By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Little do fans know, will.i.am has already released a couple of solo albums. He dropped an underground instrumental album, “Lost Change” and an underground compilation sort of joint called “Must B 21.” Now the Black Eyed Pea is gearing up to drop his third solo album, “Songs About Girls.” Even though Will has produced for everyone from Nas and The Game to John Legend and Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg is the only guest on the album. "I didn’t want to come out and say, ‘Hey, I’m a producer and here are all my friends,’" he said. "I wanted to be my own man and do my own thing and really try out some ideas that have been bubbling in my head." The album is set to drop on September 25 with the first single “I Got It From My Mama”, now making the rounds.
By: Hot Gossip Gal A couple of people have hit me up about this, saying that Game is going to be appearing on 50′s new album Curtis when it drops in September. Now I am not too sure about this, but people are even starting to whisper that Game may be joining G Unit again. Not too sure what to say about this. How could Beyonces security fail to recognize Robin Thicke as he tried to get in the VIP area at Mansion in Miami this past weekend? They shoved my fave white boy with soul away from the Diva’s special spot ..all this after he performed with her that night. Not a good look.
By: Rizoh Pop star Akon says he’s willing to collaborate with lousy socialite Paris Hilton. Hilton, who collaborated with rappers Fat Joe and Jadakiss on her debute, is currently working on her sophomore album. Despite selling a measly 165,000 units and getting dropped from Warner Bros., the non-talented celebutante is already drawing interests from Konvict Muzik. “In my mind I was thinking now Paris Hilton is an official convict, I think I’m gonna get with her and put a record out,” says Akon. “I would definitely sign her to my label ‘cos she’s a character. You give her the cutest record, something that’s just for women, an anthem; I think it will be outta here!”
By: Rizoh It’s been two years since we last heard from Little Brother. In those two years, the group went through more transformations than most artists will go through in their entire career. Most notably, producer 9th Wonder severed ties with Little Brother, leaving the trio down to a 2-man business. Around the same time, Phonte announced that Little Brother had also parted ways with their label, Atlantic Records. The search for a new deal was immediately in place. Phonte and Big Pooh managed to put all the negative events behind them to finish recording their third full-length. The album, aptly titled The Getback, will be issued on ABB Records on September 25th. Guest features include: Darien Brockington, Lil Wayne, and Dion. Check out the tracklist below: 1.Sirens feat. Carlitta Durand 2. Can’t Win For Losing 3. Breakin My Heart feat. Lil Wayne 4. Good Clothes 5. After The Party feat. Carlitta Durand 6. ExtraHard 7. Step It Up feat. Dion 8. Two Step Blues feat. Darien Brockington 9. That Ain’t Love feat. Jozeemo 10. Dreams 11. When Everything Is New
By: Hot Gossip Gal Ok so we all know he gotta get a grip but Tameka is acting up badly. Turns out that Chilli and Ushers momma Jonetta are still good friends and when Chilli was paying Momma Usher a visit, who should roll up in all her ghetto glory but Tameka. Allegedly she went crazy that Chilli was chilling with her future mom in law. Wow not much can be said about that really..except the couple are supposed to be tying the knot on either Friday or Saturday this week. The choreographer from Diddy’s Making the Band Laurie Ann recently broke down what happened on set when Diddy threw a chair at her while filming Making the Band 12 ( is it?? ) with Wendy Williams. Once I get the audio I will post for y’all. But anyhow the other dude accused of being involved in the trouble Mike Bivins gave his side of the story where he implies it was all blown out of proportion so Laurie Anne could get her own show. