By Quibian Salazar-Moreno What’s the new thing online nowadays? These little cartoon characters as your aliases and you dressing them up with fresh gear like virtual paper dolls. Sites like Wee World and Zwinktopia have capitalized on the trend with users putting their cartoon alter-ego as their instant messaging background and MySpace page header. Now 50 Cent is getting in on the fun. Zwinktopia and 50 is offering virtual t-shirts of him and his upcoming album, “Curtis”, for fans’ virtual alter-ego’s to wear around the online world. "It’s the equivalent of sending a marketing team to a new country where there is a new economy," Chris "Broadway" Romero, creative director of digital media for 50 Cent, told Reuters. Other artists getting down with Zwinktopia include The Clash, the Sex Pistols and Slipknot.
By: Hot Gossip Gal I find it hardly unlikely but he was caught on the phone talking about splitting up ‘the red and the yellow’ with business partner Charles Patton, who just caught 44 years after being found with a whole lot of heroin in his possession. To his defense Lupe said what he was actually talking about when it came to the colors was mixing tracks in the studio. Not quite sure if I am believing what my fave skateboarder said there though.
By Kevin L. Clark Being young is certainly a gift and a curse. You have the energy to do anything your heart desires, but the public gives you its fair chance of troubles. For 21 year-old, Yung Berg, the Chi-Town rapper is gaining increasing spins off of his single “Sexy Lady.” The rapper, who got his start with DMX’s Bloodline Records, built up his weight with writing songs and being a hype man for DTP’s Shawnna. Through all the learning experiences, the young gunner has applied his wherewithal to the rap business and on the strength of “Sexy Lady,” was signed to Epic Records. Crackspace chops it up with the upstart from Chicago as he talks about his humble beginnings, how military school affected his life and explains why there are a lot of Barbie Dolls in rap today. HHC: You signed on as a hype man for Shawnna – what did you learn about the business that has helped you with your career now? YB: I’ve known Shawnna my whole life. I was originally signed to Bloodline Records. I grew up in there. I had seen the ins and outs of the business from working with them. But last year, I was her [Shawnna] hype man and “Getting Some Head,” was poppin’ on the charts, on the radio and all that. From working with them, I learned how to really rock a show. And that’s what we did… we rocked it for 6-8 weeks. Later on, I came out to California met up with management and we started cooking up my first single. HHC: Also, you kind of bounced around when it came to labels. Being signed to Bloodline Records – what was the hardest thing to accept by being with a struggling label? YB: Honestly, I wasn’t there when they were struggling. I was their first artist signed. X was still burning up hot, so it was all love over there. I was taken care of. But I know what it is to be unsigned and struggling. That shit is absolutely terrible. HHC: So, from that position of knowing what not to do – how did you get to this stage in your career? YB: I kept God first and I always knew that I was talented. I was always goal-driven. Everyone else didn’t understand what I was trying to do. Not my family, not anyone, so that’s why I named the album Look What You Made Me. The album holds all of the struggle and hard times in my life and it turned into this. My crew and I, the Young Bosses, are going to ride this out. Because without any struggle, there can be no progress. HHC: The music business is a shady beast, anyways, so amidst weak album sales – if the album doesn’t do the numbers, what’s the next plan? YB: That’s not even an option. I’ve already combated that. My single is doing incredible. The video just dropped. It’s MTV Jam of the Week. We’re dropping the remix with Rich Boy and Jim Jones. It’ll be the newest summer anthem. The album should be in stores around August 28th – early September. I have so much star power on the album, even if you didn’t like me, you’d buy it. I show love to the ladies on this one. I got Eve, Fabolous, Twista, Jim Jones, Rich Boy, DJ Khaled, Collie Buddz and the list goes on – Ray J… Shawnna. It’s damn near like a Diddy album. It’s an epic event which is why I signed to Epic Records. Not to mention, we produced our whole album. For a minute, during my struggle, I was just like… upset with people misrepresenting young artists. There’s a lot of microwave music that’s out nowadays. I’m tired of a lot that. But I feel like guys like Juelz Santana and Lil’ Wayne are really spitting! But I don’t think a lot of these younger guys are really writing. They’re like a Barbie doll… they look good, but they’re not good for you. HHC: How does you military school training help discipline you as a recording artist? YB: Military school forced me to remain focused and utilize my surroundings. I had no television, no radio, nothing. I was cut off from a lot of things. I didn’t even know that 9/11 happened. It forced me to hone my craft