‘Real World’-er Arissa Takes a Shot at Hip-Hop

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno MTV’s Real World: Las Vegas season was probably the most popular season in the series’ history. It was so popular that MTV has decided to reunite the cast of Alton, Arissa, Steven, Irulan, Frank, Brynn and Trishelle for a new season which has them holed up in a Las Vegas hotel for two weeks. While everybody has pretty much grown up and trying to start careers, Arissa is taking a shot at hip-hop. For those that don’t remember, Arissa is the Black girl who appeared in Playboy alongside Trishelle after the season ended. And apparently Arissa is pretty serious about this hip-hop thing. She has about four tracks on her website, and gives an explanation of what is being heard. “What you are listening to is me raw and uncut in the studio,” she writes. “What usually happens is that when I write a freestyle to a beat (huh?), I am just trying to see if what I’m saying fits the music. Then I take it home and listen to it 2,000 in a row. See what needs to be tweaked, and go back to the studio and redo it.” She been staying in Las Vegas and working within that local hip-hop scene. She’s hoping to add video and more music to her website in the near future. You be the judge.

It’s On! 50 Cent vs. Master P

By: Rizoh Master P, who has been playing the role of bad-rapper-gone-good lately, has set September 4 as the release date for his new album, Hip-Hop History. There’s nothing spectacular about that date, except it’s the same day 50 Cent hopes to release his self-titled third album. In response to P’s newfound approach of promoting a positive image, 50 Cent exclaimed that “Master P doesn’t sell CDs anymore,” and it looks like the No Limit founder is ready for a showdown with the G-Unit General. On the contrary, Master P says that his new release date has nary a thing to do with Curtis getting under his skin. “I can sit back and say nothing about that because I’m good,” said Master P. “Think about it, he stopped all these guys’ careers but now he’s approached the wrong person. God is my boss and this album isn’t even about me. A lot of people don’t think an artist can put a clean record out and make it work so there’s no pressure on me but what if it does? Will the rest of these guys out here start to think about what they’re saying and doing?” P insists that this first ever father-son hip-hop collaboration is about showing that it’s possible to engage thinking minds via rap music, and balancing out the negative content. Preach!

Justin Timberlake Launches New Label

By: Rizoh Four-time Grammy winner Justin Timberlake has taken the well-trodden territory by launching his own label. The new label, dubbed Tennman Records, is a joint venture with the mother of all majors Interscope Records. Timberlake, who helped T.I. bag a Grammy for “My Love,” declared his excitement for the new imprint. “I cannot wait to introduce the world to my new discoveries,” said JT. Give credit to Interscope boss Jimmy Iovine for ensuring his pop music dominance by locking Timberlake down with a lucrative deal. “Whenever you have the opportunity to get into business with someone as gifted as Justin Timberlake, you take it,” said Jimmy Iovine, head honcho Interscope/Geffen/A&M. “We are thrilled to have his label as part of Interscope.”

No-one Puts Kelly In a Corner

By: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah she may have played the background singer for a while but home girl Ms Kelly Rowland is mos def making sure she reps for her album which has had nearly as many release dates as Fabolous. Anyhow I think she looks pretty damn good on this months King. Way to go Kelly. Usher Defending His Gal Turns out Usher is really playing dominant when it comes to his fiancee Tameka Foster, the chick who might just well be old enough to be his momma. He made calls to Tom Joyner telling the shock jock to keep Tameka’s name outta his mouth. I also heard that he hit up Wendy Williams which really doesn’t come as a surprise as Usher got in Wendy’s face on some red carpet a couple of years ago…or was it Wendy got in his face about Chilli lol.

