By: Rizoh Gucci Mane has inked a deal with Asylum/Atlantic Records via a pact with his own imprint, So Icey and production company Czar Entertainment.Mane’s first Asylum/Atlantic album is scheduled to drop this summer, with appearances by Pimp C, Nitty, Rich Boy, and R&B group Silk. President of Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group, Todd Moscowitz, referred to the deal as a “great coup.”Said Moscowitz: “He’s one of the most charismatic and acclaimed rappers on the street, with an extraordinary life story and the authenticity and talent to back it up.” Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman added that “Gucci has been writing poetry and stories since he was ten years old, and it shows in the creativity and depth of his music. He is a brilliant rapper and a fantastic character who is injecting real originality and humor into the hip-hop landscape.” Gucci rose to stardom in 2005 with his hit song “Icy,” which featured Young Jeezy. He was later embroiled in a well-publicized beef with Jeezy over the song. Mane may never have another hit as huge as “Icy,” but for now he’s keeping streets warm with some awesomely-titled buzz records like “Pills” and “Bird Flu.”
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well it might explain her move to MIA. But the way him and Trina are looking all loved up if Superhead has got her hopes set on Weezy will she be able to break them up? Perhaps for a night or maybe an hour or two. Also just for the record, the Baddest Bitch is looking pretty damn good right about now. Way to go Trina.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even if he’s not making money off the music at the moment, 50 is banking off of his recent investment. Last year he entered into an agreement with bottled water company Glaceau that allowed them to use his name and image in marketing the product in exchange for a piece of the company. The Vitamin Water brand blew up and Coca-Cola became interested. Last month the soda empire bought Glaceau for a cool $4.1 billion, leaving fans wondering how much 50 would get from that. Published reports said that 50 had a 10 percent stake in the company and was going to see about $400 million. But in actuality, 50 only has around a 2 percent stake in the company and is walking away with a $100 million from the deal. Still, that’s not too shabby.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It looks like the previously announced Wu-Tang album, “8 Diagrams”, might actually happen. The release date is set for September, some folks are saying August and other as early as July. They haven’t recorded an album as a collective in six years, but RZA recently told NME.com that nothing has changed. "This isn’t a comeback,” RZA told NME. “We never went anywhere in the first place, we were just working on various different projects and this is the first group album in six years and the first European Wu Tang tour featuring all members." The Wu are also scheduled to participate in the Rock the Bells tour slated for this summer, also something they haven’t done since before Ol Dirty Bastard’s death in 2004. "We still miss him every day,” RZA said about ODB. “It’s like you lost an arm or a leg, you feel incomplete. He was a very special person, like a very rare diamond. You know, it’s like you wake up one day and they’re saying: ‘There are not diamonds in the world anymore, just cubic zirconia…’."
By: Hot Gossip Gal I was so saddened to see this picture of Remy floating around the internet after giving her her props for stepping up her game somewhatn the other day…BIG MISTAKE. (Note to self…wait at least a month to compliment the chick again!!!)
By: Rizoh If you’re one of those viewers who divorced Rap City after Big Tigger’s exit, BET may have found a way to lure you back…if only for a week. Eve will takeover the show for an entire week, starting today (June 18, 2007) and ending on June 22. She’s bringing along five been-around-the-block hip-hoppers who still command respect in the game: Monie Love, Remy Ma, Mimi Valdes, DJ Jazzy Joyce, and Dr. Roxanne Shante. Eve and friends will discuss the current state of women in hip-hop, the power of women in the industry, and how image-driven the game has become. The legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff, longtime Eve collaborator Swizz Beatz, and hip-hop head Common will also stop by Rap City to join the conversation.
By: Rizoh Gather ‘round G-Unit stans, things just ain’t the same for your favorite faux gangstas. Word on the street is that Young Buck fired off some anti-G-Unit shots at a recent music concert. According to spywitness over at a Black Wallstreet blog, Buck specifically said “F**k G-Unit, Cashville Records is the new Unit!” at radio station 107.9 FM’s Birthday Bash in Atlanta. Buck Marley supposedly took the stage after The Game’s performance in front of over 20,000 people, but it hasn’t been confirmed that Game was directly involved in the saga. The folks at BlackWallstreet Blog are alleging that YB’s outburst stemmed from angst at 50’s purported $400 million cash-in from Glaceau Vitamin Water. Glaceau, which manufactures 50’s Formula 50 vitamin water, was recently bought by the Coca-Cola company for $4.2 billion. Buck and the rest of the G-Uniters were left behind on the deal, claims the BWS blog, despite being a part of 50’s marketing campaign. Maybe Buck is simply fed-up with 50’s own “F**k G-Unit” campaign. The G-Unit General has been lashing out at his underlings a lot lately. After Buck disclosed to Hot 97 FM’s Angie Martinez that he had spoken to The Game—50 Cent’s nemesis—over the phone, 50 dashed to Hot 97 to say that he now “holds Young Buck in the same space as The Game.” Strangely, Curtis did a 360 on his statement in the June issue of VIBE, saying: “In no way do I hold him in the same regard as Game.” In the same VIBE interview, Fif barked: “I’ll fire everybody. I don’t give a f**k. They’re capable of all their responsibilities, but when they start slacking, they gotta get the f**k outta here.” G-Unit has been dead on the charts for a while, but is this the end of the Unit as we know it?
