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.
By: Rizoh Kanye West’s upcoming third album, Graduation, will only feature two guest artists and two guest producers. Besides DJ Toomp who co-produced “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” T-Pain, Mos Def, and Coldplay’s Chris Martin are the only other collaborators on the album. “When I hear the records of my favorite bands—the Killers or Coldplay—you only hear one voice from start to finish,” ‘Ye told Reuters in a recent interview. “I want everything associated with me to be the best and push the boundary of what you think is possible. Whether it’s my music, my videos or my tour, I’m trying to be the best.” Graduation is slated for release on September 11th, 2007.
By: Rizoh Though 50 Cent claimed on “Fully Loaded Clip” that Trina cheated on Lil’ Wayne with Young Buck, the self-named Diamond Princess has no plans to strike back at the G-Unit General. She told MTV’s Mixtape Monday that “50 does what 50 does and you gotta love him for it. “There will be no 50 disses from Trina. I’m so positive. I don’t get into the negative because it takes away from my swagger, and I’m not benefiting from that. I’m not getting a check from that.” For the uninitiated, “Fully Loaded Clip” includes the line, “While Trina was telling Wayne ‘I love you, boo’ she was just running games, she told Buck that too.”
By: Hot Gossip Gal Whoo Kid and Brooklyn’s Papoose get into it about a whole load of drama here. Check out what Pap has to say about the album, Uncle Murda, his new DVD and dissing the south. Whoo Kid disses former G Unit front gal Olivia and gets into it about Harlem and Cam. If you got a bit of time to listen..this shit is pretty funny. Click here for Part One Click here for Part Two
By: Hot Gossip Gal His future wife says Mel B is of no concern to her whatsoever, but Mel was seen in LA having drinks (bottles of bubbly) and lobster with Eddy’s ex wife Nichole letting the kids get to know each other. Of course there was every gossip mag, media outlet in attendance. Case of sisters doing it for themselves? But it is kinda sad that Ed has to be dragged through the courts to pay up for his kid when the whole world is in their bizz. Looks like Mel is doing alright sipping on champagne by the pool too.
By: Rizoh If you’ve seen 50 Cent’s latest music video, “Ayo Technology (She Wants It),” then you already know that it’s chock full of scantily clad models and stripper types. What you may not know, though, is what went on behind the scenes at the video shoot. (Sorry to blow your high but it’s not exactly what you think.) One Jemma Jey who stripped down to her lingerie in the video revealed that she was surprised that 50 Cent and Justin Timberlake paid her very little attention at the shoot. She told UK’s The Sun that Timberlake spent most of his time away from the ladies, while Curtis fell asleep on set. “When I got the job I was really surprised and thrilled—I’m a big fan of them both, especially Justin,” she said in the after-shoot interview. “It was disappointing, though, because he was away from the set filming separately for a lot of the time. We saw a lot of Fifty and he was a really nice guy – until he fell asleep on us. At one point we blindfolded the guys in the video and danced around them – then realised 50 Cent was sleeping.” Maybe she expected Curtis to be all over her, since the video itself was about sexual fantasies of sorts.
By: Rizoh Akon is ready to double up on his hustle with a new release. The Konvict Muzik CEO will re-release his double platinum-selling album, Konvicted, on August 28. But don’t think Kon is about to sell you the same product twice; the re-issue gets a makeover with two new tracks—“Sorry, Blame it on Me” and “Rush.” The latter features new Konvict Muzik signee, Kardinal Offishall, and will appear in the upcoming movie Rush Hour 3. The DVD portion includes a documentary about Akon’s recent visit to the motherland—Senegal to be exact. It will also feature music videos for “Smack That” (do we really need to see that crap again?), “I Wanna Love You,” and “Don’t Matter.”
