those who know and love Hip-Hop, and Keith Murray. This album is also about how I do me in this element, and what the people love me for. I’m not trying to appeal to the masses, of those who probably won’t get it in the first place. CrackSpace.com: Do you think "lyricism" is a lost art form in today’s Hip-Hop? Keith Murray: Its forgotten because the people that are involved in Hip-Hop now, don’t know the history of it. But it has its levels, there are still a lot of dudes out there spitting. But it the end, either you perform, or you die. Which one are you going to do? CrackSpace.com: So you’re not worried about your lyricism going over the heads of the average listener? Keith Murray: I take pride in my lyrics going over n***as heads, because the mothaf**ckas that do get it, is going to root for it. I’m a thought-provoking MC, I’ll make you look in the dictionary. That’s my sh*t! I’ll make you be like; "what the f**k did that mean?" I don’t want to be just straight forward that you can total understand everything. I’m from an era where you make people think. CrackSpace.com: So how did you manage to stay focused on music with all your personal troubles and label drama? Keith Murray: I’m used to drama in my life. Both my parents passed away, I’ve been in and out of jail, my friends passed away, and they’ve also been in and out of jail. I’ve been poverty stricken, I’ve dealt with domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse. That’s just life; you take the good with the bad. How you come out of a negative situation, is what counts. CrackSpace.com: Have you took any steps to try and introduce yourself to a younger audience that might not be familiar with your work? Keith Murray: I’m not trying to go out there and stretch myself thin, I’m just dealing with the basics first. If I go out there and make some new fans, then that’s cool. But there’s a lot of mothaf**ckas that already know "Keith Murray." CrackSpace.com: So what’s been one of the major changes for you, by going from the majors to the independent circuit? Keith Murray: Well independent labels don’t have dollars to throw around, they do; but they’re tight with their sh*t. Every dollar counts, you ain’t getting no car service sitting outside for five hours, driving you around the streets, and bullsh**ting your ass off. The budgets and overhead is a lot lower, but you can make your money on the back end. Now Koch is competing with all the majors out there. Now your first week sales won’t be the same as a major label, but that’s when you grind it out and pace yourself. CrackSpace.com: What’s the biggest misconception about Keith Murray? Keith Murray: That I’m not a real nice guy. I never whipped somebody ass that didn’t deserve it. I’m a communicator; and I’m not just going out there, and not caring about people’s needs. I really do care. CrackSpace.com: Your last album was released back in 2003. Was it hard to get back in the studio and a make a full length album after a four year lay off? Keith Murray: I didn’t even listen to that f**cking album. It wasn’t hard at all, I [know] I’m nice. I [know] I got what it takes. Its just the fact that I had to go sit down and find the right words; and that’s just what I did. CrackSpace.com: So basically during that time period, what were you doing? Were you still making music? Keith Murray: I did a mixtape called "Kicking Ass pt. 1", and then I came back with "Intellectual Violence." I’d just press up like a 1,000 copies and give them away. I didn’t try to sell any of them. Keith Murray: It didn’t even feel like three winters to me. Damn; three winters went by that fast? CrackSpace.com: [laughter] Yeah, three winters sure did go by that fast. It was back in 2003 when you came out with "He’s Keith Murray", back on Def Jam. But now you’re back in the game, and we’re happy you have you. Keith Murray: Yeah, thanks man. I just had to come back in the game right way.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Flava of Love Round Three Can we take any more of this show? Well obviously we can as they are casting for series 3. Check out the contenders here FLAVOR OF LOVE CASTING. Personally not thinking Sargent Beverly will make the cut unless of course Flava Flav is hiding something from u all but with all those kids of his i Highly doubt it. Kanye Says No to Bling Kanye West is known for his out of control ego. Now he is determining what words are to be used and not used. Bling has to go according to Kanye who says the word is only used by white folks trying to act cool…what do you think?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Who knew that people took out copyright licenses on hand signs? Well, Jay-Z- didn’t and now he’s paying up for it. Former pro wrestler Diamond Dallas Page copyrighted his hand gesture called the “Diamond Cutter”, way back in the 90’s. Jay-Z used the same hand gesture, probably not knowing it was copyrighted, in most of his videos and on the cover of the “Roc La Familia” album, as well as t-shirts. Page filed a lawsuit against Jay-Z and Roc-A-Wear for copyright and trademark infringement. Both Jay-Z and Page settled the lawsuit late last month, with Jigga man handing down an unspecified amount of cash to the wrestler. Page subsequently dropped the lawsuit after Hov passed him the check. There’s no word if Jay will no longer use the hand gesture.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Awhile back, one of Osama Bin Laden’s mistresses told the media that the Al Qaeda leader was obsessed with Whitney Houston and wanted to kill Bobby Brown and make Whitney one of his wives. And even though the couple is now divorce, apparently Bobby Brown is still scared that Bin Laden is going to get him. According to the New York Daily News, he beefed up his security for a show in Australia. "I figure if Bin Laden wants me, and everybody is looking for him, it probably won’t happen,” Brown told the NY Daily News. “But if he wants to try and find me for something so stupid, he can do what he wants. I have to leave it in the hands of my higher power. Come on, if anybody [else was] threatened by Al Qaeda, they’d take it seriously." Apparently, Brown was scared that President Bush wanted to kill him too. Karrine “Superhead” Steffans, author of the Video Vixen Diaries, said that he let her know of his fear. "He said, ‘We should flee the country.’ We were staying at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey for a couple of weeks," Stephans told the NY Daily News. "He and Whitney had separated. I helped him as much as I could."