without any tracks. I didn’t even know that Nas and Jay were beefing. So, I learned that you could grind and work without having anything to distract you. HHC: It’s key to be versatile in this business. Aside from just being a rapper – what other hats do you wear? YB: I am an exec. I run my own label through Epic. I’m president and CEO. After me, I have Junior who sings on “Sexy Lady,” Hundred Grand, Tony Loco and Cap One. JFK and Rob Holliday are the producers. The three of us are the founders of this whole situation. We’re the triangle offense that holds it down for the whole time. HHC: Your single is making a nice climb into people iPods and all that. How can you cultivate a success when record companies are having a hard time promoting? YB: Basically, I didn’t get signed. We put out “Sexy Lady” ourselves and due to it getting burn, we got signed off of that. We’re priority. There are no acts at Epic, so we’re first on their list, you know? When there’s no other artists to worry about I think that that’s a perfect opportunity to create success. HHC: Have you musical influences ever affected certain business decision? YB: I have been around Jay and X since I was a kid. They influenced me heavily. Everything that they learned and done has trickled down; the way Jay inspires dudes is crazy. But none of what they do sounds like what I do. My album is totally conceptual. I have live instrumentation. So, the public may think it’ll be one thing, but it’s really another. It’s going to be crazy to see. It’s going to be a doozy! HHC: How do you measure the caliber of an ill MC? YB: An ill MC to me is someone who’s about spitting. I’m not going to say that I’m the illest MC, but I’m the greatest artist that’s ever hit the stage. I’ve been conditioned for this. I’m a young Muhammad Ali in this game. I’m just trying to get it. A lot of artists aren’t entertaining. It’s just a record that they drop. I’m going to set the new standard. I’m going to kill ‘em in the studio, on the press, just by saying, “Look what you made me!” To all these rappers who’ve went to the movies, I’m saying that I’m there, too. There’s no way that I’m not going to explore every option of this business. HHC: With fans listening more to hooks and catchy beats – how do you stand out within a crowd of other talented artists? YB: I’m about opening myself up to people. Barbershops are going to be arguing about what I’m doing. It is going to be something real serious. A lot of cats got some nice hooks and nice beats, people say that about “Sexy Lady.” But that’s an uncontrollable record. If you think about the process of creating the record, we did it in the backyard. We literally took it the radio station and it blew up. It wasn’t like I was trying to make my first single and everything was forced. We did that shit in 30 minutes! When you get the album, you’re going to realize what’s going on with me. HHC: What’s next for you, Yung? YB: Branding the Young Bosses, period! I’m trying to do everything from movies to film to product placement; everything to brand and break any artist that I’m working with. That equals getting money.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well I heard this from a couple of sources now but it turns out that BK rapper Uncle Murda got a beat down outside T Pains listening party the other night. The assailant was one of Pap’s boys, the weapon of choice…a fist and the crime…talking more shit about Papoose. I also heard that UM took the beating too and never retaliated..that is the part I am trying to believe.
By: Rizoh Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is familiar with the sound of gunshots on the movie set, but he found himself near a real life shootout recently. The actor heard four gunshots, while waiting outside a Hollywood restaurant, according to CNN’s Showbiz. His decision to rush to the scene after hearing the shots may have saved the shooting victim’s life. Cuba supposedly saw a young, 20-ish man bleeding from his neck and walked towards him. He then wrapped the victim’s wounded area with a towel, hailed a passing police car, and waited on the scene until an ambulance arrived. The "Rat Race." star was picking up some food for his family at Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n’ Waffles, at the corner of Sunset Blvd., when the incident ruined his dinner plans. According to Cuba Gooding’s publicist, the victim’s condition improved in the hospital. Good for Gooding. I would’ve probably been afraid of getting my behind shot.
By: Rizoh R. Kelly has done it again. The soul man scored his sixth No.1 album with his new Jive set Double Up shifting as many as 386,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s an impressive showing in this age of illegal downloads and declining CD sales. Double Up defeated last week’s No. 1, Maroon 5′s It Won’t Be Soon before Long, which took a 60% dip to No. 2 with 172,000 scans. Much of the credit for Double Up‘ssuccess goes to Kelly’s steamy single "I’m a Flirt," which reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot R&B.Hip-Hop Songs Chart. I guess it pays tobe a “Flirt” after all.
