By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Del tha Funkee Homosapien and his Hieroglyphics crew have been putting in work for the better of more than 15 years and it seems there no slowing down anytime soon. Del will be hitting the road next month to get fans ready for his upcoming album, “11th Hour”, due to drop this Fall. Del will most stay in Canada for the month of July and A-Plus, who just dropped “My Last Good Deed”, will join him on those dates. Speaking of A-Plus, he’ll be rejoining Souls of Mischief next month as well as they tour the U.S. and Canada. No word on how he’s going to be on both tours at once, but it’ll be interesting to see. Here the itinerary for both Del and Souls of Mischief: Del The Funky Homosapien feat. A Plus: 07/18/07 Victoria, BC Sugar 07/19/07 Vancouver, BC Richards on Richards 07/20/07 Nelson, BC Spirit Bara 07/21/07 Edmonton, AB The Starlite 07/22/07 Calgary, AB Tequila Lounge 07/23/07 Saskatoon, SK TBD 07/24/07 Winnipeg, MB TBD 07/26/07 London, ON Rum Runners 07/27/07 Montreal, PQ TBD 07/28/07 Toronto, ON Wakestock 07/29/07 Ottawa, ON Babylon Souls of Mischief 07/08/07 Johnson City, TN The Hideaway 8:00 PM 07/09/07 Atlanta, GA Vinyl 8:00 PM 07/10/07 Charleston, CA The Pour House 9:00 PM 07/11/07 Lexington, KY The Dame 9:00 PM 07/12/07 Pittsburgh, PA Shadow Lounge 7:00 PM 07/13/07 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s 9:00 PM 07/14/07 Baltimore, MD Sonar 9:00 PM 07/15/07 Charlottesville, VA Starr Hill Music Hall 8:00 PM 07/16/07 Washington, DC The Black Cat 9:00 PM 07/18/07 Montreal, QB Fou Founes Electriques 9:00 PM 07/19/07 Burlington, VT Club Metronome 9:00 PM 07/20/07 Boston, MA Paradise Lounge 9:00 PM
By: Hot Gossip Gal Here is the most talked about female in music showing off her body in the South of France with her boo Jay Z. The two also had a leisurely stroll along one of the many nude beaches in the South of France. I am sure they wouldnt be sending postcards home of what they saw there…nothing but old wrinkly bodies by the looks of things.
By: Rizoh A man being eyed by police as a suspect in the murder of rapper Stack Bundles was found dead in his Queens home, according to the NY Daily News. Charles White, a 20-year old aspiring rapper, was found with a pillow over his head, two bullet wounds to his head and one to the leg. As we reported earlier, Bundles (born Rayquon Elliott) was gunned down in front of his home in Far Rockaway, Queens on June 11th, 2007. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but died soon afterwards from two gunshot wounds. His funeral, held on Monday (June 18), was attended by hip-hop luminaries like Joe Budden and Lupe Fiasco. Police have reason to believe that the two shootings are connected, but no other details have emerged at this point.
By: Rizoh No matter what you think of Jim Jones’s rhyming skills, he’ll always be remembered as the guy who brought Jay-Z out of beef retirement. Jones recently told MTV News that he relishes the fact that he’s able to draw attention from an artist of Jay’s caliber. “That was a beautiful thing. When I’m on a person like Jay-Z’s mind…I’m on everybody’s mind. When you got somebody like that screaming your name, it’s only gonna help you get the fame and money. Everybody would want to know ‘Why is this boy worried about Jim Jones?’” His stance on beef is still as defiant as ever. So, if you’re contemplating launching an attack on this Diplomat, you better be a dentist. “I’m not scared of nobody but God and the dentist. If you’re on my mind at the time, I might have something to say about you.” Jones also reflected on the death of his friend and artist Stack Bundles, who was killed on June 11th, 2007. Shortly after Bundles’ death was announced, Jim Jones released a statement in which he denounced violence. He’s also been visiting schools and telling kids to stay on their grind and pursue their goals. Asked whether his own lyrics help perpetuate the same evil he’s campaigning against, the Dipset capo replied: “The lyrics of my music won’t change until they give us a chance. Why would the content of my music change? This is what we’re going through; I’m just a news reporter.”