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Swizz Beatz is set to do a two-song set at a “Peace on the Streets” rally this week in Camden, New Jersey, but apparently the Camden Police Department is threatening to pull its sponsorship of the rally. The Camden cops don’t like the name of Swizz’s song, “It’s Me Snitches!”, because the believe its supporting the “Stop Snitchin’” campaign in the streets. "We call for this artist to retract the position he advocates in his music and if he does not, we retract our sponsorship of this event," Camden police said in a statement. "While the Camden Police Department fully supports community efforts to stop the violence in our community, we believe that such efforts must be appropriately framed and done with responsibility." But as we all know, the Camden police have got it all twisted. The song doesn’t have any anti-snitching content and Swizz released a statement on why he uses the word “snitches” in the song. "The use of the word ‘snitches’ in the song was just an edit for radio [for the word ‘bitches’]," Swizz said in a statement The Associated Press. "If I supported violence or the ‘Stop Snitching’ campaign, I wouldn’t have agreed to be a part of the event …"
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been a couple of years since we heard from David Banner, but now he’s gearing up to drop his new album, “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” The album is set to drop on October 9 featuring appearances from Chris Brown, Jim Jones, UGK, Cool & Dre, Nitti with Akon, Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg on the first single, “Speaker.” “Everybody wants to hear the hits and I got ‘em,” Banner said. “But I wouldn’t be calling it ‘The Greatest Story’ if it also wasn’t truthful. My fans know I’m going to be telling it straight-up however I’m coming.” The last year and a half, Banner has been busy aiding the victims of Hurricane Katrina and was recently honored by the Black Caucus of Mississippi’s state legislature for his organization, Heal the Hood, for its efforts on behalf of the victims. He’ll also be joining the Rock the Bell’s tour this summer to get fans excited about the upcoming album.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Word on the street is Amanda Diva is joining Marsha Ambrosius as the other half of Floetry. The MC will be replacing Natalie Stewart. Hmmm wonder if Nat was annoyed that Dr Dre picked up Marsha and ignored her. This should be an interesting combo if it is true. Diva has been promoting her rapping skills pretty heavy lately, perhaps this is why.
By: Rizoh This may come as a surprise to backpackers: Saigon picked Young Jeezy as one of his favorite MCs in a recent MTV interview. The interview was part of a new debate and bid to compile a list of the hottest MCs. Saigon, who once dissed ‘drug rappers,’ was asked whether he was contradicting himself by picking Jeezy—a well known trapper. “I think he did it. But if you gonna blame him for doing it you gotta blame everybody,” said Saigon, “because there’s dudes that built their careers from hustling.” Jay-Z comes to mind. “If you tell them to shut that down, they don’t have nothing else to talk about cause that’s pretty much all they know. Sometimes I think it can be a little bit less, not as forced down people’s throats.” Sai explained that another reason he digs Jeezy is because of his originality. “He came in his own lane and brought his sound. He made that ad lib thing really popular and now you see everybody’s doing it. Jim Jones is doing it. Uncle Murder does it all out.” …and those ad libs, yeaaaah, those ad libs are everything. “His adlibs mean more than the actual main tracks. That’s what really catches you, like, daaamn…Alright and I see a lot of people (meaning Jim Jones and Uncle Murder) bit his swagger and took that shit and ran with it.” He went on to say that Jeezy’s marketing game is top notch. “He’s very innovative and he knows how to make great records.”