By:Hot Gossip Gal OK so the kid has been identified who Akon body slammed in upstate NY last week at a concert and guess what???? All of a sudden the parents are looking for some cash from the Konvict for doing what he did. Don’t know who I am more mad at..Akon for his stupidity or the parents for teaching their 16 year old that it really is ok for them to fire objects on stage while at concerts because it means they can swindle some cash outta the target in the end. CLICK HERE TO VIEW
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno When Clint Eastwood’s films “Flags of our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima” came out last year, black World War II veterans were disappointed that they were not represented in the film. Now Spike Lee announced his next project will be “Miracle St. Anna,” based on the book by James McBride that follows black Americans fighting the Nazi’s in the Tuscan mountains of Italy. "America started to remember the sacrifice of black soldiers in films on the Vietnam War, but before then, in those on World War II, they were almost invisible," Lee told Italian newspaper La Repubblica. "I recently met a black veteran who fought at Iwo Jima and he told me how hurt he was that he could not find a single African-American in Clint Eastwood’s two films. Despite the fact that they had been slaves for more than 300 years and that they were still at the time subject to terrible forms of discrimination, black men fought like heroes. They behaved like patriots while their brothers were lynched or at best considered second-class citizens." Lee said that he will film the movie in Italy, with the script being written by the book’s author, James McBride. There’s no word on who will be cast or when production will start on the film.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Jin’s claim to fame was destroying emcee after emcee on BET’s 106 & Park’s Freestyle Friday. He parlayed that success into a record deal with Ruff Ryders which really didn’t do much for him. Ever since them his recording career has been up and down but his freestyle skills always stayed intact – until Monday night. For the new season of MTV2’s Fight Klub, Jin was pitted against relative newcomer Iron Solomon. But if Jin would have done his research (like surfing the web), he would have known that Iron Solomon has been a beast on the freestyle circuit and destroying emcees in his path. After three rounds of freestyles, Iron Solomon destroyed Jin according to judges Joell Ortiz, Sean Price and producer Bang Out. Hot 97’s Miss Info has the uncensored audio recording of the battle at her blog CLICK HERE TO LISTEN, so you can check it out months before the new season starts.
By: Hot Gossip Gal When is this dude going to just throw in the towel literally. You retired homie why try and make this come back when no-one really cares. You had your moment to shine, you pulled some wack ass publicity stunt retiring and then have continued to make a fool of yourself by trying to make a come back. Anyhow he got his ass kicked again at Fight Klub on Monday by Iron Soloman, the current King of NY. Looks like this little commercial was a waste of camera time. Soon as footage becomes available we got y’all.
By: Rizoh When he’s not busy humping underage girls onstage or tossing skinny fans into the crowd, Akon likes to get his CEO on by signing new artists to his Konvict Muzik imprint. The latest addition to the Konvict family is fledgling New York rapper Red Cafe. Café has had dipped in and out of labels like Loud and Capitol, but seems to have found a home with Konvict Muzik. His first album, The Shakedown is tentatively slated for a 4th quarter release, with appearances from Bone Thugz-N-Harmony, Akon, and Remy Ma.
By: Hot Gossip Gal When did Kim Kardashian get an ass like this? I suppose you can pay for anything nowadays and from what I heard, Ludacris has been boasting about the size of his manhood in Playboy saying "If you’re proud of yourself, you’ve broken out a ruler and measured yourself. All I can say is I’m extremely proud of myself." He went on to say "It’s something I have been told by many women. I’m exceptional." Way to go Luda..toot that horn baby.
By: Rizoh Now that 50 Cent has gotten rich over and over, it seems his next move is to stop tryin’. Curtis hinted at semi-retirement in a recent MTV interview. The Queens rapper says he’ll give us all a break from candy-coated raps, after the release of his next two albums—Curtis (September 4) and Before I Self Destruct (February 4). Apparently, 50 has learned a thing or two from mentors Eminem and Dr. Dre. “Em ain’t put out an album in five years,” said 50. “It builds anticipation because he’s away. And he really doesn’t enjoy what comes with the success. He likes to just be away a lot more, just be shy toward people. And then the less common you appear, the bigger your celebrity. So then he isolates himself, [and] he becomes more popular. People are more excited.” Before I Self Destruct, which will be released around the 5th the anniversary of Get Rich or Die Tryin’, will be 50’s final studio recording for his contract with Shady/Aftermath. A fifth album in the form of a Greatest Hits CD will conclude his overall contract. Looks like Fiddy is eager to break free from Aftermath.
By: Rizoh A Chicago pastor named Phil Jackson (not that Phil Jackson) may have found an effective—albeit controversial—method of connecting teens to biblical teachings: a hip-hop church. Sounds like a crazy idea to many, but to Pastor Jackson “it’s respectful, it’s relevant and it’s real.” Jackson, a 43-year old associate pastor at Lawndale Community Church and author of the The Hip-Hop Church, says: “We don’t believe in Christian music, we believe in Christian lyrics.” The minister told the Medill Reports that his own personal battles with the temptations of street life at an early age made him eager to create a comfortable environment for teens to learn the Word of God. Preach!
By: Hot Gossip Gal After his listening party in NY last week it is sounding like TI might not have the classic everyone seems to be hoping for. On a side note turns out his security have a tendency to attempt to charm the ladies promising them a few mins with the rapper. Damn I thought that line went out with nineties. Anyhow here he is battling with his alter ego in a promo commercial for his up and coming release.
iHipHop Blog Team