By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Earlier this year video game company 2K Sports announced that they would challenge EA Sports’ Madden franchise with their own “All-Pro Football 2K8.” The company enlisted Decon Records and DJ Z-Trip to put together a collection of original tracks, remixes and mash-ups featuring dead prez, Rakim, Chali 2na, Aceyalone, Slug and others. “One thing I really appreciate about 2K Sports is they take chances hen it comes to their music selection and I’m all about that,” Z-Trip said. “Working on the ‘All-Pro Football 2K8’ soundtrack gave me the opportunity to really mix things up. The music fits perfectly in the game, making you want to nod your head and tackle someone at the same time.” The game will hits stores in August as well as the soundtrack which will ship as a separate CD. Here’s the tracklisting of the soundtrack: All Pro Intro Something Different feat. Chali 2na & Keno 1 Sudden Death feat. DJ Faust Let the Rhythm Hit Em’ feat. Rakim & Chevelle Doing it Like This feat. Clutch Automatic At It feat. Aceyalone Go Hard feat. Dub Trio & Gift of Gab On My Side feat. Lateef & Slug I don’t Need This Trouble feat. Natural Self Sure Shot feat. Pep Love & Casual Rock, Shock, Break feat. Backyard Bangers Locked and Loaded feat. Deftones & Dead Prez Tom Sawyer (Z-Trip Remix) feat. Rush
By: Hot Gossip Gal Y’all be loving the Remy gossip..so here is a pic of Ms Ma doing a Janet Jackson on us. Shock value always gets the culprit some shine and god knows Remy needs it right now.
By: Rizoh President George W. Bush has recognized the month of June as Black Music Month in a proclamation released by the White House. Said Bush in the statement: “The music of African-American musicians has helped shape our national character and become an important part of our musical heritage. Often born out of great pain and strong faith, that music has helped African Americans endure tremendous suffering and overcome injustice with courage, faith, and hope.” The President singled out the likes of Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and James Brown as musical greats who “have enriched our culture with innovative talent and artistic legacies that continue to influence musicians today.” Unfortunately, Mr. President made no mention of Snoop Dogg and the musically enriching nature of his pimp tales.
By: Rizoh The self-appointed morality watchdog that is Rev. Al Sharpton is still working hard to hunt down and bring dirty hip-hop lyrics to justice. Sharpton has now taken his campaign against dirty rap lyrics to Motown, with hopes of collecting thousands of bar soaps as symbols of the effort. Just because he’s busy railing against hip-hop doesn’t mean that Sharpton has ditched his anti-N-word campaign. “The 1960s were the Motown sound and James Brown,” Sharpton said, while standing before the museum, which includes the former Motown Records studio. “But they did not call us the ‘N’ word and they did not degrade women.” So, why hold this campaign in Detroit? Contrary to what you may think, Sharpton didn’t pick the Detroit because they made it to the NBA Eastern conference finals before getting their behinds whipped by Cleveland. The Rev. explained that he chose to promote his campaign in the “D” because NAACP leaders also plan to hold a faux funeral for the “N” word at the group’s July convention in the city. As of press time, there was no word on the fate of those bar soaps.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well not quite but turns out that song Umbrella was supposed to be recorded by The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul herself, Ms Mary J Blige…but somehow Rihanna persuaded one of its songwriters at the Grammies to let her have it. Yup the Bajan princess stomped her foot and got what she wanted. Amazing what a girl gets when you got LA Reid pulling strings. This is probably the only way we will see her name mentioned in the same story as Mary anyway. Rih Rih just ain’t on that level.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno When Fergie was coming up she would hit up Taco Bell restaurants all the time. It was the only place that was open when the clubs closed. She gave a shout out to the fast food joint on her single “Glamorous” and reaffirmed her love for the spot at a recent show at the Whitehouse Nightclub in the Hamptons. Word got back to the suits at Taco Bell and they’re offering her and her fans a sweet deal. In a letter obtained by TMZ.com to the “Dutchess”, Taco Bell president Greg Creed offered free grub for her and her fans. “We would like to turn one of our Taco Bell restaurants over to you,” Creed wrote. “Well, not entirely, but long enough for you and your fans to be fed free Fourthmeals following one of your concerts. Pick any of your remaining tour destinations and if there’s a Taco Bell restaurant in the ‘hood, we’re good to go – it’ll be the ultimate after-party. Just let us know you’re preferred restaurant following an upcoming concert and you and your closest friends will be served free Extreme Cheese and Beef Quesadillas for the next three hours. Please have your people call our people and we’ll work out the details.”