By: Rizoh Now that he’s made a killing from the first “Trapped in the Closet” series, R. Kelly is motivated to drop a new round of the short film. Expect 10 new installments from Kells to hit shelves on Aug. 21 in DVD format. In the new series of “Trapped in the Closet,” Kelly depicts a pot-bellied old man named Randolph and a gray wig-wearing preacher, among other characters. The Independent Film Channel is teaming up with Jive to air the original 12 episodes of “Trapped” in the weeks leading up to the release of the new DVD. They’ll also make all 22 “Trapped” shorts available for streaming on its website. Expect to see more midgets with intestinal problems in the new series.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Ok so now we have seen all three Destiny members hit the deck while performing. Here is the current Queen of R&B taking her fall but gotta give it up to her..she recovered and delivered as usual. Maybe her Momma needs to make a few adjustments to her wardrobe.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Nick Cannon is a jack of all trades. He’s an actor, rapper, comedian, producer and now he’s trying to be the next Diddy. Cannon has announced his new show on TurboNick called “Nick Cannon’s Star Camp.” Produced by Cannon, Quincy Jones and QD3, the show follows an eight-member group named The Giggle Club as they try to break through to the mainstream. "We do everything from media training to physical training, to showing them how to write songs and prepare themselves for auditions," Cannon told Marilyn Beck & Stacey Jenel Smith. "We’re putting out an album and putting them on the road as well. Right now we’re putting a Star Camp record label together for everybody involved." Meanwhile, Cannon just wrapped up a new film called “American Son,” a drama that follows a marine as prepares to deploy in 100 hours. The movie, which also has a Cannon nude scene, should drop sometime next year.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Big Boi is currently making big moves. He’s out promoting his new film, “Who’s Your Caddy,” which opens on Friday and he also hosted his Big Kidz Foundations second annual fundraiser last night. He’s raising funds to help build state-of-the-art playgrounds in under-served communities around at Atlanta. “I just want to build places where parents can spend more time with their kids,” Big Boi told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Really nice playgrounds with wireless services and libraries and everything; where everybody can get something out of it. There isn’t a lot of things mom and dad and the kids want to go to.” He also mentioned music plans for the next year. Despite not seeing much success with the “Idlewild” soundtrack and Andre 3000’s “Class of 3000” soundtrack being ignored, the duo isn’t retiring anytime soon. “There are some big things about to happen with OutKast,” Big Boi said. “Dre’s been in the studio rapping like crazy, laying some of the most incredible ish I’ve heard him put down — ever. I’ve got my solo album down to like 15 songs. … So with our solo albums and a new OutKast album, and one other cat I can’t let out of the bag just yet, it’s about to be ridiculous!”
By: Hot Gossip Gal What is Russ doing writing letters to the sponsors of Michel Vicks telling them to consider their involvements with the NFL player. Okm for those of you who don’t know what has been going on I am going to give you the run down….quick time…Vick has been indicted by federal jury for his alleged involvement in a dog fighting ring…he has yet to be found guilty…but he is affiliated with a place in Virginia that breeds pits and had all the gadgets associated with dog fighting and breeding…now in comes the HHSAN front man, Russell Simmons reaching out to all those who sponsor Vick asking them to drop the Atlanta Hawks player…WTF??? Since he and Kimora broke up this dude has been slowly losing his goddamn mind, since when was he designated to play the role of God. Give me a break. Get a grip Russ, you starting to look a fool for real.
By: Starrene Rhett Mario captured hearts, young and old, as the cute 16-year-old kid crooning, “you got what I need” and ever since then, we all noticed. Now, four years older, with more facial hair, and double the sex appeal, he’s back and ready to release his third album, Go, in August. Having made his acting debut in Freedom Writers, and ready to capture more hearts with his more evolved, mature sound, his star is just beginning to rise. It seems as though things are starting to fall into place and he’s got his on take on why we love him. Hiphopcrack: Your new album, Go is coming out this summer. What can people expect? Mario: I got a lot of different producers that I worked with on the project. A lot of the album is definitely more aggressive than my last album – more up-tempo records on this album, but the slow records that I do have feel like up-tempo records so when you’re listening to them, you’re not being bored or drowned out by slow music or whatever…the first single is called “How Do I Breathe.” It’s a mid-tempo record, but I’d say it’s an intro type of record because it’s not like anything else on the album. It only grows from there. Hiphopcrack: Did you work with Ne-Yo on this album? Mario: I did. I worked with Ne-Yo on a song called “What’s it Gonna Be” on this project. We’re still panning out songs on what we’re going to keep and what we’re not going to keep so this song may or may not make it but as of right now it’s on my album and it’s called “What is it