By: Rizoh Common is the latest rapper to suffer from foot-in-the-mouth disease. The Chicago MC who once condemned the men’s lacrosse team at Duke University accused of raping a Black exotic dancer, has now said that his statements stemmed from personal reactions and did not reflect the facts of the case. Bottom line: he publicly apologized for jumping to conclusion. “I want to say first of all that I apologize for accusing people wrong that didn’t do it,” Comm said to The Raleigh News. “I just felt like, ‘That’s my sister,’ so I felt emotional about it, and I guess I did what a lot of people do to other people, to convict them or consider them guilty before we even know the truth,” he added. Wait, why on earth is Common issuing a public apology when everyone else who pulled the race card during that rape scandal has now hunkered-down in shame? Well, Comm will possibly face the same students he wrongly condemned when he performs at a Duke festival, The Last Day of Classes. Fortunately for him, some students have already accepted the apology. “There were definitely irresponsible comments, but the fact that he apologized makes it seem like he will try and put on a good show and actually cares about what Duke students think," a freshman, Jordan Rice, told the Duke Chronicle. While some are in the process of forgiving Common, others get it. “He just kind of jumped on the bandwagon in condemning these guys,” said sophomore Jon Martin. “It’s always appropriate to apologize, but I think it’s pretty obvious this was a PR move.” That’s right, Martin; to err is human, and to apologize is a PR move.
By: Hot Gossip Gal The Akon drama has taken yet another turn with the Prime minister of Trinidad getting involved. Deena Alleyne who he dragged around the floor and who gyrated on top of him has this to say "This whole hip hop thing is a guise and I don’t want any part of it, I don’t want to be any part of it""I thought it was going to be normal," Alleyne said. "I got carried away, I started to dance as well but I never thought it was going to be like that. I was shocked, my head was hitting the floor." Hmmm not looking good for the platinum selling star right now…someone is going to have to pay up I think …but to be real, that girl should not have been there anyway.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Common recently held several listening sessions for his new album, “Finding Forever”, set to drop on July 10 and has been getting some positive responses. But what fans are also anticipating is Common’s performance in the long-awaited and highly-anticipated film, “American Gangster,” where he actually plays the father of T.I.’s character. “They had to age me a little bit, ’cause I ain’t that old,” Common told Entertainment Weekly. “I just got into the mindset. More than anything, it was just an honor to be on the set with Denzel Washington and Ruby Dee and Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe. To be able to say I’m in this movie with them — it’s a big step for me, you know?” The film, set to hit theatres this fall follows the story of a drug lord (Washington) as he smuggles heroin into Harlem during the 1970s by hiding the stash inside the coffins of American soldiers returning from Vietnam. The film also stars the RZA, Cuba Gooding Jr., Carla Gugino, and Josh Brolin.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Paul Wall’s new album, “Get Money, Stay True,” has almost been out for a month and has been getting mixed reviews for his weal lyrics but fresh beats. But even in that Virgin Mobile still wants to get down with the people’s champ. In an exclusive deal with Virgin Mobile, Wall will be giving the company previously unreleased “chopped & screwed” ringtone versions of his songs from his new album as part of the ‘first dibs’ campaign. There’s also a ‘First Dibs’ contest where fans get to explain how they ‘stay true’ to themselves for a chance to win $300. "I’m really excited to be able to give my fans a chance to get ‘First Dibs’ on new exclusive ringtones! I’m gonna enter the contest myself, and hope I win," Paul Wall said. The songs that will be available include "Break Em Off (Chopped & Screwed)," "Gimme That (Chopped & Screwed)," "How Gangstas Roll (Chopped & Screwed)," and "I’m Throwed (Chopped & Screwed)." To enter the ‘first dibs’ contest, visit. DJ Paul Wall
By: Hot Gossip Gal Check out the video directors footage of the recent Spider Loc video shoot which literally was just that, as gun fire erupted part way through the filming. Funny thing is G Unit member Spider Loc said the gun fire was actually aimed at another video being shot close by adn not his…hmmm yeah ok.