“Tank”

By Kevin L. Clark R&B is not in the same plight that some would say hip-hop is in. But there are a few who would beg to differ. Those are the soulful elite; the ones who made your favorite songs to make whoopee too. Durrell Babbs belongs in this new school class. The Wisconsin born, singer/songwriter has been behind the scenes with your favorite musicians (Aaliyah) to comedians (Jamie Foxx) with the same success. After a brief hiatus of not appearing on your television screen, the man known as Tank is back with his third solo offering – Sex, Love and Pain. Dropping Please Don’t Go as the first single, the multi-talented musician has a lot of catching up to do. A former athlete, competition is nothing for Tank to handle. He sits down with CrackSpace as he discusses his new album, relates his music to real world living and explains why one out the new school class of R&B male singers has a long future ahead of him. HHC: So, what all have you been doing during your hiatus? Tank: I’ve been writing and producing like crazy for everybody. I’ve been in the studio with Ruben Studdard, Tyrese, Fantasia, Omarion, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx, myself [laughs] and a few others. There’s a new artist that I’m working with named, Marvin, he’s signed to Universal. I’m just trying to help develop new acts, as well as helping out the established ones. HHC: Why name the album, “Sex, Love and Pain”…? Tank: For me, the album generally deals with the relationships within life. It’s a throwback to what R&B was about, back in the days. When you talk about Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and the like, they were singing to or at their women. That’s kind of what that album goes back to. I’m going to sing about those things – sex, love and pain. That is what R&B music is to me; it’s a story to go and share with the world. HHC: What has happened in your life to where the title of your album relates? Tank: I’ve lived a long time [laughs]. I’ve had my share of sex, my share of love and my share of pain. A lot of these songs indirectly or directly talk about these things. One of the reasons why I have success is because people can understand and relate to the music. It’s not a farfetched idea. I’m not popping Cristal bottles or driving super-expensive cars, the average listener doesn’t really relate to that on the daily. But they can see themselves arguing over a late phone call. They can see themselves about fighting about someone whereabouts. HHC: How will you set yourself about from the masses of R&B singers that have come out the last couple of years? Tank: I guess it’s in a sense that I kind of… I don’t want to say that I helped create them, but a lot of R&B artists now are different than back in the day because back then they created their own sound. Record companies now push them into certain sounds. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the work, but they’ll send their artist to an artist to help develop their sound. I’m involved in everyone’s process, yet I create my own lane. HHC: What do you think about the increase of male R&B singers over the last few years? Tank: I think a couple of these guys are very talented. There are some who are performers, some who are just trying to feel their way and get the hang of it. I really think Chris Brown is one that stands out amongst them all. He’s more involved in the creative process. He’s really creating a lane for himself. He’s not subjecting himself to the hottest producers and writers, and that right there is different from most R&B artists. I think he’ll be around for a long time. HHC: You were working with Jamie Foxx for a while there. What have you taught him about the music business that he may or may not have known? Tank: He’s always baffled at how the music business is how it is. He’s amazed at some of things that go on within the industry. In the movie business, they handle their business. Even having a contract in black and white doesn’t guarantee anything in the music business. I think the only thing that he’s learned about in this business is the foolishness that comes along with it. He has a great time in the movies, but when you crossover into his first love, which is music; you’re reintroduced to the foolishness that’s in this business. It’s not good. It almost makes you not want to do this business, but we were created to do that. So, we just take the good with the bad. HHC: You’ve made some baby-making tracks, Tank. Can your fans expect the same with this new album? Tank: The more of the same… sexy tracks, songs filled with heart. The cohesion is apparent with this one. It’s leaning towards my strength, which is telling stories. I’ve been working with Timbaland and we have a lot of good stuff. I’m trying to get all the ballads lined up in a row, so you don’t have to skip anything. HHC: What has been your worst moment on stage? Tank: The worst moment on stage was when I was launching “Freaky,” my first single. I was singing it with all my heart, trying to take it through the roof. But I’m slowly… surely hearing the murmuring within the crowd. I had seen a girl in the front row just break out and start talking. [Laughs] I still had a bridge and two verses to do. I got nervous. I started sweating… my throat got dry. [Laughs] That was the closest thing that I had ever got close to being booed. HHC: I recall you singing back-up when your friend sung to Serena Williams during the Espys. The first time was funny, but the second time was outrageous. How did you guys come up with the concept for the second installment? Tank: Jamie and all them comedians in the room came up with it. Chris Spencer; these guys are hilarious. We were all there. Jamie made up most of it, though. He’s musically more talented than a lot of people give him credit for. We just came up with a nice Jodeci harmony. HHC: The buying public can be fickle once you’re outside of their radars. Why should anyone want to go out and buy a Tank album? Tank: I think that people are still buying good music. They may not be doing it at the same numbers, but they will buy. You have to look at the facts. Beyoncé sold three million. Mary J. Blige and Jamie did the same. People are buying the music! What I put out is good music. I focus on doing good music. I want to give something to people that of which they can feel. A lot of people can appreciate that, rather than just have a hit pop record and then be gone the next. They’re hungry for the soulfulness; they’re waiting for good music.