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Four years ago, Keith Murray quietly dropped his album, “He’s Keith Murray,” on Def Jam Records with little fanfare. Now Murray is set to drop his new album, “Rap-Murr-Phobia,” through Koch Records on July 31. The title of the album, in Murray’s words, means “fear of real hip-hop.” The album will feature his Def Squad compatriots Erick Sermon and Redman as well as contributions from Tyrese, Method Man and Junior. The video for the first single from the album, “Nobody Do it Better,” featuring Tyrese and Junior, will be shot in Los Angeles this month. Murray is also planning a club tour in all major markets this summer.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Ok so Hov has his love child safely tucked away in the islands but from the sounds of things, he might need to think about spending a bit more time with his only child as his girl Beyonce has been putting out there that she won’t be having kids for at least another ten years. Could this be Beyonce putting her foot down over the secret love child? She said last year she wanted to retire within five years and have a family and now suddenly its ten years. If Jay were to be her baby daddy that would make him nearly 50 when Beyonce’s baby alarm would be ringing. Can’t see that myself.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though Stephen Marley has been part of a musical family since he was born in 1972, he never ventured out on his own. For years he was part of the Melody Makers his brother Ziggy Marley’s award-winning band. In the 1990’s he produced Damian Marley’s debut album and also did production work for the Fugees, Michael Franti and later on Erykah Badu, dead prez, Eve and Mr. Cheeks. An avid hip-hop fan, Stephen concocted and produced the hip-hop tribute to Bob Marley, Chant Down Babylon which featured hip-hop remixes of Marley classics and appearances from Busta Rhymes, Lauryn Hill, Rakim, The Roots, MC Lyte and Chuck D. But what really got people excited about Stephen was his work with Damian Marley on the Welcome to Jamrock album. After the success of Jamrock, Stephen quickly got started on his own album, Mind Control, which hit shelves in March. We caught up with Stephen and talked about the new album, upcoming projects and what it was like growing up the son of a legend. How’d you come up with the name Mind Control? Mind Control is a song on the album that’s speaking about physical and mental slavery. High tech slavery. Just reading books inspired it like the late Great Planet Earth and actually a book called Mind Control. Why did it take so long for your solo album to come out? It’s been one long effort. It was supposed to come out like two or three years ago. At the time I was producing for my brother’s, Damian, Welcome to Jamrock album. At the time his single, “Welcome to Jamrock”, just took off but the album wasn’t ready. So we couldn’t afford to lose his momentum. But my record wasn’t really started anyway. So we decided to put mine on the backburner and finish up his album. We were trying to catch up with the momentum of the single. That was one thing on why it took awhile and then after I got a chance to sit with it you know, I made some changes and redirected it and it turned into Mind Control. Is “Traffic Jam” a true story? Yeah, that happened to us in Tallahassee. We got arrested and charged and they locked us up. Is there ever any pressure of being compared to or following in the footsteps of your father’s musical legacy? Well, it’s a good pressure. It’s a good thing; it’s not a bad thing. Our father is our mentor, so it’s okay to be compared or be pressured to be like him. That’s our teacher, it’s a good pressure, and it’s not a bad pressure. It’s not like our father is a bad influence you know. So any pressure should be in any which way like our master musically, it’s a good pressure. You produced the Chant Down Babylon album which merged Bob Marley’s music with hip-hop and you received some criticism for that. You think your father would have been cool with the project? Yeah, man. Yes! I mean there’s good and bad, but he would find things that he likes. How was