By: Hot Gossip Gal Check out Superhead STILL shouting out Weezy on her video diary. Not only is she going to have Weezy’s so called girl..the Destiny’s Child reject after her, but also Trina now. This chick annoys the hell out of me so I hope Trina does beat her down on South Beach. Still trying to figure out what these chicks actually see in Lil Wayne to be honest but he obviously got something going on. He might just be one of the last dudes in the game to have not hit it when it comes to SuperHead though.
By: Hot Gossip Gal I mean for real what is that about? The two share a crib in New Jersey and not only that, looks like Hove got a lil mad with the Chiefs running back for starring in Fantasia’s recent video. Hmm I mean well yeah that isn’t really the job for a multi million dollar football player is it..but then neither is sharing a crib with your boy.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno You would think in 2007, if you’re multi-platinum selling artist you would at least know how to get on the internet and promote yourself or see what people are saying about you. Not T.I. He’s in the midst of promoting his new album, “T.I. vs. Tip” and in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he admits he has no idea he has the internet going nuts, he doesn’t own an iPod, and doesn’t know how to download music. "I work in the studio with computers, but like Internet surfing and all of that stuff? Nah,” T.I. told the paper. “I have somebody pull up my MySpace account for me so I can see what’s going on and write back to people." He also said that he doesn’t care what kind of influence hip-hop has on his kids and that there should be no efforts to clean up hip-hop on the radio or on television. “It all starts at home. That’s where values are instilled. That’s where standards are taught. I’m a father of five kids who watch BET and all kinds of videos," he said. "They like 50 [Cent]. They like Lil’ Wayne… And I don’t care how impressionable they are, they know whatever the radio or music or whoever says, if they do a certain thing or repeat a certain thing, they’re not going to have to deal with 50. They’re going to have to deal with Daddy."
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Producer extraordinaire Madlib is known for providing banging beats for the likes the Alkaholiks, Loot Pack, De La Soul, Aceyalone and collaboration projects with MF Doom as Mad Villain, J Dilla as Jaylib, and more recently Talib Kweli for the “Liberation” album. But every now and then, Madlib leaves the hip-hop space to get a bit more creative and creates his own bands. His project, Yesterday’s New Quintet featured five band members, that were all actually Madlib himself. Each band member released a solo album but now Madlib is taking it even further. The new Yesterdays New Quintet album, “Yesterdays Universe,” features 10 new groups and 15 new tracks. Of course, it’s easy to speculate that all of these groups were created by Madlib as the entire album was produced by him. The album features both cover songs as well as originals by groups and musicians you never heard except in Madlib’s world. Here’s the tracklisiting: 01. Otis Jackson Jr Trio – Bitches Brew (M. Davis) 02. The Jahari Massamba Unit featuring Karriem Riggins Trio – Umoja (Unity) 03. Young Jazz Rebels – Slave Riot (D. Smith) 04. The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble – One for the Monica Lingas Band 05. Kamala Walker and The Soul Tribe – Street Talkin’ 06. The Jazzistics – Marcus, Martin & Malcolm 07. Suntouch – Two for Strata East 08. Sound Directions – She’s Gonna Stay 09. The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble – Cold Nights And Rainy Days 10. Otis Jackson Jr Trio – Free Son 11. Jackson Conti – Barumba (L.Eca, Bebeto) 12. Ahmad Miller – Sunny C (California) 13. The Eddie Prince Fusion Band – Mtume’s Song 14. Yesterday’s Universe All Stars – Vibes from the Tribes Suite (For Phil) 15. Jackson Conti – Upa Neguinho
By: Rizoh From big money to bankruptcy, Suge Knight has been jumping through plastic hoops of fire lately, but he still has more to worry about. As part of his financial overhaul under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Suge has placed his 8300 sq ft mansion on the market for a handsome $6.2 million. The 7-bedroom home, built in 2000, is mounted on a 6.79-acre lot in the hills above the Pacific Ocean. The mansion sits above two beaches, and comes equipped with a pool and tennis courts. Sale of the home is subject to Bankruptcy Court approval. In April 2006, Suge Knight sought bankruptcy to protect himself and his label, Death Row Records. It’s hard out here for a broke hip-hop producer after all.
