By: Rizoh A former associate of Diddy has filed a lawsuit against the rap mogul for more than $19 million. The associate, James Sabatino, claims that he arranged for the late Notorious B.I.G. to fly into Miami and record for Diddy. According to CBS, Sabatino, who is currently jailed for an unrelated incident, alleges that Diddy agreed to pay him $200,000 for the 17 minutes of vocals and video recording that emerged from the Biggie session. Diddy reportedly paid Sabatino $25,000 and promised the remainder later. When Sabatino was named a “person of interest” in the wake of Biggie’s murder, however, the Bad Boy CEO supposedly delayed payment for fear of guilt by association. Although a contract was never signed, Sabatino claims ownership of Biggie’s recordings since he shouldered the expenses and studio time.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Diddy Exec Producing Jays Album? Well he supposed to have four joints on the 14 track album. That however doesn’t necessarily mean he will get to exec produce. Word is Puffy been asking to exec produce for Jay for a few years now…hmmm not quite sure what to say on this one to be honest. Thoughts? Something For The Weekend Buffie the Body on the cover of King..now try telling me I don’t look out for y’all.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Last May, Nick Cannon made headlines after he proposed to his lady, Selita Ebanks, in the middle of Times Square as it was shown on a giant screen. He hooked up Ebanks with a 15-carat diamond engagement ring that he had a hand in designing. Now the couple is calling it quits. "Selita and Nick are taking a break to focus on their careers but still very much love each other and remain the best of friends," Ebanks’ publicist, Melissa Raubvogel, told the Associated Press. Ebanks is a Victoria’s Secret model and Cannon is currently running several shows for MTV and just wrapped three movies, “Day of the Dead,” “Ball Don’t Lie,” and “American Son.”
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Usually it’s the fans of an incarcerated artist that launch the “free” sites, but since Foxy’s fans are taking too long she decided to launch her own. The jailed rapper announced that she launching FreeFoxyBrown.com to keep in touch with her fans. "I devoted my career to building an affinity with my fans who have supported me unflinchingly and no barbed wire fence or prison wall will stop that,” Foxy said. “I am in great spirits and very focused, and needed a forum to communicate to the people." Foxy will be able to receive communication through the website from her fans as well. She also announced that he new album, “Brooklyn’s Don Diva,” will drop on November 20. Foxy is currently serving a one-year sentence after violating her probation.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Are you kidding me…does Kay Slay really really think Dr. Dre gives a rats ass about what the so called Drama King has to say about him. Yeah he running his mouth, him and Busta probably running out of all the cash they made off Pap’s deal with Jive and Dre taking his time with Busta’s album. Stop throwing your money at strippers son is the only advice I got for you.
By: Rizoh Lil’ Wayne has 99 problems and 50 Cent is one of them. In August, 50 described Weezy as a “whore” for appearing on too many songs, which includes Ja Rule’s “Uh Ohh.” In 50’s eyes, any rapper who stands next to Ja Rule, his nemesis, is also taking a stand against him. To drive his point home, 50 unleashed a dis song titled “Part-Time Lover,” in which he clowned Weezy and Baby for their infamous “kissing photo.” VIBE addressed the issue with Wayne in the November issue, which features the New Orleans rapper on its cover. After applauding 50’s Vitamin Water as the best out there, Wayne went on to say that he’s not upset about Fif’s remarks. “A person like 50 Cent say anything about me, you gotta understand, that’s what makes them who they are,” Wayne in the VIBE interview. “So me getting mad, that would be outta Lil Wayne’s character. There’s been plenty of recorders right here in my face saying, What you think about such-and-such saying…? Nothing! I don’t think nothing!” He added—and this is the best part: “That ain’t me, I’m from New Orleans, man, we kill, for real, I’m not gonna stress that!” We may never know exactly why 50 chose to call out Lil’ Wayne, but we know that this is shaping up to be an interesting battle. Young Buck has even added his voice to the chorus. On a new dis track dubbed "Class is in Session," Buck, who used to be a member of Cash Money Records, goes directly at Wayne: "Uh-oh, here we go, he standing by Ja Rule / Forgetting that me and Baby used to drop him off at school."
