By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The VH1 Hip-Hop Honors Tour is set to take off in a couple of with The Roots headlining and MC Lyte and Big Daddy Kane joining in the fun. But ?uestlove said that fans shouldn’t expect to hear their favorite Roots songs at the show. "This is a hip-hop celebration," ?uestlove told Billboard.com. "I’m going to take the biggest risk I’ve ever taken on any tour. I’m going to make this a Roots song-free tour. We’re going to rely on the classics that our guests are giving us, and we’re also going to cover some classic material and do some new routines that we’ve never done before. A Roots show isn’t really a Roots show unless half the audience walks away shocked like, ‘Oh (expletive), I wasn’t expecting that.’ So the onus is, how do you rock a two-and-a-half-hour show and not rely on one of your songs?" If you’ve been to a Roots show before, you’re familiar with the part of the set called “Hip-Hop 101”, where the band takes the audience through the hip-hop classics. ?uest said the show will be similar to that, with Kane, Lyte, Black Thought and other special guests rocking the mic. The Roots are also finishing up their new album, “Rising Down,” for an April 29, 2008 release date.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno With Fashion Week ruling New York next week, Conde Nast Media Group announced the biggest event of the week will be its Fashion Rocks! Celebration. The event will be hosted by Jeremy Piven with performances from 50 Cent, mary J Blige, Usher, Ludacris, Fergie, Alicia Keys and others. There will also be appearances from Diddy, Tyra Banks, Kimora Lee Simmons, Tommy Hilfiger, Jessica Alba and other celebs. If you can’t make it out to New York for the event, you can catch on television the day after, September 7 on CBS from 9pm to 11pm EST.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah we knew they couldn’t stay out of the spotlight for too long. Usher and Tameka made a public appearance at the opening of Jermain Dupri’s Studio 72 in ATL the other night. Tameka looking more like a man every day and Usher quick to point out the bump…the couple are supposed to be having YET ANOTHER wedding in ATL this weekend. I guess this is there way of getting the cameras back on them again.
By: Rizoh An India-based company has sued pop producer Timbaland and rapper The Game for copyright infringement. Saragama India, which seeks an unspecified amount in compensation, claims that Timbaland and co-producer Danjahandz sampled one of their records for Game’s “Put You on the Game.” The suit also names Game’s company Aftermath/Interscope, as well as Timbaland’s Virginia Beach Music as defendants. “Put You on the Game” appeared on Game’s 2005 debut The Documentary.
By: Rizoh 50 Cent and Kanye West are the latest victims of album leaks. A clean version of West’s highly-anticipated third album, Graduation, somehow found itself all over the Internet yesterday. Kanye is not alone in his plight though. 50’s much-buzzed about third entry, Curtis, also wound up on the ‘net the same day. Both albums are slated to hit shelves on September 11. If you’ve been paying attention to the media for the past few weeks, you’ve probably heard enough about the so-called rivalry between 50 and Kanye by now. 50 has sworn to stop rapping if Graduation outsells Curtis the first week.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Damn imagine sporting that rock on your finger…this diamond found earlier this week is here pictured beside a cell phone and is expected to sell for about $30 million dollars…wonder if the reason it hasn’t been overly publicized is because it is a conflict diamond…makes you wonder..normally the media has a field day with finds like this… Doesn’t He Look Suspect to You? Turns out Def Jam poster boy Neyo has upset Britney Spears and her camp after writing songs for the troubled singer only then to go and give them to Nichole S (Can’t spell her last name today sorry) from the Pussycat Dolls…but anyway I have always tried to ignore the rumors about Neyo and his ‘preferences’ but these pics are making me doubt a little .
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno MTV finally announced all the participating rappers and celebs for its new show Celebrity Rap Superstars, where well-known rap stars will help a wide array of celebs try to master the art of emceeing. The show will premiere live tonight and feature Redman, Bizarre, Too Short, Bubba Sparxx, Kurupt, Jamal Anderson (former NFL running back), Jason Wahler (of the The Hills), Efren Ramirez (Pedro of “Napoleon Dynamite”) and DMC (of Run-DMC). The previously announced participants include Perez Hilton (of gossip site perezhilton.com), Tone Loc, Warren G, McLyte, Da Brat, Shar Jackson (K-Fed’s ex-lady), Kendra Wilkinson (of reality show “The Girls Next Door”), Sebastian Bach (of metal band Skid Row), Countess Vaughn (of “Moesha” and “The Parkers”) and Kevin Hart (Greg on “All of Us”). The show will last eight weeks and every week the contestants will perform covers of rap hits, write and perform their own rhymes and compete in freestyle competitions in front of a panel of judges and live audience. After each week’s performance the audience will vote for their favorite performance, and the celeb with the least amount of votes will be eliminated. The celeb emcee left standing will come out on top as a Celebrity Rap Superstar.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Earlier this year Beyonce re-released her album “B-Day” as a deluxe edition that featured Spanish remixes of her hits as well as a couple of new songs that included the smash “Beautiful Liar,” with Shakira. It was an obvious ploy to get the Latino folks to check her out, and it seems to have worked. Beyonce was recently awarded the International Album of the Year by Mexico’s Oye! Awards; which is the equivalent of the U.S.’s Grammys. Speaking of the Grammy’s Beyonce was also nominated for “Record of the Year” by the Latin Grammy’s for her song “Beautiful Liar,” with Shakira. She’s going up against Latin stars Paulina Rubio, Juan Luis Guerra, and Ricky Martin. The 8th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will go down on Novemeber 8 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas
By: Hot Gossip Gal What do you think people? She is looking pretty hot and I am digging the hair cut. Turns out 50 and Jim Jones think she is the hottest chick in the game right now. Funny that those two are mentioned in the same sentence…is Jimmy thinking about going over to G Unit after all…wouldn’t that be something?