it growing up as a son of Bob Marley? Was there a lot of attention or was it just regular? It was just regular for me and where I come from is an island, and it’s all good. Everybody was cool in that sense ya know? Nobody was really in awe, it was more like, “What’s up bro?”, a cool, cool, vibe. You have Mos Def on the album, how did you hook up with him? Well, first we are fans of his music. Then Damian did some work with Alicia Keys, she had a concert special. That’s where Damian and Mos Def met. Then he came down to Miami to do the Bob Marley tribute concert that we do every year and we met. He’s a friend of ours also, he’s a conscious youth, a conscious rapper, ya know? What other projects do you have coming up? We have a Kymani Marley album, that’s coming up in the fall. Kymani’s record is almost finished so that’ll be out in the fall. Then we got Julian’s record and then Damian’s record early next year and then after that, we’re going to do the Marley Brothers record. We’re all going to do a record together. You got the tour launching in April, what should fans expect from the show? Well, you know, we got the whole Marley vibe, first of all, because that is the banner that we fly. It is our crest, ya know? We’ll come out do some tracks from the old, the old stuff and some of the new stuff off of the new album. Some of my father’s stuff will be incorporated into it. Then I’ll bring out Damian, and then we’ll do the stuff that we do together and make it a nice finale. It’ll be good vibes it’s going to be a very uplifting show, ya know? Uptempo, up-vibes, up everything. It’s gonna be fire! How are you feeling about the current sound of dancehall and reggae nowadays? Well, you know there’s good and bad. Good thing to say, bad things to say. I can’t say that the music that is being pushed forward is… it’s not the essence of what we’re coming from. It’s our music still, but it’s a lighter side. I’ll just say that, So who would you recommend that has that essence? There are a number of people that come with that essence as far as youths today. You have Sizzla, you have Capleton, you have Buju, you have Spragga, all the youths that know how to balance it. Where you can enjoy the beat and dance but at the same time, they’re saying things that are constructive. So you have youths and you have youths upcoming but at the same time you have people that hustle the music and you can tell the hustlers from the difference of the real people, ya know? That is why it gets tainted sometimes because these hustlers are just in it for the hustle and don’t really have a genuine love for it, so anything goes for them. They bring all the murder into it. What gets you in the mood to start writing and making music? Anything. Anything, really. Life itself, of course is a big influence. So anything. There’s a song called “Dragonfly”, because he was outside looking at a dragonfly, so that’s how it is. Anyway which way it comes. What are your top 5 Bob Marley songs, or songs you wish you would have wrote? Come on, bro! That’s like asking who is my favorite child! Top 5… right now we’re talking about “Exodus”, because we’re getting ready to re-release that album. At the same time, where my father was musically at that time, making that album with the messages. It has “Jammin’”, that’s the album with “Turn Your Lights Down Low”, you know it was a nice balanced record. Exodus, that message, it was again, a landmark for where he was at the time. So “Exodus” is one of the songs, “One Love” is one of the songs, and then the tune “Catch a Fire”. Then the tune, “Africa Unite”. One more… “Is This Love?” You have produced outside of the family, who are some of the artists you’ve worked with? We did stuff with dead prez, we did stuff for Eve, Busta Rhymes, we did stuff for Guru. Guru’s stuff is coming out soon and we just did a remix with Gwen Stefani. As far as hip-hop, who are you feeling? For hip-hop, we tend to stick with the same people that we know until something that comes out that really just… alright, I like Lupe Fiasco. I like his style and everything. Any last words? Just keep supporting the conscious music and thank you for your support.
