By: Rizoh After all the hullabaloo over Akon’s simulated sex act with an underaged female fan, he had the Internet going nuts again when a clip of his K-Fest performance surfaced on the web. In the video, the Senegalese-American singer is seen addressing the crowd about his first trip to the United States, when a fan suddenly throws an object (rumored to be a piece of pretzel) onstage. Akon paused his speech and asked the crowd to point out the assailant. "Come on everybody. point him out, point him out," he said. After identifying the boy, Akon instructed one of his bodyguards to "go get ‘em. Bring him on stage." Akon then picked up the fan who allegedly threw an object onto the stage and hurled him right back into another section of the crowd. Two police officers who were standing nearby didn’t try to intervene. CLICK HERE TO VIEW , CLICK HERE TO VIEW FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE
By: Hot Gossip Gal Ok father of two, The Game needs to chill a little. Turns out the reason home boy got arrested the other week was because while playing a game of ball, he got mad at a player on the opposite team and smacked him. Then he pulled up on the dude and threatened him with a gun. Way to go Game..great way to bring more negativity to Hip-Hop.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After close to 10 years and six albums in the game, Talib Kweli is pretty much considered a veteran. He’s been a consistent solo artist, even though his best work ever was with Mos Def and Hi-Tek, Kweli has proven many times over that he can make classic joints as well. Now Talib is returning with a new album, :Eardrum, this summer that features apperances from UGK, Jean Grae, Norah Jones, Raheem DeVaughn and KRS-One with production from Pete Rock, Just Blaze, Madlib, Kwame, Hi-Tek, Kanye West and Will.I.Am. We caught up with Talib to get info on what to expect from the project, his Blacksmith Movement and if there will ever be a Reflection Eternal or Blackstar album again. Why is the album named Ear Drum? I want to get back to the sound of what I’m doing. A lot of times with the hip-hop music I do, the distraction is what I’m talking about, whether it’s underground or commercial or this and that and I really wanted people to focus on how the music hits their ear. I don’t think people focus on that enough so I wanted to make sure I concentrated on that and how I put it out there. Lyrically was there something specific you felt you needed to get off your chest this time around? Lyrically, I deal with the same themes but I always struggle to apply them to life and have be more than just something you need to hear. I talk about women, the condition of Black women in this country. I talk about self-esteem and love and I talk about the differences of North and South. I just try to talk about today’s topics but put them in way that people are thinking but aren’t necessarily hearing. How do you go about choosing beats? From beats CDs or in-studio with a producer? Both. I solicit people and I have people send stuff in. I’ve never done an album where I’m just trying to use this producer or trying to do this one type of music besides Reflection Eternal and Liberation, on my own albums. The sound I was interested in was rounded out by Pete Rock and Hi-Tek and Madlib and Kanye and Just Blaze, those are the chief producers on the album. There’s a song on the new album where you sort of respond to fans and critics suggestions and criticisms. Do you embrace the criticisms and suggestions or pay it no mind? Yeah, that’s Pete Rock’s song. But I try to take it and use it as fuel. Any criticism, positive or negative should fuel for the next time out. That’s really what that verse was about. I talked about positive and negative criticisms and turning them around and using them as a fuel to my fire. There was a bit of confusion among your Christian and Muslim fans when you recited “Hell” on Def Poetry Jam not too long ago… Oh yeah? Really? Well, most of them are wondering where you’re at spiritually. That’s great! That’s perfect. That’s great that they would hear the poem and wonder where I’m at. That means I did my job. So what inspired the poem? Basically what people are talking about, what people are fighting about and what people are dealing with inside of themselves. Like I said, I try to deal with subjects that people are really thinking about. That’s a question that I’ve had in my life and I’m sure many people have had, which is what are the differences and what are the similarities between the religions and what has led us to think the way we think. Is there a particular faith that you practice or grew up with? Nah. I pretty much say consistently in my music that I don’t participate in any body of religion. I’ve been Christian and I’ve been Muslim, well, I can’t say I’ve been Muslim, I’ve been a 5 Percenter. But I participate in a lot of different faiths and ideas and I have respect for a vast majority of them, all of them I would even say. I think the key for me and my generation is to figure out the good and take from each way of life and apply to our lives. The Christian church has been a beacon of hope for my community in particular the Black community but I would never just wholeheartedly dismiss the church. The way I live my life is closer to Islam than any other religion as far as the way I see things, but I don’t associate myself with Islam either. So I just try to make work that expresses all of these. The Liberation project with Madlib was classic, any plans for a sequel? Hopefully. I mean, Madlib is an exciting producer to work with. He has three beats on Ear Drum and yeah, I’m sure there will be another part. Because of that project, now folks would like to hear you over nothing but 9th Wonder or Just Blaze or Dan the Automater beats. Would consider a similar project with a different producer? Wow! I just did the Madlib joint, can I get a break?! But yeah a 9th Wonder situation would be easy to do, I would be able to do that in the same fashion I did the Madlib one. The thing is, the Madlib one was demo’d up, I just had too many Madlib beats that I didn’t know what to do with. That’s how it started, I had 400 Madlib beats and I was like, ‘I like all these beats, but I can’t do a whole with Madlib, but then, maybe I can.’ What is the Blacksmith Movement? I just wanted people to have a flag to wave. What I find missing from the type of hip-hop that I do as opposed to the more street oriented hip-hop, is an actual movement. The artists that I work with, everyone is a visionary. Everyone is so good at their craft, that no one is piggy-backing on each other. And a lot of times in the street-oriented hip-hop, you have one artist that’s good and the rest of the artists piggy back. So what happens is when the rest of the artists are piggy-backing they are creating a movement that people want to be down with, sort of a family. I’ve been a part of families whether it’s Okayplayer or Spitkicker or whatever, but those things have been more fan driven. So with Blacksmith I wanted to create something for those fans, so they can wear that t-shirt and wave that flag and realize that there’s something they can be proud of. Rawkus came close to it, the artists were real visionaries, but they were unable to keep it going. Even to this day, you have people who still think I’m on Rawkus because of the movement that was created. So that’s what I would like to do. So who’s down with Blacksmith? Me, Jean Grae and Strong Arm Steady are the first artists. We already started with the Blacksmith The Movement Mixtape and that did well for us. But yeah, we’re going to do as much as we can. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t ask about Reflection Eternal or Blackstar projects. Hopefully it’ll happen. As people get busy, the projects are harder to do. I have recordings with Mos Def that no one has heard and I recorded with Hi-Tek more than I’ve recorded with Mos Def. There are a lot of songs with me on it on the last Hi-Tek album, so you never know. Hopefully it’ll happen soon.
By: Hot Gossip Gal There is no greater wrath than that of Wendy Williams. The chick just does not care..if your wife is sick, you just got released from hospital, she goes for the jugular and that is exactly what she did with wanna be actress Melyssa Ford. Apparently the video vixen said she didn’t want to be typecast as a "slut", sorry the mistress of Wendy’s husband, in the self directed movie about the shock jocks life. Hear what Wendy had to say right HERE.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno According to TMZ.com, The Game has been charged with making a criminal threat, possession of a firearm in a school zone and exhibiting a firearm in the presence of an officer stemming from a pickup basketball game on February 24. According to police, The Game was playing basketball at Rita Walters Educational Learning Complex in South Los Angeles when he possibly took a hard foul and got into a scuffle with the dude. The Game punched the guy and then ran to his red Escalade, grabbed the gat, ran back to the court threatening to blast him. The cops just caught up with him last month and arrested him in front of cameras. He was later released on $50,000 bail. He will be arraigned today and if convicted could face up to five years in prison.
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.
iHipHop Blog Team