By: Rizoh Lil Wayne has been slapped with a $1 million lawsuit by a woman who claims she was injured at one of his concerts. The 17-year woman, Tyrique Layne, says she was trampled by a crowd after Wayne or members of his entourage threw huge wads of cash into the air during a concert in 2006. According to the suit, Layne spent a night in the hospital and suffered headaches, back pain, neck pain, memory loss, fatigue, among other things. The suit also names Wayne’s label Cash Money Records, as well as parent company Universal Records. Who knew making it rain could be so expensive?
By: Rizoh It’s hard out here for a jailbird. Some of Foxy Brown’s ex-inmates are dishing that jail has taken a toll on the pregnant hip-hop diva. Reading the Bible, eating Ramen noodles, and fretting over her weave have become some of ill na na’s pastimes in jail, according to ex-inmates. One of them told the New York Daily News that Foxy was once heard screaming: “I want commissary! I want potato chips!” down her hallway. Foxy Brown was thrown behind bars last Wednesday by Manhattan Criminal Court Judge for violating probation from a 2006 assault conviction. The violation stemmed from her recent arrest for allegedly assaulting a neighbor, in addition to a traffic citation for driving on a suspended license. The ill-tempered Foxy Brown has been forced to take her meals and recreation time in isolation for security reasons.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well what do you expect? I think Inga was hoping to be given the Paris/Nichole treatment but it hasn’t worked that way…she wont be out before her next court appearance on Sept 7th..imagine if they push that date back??? So you better get used to Rikers for now Ma..another week to go The King of the White Girls Polow Da Don. the producer has stirred up a wasps nest by comments made in a recent interview…saying ‘ White women are raised to respect and serve their men. Black Women are taught to question their men. Black women look at submission as being weak. White women look at submission as being a woman." Talk about stereotypes…
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After a few days of wondering what DMX thought of a bunch of cops raiding his Arizona crib and finding malnourished and dead dogs, guns and drugs his lawyer Murray Richman finally responded to the press. "He’s devastated," Richman said about DMX learning of the dead dogs. "My client is totally innocent of all the charges here…. well, there are no charges." Richman says that X hasn’t been to his Arizona crib in several months, but according to police, neighbors claim to have seen the rapper walking around at least three weeks ago. Richman also said that DMX was supposed to have a caretaker taking care of the dogs while he was out. Is DMX being targeted because of the Michael Vick case?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno With the news and rumors of R&B songstress Amy Winehouse getting in a drug-induced physical fight with her husband Blake Fielder-Civil and then both of them checking in to a rehab center, Civil’s father Giles Fielder-Civil is asking fans to boycott Winehouse’s album. "I think they believe they are recreational users of drugs and they are in control," Fielder-Civil told BBC radio, who believes the couple are using coke, crack and heroine. "Clearly they are addicts. [Fans should send a message] that her addiction and her behavior are not acceptable. Perhaps it is time to stop buying records. It’s a possibility, to send that message." Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, fired back at Giles saying that Amy and Blake need their support and not to be dissed in public by family members — or taking them out for a drink after coming out of rehab. "It is a horrible situation and our family and Blake‘s family are living through hell," Mitch Winehouse told BBC Radio. "We have had medical advice, but the facts are very, very simple – the day after they came out of the facility we had a meeting with the GPs, specialists in dependency issues and eating disorders. Giles and Georgette (Blake’s mother) were due to come to that meeting but they chose to go for a drink in the pub with Amy and Blake. We have two families pulling in different directions. We want our children to be safe, but we have different definitions of how we can do that." Will you boycott Amy’s album or do you careless?
By: Hot Gossip Gal Turns out Miss Good has found herself another new man…NY Jets player Thomas Jones but in a bizarre twist…lol…he was caught sharing some discreet chat with Lil Kim…at his birthday party this weekend here in NYC at Crash…Kim is really working it right now and I can’t lie she is looking pretty fly too..
iHipHop Blog Team