By: Hot Gossip Gal I feel that this dude is ready to really shoot himself in the foot..he showed up to a concert the other night in the UK three hours late and performed for like 45 mins. When peeps are paying up of 50 bucks for their concert tickets that sh*t has got to be on point. In other Akon news Chris Robinson is said to be directing the Akon video for I’m sorry the track where he apologizes for all his recent f**k ups.
By: Rizoh Nas will join Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, and Phil Vassar for “A Concert for Virginia Tech” on September 6th. The show will be made available at no cost to all current VA Tech students and staff. Obviously, the concert is geared towards helping the university heal and move forward after the April tragedy that left 33 students dead and several others injured. Corporate sponsorships and sale of commemorative items will help compensate for the expenses that will be incurred at the concert. “We’re extremely grateful for the compassion and generosity of these artists who wished to create a very special event where our students, faculty and staff can come together to celebrate the spirit and resiliency of our university community as we begin a new academic year,” said Charles Steger, President of Virginia Tech. Tickets are only available to students and staff of Virginia Tech. Click HERE for details.
By: Rizoh T.I. was interviewed by Kanye West in the new issue of Complex magazine. West asked the Rubberband Man how much he spends on clothes in an average year. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the so-called King of the South spends more on clothes than you spent on your home. “Geesh, I probably spend about half a million dollars,” said T.I.P., “I don’t want to overshoot it and say a cool ticket, but it could very well be a half without embellishment.”
By: Hot Gossip Gal A waitress filed a suit against 40/40 accusing Jay for not paying staff the minimum wage…turns out Jay is saying he is just a partner in the club and doesn’t deal with the day to day running of the club…so what does this mean…Jay isnt the big owner of the club like everyone seems to think or he just don’t wanna have to deal with this drama?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Last week McDonald’s announced that Twista was kicked off its McDonald’s Live tour because they realized that Twista actually cusses in his music and may have a few songs that aren’t appropriate for children. Twista fired back at the corporation and the media with his own take on the situation. "I am very disappointed by McDonald’s decision to cancel my participation in the McDonald’s Live Tour,” Twista said in a statement. “Being that McDonald’s and I have worked together in the past, it was unsettling that I would be removed from the tour after undergoing the planning process and receiving assurances from McDonald’s on multiple occasions that I would appear on the tour. The recent trend of finger-pointing, and playing the blame game with certain media outlets and certain individuals needs to stop. We live in a society that advocates free speech. You want free speech? You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then our country’s symbol has to be one of its citizens exercising their right to stand up and shout at the top of their lungs using words and telling stories that capture the reality of their day-to-day lives.Not all art is suitable for every age, just as not every movie is suitable for every age which is why it’s lawfully labeled with a "parental advisory" sticker. Ultimately, the "parental advisory" warning aides parents in their responsibility to police & guide their children, despite that it still should not discredit me or my music.” To read Twista’s letter in its entirety, read it HERE Twista will be dropping his new album, “Adrenaline Rush 2007” on September 18.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s no secret that former Nas right-hand man, Cormega, loves the internet. In June the Queens rapper re-launched Legal Hustle website, and is basically promoting his stuff to a loyal following. He recently announced that in October he will drop a DVD with a corresponding soundtrack called “Who Am I?” The DVD documents the last few years of Mega’s life as he continues to make moves in the industry. “What’s good I’m chilling In QB been here for like a week, I haven’t lived in QB in over 10 years but I’m staying out here for a week or 2 it feels good to be back,” Mega wrote in a forum post on his website. “Anyway there’s been a BIG change. Legal Hustle 2 is almost done but I pushed it to the side for the bigger project that many of you wrote me about. So October 23 is the OFFICIAL date of "Who AM I" and it will also include a soundtrack so you get the music and the DVD for one price. The date is OFFICIAL there will be no more delays. I’m releasing a single digitally this month, August 7. This the first time I’ve released a single digitally but that’s something I wanna do. The solo album is F*&*ing CRAZY I just gotta do the artwork. I’m gonna make up for lost time and pardon me for the delays. Peace to Victory Dream and Stainless for all the help ONE.” For more info on Cormega’s projects, visitLEGAL HUSTLE
By: Hot Gossip Gal Whats good for me isnt good for you is what Kimora Simmons is reciting right now as she sees her ex and baby daddy strutting around with his new chick. I mean homegirl is pretty fly so I can understand why kimmy is a lil mad BUT it gets better..Kimora was missing from an event hosted at HER house out in the Hamptons because Russ took Porschla Coleman, his new gir. Alls fair in love and war right?
By: Rizoh R.Kelly had better iron some suits, because he’s going to need plenty of them in September. Five years after he got slapped with 21 counts of child pornography, Kelly finally gets a court date. A spokesperson for Kells told MTV News that “he believes in our system of justice,” and “is looking forward to finally having his day in court. He’s confident that when all the facts come out, it will be clear he’s not guilty of any crime.” If convicted of the charges, Kelly could face up to 15 years in jail and a fine of up to $100,000. Ease up, Kells. We all know celebrities don’t get convicted of anything.
By: Rizoh That’s right, kids. You have all been made to wait in vain. Despite earlier promises that his first album in eight years will be out in September, Dr. Dre’s long-anticipated Detox will not see the light of the day this year. XXL’s Editor-in-Chief Elliott Wilson said in a blog post yesterday that Dre was on schedule to cover the 10th anniversary issue of the magazine (he was replaced by Lil Wayne and Birdman). The Dre cover would’ve officially announced his return to the rap game. Unfortunately for chronic g-funkers everywhere, Detox is now tentatively slated for release in the first quarter of 2008.
iHipHop Blog Team