By: Starrene Rhett A-Plus is at the top of his game. As a seasoned vet with experience in the Hieroglyphics and Souls of Mischief crews, he has now stepped out on his own after more than 10 years in the game. He has grown up, matured, and as a solo artist and business man, he shows off his skills as Producer/Rapper/CEO-Extraordinaire, with his latest endeavor, My Last Good Deed (Hiero Imperium Records). Although major label deals are a thing of the past for A-Plus, he says he’s just fine. Being independent works for him, and that’s what he’s sticking to. With alternative methods of promoting him self and an already loyal fan base, he’s not worried about sinking in the ever-changing Hip-Hop tide. However, he does have a bone to pick with people who illegally download music, as well as some great advice for other veterans trying to get back in the game. Check him out… Hiphopcrack: Don’t hate me for this but do people ever confuse you with A Plus from Hempstead (NY)? A-Plus: Every now and then somebody confuses me with him [laughs]. Hiphopcrack: Why did it take so long for your first solo album to come out? A-Plus: Because I wasn’t really focused on making the solo album. I’m a part of Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics so I put most of my energy into making making the Hiero albums and stuff. And, I hadn’t really thought about making a solo album until Tajai made one and then Opio said he was trying to work on one, so I figured it was time for me to work on one as well. Hiphopcrack: The title of your album, “My Last Good Deed,” was inspired by a conversation you had with your dad. Can you elaborate on that? A-Plus: We were just talking; we talk all the time. My dad was giving advice and we were just talking about random stuff like work and relationships, and I can’t remember exactly what we were talking about specifically because that was a while ago, but I remember his answer to me on something included the phrase, “make that your last good deed,” and I thought that was dope. So, I was like, yeah, I’m going to call my album that. Hiphopcrack: What can people expect from the album. Did you deviate from your sound with Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics? A-Plus: I wouldn’t say I deviate, really. One thing about Hieroglyphics is that from album to album, none of them really sounded like the last album but they had a sound that was kind of…it’s our sound basically. After hella years, there’s kind of a way to tell our music. And I didn’t deviate from the normal way I make music. The difference is, I didn’t work with anybody but myself on the album, so it was all my decision making as far as the beats and the subject matter and the topics. I do a lot of production for Hiero anyway, so it’s still going to be familiar to anybody who’s familiar with Hiero. Hiphopcrack: Being that you have your own record label and you’re an artist — not just a normal artist, but one who raps and produces how is it balancing being a business man and an artist? A-Plus: It used to be kind of difficult when we first started the record label about 10 years ago, but I got used to it over the years. It’s my regular job now, to be able to do all that stuff. I have to admit it took some getting used to in the beginning, but I’ve acclimated well to the situation. I can take care of all my responsibilities without much of a problem. Hiphopcrack: What are some of the benefits of running your own operation? A-Plus: The first two benefits, the classic benefits are obviously being in control — creative control and monetary control [of more money] — those are the two best things; to be able to control everything creatively and to make a good living and be in control of myself as opposed to waiting on somebody’s opinion, and letting them see how much I work and taking my check. Everything is up to me and it’s a good feeling. I’m not having my life in anybody else’s hands; especially from some record company with some cat that doesn’t really care what happens but just wants me to make some pop music so that I can make him rich, so his child can have a limo on his way to grade school, f – - k that. Hiphopcrack: Where’s your place in the industry as a veteran with the direction of Hip-Hop being so different now, and the sound so different? How do you make yourself still relevant? A-Plus: It would be a lot harder than it is if we hadn’t established a fan base before we left the major labels. But, with that fan base, we’re able to survive regardless of what’s going on in the Hip-Hop culture. What’s going on now, like with top 40 R & B or you know…I don’t really have a problem with any other forms of Hip-Hop but if we had to rely on visual exposure from the Hip-Hop TV shows and channels like MTV and VH1, then we wouldn’t be around at all because it costs bread to do that, and they’re only looking for a certain sound. It’s like a part of the whole system of media and radio and TV. That’s why it takes a billion dollar company to get an artist some airplay. If we had to rely on that, then we probably wouldn’t be around, but either way, it doesn’t matter to me; it’s a good thing if I do get on TV but it doesn’t matter because my fans ain’t checkin’ for me on TV… Hiphopcrack: …You’ve been doing a lot of touring anyway, right? A-Plus: Yep; touring and we were the first group with a Hip-Hop website back in ’95 with the dot com explosion. That kind of helped us once we were fresh out of our deals with majors, and alternative forms of promoting ourselves kind of kept us in the game. Our fans are there regardless of whether we’re getting exposure or not. That’s why, if somebody only relies on Hip-Hop magazines and the radio to know what’s going on in Hip-Hop, they might ask what have I been doing for the last 10 years, because they might not have any clue. But I’m probably selling more records than your favorite dude and making more money off of it too, but I wouldn’t wanna say nothing like that [laughs]. Hiphopcrack: This is an obvious question, but how is it different with the creative process working solo as opposed to working with a collective? A-Plus: I had to get into the process because I’ve had a group mentality ever since the beginning. With the first Souls album, I was always doing a lot and relying on other people’s ideas to see what