By: Rizoh With all the Graduation vs. Curtis debate now behind him, Kanye West is ready to focus on promoting Graduation on the road. The Chicago MC/producer will launch his tour on October 12 in Nashville. The trek will see him visiting Miami in November. According to rocafella.com, Mr. West will also visit Amsterdam and London. Graduation, which dropped on September 11th, has now sold a whopping 1.3 million units to date. Consult the tour details below to find out when Kanye will be in your city: Oct. 12 – Nashville, TN – Vanderbilt University Oct. 17 – Vancouver, British Columbia – General Motors Place Oct. 18 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre Oct. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Center Oct. 29 – Boston, MA – TD Banknorth Garden Nov. 10 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheatre Nov. 17 – Paris – Zenith Nov. 18 – Brussels – Forest National Nov. 19 – Amsterdam – Heineken Music Hall Nov. 22 – London, England – O2 Arena Peninsula Square Nov. 24 – Brighton – Brighton Centre Nov. 25 – Bournemouth – Bournemouth International Conference Center Nov. 26 – Nottingham – Nottingham Nov. 27 – Cardiff – Cardiff International Arena Nov. 30 – Dublin – Phoenix Park Dec. 01 – Belfast – Odyssey Arena
By: Hot Gossip Gal Word is the couple are back to being all loved up and are literally living together down in Atlanta. I heard she has been showing Fif some TLC after the disappointment of not kicking Kayne’s ass here in the states. He still got it in Europe tho.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though conspiracy theorists are continually debating the cause of the continuous delay of R. Kelly’s porn trial (it’s been five years, ya’ll), Kelly is brushing of the trial and hitting the road. The singer will be hitting the road on November 14 launching the tour in Columbus, Georgia and will run it until January 12 ending in Hampton, Virginia. Up and coming vocalist J. Holiday will join Kells on the road and possibly Keyshia Cole. Kelly’s trial has been postponed indefinitely due to the prosecuting lawyer having a child and being on maternity leave. A status hearing on the case is scheduled for November 2, plus R. Kelly still needs permission from the court to leave the state, according to MTV News. Kelly faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. Here’s the current itinerary for the tour: · 11/14 – Columbus, GA @ Columbus Civic Center · 11/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena · 11/16 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum · 11/17 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Arena · 11/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Bobcats Arena · 11/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Wachovia Center · 11/22 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center · 11/23 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum · 11/24 – Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena · 11/25 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center · 11/29 – North Little Rock, AR @ Alltel Arena · 11/30 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena · 12/1 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Arena · 12/2 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center · 12/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center · 12/7 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center · 12/8 – Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse · 12/9 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum · 12/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center · 12/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center · 12/15 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena · 12/16 – Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena · 12/19 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center · 12/21 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center · 12/22 – Chicago, IL @ United Center · 12/23 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena · 12/27 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum · 12/28 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Arena · 12/29 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Center · 12/30 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena · 12/31 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena · 1/3 – Louisville, KY @ Kentucky Exposition Center · 1/4 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center, Cleveland State University · 1/5 – Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena · 1/6 – Dayton, OH @ Ervin J. Nutter Center · 1/8 – Greenville, SC @ Bi-Lo Center · 1/9 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Civic Center · 1/11 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum · 1/12 – Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Master P is still trying to push a clean campaign in hip-hop and now he wants his fans to get down with the action as well. The rapper and his son Romeo have teamed up with Animoto.com so fans can make a 30-second video for The Miller Boyz single, “My Life.” "I can honestly say that I was once part of the problem and now it’s time to be part of the solution," Master P said. P and the Animoto staff will select their favorite videos, with winners getting copies of "Miller Boyz: Hip-Hop History," P.Miller merchandise, and Animoto video credits. To enter, contestants will log in to Animoto.com, visit the ‘music lounge’ and select the featured hip-hop soundtrack "My Life". When finalizing their video, users will have the option to opt-in to the contest. Music videos will be judged based on photos promoting positive values including: family, education, friends, sports, and knowledge.