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Lil Romeo has done pretty well with the whole TV and acting career thing. He’s isn’t too shabby in the music department for the pre-teens. He’s even reppin’ on the basketball court and may make his way into the NBA. But now the son of Master P is dipping into the corporate world. The young rap star has bought Rap Snacks Inc., the maker of the Rap Snacks potato chips. Bags of Rap Snacks bear the images of cats like Romeo, Master P, and Yung Joc, with each having a unique flavor. Romeo\’s flavor is "Bar-B-Quin\’ With My Honey." Most Rap Snacks are available at 7-11 stores nationwide and will be appearing in cafeterias, convenience stores, and supermarkets soon. Romeo is currently working with his pops on the upcoming album, “Hip-Hop History”, his clothing line, Gumbo Station and a book, “Guaranteed Success for Teens.” Hmm… we wonder if one of those guarantees is being the son of a rap star?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After the announcement last weekend that Usher and his fiance’ Tameka Foster called off their wedding, speculation ran rampant within the industry if they were going to get married at all. Well according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Usher and Foster got married in the singer’s lawyer’s office in Atlanta on Friday evening. According to the report, Usher’s mother, Jonetta Patton was in attendance even though everyone thought she disapproved of the union. According to various reports, one of the problems between the couple was an elaborate pre-nuptial agreement that Patton was down with and Foster wasn’t. There’s no word if there will be an official wedding ceremony or any type of event to celebrate the union.
By: Serge Fleury The art of MC’ing isn’t rocket science, in fact the equation is quite simple: Keep hitting the people with solid material; and they’ll keep you from being tomorrow’s history lesson in their extra credit "Hip-Hop 101" college course. Many have tried, and a lot have failed in the 30+ years of this industry. But for the few that can keep up with the "supply-and-demand" mentality; the reward is well worth it. Especially for an artist that hasn’t had anything handed to them on a silver platter. In 1994, a young and hungry MC by the name of Keith Murray dropped an album called "The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World." The album would go on to sell over 500,000 copies. He then followed up with "Enigma" in 1996 which was fairly successful in its own right, but before he could truly enjoy his new found success; he was sentenced to a 33 month jail term stemming from a bar fight. While in prison, "It’s A Beautiful Thing" was released, and at the same time, a significant drop-off in his album sales were also occurring. After serving his prison term, he parted ways with Jive Records, and headed over to Def Jam Recordings. There, he would join his fellow Def Squadian Redman, as label mates. He soon dropped his fourth installment, "He’s Keith Murray" in 2004; but his situation at the super label deteriorated when he was removed due to an altercation with another employee. Now after a three year hiatus, Mr. Murray AKA, "The Lyrical Lexicon" steps back onto the scene with his latest offering, "Rap-Murr-Phobia (The Fear of Real Hip-Hop)", through Koch Records. So is this independent label really a graveyard? That’s exactly what the compound-word lyricist, lets the world know. That life truly does exists, after the major label deals are gone. CrackSpace.com: So what can we expect from your new album, Rap-Murr-Phobia (The Fear of Real Hip-Hop)? Keith Murray: Real drum-driven tracks. You can expect word play, vocabulary, and you can expect rhythmic flows. Along with verbalization and articulation. You can expect a well-rounded album, not just one or two singles, and the rest of the album his garbage. This is a "Keith Murray" album; featuring Redman, Method Man, Erick Sermon, L.O.D., and Lil Jamal. Is there any particular meaning behind the name you chose for your project? Keith Murray: Yeah, because rap is taking a beating right now; [they're] saying its the creation of society’s woes. A lot of people tried to kick me when I was down. Now I’m up, and this album is a dedication to Hip-Hop. Also for all those who know and love Hip-Hop, and Keith Murray. This album is also about how I do me in this element, and what the people love me for. I’m not trying to appeal to the masses, of those who probably won’t get it in the first place. CrackSpace.com: Do you think "lyricism" is a lost art form in today’s Hip-Hop? Keith Murray: Its forgotten because the people that are involved in Hip-Hop now, don’t know the history of it. But it has its levels, there are still a lot of dudes out there spitting. But it the end, either you perform, or you die. Which one are you going to do? CrackSpace.com: So you’re not worried about your lyricism going over the heads of the average listener? Keith Murray: I take pride in my lyrics going over n***as heads, because the mothaf**ckas that do get it, is going to root for it. I’m a thought-provoking MC, I’ll make you look in the dictionary. That’s my sh*t! I’ll make you be like; "what the f**k did that mean?" I don’t want to be just straight forward that you can total understand everything. I’m from an era where you make people think. CrackSpace.com: So how did you manage to stay focused on music with all your personal troubles