we’re doing, that was the only difference with my album. First of all, I wasn’t used to rapping that much, I usually would spit no more than a 16 on a song when it was my part. But this time, I got to do a lot more rapping and I was the rapper in the studio by myself a lot. It’s not the same as building with the other souls, making something, so I kind of had to get used to the idea of “this is your shit.” But I used to talk to my friends because I have group mentality bad and I leaned on my family and friends for advice to get out of that but once I got into the process, it was easy. Hiphopcrack: If you had to chose between production and rapping, you only get one, which one would you chose and why? A-Plus: Production. After these years have gone by, I enjoy the process of production. It’s almost therapy for me. When I sit in my little studio room, I could do it all night. I don’t need anybody there. It’s just fun to hear something that you created. Even though I started rapping first, I kind of [really] got into production. I enjoy it a lot more. Also, it’s timeless and faceless. I can be a producer forever. If you’re an emcee, there are certain times when visually, you might have to let it go; like, you might be too old to move around stage with as much vibrancy as before — not to say that an older emcee can’t do that, I’m just saying there are some things that you have to start thinking about, and also, I’ma keep it real, if you start looking old, people start calling you old. Luckily, we got in the game real early and, even for how old we are, people always say we look younger. That’s just because we’re fortunate, but you see some rappers start getting a fat neck. They’re eating all good and pushing on 40; that ain’t really appealing to a young dude, he’ll say, “That’s an old rapper, I bet he doing some old school shit,” but that’s not going to happen with you in production. People don’t have to know what you look like. You don’t have to be out in the spotlight but you still get paid and still develop notoriety. Hiphopcrack: Here’s a random question for you: What was the last good deed you did? A-Plus: Let me think…that’s a strange question…the last good deed I did was leaving my neighbor my keys because she was moving out and she might not have been able to fit everything into her new apartment, and she needed more time to figure out what she was going to do with the stuff, and she didn’t seem to have it (time), so I left my keys and made some space in the living room and said, “You can put stuff here until you figure it out , by that time, I’ll be home and I can help you figure it out. That way you don’t lose anything.” I thought that was pretty nice. She was pretty foine too. Hiphopcrack: What advice would you give to another person who has been in the industry for a while, but might be trying to figure out how they’re going to get back in? A-Plus: I would tell them first and foremost, they need to have a lot of material and they can’t make material at the old school pace these new kids out here are making music fast. Anybody can make stuff if you got a digital recorder and a microphone. If someone who is garbage as sh – t, is putting out a mixtape every two weeks, and you’re putting out one or taking two years to finish your album and can make one mixtape every three months, then you’re probably not going to get the shine you’re looking for. I would also say be prolific as you possibly can and make sure you have more stuff, and that you’re not dated because none of the new kids are going to check for you if you sound like the same sh – t you were doing seven years ago, or however long. And, use your stripes to your advantage. Use the fact that you’ve been around the block to make an impression with whatever you put out, not to the point where you be the old school jaded rapper who’s mad at everybody new, but walk around like you got stripes and hop on the mic like you an OG, people feel that. But I was saying you gotta be extra prolific to make a dent in the market these days, especially with the mixtape explosion and myspace. Anybody and their mama feels like they can be an artist, and there’s a lot more competition out there — I’m not saying talent-wise, I’m saying quantity-wise — a lot more than any old school head was facing about seven years ago. They gotta be quicker and sharper than these young dudes because they’re out to get it for real. That would be the little bit of advice I would give them. Hiphopcrack: Is there anything you want to add? A-Plus: Yea. Let me add something for all those cats out there that think it’s cool to download everybody’s sh-t. If you really down with Hip-Hop — people try to say they’re down with real Hip-Hop, trying to make all these distinctions and sh-t, but you can’t really be down with Hip-Hop if you downloading everything. It makes it harder for people doing alternative stuff, that’s not being pumped with millions of dollars through the normal stations and channels, that majors are using; they take a hit too, but underground and smaller companies, like mine, and other people I know, take bigger hits when people are downloading the sh-t off the internet. That sh-t is foul and you not representing Hip-Hop when you do that shit. You’re just a sucker if your do that sh-t. I swear if you’re a fan of mine and you come to me and say you downloaded my album, I’m going to punch you in the mouth. People talk a lot of sh-t on the internet and like to be antagonistic and hide behind the keyboard, but if you really want to be a real boss, download my album off the internet, come to my face at my show and tell me you did it, and I’ll make you famous by punching you in the mouth. That’s all I got to say about that. And, go buy my album, My Last Good Deed. I wanna shout out my mama, my mama reads all of my interviews, and I want to shout out my son, his birthday is coming up, and that’s pretty much it, one love to my click Hieroglyphics.
By: Hot Gossip Gal It went down in Atl over the weekend between TI and Chaka Zulu (Luda’s manager and bizz partner) The two threw punches but we are assured that it was deaded right then and there…YEAH RIGHT. This all stemming from Tip running his mouth about not winning the Grammy. It had to happen at some point but at a charity event hosted by Kevin Liles??
