By: Hot Gossip Gal Not quite sure what they are doing on this cover..but haven’t they already given us enough to talk about with the ‘kiss?’ Now here they are shirtless and hugging on each other on the front of XXL. I am not saying there is anything wrong with ‘home boy love’ but these two do have history. Plus that tattoo on Baby’s right titty looks a lil like Weezy. Just saying what y’all are thinking.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno If the whole G-Unit clan couldn’t sink any lower, Steve-O, star of the MTV series and movies, Jackass, has announced that G-Unit is heavily involved in producing his upcoming rap album. Although he didn’t name what members of G-Unit are involved in the project, he’s pretty serious about it. I’ve made my priority in life, at least for the last 2-3 weeks, therecording a greatSteve-O rap album,” he wrote on his blog. “Making this album has been a magical experience– an adventure through wonderful, horrible, and everything in between. To anyone that chooses to be critical of my decision to make this rap album, I’ve got bad news for you, it’s a great album. I’ve been recording it with theproducers of the one and onlyG-Unit and it is, indisputably,incredible, andmade by the most talented people in rap music.” Steve-O said that he’s been working on the album at a secret location in upstate New York where “G-Unit staff have been delegated to look after me (i.e. sequester me, babysit me, and keep me working at this blistering pace that’s not slowed down since this process began).” There’s no word on when the project will come out.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After making folks mad with their new shows like “Hot Ghetto Mess” and “S.O.B.”, BET has announced another slew of original programming for this fall. The one getting a lot of buzz is “Hip-Hop vs. America”, a multi-episode special that features a town hall meeting that includes people like Nelly, Chuck D, Dinae Weathers, Stanley Crouch and Rev. Al Sharpton discussing the good and bad things about hip-hop in 2007. Other new shows include “BUFU”, an animated comedy/sketch show created in the same spirit as “Chappelle Show” from the minds of Orlando Jones and Ali Leroi, and “Sunday’s Best”, an American Idol-type show looking for the country’s best gospel singer. Returning shows include “College Hill Interns”, “American Gangster 2”, “Keyshia Cole 2: The Way It Is”, and previously announced new shows “Judge Mooney” and “Exalted”.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Obviously Tip isn’t too stressed about his outburst the other night at the ESPY awards. Here he is in Hollywood with his ride or die chick …licking the sweat off her brow in his wife beater. All this at his private promo dinner. Dare I wonder about what was on the menu…poor Kat Williams musta misread the invite as he turned up in dinner jacket…so not one of those events
By: Starrene Rhett Baby Boy Da Prince says he is the Prince of the City — New Orleans, that is. His career began at age 16, opening up for No Limit Records recording artist Choppa and it took off from there. In 2003, his hit single, “The Way I Live,” became a hit in New Orleans. He then went on to tour with Juvenile, 50 Cent, Paul Wall and more. Then came Hurricane Katrina. It blew his high for a little while but definitely didn’t keep him down. He wrote his latest album, Across the Water, while living in a FEMA trailer but now that’s all behind him. His family is well and back together, and he’s back in business, in control and in demand. According to Da Prince, it only gets better. Hiphopcrack: I was reading that you won Best Rap and Hip-Hop artist at the 19h Annual Big Easy Entertainment Awards, so for people who may not be familiar with that, can you explain what it is and how big of a deal it is to win? Baby Boy: I got that title because I’m the official person through all this, ya heard me? I got that music that’ll make you [sings in gibberish] longatongtongthong…ya heard me? Hiphopcrack: [laughs] What is that award show though? Does it come on TV? Baby Boy: It’s something they do every year in New Orleans ya heard me? Ya Dig? And I won the best rap and Hip-Hop artist this year, ya dig? Best rap artist in New Orleans, ya dig? Over Lil’ Boosie and over Lil’ Wayne, ya heard me? Hiphopcrack: That’s pretty big. Do you consider yourself a new jack or have you been in the game for a while but it’s just that people are just now starting to recognize you? BB: People started recognizing me when I did my first song, ya heard me? And it was just hot man, and they started backing me once I started making mire music. Hiphopcrack: You suffered some major losses after Katrina, did that inspire you to pursue your music? BB: Yeah, it inspired me because life is more than just materialistic things too ya heard me? I had to just saddle up and say, “Come on Sally, let’s ride this horse until the wheels fall