By: Rizoh Cam’ron made hip-hop history by becoming the first pink shirt advocate to appear on CBS’s 60 Minutes Sunday night. Killa Cam shared his insight on the now played out “no snitching” street code. Predictably, he defended the code of ethics, citing business reasons. “With the type of business I’m in, it would definitely hurt my business,” Cam’ron told CNN’s Anderson Cooper before adding, “and the way that I was raised, I just don’t do that. I was raised differently, not to tell.” Cam said he wouldn’t talk to po-po even if there was a serial killer was living next door to him. Asked whether there could be any situation where he’d feel comfortable talking to the law, he responded: “Yeah, definitely. Say ‘Hello, how you feel, everything alright?’ Period.” Geoffrey Canada, an anti-violence advocate who was also interviewed on the topic, begs to differ. “People are walking around with shirts. People are going out making, making music. People are saying things that if you’re a snitch it’s like being an Uncle Tom was when I was growing up,” said Canada. “It’s like you can’t be a black person if you have a set of values that say, ‘I will not watch crime happen in my community without getting involved to stop it.’” I’m not sure how can pin this ignorant trend on Don Imus but I’m sure it’s possible. CLICK HERE TO VIEW PART 2
By Will “Deshair” Foskey We, at Crackspace.com feel that our readers should know the truth… Swizz Beatz is a Monster. We want you to understand that Swizz’s talents go far and beyond his energetic adlibs, lung collapsing drum patterns and band-like horns that would make a referee at a college football game, swallow his whistle on impact. We, at Crackspace.com would like for you to know that your favorite rapper, just might have a bit of gratitude to fork over in Swizz’s direction. If you were on some “New York Shit” a year ago, Busta Rhymes tore the track apart, but Swizz already had the song completed before Busta placed his lyrical ingenuity upon it. There’s a long list of hits with the same story behind them. Get to know this dude; Swizz Beatz is a problem. On June 5, 2007, Swizz will release his latest creation, and solo effort, “One Man Band Man.” His current single, It’s Me Bitches, is catching fire on Urban radio and has become a fan favorite online. And the remix featuring R. Kelly, Lil’ Wayne & Jadakiss is doing severe damage in the clubs and on the blocks. So the question is: now that Swizz steps behind the microphone for a full on effort, what do you think of his chances for worldwide success? If his previous hits for other artists aren’t good enough for you to take notice to his musical prowess, I don’t know what else will… You’re known for your production skills, but is often overlooked lyrically. If you could control the perception that people have of you, in which direction would you take them? Swizz Beatz: I want for people to look beneath the lyrics. So many people like to look down on a situation from the skyscrapers. But they don’t pay attention to the people inside of the building who are keeping the lights on. I would just want for people to take my messages seriously. You are often the mind behind many of the hits that you place your stamp on. Talk about a few of the songs that may have started out being your creation, but you handed it over to one of your clients. Swizz Beatz: Most of the songs like ‘I’m a Hustler’, ‘Bring’em Out’, ‘New York Shit’, ‘Touch It’… all of those songs were potential songs for my album. Name a few of the artist that you have recently clocked in studio time with? Swizz Beatz: I’ve worked with Chris Brown, Eve, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Weezy, Kanye’, just a lot of people. Oh, I can’t forget Usher and Nelly (Who both have projects slated for a 2007 release). One Man Band Man is on its way. When you started recording the album, describe what was going on in you life at that time. Swizz Beatz: Just the same everyday things. I didn’t go into this with the intentions of doing the album. There wasn’t any pressure on me, so it was fun. I just placed a few songs together and from there I found my single. I recorded ‘It’s Me Bitches’ on my birthday (August 30), drunk in the studio. I didn’t want to go to the club that night. I’m glad that I made the decision to stay in the studio. I had the pleasure of attending your listening session earlier this year. Honestly, how do you feel a majority of the attendees assessed your album? Swizz Beatz: I don’t usually judge my audiences at that type of session, because a lot of journalists tend to keep their game-face on the entire time. I would think that I put the nail in the wall with an amazing record and then I’d read their review like, “Damn, they only gave me 2 stars?” He just told me that I influenced the hell out of him on some music shit. I may get offended for a little while, like a half hour, but then I’ll keep it moving. It’s just that person’s opinion, and I have to respect it. But as far as answering your question, I thought that people were surprised. Most of them probably thought that it would be a compilation. They probably thought that I was going to do all of my beats, but I just wanted to step out of that. I wanted for this album to focus on my story. I know what people were expecting. They were waiting for DMX to pop out of nowhere; they expected to hear Jay-Z all over my shit. But I chose to save collaborations for the remixes. I felt like I accomplished my first mission in stepping outside of the comfort zone that others had for me, to prove them otherwise. We did a tally for the event, and I scored an 80%. So I can’t be mad at that. In closing… Swizz Beatz: I’ll like to send love out to all of the fans for being a fan of my music without even knowing it. I’ve had the opportunity of living through so many well established and popular artists, so I’ll like to send love out to them as well. “One Man Band Man” hits shelves on June 5, 2007 a.k.a. J.5.07
By: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah the chick from Castle Hill has really got to be rubbing her hands together with this pay out. She is to perform for some Russian dudes wife and is going to be earning 50,000 a minYup, for a 40 min set, J Lo will be getting paid $1.2 million…and the banker is picking up the $800,000 expense check….wonder what that covers…maybe a contribution to the IRS for her hubby.
