By: Rizoh 50 Cent will soon be ditching his New York home to seek greener pastures in the U.K. Fif told The London Lite that he loves London so much he’s about to buy a crib there. “It’s a crazy city,” said 50, “the parties are wild and the women are hot!” But it’s not just hot women that have been driving him to the other side of the Atlantic. Gossip insiders specifically linked the G-Unit chief to model Danielle Lloyd a while ago. Curtis politely denies any romantic involvement with Danielle. “Danielle is a gorgeous girl but I am most definitely 100 per cent single right now. I don’t have time for relationships with my job. I’m on the road all the time doing my thing and having fun, I don’t want to be tied down right now.” Somewhere in Atlanta, Ciara just bit a coffee table.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Reports are surfacing that jilted bride Tameka Foster has checked into an ATL hospital since her relationship with Usher was destroyed after her sis forced all the skeletons out of her closet. Usher is said to be kicking it at home with his Momma who is getting that new contract ready for him to sign.
By: HipHop Journalist Leaving his home city of Toronto wasn’t that big a deal to producer Marco Polo. He knew he was migrating south to better himself and by doing so would be flying the Maple Leaf high as soon as he got himself settled. With his Port Authority album getting the nod from many of the mainstream magazines; that maple leaf is already up in the air. Yet this Italian from north of the border is only just beginning his attack on music. Marco Polo may be the new kid on the block to many but for purveyors of real Hip-Hop he can be seen as a welcomed salvation. HHC: How long have you been in New York? Marco Polo: Almost five years now. HHC: Good move? Marco Polo: One of the best I have made. HHC: Toronto has a great Hip-Hop scene though doesn’t it? Marco Polo: Yeah it has some dope talent and it is so big that you just reach a point where you can’t go any further. So rather than reaching a point where you set up shop there I wanted to start a fresh in New York. HHC: No regrets? Marco Polo: Definitely not, as that is the whole reason why I am where I am now. You have to hustle here. HHC: Were there any major obstacles in your way making that move? Marco Polo: At first it was overwhelming, just the city being so big and so crazy; everything moves so fast. There are a lot of obstacles and there are a lot of people trying to do music. It is really saturated with people trying to get on, especially producers. You have to be really good at what you do and your hustle has to be good and make sure you separate yourself from everyone else. One of the obstacles I had at first was that I worked at The Cutting Room and a lot of cats just looked at me as an engineer or as someone who managed the studio and not a producer and that is one of the reasons I left the cutting room to try and focus on being a producer. HHC: Had you done a lot of networking in NY before you arrived here? Marco Polo: I did more in the sense of trying to get a job at a studio, not trying to shop my beats. It helps to know some people and I did know a few people when I got here. I had a place to stay, so I didn’t have to worry about the expensive rents. HHC: Were you musically inclined from a young age? Marco Polo: My Pops used to play all types of music in the house growing up; before I even thought about producing I was around a lot of good music. From Stevie Wonder to Donny Hathaway, to the Beatles to Steely Dan, so my Dad was open minded with what he listened to. I also played drums in High School for the band and when I left High School I just wanted to do as there was nothing else I wanted to do. I just decided to make a career of it. HHC: So I can’t ask you the generic question that so many people ask ‘if you weren’t doing this what would you be doing’ then? [Laughs] Marco Polo: [Laughing] No I would be doing nothing; I would be broke. I would be in the corner. HHC: With you doing a stint at engineering, do you think that aids the production process; does it make you a better producer? Marco Polo: I am not sure if it makes you a better producer, it doe help. It can go both ways. Sometimes knowing too much about the technical process can affect the music in a bad way; if you know how to make it work for you it can definitely help. A lot of the producers that are successful on the underground, like Mad Lib and especially J Dilla, a lot of their stuff sounds raw and unpolished. Because of that, that is what makes it so dope. So if you get caught up in the technical aspect of engineering and you put that in your production, its just Hip-Hop is not supposed to sound so pretty at times. We are in the era of keyboard beats and to me that is not Hip-Hop. That is not the way it sounded when I was growing up and it all depends on how you use that knowledge, so it can be good and bad. HHC: You said with your Port Authority album that you ‘were taking it back to what you grew up listening to.’ Marco Polo: Definitely. A lot of people call my album a throw back album.. HHC: Does that bother you hearing that? Marco Polo: Personally it is a little as I am making music that I think is relevant and good now, not ten years ago; it is timeless. A lot of people don’t say it in a disrespectful way; they are saying it in a comparison as a lot of people that I worked with were popular in the 90’s. But to me I think that the artists that I worked with are just as talented now as they were back then and we connected and made some good music. It wasn’t an ode to 1990’s Hip-Hop. HHC: Do you think we are stuck in a place where people can’t understand true Hip-Hop moving forward? Marco Polo: Unfortunately it is like that. A lot of the kids growing up now, it’s not their fault as they are not even exposed to it. The media will only play a certain thing and I am not saying that that [one thing] is not a part of Hip-Hop, it is just a ‘part’ of Hip-Hop; there is a whole other world that should be getting love. HHC: Shopping videos can be really hard when you are not in the ‘vein’ of everything else out there this has to be frustrating? Marco Polo: It is and that is the whole point of getting an outlet. HHC: So knowing the major channels will more than likely shut you down, not because your video is wack BUT because it doesn’t follow the same path as what they air right now, what other ways can you channel your video? Marco Polo: I mean the internet right now. I would rather it be TV but you have to take what you can get. With the whole emergence of Youtube and sites like that you can get a lot of people watching your videos through those. HHC: We have seen a few producer albums coming out this year; Swizz, Timbaland, Alchemist solely produced Prodigy’s album. Do you see this as being just another way of showing how relevant producers are now? Marco Polo: That is an interesting question. I feel like producers have taken the forefront over the artists today and I personally don’t really like that. I like the love and the respect that people give producers these days but I think producers should be in the background and the artist is the face of it and it is as if it has happened naturally that producers are more of the stars and I don’t know how that happened. I definitely took on the artists’ role with this album by putting myself out there, but I would love to see it go back to the MC being the true star and the producers just handle the music. HHC: Do you think producers have come to the forefront because lyricists are so bad? Or is it because this is just how Hip-Hop is today? Marco Polo: I mean it is probably a combination of all those things. You know we see guys like Pharrell and Timbaland, they are maybe more exciting to people nowadays than the actual artists are. They are getting full album deals and label deals, man I don’t know; I don’t really have the answer to that question. I know Hip-Hop is wounded right now; I wouldn’t say it is dead by any means. I wouldn’t say it could die but it is going through a transition period and maybe it has to explode before it gets back to normal. I just try to put all the negativity that people feel towards Hip-Hop into making the best stuff I can. HHC: Was the Port Authority on 42nd and 8th the inspiration for your album title? Marco Polo: Yes as it all ties in with the Marco Polo, the traveler. When I was coming up to New York on the bus I ended up in Port Authority and here is this kid coming from out of town, up to New York to make it. I felt that it defined the last three years of my life, the move from Toronto, trying to make it in New York and then trying to make this album. Marco Polo was a historical character who traveled and he was a force to be reckoned with when he went and discovered places. To me it all made sense, but more so me traveling to New York and ending up at that location. You know how grimey that location is, that corner of Times Square is still a little shaky, you know it is a little ‘street’ and that defines the whole of my album. I am bringing that East Coast/New York Hip-Hop. HHC: The album came out on Soul Spazm/Rawkus, is that your label? Marco Polo: Well that is who I am signed to directly, but it is a joint venture with Rawkus Records, so it is a Rawkus release. HHC: You have worked with the crème de la crème of the underground; Rawkus is known for housing such artists. Did you see yourself situated there before you got that deal? Marco Polo: You know what when I started to work on this album a couple of years ago, I would never have expected to be on Rawkus. I just thought they were done, I didn’t realize they were still trying to do the label thing. Then as they emerged, to be honest, it wasn’t on my list, but it happened and it happened naturally because Soul Spazm and their relationship with Rawkus, it came to be. I definitely think now, looking at the type of album I made, it fits with the Rawkus brand and what you have come to expect from them. HHC: Are you happy with the way your album has been received? Marco Polo: I am. The printed press has been amazing, XXL gave it an XL which is amazing and I think I am the first Canadian ever to get an XL. HHC: In New York has it been hard for you to achieve credibility as a producer being that you are Canadian? Marco Polo: It depends on what you define credibility or success on. In the underground or the independent scene, I think I get a lot of props and respect from my peers. Trying to move into the majors and work with the 50 Cents has been a little more difficult. I haven’t really pursued it to be honest as I have just been in my own zone. You know maybe this year will present more opportunities. But I feel as if I have done my thing in the independent circle over time, it took a minute to get there but when you start working with a lot of people and you get those co-signs, it starts helping your reputation. HHC: So you not averse to moving over to the majors? Marco Polo: No I am not against it and I would like to work with those dudes, I would love to get those checks as straight up it pays more than what I do, working with underground artists, not because they have the money. But the independent label game just isn’t that big and we all have to eat. I would definitely say I am in no rush and it doesn’t affect how I make music and I don’t feel like I have to change my style to get into that world. I think it will just happen naturally. HHC: Do you always see yourself producing Hip-Hop? Marco Polo: Not really as I am capable of producing anything if I want to. It is just that is my specialty right now. Good music is good music.