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Alicia Keys is really getting into this movie-making thing. Her production company, Big Pita, Little Pita Prodcutions just announced that they acquired the script for “Catfish” by Chrissa Waugh. The film is based on a true story about a strong-willed black woman who stands up to a powerful corporation whose greed devastates her small Mississippi hometown. She spearheads the biggest strike in U.S. history. "When we created Big Pita, Little Pita we envisioned it as a place to champion voices you don’t hear every day," Keys told Variety. "Charisse has written a deeply moving script." There’s no word on when production will begin or if Keys will star in the movie herself. Fans are still waiting for a new album though, and Alicia has been teasing people with what’s going on at the studio at her blog .
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It seems like Foxy just can’t stay away from drama. According to the New York Daily News Brown was in Brooklyn at 5:30am Saturday morning with her unknown boyfriend when she found out that he was a pimp. After returning from a party, she tried to break it off with him after finding out the information, but he called up three of his girls, who jumped Foxy on the spot. "They beat her bad,” a source told the Daily News. “They ripped out her hair weave. Her hair was a mess – and that seems to be what she cared about most." They also ripped out hear hearing aid and stole her handbag and $500. Foxy went to the police station and filed a complaint. She rolled through the neighborhood with police and pointed out one of the street walkers that jumped. Roshawn Anthony, 23, was arrested and charged with assault.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Seriously looks like The Baddest Bi*tch is ready to get her man back..although Lil Wayne is supposed to be running around with Destiny’s Child reject, Farrah Franklin, who has a look of Trina anyway.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Word on South Beach is DJ Khaled is up and ready for battle against Buck since the diss track broke. Amazing how selling a few albums in your first week (yeah Khaled did pretty well first week out) can encourage a man to beat on his chest. Anyhow my spy says the DJ is nothappy with the way in which Buck has gone at him over his so called refusal to play his records and is quite happy for Buck to ‘bring it on.’ Hasn’t it already been ‘brung’ though?
By: Rizoh All three members of Salt-N-Pepa—Chery “Salt” James, Sandra “Pepa” Denton and Deidre “Dee Dee” Roper—wil reunite for a 10-part reality series, titled “The Salt ‘N’ Pepa Show.” VH-1, which seems to be leading MTV in hip-hop coverage these days, will follow the group around as they work towards a comeback. Salt-N-Pepa is best remembered for their oft-sampled hit song “Push It,” which helped the trio sell millions of records. They were also the first female rap group to win a Grammy Award for “Best Rap Performance” in 1994 with the song “None of Your Business.” Hopefully, the show will help them re-establish an audience.
By: Rizoh Actor and comedian Damon Wayans has offered an explanation for storming out of a sold-out comedy show in El Paso, TX. Wayans blamed the incident on racism. “I apologize to my fans and friends for the el paso incident,” said Wayans on his myspace blog. “I had great shows, standing ovations, and I felt the love for the people. However the owner of the club was being a racist … and HOMIE DON’T PLAY THAT!” In a myspace rebuttal titled “Damon Wayans and the Death of Professionalism”, the club owner Bart Reed alleged that Wayans crashed the club in tow with three groupies who demanded VIP treatment. “Normally I would have no problem with this, but the show was SOLD OUT!,” explained Reed. “Wayans was demanding that we displace paying customers and provide his groupies a prime table. As a club owner my obligation is to my paying customers, I told him I would seat those that paid $37.50 to see him then I would arrange some seats for his guests. There was no screaming, no yelling this was just common sense and I had believed the matter resolved. Five minutes later he proclaimed "I’m out". We practically begged him to reconsider… at which point he made threats about what he would do to my reputation and walked out on a full house.” Sounds like the usual celebrity ego problem to me.
By: Hot Gossip Gal That rumor just never seems to die…you think it has been deaded but just as you ready to relax on the weekend you hear that Curtis is actually caught up in the Princess of Crunk. The two have definitely got up close and personal in the video for Can’t Leave them Alone off Ciara’s album but word is there is a lot more to this couple than what we know.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno When Usher is recording a new album, he likes to isolate himself from the world as far as music is concerned. Apparently the singer doesn’t listen to the radio and mostly listens to preachers nowadays. But he knows what’s getting the most play nowadays. "I really don’t listen to the radio that much, but I’m guessing ‘Party Like a Rockstar’,” he told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “To tell you the truth, I listen to more inspirational speeches than anything. Bishop Eddie Long and T.D. Jakes. Because if you listen to other artists too much you may start to sound like them. So I listen to inspirational things mostly so I can develop as a man, and then hopefully an artist." Usher’s album isn’t due until November, but in the meantime, Usher along with R. Kelly are promoting their new single together, “Same Girl”. The video for the song launched this week and you can peep it HERE:
iHipHop Blog Team