By: Serge Fleury Boston Massachusetts; one of the most historical cities in all of America. If you ever visit, make sure you take a walk through Boston Common. After the nice long stroll, make sure you hit the Bull & Finch Pub (Cheers) on Beacon Street for a couple of drinks; and something to eat. Being the major sports town that it is; there should be plenty of people to talk to, when discussing the Boston Celtics and their 16 championships. But if you’re not a basketball fan, then the Patriots, and their winning ways are your next choice. And if none of that interests you, then the on-going saga of the Boston Red Sox has to catch your fancy a little bit. Get a Bostonian to say; "pahk the cah in Hahvad Yahd", and your journey to "The City On The Hill" is complete. If you wonder off into the music realm of Boston, most likely you’ll come across more pop music/R&B acts of yester-year; (circa New Edition, Aerosmith, and New Kids on the Block) rather than [true] Hip-Hop contributors. With a city that has a population of over 590,763 people, finding a credible list of talented MC’s is few and far in between. In retrospect, a list might not even be needed. Because you would probably be able to [literally] count the front runners on one hand. But in doing that, make sure you save a couple of fingers for Edo G, Jaysaun (formerly of the Kreators), and newcomer; Slain. After Edo G released "Life Of A Kid Ghetto" back in 1991, it solidified him as one of the most lyrical MC’s the game has to offer. The album, which sparked the timeless classic "I Gotta Have It", helped catapult the project to over 600,000 copies sold. As for the Kreators’ former front man; Jaysaun has worked with the likes of Gangstarr’s Guru, Cappadonna, Pete Rock, and Krumbsnatcha. While garnering enough attention for MTV to display his talents. While still making a name for himself, Slain managed to move 7,000 units of his mixtape; "The White Man Is The Devil" with no distribution back in 2005. He then quickly bulked up his resume by collaborating with Royce Da 5’9", Cypress Hill, and DJ Lethal. After all joining forces, and recruiting the help of turntable specialist; DJ Jayceeoh, they caught the eyes of Duck Down. Now it’s only a matter of time before the Special Teamz take it to the house, when others seem to keep on turning the ball over. CrackSpace.com: What’s good y’all? So how’s Boston these days? I’m originally from there also. Edo G: Boston is everywhere! Are you still a fan of The Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics? CrackSpace.com: Of course! I couldn’t imagine being anything else. Special Teamz: [laughing collectively] Edo G: That’s good, that’s all I need to know. CrackSpace.com: So how did you guys first get hooked up with Duck Down? Jaysaun: Well we did this mixtape together, that ended up doing really good. It was like the number one selling mixtape, and it ended selling like 8,000 copies. Before we did that, Duck Down had expressed a little bit of interest; but we wasn’t able to solidify anything. So then we ended up going on tour to Canada with Sean Price, and then Sean P came back and said; "these n***as are official, you need to f**k with them." And that kind of renewed the channels that had already been opened before; and this time we was just able to get it done. CrackSpace.com: How was your reception up in Canada? Jaysaun: It was good. It’s always going to be a little better outside of the states. But the reception was good man. Slain: Somebody actually got stabbed at one of our shows. Jaysaun: Yeah, some kid got stabbed at one of the shows; and the police actually came to our room. Because [they] couldn’t believe that a bunch of US rappers, that were up there doing a show, didn’t have anything to do with it. But other than that, everything was good. We did about like five shows, and we was rocking with Sean P every night. So the vibe was definitely going on. CrackSpace.com: Why don’t you think a lot of MC’s from Boston haven’t been able to successfully hit the mainstream? Jaysaun: Boston is a hard city. Don’t nothing come to anybody from Boston easy; know what I’m saying. It’s not place where [you] can just get on. That might happen in other people’s fairy-tale world. But in Boston, you got to put in time and work. You have to suffer, and go through the trials and tribulations. That’s what happens when you’re from up there, and it’s a difficult process. A lot of people don’t have the grind in them. There’s a lot of MC’s I know personally, that don’t even rap no more. And back in the day they were the sh*t! But they just didn’t have the grind. Boston can beat the spirit out of you, if you’re not willing to travel and make it happen. Slain: I think as far as New York and L.A., there are so many labels; and you might be able to fall into Hip-Hop. Because there’s also a lot of venues. So if you’re doing your thing, you can easily latch onto something. Like management, promoters, or whatever. Because there’s much more resources in other cities, than there is in Boston. And that’s where some of the hate comes in. Like if you’re from [there] and you get sh*t cracking; that’s when people want to bring you down. Because [their] not getting [their] own sh*t cracking. So you really have to stick to your grind; and you really have to shake off a lot of the hate. CrackSpace.com: What can we expect to hear from your album; "Stereotypez"? Slain: There’s a lot of "boom-bap" Hip-Hop on there, conscious sh*t, and a lot of lyrics. We got some classic producers on there. From Pete Rock to DJ Premier, and some up and coming dudes. Like Marco Polo [pronouncing it Mah-Co Polo], Jake One, and Ill Bill. We have a wide variety of subject matter, and we stick to that hard "boom-bap" production