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By: Hot Gossip Gal Turns out fame and money aren’t working in the favor of Sean Combs who was denied a table at a fancy eatery in St Tropez as he kicks it in the South of France…probably recovering from his break up with Kim (NOT). Turns out the people who own the place had no idea who Sean Combs was when someone had tried to book him a table. Vibe Takes It to the White House Not a huge fan of Vibe but gotta give it up for their September cover. Instead of the generic rapper/singer cover we got Barack Obama on the cover.
By: Rizoh Just the other day, we told you about MTV’s decision to rank Lil’ Wayne as the No.1 MC in the game right now. Did we also tell you about Weezy’s desire to shift as many as 5 million copies of his next album, Tha Carter III? “I wanna sell 5 million records, man,” Wayne told MTV News recently. “That’s my goal. Five million, I’m gonna go crazy. No more interviews after that, Jack. I’m going bananas.” Asked whether he thinks he’s capable of pulling off 1 million units in the first week, Birdman Jr. quickly does a 360 on his stance. “Nah, I ain’t expecting to do all that. I ain’t expecting all that. No expectations, Jack.” Weezy F. Baby shouldn’t lose sleep over numbers, because he has zillions of fans who would buy his album even if all he did was cough and spit on every song.
By: Rizoh Erstwhile Little Brother producer 9th Wonder is back on his grind. 9th’s sophomore disc, Dream Merchant Vol. 2, will be released on October 9th, 2007. To the delight of backpackers worldwide, two tracks on the album find 9th reuniting with his ex-Brothers Phonte and Big Pooh (the tracks were probably wrapped up before the split). Other guests on Dream Merchant 2 include: Saigon, Memphis Bleek, Sean Price, and Royce da 5’9”. Check out the tracklist below: 1 Mr. Dream Merchant Intro 2 Shots f/Big Dho & Sean Price 3 Merchant Of Dreams f/The EMBASSY, Skyzoo & Torae 4 Brooklyn In My Mind f/ Mos Def, Jean Grae & Memphis Bleek 5 Sunday f/Keisha Shontelle & Chaundon 6 Baking Soda f/Big Treal 7 Reminisce (Take Time) f/Big Remo & The Great Novej of the A.L.L.I.E.S. 8 No Time To Chill f/Little Brother 9 It Aint Over ft. Jozee Mo & Tyler Woods 10 The Last Time f/ Royce the 5’9, Naledge & Vandalyzm 11 Saved f/Saigon & Joe Scudda 12 Milky Lowa ft. Camp Lo 13 Backlash f/Sean Boog & Buckshot 14 Thank You f/ D.O.X & O-Dash 15 Let It Bang f/Ness & Skyzoo 16 What Makes A Man f/Rapper Big Pooh & Buddy Klein
By: Hot Gossip Gal There are talks of a legendary Fight Klub battle between the two MCs for 50 gs. Man not quite sure who I would go for on this one…both are in need of a career boost right now.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno For those wondering how the anticipated Rock the Bells show, featuring everyone from the Wu-Tang Clan to Nas, was born, it was all captured on film back in 2004. From filmmakers Casey Suchan and Denis Henry Hennelly (who previously worked on lauded documentaries Beef, Beef 2, Thug Angel and The Freshest Kids), “Rock the Bells,” features the behind the scenes drama faced by organizer Chang Weisberg such as overselling the show and fans breaking in the venue and ODB not wanting to show up for the show even after RZA called him out. “If this event had been run by a large corporation, a disaster would have occurred,” say the filmmakers. “The split-second decision making and grace under pressure exhibited by the promotion team are innately human traits. It is this kind of interpersonal, organic touch that corporations will never be capable of, and it is the reason we must fight to support the independent spirit in the arts, whether it’s found in a group like the Wu-Tang Clan or a business like Guerilla Union.” The DVD will hit stores this week that will include special segments on O.D.B. and his last days before his death. Check out the film trailer below
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Houston’s Paul Wall will be joining the USO/Multi National Corps – Iraq entertainment tour and perform troops in the middle of the war in Iraq. This will be the second time Wall has headed to the Middle East to do shows for the troops. Earlier this year, he was part of Jamie Kennedy’s Hip-Hop Comedy Tour which also featured comedians Bill Dawes, Stu Stone, DJ Joey Nicks and breakdancer, Casper. "Being a part of a USO tour and performing for the troops is amazing," Wall said. "It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and to forget what’s happening overseas — this is my way of letting them know I realize what they’re sacrificing and am truly grateful." Wall is still actively promoting his new album, “Get Money, Stay True,” which dropped back in April. He’s also still doing pretty well selling his grillz at GRILLZ BY PAUL WALL.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Supposed to be a low key event later this year when the two get married..perhaps that is to do with the fact that Spice Girl Mel B is going to be cleaning him out for child support. Wanna Be In My Gang? I am curious to know just what gang Jim Jones is down with beyond Byrd Gang..maybe I missed something along the way but it turns out that the new Beef DVD is about gangs and has testimonials from gang members including Weezy (yeah right), Snoop, WC, The Game (ahem) and Jim Jones. This I can’t wait to see.