and label drama? Keith Murray: I’m used to drama in my life. Both my parents passed away, I’ve been in and out of jail, my friends passed away, and they’ve also been in and out of jail. I’ve been poverty stricken, I’ve dealt with domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse. That’s just life; you take the good with the bad. How you come out of a negative situation, is what counts. CrackSpace.com: Have you took any steps to try and introduce yourself to a younger audience that might not be familiar with your work? Keith Murray: I’m not trying to go out there and stretch myself thin, I’m just dealing with the basics first. If I go out there and make some new fans, then that’s cool. But there’s a lot of mothaf**ckas that already know "Keith Murray." CrackSpace.com: So what’s been one of the major changes for you, by going from the majors to the independent circuit? Keith Murray: Well independent labels don’t have dollars to throw around, they do; but they’re tight with their sh*t. Every dollar counts, you ain’t getting no car service sitting outside for five hours, driving you around the streets, and bullsh**ting your ass off. The budgets and overhead is a lot lower, but you can make your money on the back end. Now Koch is competing with all the majors out there. Now your first week sales won’t be the same as a major label, but that’s when you grind it out and pace yourself. CrackSpace.com: What’s the biggest misconception about Keith Murray? Keith Murray: That I’m not a real nice guy. I never whipped somebody ass that didn’t deserve it. I’m a communicator; and I’m not just going out there, and not caring about people’s needs. I really do care. CrackSpace.com: Your last album was released back in 2003. Was it hard to get back in the studio and a make a full length album after a four year lay off? Keith Murray: I didn’t even listen to that f**cking album. It wasn’t hard at all, I [know] I’m nice. I [know] I got what it takes. Its just the fact that I had to go sit down and find the right words; and that’s just what I did. CrackSpace.com: So basically during that time period, what were you doing? Were you still making music? Keith Murray: I did a mixtape called "Kicking Ass pt. 1", and then I came back with "Intellectual Violence." I’d just press up like a 1,000 copies and give them away. I didn’t try to sell any of them. Keith Murray: It didn’t even feel like three winters to me. Damn; three winters went by that fast? CrackSpace.com: [laughter] Yeah, three winters sure did go by that fast. It was back in 2003 when you came out with "He’s Keith Murray", back on Def Jam. But now you’re back in the game, and we’re happy you have you. Keith Murray: Yeah, thanks man. I just had to come back in the game right way.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Flava of Love Round Three Can we take any more of this show? Well obviously we can as they are casting for series 3. Check out the contenders here FLAVOR OF LOVE CASTING. Personally not thinking Sargent Beverly will make the cut unless of course Flava Flav is hiding something from u all but with all those kids of his i Highly doubt it. Kanye Says No to Bling Kanye West is known for his out of control ego. Now he is determining what words are to be used and not used. Bling has to go according to Kanye who says the word is only used by white folks trying to act cool…what do you think?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Who knew that people took out copyright licenses on hand signs? Well, Jay-Z- didn’t and now he’s paying up for it. Former pro wrestler Diamond Dallas Page copyrighted his hand gesture called the “Diamond Cutter”, way back in the 90’s. Jay-Z used the same hand gesture, probably not knowing it was copyrighted, in most of his videos and on the cover of the “Roc La Familia” album, as well as t-shirts. Page filed a lawsuit against Jay-Z and Roc-A-Wear for copyright and trademark infringement. Both Jay-Z and Page settled the lawsuit late last month, with Jigga man handing down an unspecified amount of cash to the wrestler. Page subsequently dropped the lawsuit after Hov passed him the check. There’s no word if Jay will no longer use the hand gesture.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Awhile back, one of Osama Bin Laden’s mistresses told the media that the Al Qaeda leader was obsessed with Whitney Houston and wanted to kill Bobby Brown and make Whitney one of his wives. And even though the couple is now divorce, apparently Bobby Brown is still scared that Bin Laden is going to get him. According to the New York Daily News, he beefed up his security for a show in Australia. "I figure if Bin Laden wants me, and everybody is looking for him, it probably won’t happen,” Brown told the NY Daily News. “But if he wants to try and find me for something so stupid, he can do what he wants. I have to leave it in the hands of my higher power. Come on, if anybody [else was] threatened by Al Qaeda, they’d take it seriously." Apparently, Brown was scared that President Bush wanted to kill him too. Karrine “Superhead” Steffans, author of the Video Vixen Diaries, said that he let her know of his fear. "He said, ‘We should flee the country.’ We were staying at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey for a couple of weeks," Stephans told the NY Daily News. "He and Whitney had separated. I helped him as much as I could."
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