By: Rizoh It probably sucks to be Brandy Norwood right now. Just last Christmas the 28-year old R&B crooner was involved in a car crash that claimed the life of another driver. Now she’s being replaced by 54-year old Sharon Osbourne (remember her from The Osbournes?) as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. NBC did not cite the reason for Brandy’s exit. But word has it that her involvement in two wrongful death lawsuits facing her as a result of that December accident that left a 38-year-old woman dead may have contributed. “Brandy has enjoyed her association with the program. However, she felt she couldn’t give the new season the attention and commitment it deserved,” said a statement released by NBC. Sharon Osbourne joins returning judges David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The buzz about the b-boy documentary “Planet B-Boy” has been building since last summer and it will finally premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27. The film follows the best b-boys from around the world including Japan, South Korea, France, Germany and the United States as they share their moves as well as their preparation for the Battle of the Year, a world cup of b-boying held annually in Germany. In celebration of the premiere of the film the producers of the film will host, “The Battle for Tribeca”, a classic b-boy battle where the winner will take home a $2,000 prize at New York’s Webster Hall. There will also be a b-boy showcase featuring the crews from the film. For more information visitPLANET B BOY or TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno In the early 90’s Quik and AMG were inseparable. AMG was featured on Quik’s projects and Quik produced AMG’s debut album “B**** Betta Have My Money.” But in the late 90’s, the two butted heads and Quik eventually cut off AMG like a red-headed step-child. “That’s natural when you have brothers and you have people and you go through growing pains and you don’t really have any mentors or guidance on how to grow up successful and keep your ego in check,” Quik told HipHopCrack.com. “I had to be an easy person to clash with, we didn’t have that upbringing, we didn’t have that finishing school in hip-hop in 1990 and 1991, so naturally you’re going to have some disagreements. I purposely was a grudge-holder, I held grudges for a really long time and wouldn’t mess with people on just some, “I’m right, I’m right…” which is some spoiled stupid ish to be doing in hindsight. And I probably held us up more than anything.” The two squashed their differences in the early 2000s and came together to form The Fixxers. They’ve already released “Can U Werk Wit Dat” as the first single and video, which was featured on the last episode of Entourage. They’re currently working on the album, “Midnite Life”, to drop sometime this summer, hopefully on Interscope Records. “The bottom line is it’s fun,” Quik told us. “It’s something that makes sense. When you’re in the studio and you see me replacing woofers and having to do silicone sealant myself, not because I can’t pay somebody to do it, but because it’s relaxing to do technical work, you realize that it makes sense. It’s like life imitating art, it’s not a corny name, and we’re in here literally fixing stuff, fixing music so we’re the Fixxers.”
By: Hot Gossip Gal What is going on in the world, we got random dudes shooting up colleges and then we have people stabbing their nearest and dearest in domestic disputes. Yeah Beenie Man is supposed to have pulled a knife on his wife in his latest dispute. All I can say is thank goodness the week is close to over. Give me some fake relationship with Rhianna and Omarion over all this nonsense any day.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though Will.I.Am, Taboo, Alp and later Fergie have been the showpieces for the Black Eyed Peas since their inception, their band Bucky Johnson has contributed just as much to the group’s success. Now Bucky Johnson is gearing up to drop their own album, The Band Behind The Front, this summer. Band members Printz Board (keys, trumpet, bass), George Pajon Jr. (guitar), Tim Izo (woodwinds, guitar, MPC), and Keith Harris (drums and keys) have enlisted BEP members Fergie and Taboo to contribute to the album as well as Debi Nova, Golden, T-Irie Dred and other up and coming artists. Here’s the track listing: The Break In Bust This Over Yo Head feat. T-Irie Dred I Like it Like That Feat. Taboo Do It feat. Golden, Nic Nac, & 777 Vapors feat. Fergie Neil Diamond Oh No! feat. Keith Gamble, H20, & Skoob No Panties Easy feat. Debi Nova Ladies Love It
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Filming for a new flick starring Laurence Fishburne, Wilmer Valderrama and a host of other started this week. The movie, Days of Wrath, revolves around Latino and Black gang members as they try to survive a gang war that has taken over Los Angeles. Valderrama stars as a thug who sets off the gang war after stealing a rapper’s car and accidentally killing the mother of his own gang’s kingpin, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Kurupt will play a cameraman (yes, he’s NOT playing a gang member) who rolls with a TV correspondent to cover the craziness of the gang war. Laurence Fishburne will play a teacher who tries to ease tensions between the gangs while David Banner, Slim Thug and Rick Ross all play gang members. The indie flick is shooting for a 2008 release date.
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