off and the horse shoes go blaow!” Hiphopcrack: How’s your family doing after that and how are you holding up? BB: My family coolin’ coolin’ retarded droolin’ right now. We sat it out throughout the year [being split up] and now we back together like birds of a feather ya heard me? Hiphopcrack: What’s the situation like in New Orleans right now? BB: The situation in New Orleans right now is everybody came back home, which is a beautiful thing, ya heard me? Hiphopcrack: Are you helping to rebuild your hometown? BB: Anything New Orleans ask me help to do for the city I’ll do it, ya heard me? Hiphopcrack: Let’s talk about your album, Across the Water. It’s out in stores right? BB: It’s in stores everywhere! You gotta go get it! You gotta go get it! Hiphopcrack: What can people expect from it? BB: I want people to expect the unexpected from it because it’s about different stuff. I’m talking about more than one subject. Hiphopcrack: Is a lot of the subject matter about what you went through with Katrina? BB: I ain’t said nothing about Katrina because I was actually in Katrina so I ain’t gonna speak on that. My body was actually swimming in those waters so I aint really talk about Katrina. Hiphopcrack: I feel you. Who did you work with on the album in terms of producers and rappers? BB: Mannie Fresh produced a track, I worked with Nina Sky, and Lil’ Boosie. Hiphopcrack: How long have you been raping? BB: I’ve been rapping for the last 8 years. Hiphopcrack: You started when you were 16, huh? Didn’t you perform with Master P? BB: My pahtna Choppa, he was with Master P and I was his hypeman. Hiphopcrack: Who are some of your musical influences? BB: Mystikal Hiphopcrack: How are you helping to keep New Orleans on the map? BB: I rep it everywhere I go. Hiphopcrack: What makes New Orleans so unique in terms of the Hip-Hop scene? BB: Because we got all styles, ya heard me? Hiphopcrak: You got any projects coming up other than your album? BB: Yea, my mixtape is about to come out with DJ Smog. Hiphopcrack: I see that you performed on Nick Cannon’s Wildin’ Out. That was just music but do you see yourself up there in a sketch one day or acting? BB: Yea, I see acting. I see all kind of stuff, ya heard me? I’m just tryna get into everything. Anything I can do, we can make it official toilet tissue and I can wipe my ass with cash and be the first to blast but don’t pass gas if you fart I will not smell it beebie (in New Orleans drawl). Hiphopcrack: How do you plan to solidify your place in the game right now? BB: I’m the Prince, and the reason why I know I’m here to stay is ‘cuz I’ma keep coming with fire singles ya heard me? Hiphopcrack: That was basically it but do you have any last words? BB: Last Words…go get the album, it’s in stores right now. Hit me up on myspace.com/babyboy and babyboydaprince.com. NICE TO MEET YOU STARRENE!!!
By: Rizoh Janet Jackson has dumped Virgin Records to reunite with her boo Jermaine Dupri at Island Def Jam Records. But don’t expect Ms. Jackson to mix business with pleasure, as she’ll be reporting to Def Jam CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid. “She’s on Island, but it’s more or less [Def Jam CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid's] project,” JD told Billboard magazine recently. “I let him deal with that on a day-to-day basis. He’s going to A&R that project, too. Janet’s record is one that he’s wanted to do for a long time. He’s very passionate about it.” JD also disclosed that he’ll be supervising Mariah Carey’s new album, which will compete with Janet’s new album (to be overseen by L.A. Reid). We’ll be watching to see who’ll come out on top. Janet’s exit from Virgin Records should come as no surprise, as her last two releases there failed to match the success of her past projects. You may recall that Dupri left Virgin shortly after 20 Y.O., Jackson’s last album, flopped.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Here they are before Remy was 2gs lighter in the pocket and Makeda has no bullet wounds to her stomach. My girl is already on Rikers…if she beefing over 2gs I doubt she gonna make that 1/4 mill bail they looking for.
By: Rizoh Bronx rapper Remy Ma has voluntarily reported herself to the New York City Police Department in connection with a shooting incident outside Pizza Bar. Remy Ma was charged with attempted murder, assault and weapon possession, following reports that she had been involved in an altercation with a member of her entourage. She was sought for questioning in the shooting of a 23-year-old lady on Saturday after the altercation. The former Terror Squad rapper later reported to Police. Remy was arraigned at a district court, where she pleaded not guilty to all charges. “I ask everyone to keep an open mind,” said Scott Leemon, her attorney. “Things are not always as they seem.” The victim, Makeda Barnes-Joseph, is said to be in stable condition at St. Vincent‘s Hospital.