Gonna Be.” It’s a lot different from “Let me Love You.” It’s a more up-tempo record and it has a harder beat. He’s a very versatile writer so when we get together we always do something different. We did about three records but only one is making it. Hiphopcrack: What other producers do you have on there? Mario: Scott Storch, Dre and Vidal, Pharell, Timbaland, Nightridaz, which is my production company, we got three joints on my album; Akon and the Stargate — who have the first single. Hiphopcrack: How old are you if you don’t mind me asking? Mario: I’m 20. Hiphopcrack: Ok, you’re 20 now. How does it feel to have matured from being a teen singer to an adult? Mario: Some people still look at me like the little Mario until they meet me and they talk to me and realize that I have grown and there’s a difference. But for me, it’s natural. I don’t realize how young I am until somebody says, “Oh, he’s only 20.” I’m doing my thing; I have a lot of responsibilities so I don’t feel like that young Mario anymore – personal and business, so it’s been natural growth for me. Hiphopcrack: Speaking of growth, don’t you have a beard now? Mario: [laughs] Sometimes I keep it on, sometimes I cut it off but as of right now, I got it off. Hiphopcrack: How does the new album reflect your growth from when you first came out? Mario: Wow…vocally, it does just what I’m talking about — The conviction, how I’m saying it, the swagger on the record – I would definitely say the look of the album, when you see the pictures, there’s a lot of growth there and confidence. I think all of that has to do with the other. So that’s definitely what I’m talking about; the songs and how I express them on the album…how they feel more than anything. It feels more mature, it feels sexier, it feels more confident. Hiphopcrack: We know that in the industry that women feel a certain pressure to be thin or to look a certain way but I’ve noticed lately with other singers in the game that it’s been more about being able to dance and poplocking, but you’re more of a hardcore singer, so do you ever feel pressure to be up on stage dancing more than anything? Mario: I do, but it has to be controlled. When it comes to choreography, that’s when we get ready for it and I do it, but I was a singer first. I was a singer before I was a dancer. When I go to the club, I definitely dance but I feel the pressure. I don’t feel like when you listen to my music, that’s what you see or hear, I feel like I can do it if I want to but I don’t have to. But of course when you do a show, you have to add the dancing and the choreography but that’s not what makes me. Hiphopcrack: So, what does make you unique from the other dudes out there? Mario: I think it has a lot to do with the songs and the concept of the record. Hiphopcrack: Do you also write? Mario: Yep. I wrote four songs on this album. Hiphopcrack: Cool. How did you come up with the track “How Do I Breathe,” you mentioned it a little bit earlier? Mario: “How do I Breathe” came about with me and Stargate, producers from over seas who are here now. They work with pretty much everybody now. When you hear the record, it feels sort of like “Let Me Love You,” but I’d definitely say it’s more mature and the conviction is different. The track is a little more up beat and it’s fresher. When we did the record it was pretty much just me, being in my vulnerable state talking about a situation where…I had a girl at the time and we were going in between being together and out of a relationship and so on so it was like “”How can I breathe without you by my side?” “How can I see when your love brought me to the light?” It’ one of them vulnerable joints but other songs on the album are more aggressive like “Go.” It’s definitely an aggressive club joint where I’m talking to a girl about taking her home. There are definitely different personalities on this album. Hiphopcrack: So what’s your situation like with the ladies right now? Mario: It’s lovely [laughs]. I’m meeting a lot of different young ladies – Hiphopcrack: Young and old, I bet. Mario: [laughs] Both. It’s interesting. It’s really cool, man, It’s fun, but at the same time, it’s more about working right now, I’m very busy right now it’s very hard to meet one person when I’m going around meeting all these different people. I gotta keep my options open. Hiphopcrack: Speaking of you being busy, you’ve transitioned into being an actor, so do you have any new acting projects on the horizon or is it just about music right now? Mario: Actually, the DVD for “Freedom Writers” is out but I’m reading a lot of different scripts right now. A lot of different scripts are in the works. We have about 5 different scripts that I’m reading for, however, I don’t know what’s gonna come out of that so right now, I’m just looking to shoot my next film after the summer and see what comes out of it. Hiphopcrack: Would you say you’re more passionate about music? Mario: Absolutely. Hiphopcrack: Speaking of your passion, for music, what do you expect your impact to be as an artist as far as your singing and your style – Mario: Setting the bar, bringing out classic music. I think artists have been doing that but we’ve just been pushing a little further, and we’re going to set the bar and create my lane. Hiphopcrack: That was my last question but do you have anything you want to add? Mario: The album comes out in August. The first single is called “How Do I Breathe,” it’s hittin’ your radio stations right now so you can call and request it. It’s about to go down.
iHipHop Blog Team