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well that is the word, Lil Kim and Young Buck, who is now stomping his foot and saying "I did not say ‘Fu*k G-Unit’" could be a possible item…hmmm cute couple maybe.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno USA Today has published a list of the Top 25 Music Moments of the Last 25 Years with a couple of hip-hop moments making the list. At #15, Eminem makes the list for his debut album The Slim Shady LP. “WithThe Slim Shady LP, rap’s most successful, skillful and controversial player burst forth, thrilling young fans while horrifying conservative sensibilities with outrageous and violent rapid-fire rhymes,” wrote the paper’s Edna Gunderson. “Denounced for misogyny and homophobia, he was also hailed as hip-hop’s clown prince and poet laureate.” At #12, is “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and Furious Five. “Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five’s landmark anthem, the first significant rap tune to focus on inner-city turmoil, established the budding hip-hop genre as a vital vehicle for both musical creativity and social commentary,” Gunderson wrote. The highest hip-hop related moment on the list is the release of NWA’s debut album “Straight Outta Compton” at #4. ” Gangsta rap exploded in violent, explicit street stories, including widely banned F— Tha Police, fueling hip-hop’s mainstream popularity and intensifying censorship debates and a culture war,” Gunderson wrote. Napster’s onslaught of downloading made the #1 spot, but you can check out the list yourself at USA Today
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though he could probably retire with a cool $100 mil in his pocket, 50 Cent is still hustling. The rapper recently inked a deal with author, DJ and former video chick Meta Smith to add her to G-Unit Books. Smith stepped on the scene last year with her book “The Rolexxx Club”, a story about a dancer who dreams about becoming a rapper before her past comes back to haunt her. She followed that book with “Queen of Miami”, a DJ who becomes ensnared with a shady Miami club owner’s underworld dealings, and “These are my Confessions” an erotic book featuring stories from four different authors which hits shelves on June 26. She’s currently working on her book for G-Unit called “Heaven’s Fury” and is set to hit bookstores in November. The story is “all about a good girl who turns bad once she finds herself caught in the middle of a bloody drug war,” according to Smith. For more info on Metaclick HERE.
By Kevin L. Clark She may be only 21 years-old, but if you take one listen to songs off of her debut album East Side Story– you’ll hear the voice of someone who’s been here before. Emily King has dazzled audiences and critics alike with her unique songwriting and beautifully crafted voice. It is that distinct and wondrous sound that’ll be blaring out of the speakers during the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival in New York. The Room Service Group allowed Crackspace to talk with the New York native as she breaks bread; discussing the allure of New York, talks about her anxiousness to perform at the Festival and shares what she learned from being on the road with John Legend. HHC: Being a New Yorker – what is one thing about the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival that an out-of-towner would cherish that a New Yorker would think is just commonplace? EK: I would have to say that it would probably be the diversity. There’s a soul within New York that exemplifies the culture. I think a lot of those things are traits of New York that I miss every time that I leave. There’s the quality of music that I especially miss. I was on the road with John Legend and we were in Arizona. First, let me say that it’s too hot, but the music in New York just sounds native. Arizona was dope, too, don’t get me wrong, but New York is like a country in its own. HHC: How did you hear about the Festival and what piqued your interest about joining its line-up? EK: I have been hearing about it through friends for awhile. I had never been to it, but I heard about all the incredible artists that have graced its stage. So, I couldn’t say no to the opportunity. I have an incredible stage show to present to the audience. I’ll be on there for about 30 minutes and I hope that everyone enjoys it. HHC: Speaking of the line-up – it’s a raw assembly of people. Is there anyone on the ticket that you’re excited to see perform? EK: Ghostface all day! I’m looking forward to the experience. Doing this show has me feeling like this is going to be some sort of family reunion. HHC: On your album East Side Story — you wrote the majority of the songs. Which one best reflects your personality? EK: …Good question… Umm, I don’t