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.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s already that time of year where MTV takes over a city to hand out little astronaut statues. The event goes down on September 9 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The nominees were announced this week along with a couple of new awards that includes Male Artist of the Year / Female Artist of the Year which recognizes the artist’s complete body of work throughout 2007, Most Earthshattering Collaboration which recognizes the best teaming of creative minds in 2007, Monster Single of the Year — awarded to that unavoidable super smash that you just can’t get outta your head and the Quadruple Threat award which honors those boundary-busting artists who have conquered multiple worlds including, but not limited to; music, fashion, philanthropy, business, acting and dance. Justin Timberlake and Beyonce top the list with the most nominations at seven with Kanye West and Rihanna scoring five nominations. Kanye and Rihanna are also slated to perform at the awards show alongside Timbaland, Chris Brown, Fall Out Boy, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen and Foo Fighters. Here’s the full list of nominees: Video of the Year » Amy Winehouse: "Rehab" » Beyoncé: "Irreplaceable" » Justice: "D.A.N.C.E." » Justin Timberlake: "What Goes Around … " » Kanye West: "Stronger" » Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z): "Umbrella" Male Artist of the Year » Akon: "Don’t Matter," "I Wanna Love You" (featuring Snoop Dogg), "Smack That" (featuring Eminem) » Kanye West: "Can’t Tell Me Nothing," "Stronger," "Classic (Better Than I’ve Ever Been" — DJ Premier remix, featuring Nas, KRS-One and Rakim) » Justin Timberlake: "Let Me Talk To You/ My Love," "SexyBack" (featuring Timbaland), "What Goes Around … " » T.I.: "Big Things Poppin’ (Do It)," "You Know What It Is" (featuring Wyclef Jean), "What You Know" » Robin Thicke: "Can U Believe," "Lost Without U," "Wanna Love You Girl" (remix, featuring Busta Rhymes and Pharrell) Female Artist of the Year » Amy Winehouse: "Rehab," "You Know I’m No Good" » Beyoncé: "Irreplaceable," "Beautiful Liar" (featuring Shakira) » Fergie: "Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)," "Glamorous" (featuring Ludacris), "Fergalicious" (featuring Will.I.Am) » Nelly Furtado: "Maneater," "Say It Right" » Rihanna: "Umbrella" (featuring Jay-Z) Best New Artist » Amy Winehouse: "Rehab," "You Know I’m No Good" » Carrie Underwood: "Before He Cheats" » Gym Class Heroes: "Clothes Off," "Cupid’s Chokehold/ Breakfast in America" » Lily Allen: "Alfie," "Smile," "LDN" » Peter Bjorn and John: "Young Folks" Best Group » Fall Out Boy: "This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race," "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" » Gym Class Heroes: "Clothes Off," "Cupid’s Chokehold/ Breakfast in America" » Linkin Park: "What I’ve Done" » Maroon 5: "Makes Me Wonder" » White Stripes: "Icky Thump" Most Earthshattering Collaboration » Akon (featuring Eminem): "Smack That" » Beyoncé and Shakira: "Beautiful Liar" » Justin Timberlake (featuring Timbaland): "SexyBack" » Gwen Stefani (featuring Akon): "The Sweet Escape" » U2 (featuring Green Day): "The Saints Are Coming" Quadruple Threat of the Year » Beyoncé » Bono » Jay-Z » Justin Timberlake » Kanye West Monster Single of the Year » Avril Lavigne: "Girlfriend" » Daughtry: "Home" » Fall Out Boy: "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" » Lil Mama: "Lip Gloss (No Music)" » T-Pain (featuring Yung Joc): "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)" » Timbaland (featuring Keri Hilson, D.O.E. and Sebastian): "The Way I Are" » MIMS: "This Is Why I’m Hot" » Plain White T’s: "Hey There, Delilah" » Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z): "Umbrella" » Shop Boyz: "Party Like A Rock Star" Best Director » Beyoncé and Shakira: "Beautiful Liar" (director: Jake Nava) » Christina Aguilera: "Candyman" (directors: Matthew Rolston and Christina Aguilera) » Justin Timberlake: "What Goes Around …" (director: Samuel Bayer) » Kanye West: "Stronger" (director: Hype Williams) » Linkin Park: "What I’ve Done" (director: Joseph Hahn) » Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z): "Umbrella" (director: Chris Applebaum) Best Editing in a Video » Beyoncé and Shakira: "Beautiful Liar" (editor: Jarett Figl) » Gnarls Barkley: "Smiley Faces" (editor: Ken Mowe) » Justin Timberlake: "What Goes Around …" (editor: Hollee Singer) » Kanye West: "Stronger" (editors: Peter Johnson and Corey Weisz) » Linkin Park: "What I’ve Done" (editor: Igor Kovalik) Best Choreography in a Video » Beyoncé and Shakira: "Beautiful Liar" (choreographer: Frank Gatson) » Chris Brown: "Wall To Wall" (choreographers: Rich & Tone and Flii Styles) » Ciara: "Like A Boy" (choreographer: Jamaica Craft) » Eve: "Tambourine" (choreographer: Tahesha Scott) » Justin Timberlake: "My Love" (choreographer: Marty Kudelka)
By: Hot Gossip Gal Here is the scene (after I am guessing Sean Combs put his editing skills to use) that had Laurie Anne filing law suits left right and center. Anyhow she got her show on MTV now anyway so its like whatever. But in Diddy related goss, he has invited Sienna Miller to join him on his yacht in the Mediterranean later this week. And this is public knowledge because….