By: Hot Gossip Gal …..Eddie Murphy you are the Father. I mean c’mon Mel B was too adamant in her quest for verification ( and child support) for it not to be him. This sure is no Maury show we dealing with here.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno You really can’t go a week without a popular rapper getting into some legal trouble, but you know what? Cops don’t like underground emcees either. According to the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Coup’s lead emcee, Boots Riley was a victim of racial profiling while leaving a friends get-together at a Bay area warehouse. “They were saying, ‘Don’t f***ing move, don’t f***ing move,’ and came straight at me," Riley told the Guardian’s Kim Chun. "They put my hands above my head, searched me, and searched my car, even though they were looking for someone who was stealing tires. You know, if they had a description of a light-skinned black man with a big Afro and sideburns, maybe they should have taken me in. But they were yelling, ‘Are you on probation? Do you have a warrant?’ And every time I said no, they said, ‘Don’t lie to us. Don’t f***ing lie to us.’" They also had Boots at gunpoint as neighbors walked by checking out the scene. In the end, Boots was let go and he is considering filing a grievance with the Office of Citizen Complaints, since they didn’t even check his ID. "Usually it’s not anything with me specifically being a rapper," he said. "I might have even more protection because of that. Like at this get-together, somebody came up and said, ‘Don’t you know who this is? This is Boots Riley.’ They might not have known who I am, but they realize this isn’t the regular case where they can do whatever they want."
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno There’s dozens and dozens of movies and documentaries on the life and death of Tupac Shakur, but a new film, “Tupac: Revelations”, is apparently going where no film has gone before. Director Richard Bond has hooked up with Pac’s former bodyguard Frank Alexander (who had a Tupac DVD called “Before I Wake”), to take an investigative look at the murder of Tupac, which is still an unsolved and open case. Bond and Alexander get commentary from former detectives, judges, prosecutors, and criminal journalists on how the entire case was mishandled and mismanaged from the get-go. The DVD will hit stores on the anniversary of Tupac’s murder, September 7, 2007. To get a sneak peek of the film, check out the trailer HERE .
By Hot Gossip Gal Anyone who is on myspace has more than likely been requested to be a friend of Tila Tequila, the pint size chick who has launched her music career through myspace. Anyhow turns out that this chick has landed the cover of Penthouse this month. I mean with over a mill and a half friends who she says she has ALL the emails of, and over 6 mill profile views..looks like Miss Tequila is truly doing her thang.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Nice to see my fave female lyricist step her style game up, Remy is looking kinda fly here in these pics taken of her at the recent Fab release party. Fab by the way had all charges dropped against him stemming from the incident in the parking lot at Justin’s in NYC last year. Cops couldnt prove the guns they found in his truck were actually his. But anyhow..good work Remy…loving the hair and the look….keep up the good work.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well Kobe’s bodyguard has spilled the beans about the indiscretions of the Lakers’ player in a book titled ‘Dead Women Tell No Tales.’ Even the title was enough to send a shiver down my spine. But the book gives an insight to the rape charge, just what Kobe gets up to as a married man and how money talks regardless of the crime.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno For anyone not keeping up with the Saigon and Atlantic Records situation, here’s a quick recap. Just Blaze scored a label deal with Atlantic Records and launched his label, Fort Knocks Entertainment almost two years ago. The first artist Blaze signed was Saigon and plans for his debut album, “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, was initially scheduled to be released in early 2006. the album never came out and is still waiting for a release date. Frustrated, Saigon indicted Atlantic Records was the reason for the hold up of the album and not him. He called Atlantic the home of “ringtone making artists” and threatened to leak his album online. Now Just Blaze, gaining internet fame with his new blog at http://themegatrondon2.com, has responded to Saigon’s claims saying the real hold up is a sample clearance issue. “We (myself and Saigon) just had a short meeting about this the night before (Saigon’s blog post) and you know exactly what is happening and who is working on what, why would you go out and slander the company he runs in the middle of him trying to negotiate something on YOUR behalf?” Blaze wrote. “It’s kinda like going out and sleeping with your lawyer’s wife the night before he’s about to represent you for a murder case.You’re asking to get buried.” Blaze also goes into detail about the entire sample clearance process and even announces that he charges between $50,000 to $80,000 for a beat. He also goes after Atlantic Records for not supporting Saigon. “How do I feel about Atlantic?” He wrote. “I have mixed feelings about certain things. I DO feel 100% that once itpicked up the little bit of steam it had, they should have gotten behind "Pain In My Life" Regardless of whether or not they thought it was a great song or understood it. That record got Saigon spins on Hot 97, rotation on BET, a FULL WEEK of hosting Rap City (who else has that? 50 i think?) and MTV exposure. And that’s without a single person pushing a button on it in the building.” To read the entire entry, check out http://themegatrondon2.com/2007/06/14/strictly-business.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Back in October, Fabolous was arrested after getting shot during a party at Diddy’s Justin’s restaurant and club in Manhattan. While Fab was getting treated for a gunshot wound to his thigh, police searched the Dodge Magnum where they found two guns a .40 caliber and .380. The attributed the guns to Fab and the three men he was riding with. Fab’s defense that it was not his car and he was trying to escape the gunfire that went off in the club and got in any car he could. Apparently this proved to be true.
iHipHop Blog Team