know – I think that it changes from day-to-day. Today, there’s a song called “Moon” and I’m kind of feeling like that. I just got back from the road and I just want to have some tea. I’m a Cancer so… I can be shy or a few other things; like I really want to go to the beach right now. HHC: I still haven’t been to Coney Island, yet… EK: You need to go to the beach! [Donald] Trump bought up a lot of it. They plan on tearing down the amusement park and building up new stuff. HHC: What is one thing about New York that keeps so many people coming through to experience its highs and lows? EK: I come back here for the food. You can get anything that you want right there on your block. There’s the spontaneity. You can just walk around and get into anything, virtually. It’s amazing. You don’t know who all you can see. There’s always something that’s going to happen. The diversity is key, the energy is just fulfilling. So many people crammed into one little space; there’s something that’s bound to happen. That is very good for songwriting. HHC: Since this is a hip-hop festival – will your performance cater to the hip-hop enthusiasts? Or will you have something else in store? EK: I do what I do. I grew up in that culture so it comes out naturally. There may be some surprises. You’ll just have to wait and see. HHC: With this being the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival – what do you think that Emily King will bring to the concert that’ll be innovative and refreshing? EK: My band is dope. We have fun on stage. I just want to bring a fun vibe to it. I want to let people know that I’m here to have a good time. HHC: What inspired you to write “U and I”…? Was it a relationship that you were in or was it a reflection of someone else’s relationship? EK:Sometimes I forget. Sometimes I think that it’s me, sometimes I think that it’s about somebody else [laughs]. I’ve definitely been through that before. Sometimes I write a song and it’ll come true after… like I spoke it into reality. HHC: What have your learned by being on the road with John Legend that you’ve used to help with your own stage show? EK: I have learned that you have to have your own ritual to do before a show. No matter if you don’t have enough space and you have to go elsewhere, you just have to have something to do. Musically, I learned that there are so many details that you need to look at before performing. He’s [John Legend] a real class act and he caters to a wide range of people. From young to old, black and white, he’s just very appealing. Aside from music, I learned just to enjoy every little moment. We drove around in a bus with the band for 12 hours at a time and I loved the experience. So, I want to continue to love the experiences that I’m blessed to go through.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Surprised it took this long to come out really but what with all the speculation as to how much Curtis really got from that Vitamin Water deal, you know his baby Momma looking for her share. Her lawyers are saying that when the couple go to court over child support for Marquis the money baby Daddy made from that deal will be the topic of conversation.
By: Rizoh Since it was first announced last year, Chamillionaire’s sophomore album, Ultimate Victory, has been pushed back over and over. It was previously set for March 27, then postponed to April. According to the latest press release we received on the project, it’s now set for September 18, 2007. But while we await the release of Ultimate Victory, Cham is in the studio cooking up a holdover mixtape for his fans. Just like he did last year with Mixtape Messiah 2, King Koopa will be handing out free copies (downloads?) of Mixtape Messiah 3 and Mixtape Messiah DVD. “I’ve been hard at work, putting the final touches on Ultimate Victory while my fans have remained patient and overwhelmingly supportive of me,” explained Cham in a statement. “Now that the album is finally complete and the first official single, “Hip-Hop Police” is ready for release, I’m back on the mixtape grind.” Apparently, Cham has decided to ditch his lead single “Not a Criminal” and restart his Ultimate Victory campaign with a new cut, “Hip-Hop Police” (which features the legendary Slick Rick). The track was produced by hitmaker JR Rotem and will be introduced to radio airwaves later this month. Let’s hope it’s not “Ridin’ Part II.” Both the new mixtape and DVD will be available for free download in their entirety off of the hip hop star’s official website, CHAMILLIONAIRE , on July 18th, exactly three months before the release Ultimate Victory. Guest artists on Ultimate Victory include: Lil Wayne, Krayzie Bone, Pimp C, Lloyd, Famous and Devin the Dude.
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…’."
iHipHop Blog Team