By: Rizoh This may be the only time Jay-Z is mentioned in the same breath as Scooter Libby, but the two are among Esquire’s Best Dressed Men in the World. The list also includes Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (No.4) and Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade (No. 14). Jay-Z, who was praised for his high-style/low-style combo, finished at No. 2, behind football player Tom Brady. Jigga was also awarded the lifetime achievement award for his peculiar style. Hip-hop artists who have received similar fashion nods from Esquire in the past include: Pharrell Williams (he won the top spot two years ago) and the 2004 champion, Andre 3000.
By: Rizoh As anticipation mounts for his forthcoming Graduation LP, Kanye West has unveiled the tracklist and cover art for his new album. He revealed the details via Apple’s iTunes, where Graduation is now ready for pre-order. As we reported earlier, West restricts guest appearances to four. The album also includes a bonus track, “CRS,” which was previously leaked on the Can’t Tell Me Nothing mixtape released to the web in July. Check out the full tracklist below: "Good Morning" "Homecoming" (ft. Chris Martin) "Stronger" "Champion" "Good Life" (ft. T-Pain) "I Wonder" "Even More Broke Phi Broke" (Skit) "Can’t Tell Me Nothing" "Drunk and Hot Girls" (ft. Mos Def) "Everything I Am" (scratches by DJ Premier) "Good Night" (ft. Mos Def & Al Be) "Big Brother’ "Graduation" (Skit) "The Glory" "CRS" (ft. Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell)
By: Hot Gossip Gal Sorry I just can’t leave this shit alone and I know I have to. Turns out Ushers Mom is saying she wasn’t at the wedding held in his lawyers office. Didn’t she get married herself this week? Also Tameka had some harsh words for her half sister who was running her mouth to the National Enquirer. "You are one dead bitch and you better watch your back, cause I’m putting a hit out on you!" Such class.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Earlier this year, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama drew criticism from conservative pundits for enjoying the funds raised by record exec L.A. Reid, working with Ludacris on AIDS prevention in Chicago, and accepting donations from music industry giant David Geffen because he funds Snoop Dogg’s music. In the new issue of VIBE Magazine, Obama addresses the hip-hop situation as well as various other topics that have popped up around his campaign. “A lot of this arose around the issue of Imus, and I think a lot of people tried to play political football with the issue, instead of listening to what I had really said,” Obama told VIBE scribe Jeff Chang. “I was criticized by some in the hip-hop community as if I had targeted them. And I was criticized by more conservative or more mainstream commentators for quote-unquote ‘being hypocritical.’ The truth is I stand by exactly what I said, which was that the language, the degrading comments about women that Imus said is language that we hear not just on the radio, not just in music. We hear it on television, we hear it in our barber shops, we hear it in the streets, we say it among our friends, and we are all complicit in, I think, promoting a set of stereotypes or views about women and minorities that are damaging. We ourselves perpetrate this, and we all have to take responsibility for that. But the fact is that we’ve got a culture generally – not just hip-hop, but a culture generally that is dynamic and exciting and rich and sometimes negative and coarse and not particularly enlightening. We’re all consumers of this culture and there’s nothing wrong with us sort of saying, ‘You know what? Some hip-hop is terrific and powerful and some of it is junk.’ Just like country music – some of it is interesting and powerful and some of it is junk, and the same is true of any musical genre, the same is true of movies, the same is true of TV.” You can check out the interview in its entirety when the new issue of VIBE Magazine hits stands Wednesday, August 8.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It was over 15 years ago when Ice Cube starred in his first movie, “Boyz N the Hood”, as Doughboy, a South Central, Los Angeles teenager caught up in the gang life. Since then he’s starred in more than 20 films, most of them getting an exclusive Ice Cube song for the film’s soundtrack. Now Capitol/Priority Records has collected 16 Ice Cube songs from the various films he’s been for the album, “Ice Cube: In The Movies.” Set to drop on September 4, the albums features choices cuts from films like “Friday,” “All About the Benjamins,” “Player’s Club,” and “Higher Learning.” Here’s the tracklist to the album: 1. You Can Do It (w/ Mack 10 & Ms. Toi) Next Friday (2000) 2. We Be Clubbin’ The Player’s Club (1998) 3. Natural Born Killaz (w/ Dr. Dre) Murder Was The Case (1995) 4. Anybody Seen The PoPo’s?! xXx: State of the Union (2005) 5. Friday Friday (1995) 6. How To Survive In South Central Boyz N The Hood (1991) 7. $100 Dollar Bill Y’all All About The Benjamins (2002) 8. (You Know) I’m A Ho (w/ Master P) The Player’s Club (1998) 9. The World Is Mine Dangerous Ground (1997) 10. Ghetto Vet (w/Mack 10 & Mr. Short Khop) I Got The Hook Up (1998) 11. Maniac In the Brainiac (w/ Mack 10)* Bulworth (1998) 12. The Wrong N**** To F**k Wit Scary Movie 2 (2001) 13. Roll All Day Gone In 60 Seconds (2000) 14. Higher Higher Learning (1995) 15. Trespass (w/ Ice-T) Trespass (2005) 16. Right Here, Right Now(w/Paul Oakenfold) Blade II (2002)
By: Hot Gossip Gal Turns out that the prosecution is split in deciding whether Brandy should be put on trial for manslaughter after the car accident she is said to be the cause of left one lady dead. Personally i don’t think it will happen. But for real home girl needs to get herself right on America’s Got Talent. I am still in shock that she voted for that Russian dude from Brooklyn who started crying when he originally got voted off. The only talented thing about him was the way his mascara ran in straight lines down his face while he begged for a second chance.
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