By: Hot Gossip Gal It is speculated that Kim Porter is going to be getting $1.2 mill a year in child support now her Diddy have gone their separate ways. Wonder how long her acting career will last when those checks start arriving…Diddy already been spotted with some new blonde on his arm anyway..you just know Diddy ain’t stressing this
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno For its fourth year, VH1 has announced its honorees for the Hip-Hop Honors Celebration, which will go down on October 4 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York and air on October 8. Hosted by Tracy Morgan, this year’s honorees are Snoop Dogg, Whodini, Missy Elliot, Wild Stye’s 25th Anniversary and Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell for inventing New Jack Swing. There’s no word on who will be performing during the show. In addition to the show, VH1 is launching “The Score”, a search for the hottest unsigned and unknown hip-hop producer in the country. The winner of this contest will be given the chance to create and produce the official score of the televised event. From July 23 to August 20, producer can post their hottest 60 second beat at HERE .
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno With hardly a rap album going platinum nowadays, rappers are now looking for different ways to get paid. Whether it’s a clothing line or acting they need to find a way to stay paid. So in that vein, Snoop has signed on with E! Entertainment Television to star in his own reality show. Scheduled to begin airing near the end of the year, the show will focus on Snoop’s two lives: being a rap star and being a father and husband. From going on tour and living the rap life to being home with his family and coaching his son’s football team, the cameras will catch it all. "The juggling act that Snoop faces day-in, day-out between career and family is certain to resonate with our viewers," Ted Harbert, president and CEO of Comcast Entertainment Group, which operates the E! channel, told the Associated Press. There’s no word if Snoop’s legal issues would be included in the show. The rapper is currently on probation for five years and owes 800 hours of community service after he pleaded no contest to felony gun and drug charges. The charges followed his arrest last year at an airport in Burbank for investigation of transporting marijuana. Police later found a gun at his home.
By: Hot Gossip Gal When you literally go gold in your first week you would think that a person would be celebrating as opposed to smacking a fan in the face with a mic. Obviously this was the work of TIP and not TI. Yeah the souths King let his temper get the better of him again on weds night at the ESPY pre party in LA. A fan pissed TIP off and got a bloody nose after TIP took to the audience to hunt down the person who he suspected threw something on the stage….taking lessons from Akon I guess. Atlantic are not too happy with TIP either, obviously this is not acceptable behaviour for one of their subjects. CLICK TO VIEW
By: Hot Gossip Gal Not sure which came first, the pic of Tameka and her stretch marks on show yesterday or this letter that Usher sent to People magazine defending him and his choice of bride. Anyway the wedding has been brought forward, not that people really care about it. I just bear a grudge that he cheated on my girl Chilli. Anyhow read the letter below: It has already been announced that I plan to marry this year. However, since my wedding day will be special to Tameka and I, this is information that we would like to keep private. It’s disturbing that the media and bloggers (under the guise as ‘fans’) continuously speculate on the personal aspects of my life, therefore making assumptions and wrong insinuations that my fans are subject to believe. "I am happy, excited, completely clear and independent on my direction, feelings, decisions and I am NOT BEING LED. Some media and bloggers have been totally intrusive, they have misconstrued aspects of my personal life and, because of this, my ‘true’ fans are not sure about what is fact and what is fiction. There is a difference in stating an opinion versus drawing a conclusion that is incorrect. "As previously reported, I have NEVER threatened or harassed anyone from any media format – print, radio, television or Internet media. At this point the best thing to say to my fans is just because it sounds enticing and it MAY sound ‘true,’ that does not make it truth. I understand the fact that I must sacrifice some anonymity for the career I love, however some things are personal like having a child or a marriage. These aspects are not for the public and, to me, are sacred. I would hope my privacy in these areas would be respected." – Usher
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno In a recent Spin Magazine interview with 50 Cent, writer Charles Aaron asked 50 Cent about rappers like Master P, Chamillionaire, and Ghostface who recently announced that they would no longer curse in their music. 50 dismissed them as rappers who can’t sell records anyway with G-Unit members chiming in on the conversation. "The streets are different now," Yayo said during the interview. "Guys like Ghostface don’t matter. They don’t. They had a run, but it’s over." Aaron went on to mention that even though “Supreme Clientele” wasn’t a platinum album, it was an excellent piece of hip-hop art. But Yayo had something to say about that. "He didn’t even write that album, man," Yayo said “What?” Aaron asked. "He didn’t write it,” Yayo said. “That kid from Far Rockaway — Superb — he wrote that record. You know Superb from Far Rock? “No, and that’s a pretty serious charge,” Aaron responded. 50 Cent quickly jumped into the exchange and said that Ghostface did write the album, but it was still a failure. But 50 Cent did take a couple of swipes at Ghostface and his music as well as Chamillionaire. Check out the full interview HERE
iHipHop Blog Team