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Usher and his soon-to-be baby momma Tameka Foster called off their wedding this weekend. The couple were trying to keep the nuptials secret but word spread around the industry quickly that the wedding was going down on Saturday at music mogul L.A. Reid’s house. Well it didn’t happen. "It was announced today that the wedding ceremony for Usher Raymond, IV and Tameka Foster was canceled,” Usher publicist, Patty Webster, said in a statement on Saturday. “No additional information will be given regarding the circumstances of the cancellation, but we hope the privacy of this matter will be respected." According to People Magazine, there are several reasons why the wedding didn’t go down. Some say it was security, poor planning and Usher’s mother being against the whole thing. "Usher’s mother [and former manager, Jonetta Patton, whom he fired in May] is against the wedding. That is one of the main obstacles," a source told People Magazine. "They only decided two weeks ago to have a wedding. They wanted to have it take place before the baby bump started showing. They had a lot of differences about the details. For example, the bride wanted barbeque, [and] he wanted to have [renowned chef] Jean Georges cook. It was on again off again for the past few days. [Foster] was calling it off because she wasn’t getting the things that she wanted. The mother was calling it off. … Usher was calling it off." There’s also word that Usher just changed his mind.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno For the past week, MTV and VJ/News guy Sway have been counting down who they think are the hottest emcees in the game in 2007. The final emcee was announced over the weekend and according to the MTV crew, Lil Wayne if their hottest emcee in 2007. “Lil Wayne has distanced himself from his peer group simply by embracing his love for rap with open arms — much like the way the lovably rotund Mabel Thomas used to lovingly squeeze her son Roger on "What’s Happening!!’,” the MTV hip-hop brain trust said. “Last year MTV News unofficially stamped Weezy F. Baby as the hottest MC on the planet, but now we’ve pulled out all the bells and whistles! We had to: When the MTV News hip-hop brain trust started coming up with this competition, Wayne was #1 on just about everyone’s list. He’s undeniable to us, the fans and the rest of the rappers out there.” As for the rest of the list, #2 T.I., #3 The Game, #4 Andre 3000, #5 Kanye West, #6 Young Jeezy, #7 Jay-Z, #8 50 Cent, #9 Common, and #10 Jim Jones. To watch clips from the list-making process and why the list of emcees was chosen, check out MTV.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Nothing nice about the British tabloids. They print what they want even if it is right or wrong and 50 knows this first hand. The Daily Mirror recently retracted a story which implied him sleeping with a reality TV star from the UK after she convinced his minders to let her back stage at one of his concerts while in the UK hoping to play with his ‘magic stick.’ Like the old saying goes, all press is good press and September 11th is coming up real soon. I am still amazed at people faking track listings for the album all over the net. When oh so many people seem to have a strong dislike for Curtis people spend a whole lot of time typing about him.
By: Hot Gossip Gal A couple weeks ago, Cassidy dropped a freestyle over 50 Cent’s “I Get Money,” in which he addressed some unnamed imposters. The song set the streets ablaze with rumors that Cass may have been dissing 50 (for swaggerjacking the “I’m a Hustla” production idea) and T.I. (for stealing his split personality concept from “The Hustla vs. The MC”). In a recent interview with Realtalkny.net, Cass decided to set the record straight: “The crazy part about it is that in the whole song I never mention anybody’s name,” clarified Cassidy. “I think when I said that, the people that feel funny and the people that feel some type of way is the people that you know it’s true. If it ain’t true and if it don’t apply to you, you just let it fly.” According to the Full Surface rapper, the freestyle is a reflection of what the street is buzzing about and he’s only a vessel of communication in this case. “It’s just that I’m in the streets everyday and I know what people in the streets were saying. Like, ‘Oh, that “I’m a Hustla” dance? I seen that somewhere.’ Or ‘Oh, that I Get Money? I heard that before. This person got split personality? Oh I seen that before.’ So, I just said that on the song cause everybody was saying it to me.” On Lil Wayne, Cassidy said, “He’s considered to be one of the illest rappers in the game right now. But, kissing a man? He’s not even his biological father. And even if he was, he still shouldn’t be kissing him in his mouth.”
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