sound. CrackSpace.com: That Boston accent is thick! [Laughs] Slain: Yeah man, that’s part of my style too. Man, it’s like that with the rhymes too. And it’s only from [our] area, you ain’t gonna find that nowhere else. CrackSpace.com: How did you all first come together as a group? Slain: Well Edo and Jay known each other for years. Like they recorded a couple albums before, with other dudes. And those situations didn’t work out the way they wanted them to. And I actually had Jay come in, and record something with me. I’d been working with DJ G-Squared from the Kreators, and we all came into the studio. Basically we had a good time man; and we made a banger. I mean the sh*t came out dope! Then we went through a trial period; where we was feeling each other out for a little bit. And after switching labels, and not knowing where to put [our] record out; we finally found Duck Down to call home. CrackSpace.com: How would you describe the Hip-Hop scene in Boston? Edo G: I thinks it’s flourishing right now, there’s a lot of young groups up there. From what I’m hearing and seeing; there’s a lot of people getting it in. And they’re making a lot of good products. The only thing is; they got to get out of the "mixtape world", and into the "album world." Then I think it’ll make more of an impact, internationally. CrackSpace.com: So what’s your opinion on the mixtape route? Edo G: It’s like you’re giving too much away. If you have an album coming out; then a mixtape before or after the album is good. But not like ten mixtapes before you put an album out. CrackSpace.com: Does it bother you when some people may automatically label you all as underground MC’s? Edo G: Nah, that doesn’t bother us at all. Because it is what it is, and we make Hip-Hop music. It’s about lyrics and good beats for us. We’re not competing with the majors, know what I’m saying. We’re just doing what we do. CrackSpace.com: How was the creative process during the making of this album? Was everyone pretty much on the same page? Edo G: Nah, everyone is never really on the same page. Because we all got different ideas, and different musical styles. But once you get a lot of hot beats, it makes the process that much easier. So we made sure we didn’t listen to a lot of whack stuff, and we really chose the producers well. They’d send us a batch of beats, and we would normally pick out out of those. CrackSpace.com: Even though Boston is only three hours from New York, a lot of people think Boston is behind from a Hip-Hop standpoint. Do you find that to be true? Edo G: That’s false man. With this internet, everybody is on an even playing field. So we’re right there with what’s going on in the Hip-Hop world. So yeah, I would definitely disagree with that. CrackSpace.com: Do you feel any pressure to perform well, since you’re on such a recognizable label as Duck Down? Edo G: We do what we been doing, know what I’m saying. It’s not like this is new to any of us, so it’s just a continuation of what we’ve been doing. But now we’re just elevating it onto another level. I feel some pressure just for the city of Boston. But we’re definitely going to put them on our back, and have everybody ride with us. So they can also support what we’re doing. CrackSpace.com: So how do you plan on standing out in an over saturated market? Edo G: I think just the combination of the group. Like me being a black dude from Roxbury, Jay being the mulatto cat from Dorchester, and Slain being a white Irish cat from Southie. Also DJ Jayceeoh; he’s a Jewish cat. So you just put us in a mixing pot all together. And if we had an Asian cat, then we would probably complete the world, know what I’m saying. [laughing] Special Teamz: [Laughing collectively] Edo G: So basically it’s just different styles, and different experiences. Also what we talk about, is not really being talked about in Hip-Hop right now.
By: Hot Gossip Gal The Male Superhead No guesses who is coming out with a tell all book about the chicks in the game he has messed with…..Ray J. I mean he is fighting for the top spot of the trying to stay relevant league with Deelishis. Way to go Ray…we already seen the video homie..why we gonna buy the book? Meagan Good Pregnant? Well not definite but when Thomas Jones was questioned about getting Ms Good good, on the Miss Jones morning show on Hot 97, the Jets star didn’t deny it..all he saw was ‘no comment.’ For some reason I didn’t have this couple down as a couple per say..just very good friends.
By: Rizoh Memphis rap icon Project Pat has announced the release of a new album, Walkin’ Bank Roll. Scheduled for release on October 30th, the album will be issued on Hypnotize Minds and distributed via Koch Records. Production comes mainly from Pat’s affiliates DJ Paul and Juicy J of Three-Six-Mafia. Walkin’ Bank Roll is led by the playful single “Don’t Call Me No Mo.” The music video for “Don’t Call Me No Mo,” which features Three-Six-Mafia, is expected to hit the airwave this month. Project Pat recently starred in the MTV reality show Adventures in Hollywood, alongside Juicy J. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
By: Rizoh Eminem has unleashed a new song addressing a variety of issues, including the controversial tape in which he was heard spewing some racial slurs. In 2003, The Source magazine unearthed the old Slim Shady tapes while in the middle of a publicized feud with Eminem. The untitled track, which debuted on DJ Whoo Kid’s show on Sirius Satellite Radio, finds Em rhyming, “I can do anything and apologize for it later, as long as it ain’t a racist tape from 88, then I’m straight up. That cannot be [forgave] if I drank pee for 18 years straight.” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
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