By: Rizoh If you’re like most of Xzibit’s fans, you probably disliked many of the songs on his last Sony album, Weapons of Mass Destruction. In the fashion of artist censorship that runs rampant among major record companies, Sony frowned at one of the songs on Weapons of Mass Destruction, because of its controversial nature. While on tour to promote his new independently-released record, Full Circle, X to the Z spoke to the Herald Sun about his back-and-forth with Sony over song selections. “On Weapons of Mass Destruction I put together a Bush speech. There were Sony lawyers who wanted me to sign something to leave them clear of repercussions,” said X. “I was like ‘Aw man’. We’d argue about the songs they wanted as singles and it’d hold my record up for months if I didn’t agree with them. It wasn’t cool.” In the interview, Xzibit also states that “Pimp My Ride” is a wrap, and he’s now focused on doing what he loves most – music.
By: Rizoh You’ve heard the expression “Last night the DJ saved my life,” right? Well, the reverse was the case in this story which sounds like a scene from Stephen King novel. A disc jockey in Shelby, NC suffered a seizure while on-air and managed to give a public plea for help before passing out. The DJ, Tim Biggerstaff of WOHS, said to be diabetic, was the only person working on the holiday. A listener named Gerald Weathers heard the 46-year old DJ’s call for help and raced to the nearby station. His quick response helped save Biggerstaff’s life. The Associated Press reports that this isn’t the first time a listener has had to rescue the DJ. A fan donated a kidney to him when he needed a transplant in 2003.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Not surprising she is going for the new generation of performers as she has pretty much worked her way through the thirty somethings. Anyhow Ms Steffans new main squeeze is supposed to be the self proclaimed sex addict Ne-yo. Can’t say I am surprised. The two were spotted at the opening of the Def Jam recording artists new studio in the A.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno El-P’s new album, “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” is already being called one of the best underground hip-hop albums of the year, and now he’s taking it on the road. P started his tour last night in New Orleans and will run until June 15, ending at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. But while you’re waiting for EL-P to come to your town, the rapper and his label, Def Jux, has put a secret code on their website, DEFINITIVE JUX. Fans who are able to decode the message will receive further instructions (which will self-destruct in 15 seconds) and have a chance to win a $150 shopping spree. Then later on, Def Jux will put another coded message on the site giving fans a chance to win a trip for two to New York City. For now, here’s El-P’s tour itinerary: 06/01/07 – Orlando , FL – The Social 06/02/07 – Common Grounds – Gainsville, FL 06/03/07 – Ybor City , FL – Orpheum 06/04/07 – Atlanta , GA – Lennys Bar and Grill 06/06/07 – Ashville , NC – Stella Blue 06/07/07 – Carrboro , NC – Cats Cradle 06/08/07 – Washington , DC – The 9:30 Club 06/09/07 – New York , NY – Irving Plaza 06/12/07 – Philadelphia , PA – First Unitarian Church 06/13/07 – Pittsburgh , PA – Diesel Club Lounge 06/15/07 – Manchester , TN – Bonnaroo
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Not only has Just Blaze been producing hits for Jay-Z and the Roc-A-Fella fam for awhile, but he’s also been trying to develop his writing skills. He’s been writing video games for XXL Magazine for the past couple of years but now he’s trying to get his blog on. Last weekend he quietly launched THE MEGATRONDON2 where he will muse about hip-hop, gadgets, video games and anything else he wants. “One thing I realized in the past 10 years of my career is that what came along with my fame very semi-celebrity was a lot of misconception,” Blaze wrote. “And i realized it all comes down to perception. In other words, if the people know nothing about you aside from your music and then all of a sudden you pop up in a BADLY edited scene in a movie making it look like all you do is play video games all day … well…. that’s what they are going to go on. The little glimpses into someone’s life are all the public has to go on. So I figure I’ll share the real deal. No, I am not going to be posting day by day video feeds of my day by day activities, you guys would probably die of boredom and I’m not that self righteous.. I dont know WTF im gona post and it’ll be completely random.. Enjoy the ride..” So far Blaze has posted reviews of new gadgets, songs he’s listening to at the moment and even some very old beats (1992), that he made when he 14 or 15 years old. He’s already made 16 posts in 5 days, hopefully he keeps on making beats.
iHipHop Blog Team