The Game: “One More Album, and I’m Done”

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It seems like The Game is finally tired of all the attention, beef and the hip-hop industry. The Compton emcee recently told QD3 in a video interview (which has since been removed) that he will record one more album and then he’s done with hip-hop. “Right now I’m just taking a break from hip-hop and enjoying time with my family and my friends and just readying myself for my next album, my last album,” The Game said. “I think three classic albums is good for me ya know? I got my point across; I was a prominent figure on the west coast and a big figure in hip-hop as a whole. I think I made my impact and have my name said and remembered.” A track called “My B****” recently leaked on the web, and was apparently produced by Dr. Dre and a throwaway that was supposed to be on “Doctor’s Advocate”. The song has Game going at 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Suge Knight and possibly Eminem (CLICK HERE TO LISTEN) Maybe he’s being forced out of the industry after this joint?

Master P Teaching ‘Hip-Hop History’

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Fresh off the heels of telling everyone he wants to be a part of the solution to hip-hop and make profanity-free hip-hop, Master P has announced that his new album with his son, Romeo will drop on September 4. Yes, that is the same day 50 Cent is dropped his recently pushed back album, “Curtis.” "This record isn’t about making money,” P said in a statement. “It’s about providing a choice, changing, and hopefully saving lives. Before we condemn others for making a change, we should take a look in the mirror and ask ourselves, ‘what are we doing? Are we a part of the problem, or are we a part of the solution? Take A Stand Records, the movement." The album will feature contributions from Chamillionaire, Silkk the Shocker and other emcees who want to get down with P’s cause. All the proceeds from the album will be donated to a foundation and scholarship for underprivileged kids. P will also release his book “Guaranteed Success” on the same day.

Remy Talking Dirty

By: Hot Gossip Gal This 15 second snippet of Remy has to be the most fabricated phone sex I have ever heard. Damn Remy got a bit more game in her than that I think…well I hope. Perhaps this should go down as an example of how not to to turn someone on using a phone. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Trina: “I’m Stepping up My Game 10 Notches”

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been a couple of years since we’ve heard from Trina. Her last album, “The Glamorest Life,” saw one hit, “Here We Go” with Kelly Rowland, and then quietly disappeared. Now Trina is gearing up to drop her new album, “The Baddest B*tch II,” on August 14 and is hoping to make a bigger impact. "I put 150 percent into this album. I’m stepping my game up like 10 notches," Trina told Billboard.com. "I have a thousand different emotions and feelings and I show it all in this project. I didn’t want to be sad, just happy and high spirited, so people can see Trina really grew up." The album features contributions from Cool & Dre, Scott Storch, Red Spyders, The Runners, Rick Ross, Trick Daddy, Plies and few surprises that she won’t reveal at the moment. The first single, “I’m Single Again,” hit radio this weekend with the second single possibly being, “I Wish I Never Met You,” which may drop around the album’s release.

Kanye Drops New Mixtape with Questions

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Kanye West’s new album, “Graduation,” isn’t due until September but he’s giving fans something to nod their head to until it drops. His new mixtape, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, hit the internet over the weekend and has fans buzzing over several things. Mixed by Plain Pat, one of the biggest cuts on the mixtape fans are talking about is by CRS, a super-group of Kanye, Lupe Fiasco, and Pharrell, with the song “Us Placers.” Is there a bigger project in the works? There are also clips from Kanye, Common and Talib’s upcoming albums and some remixes from Ne-Yo and T-Pain featuring Kanye. There is also a new track from GLC, a frequent Kanye collaborator who fans have wondered when an album will arrive. And who knew that Kanye loved porn? In the meantime, here’s the tracklisting to the mixtape: 01. Kanye West – Friday Morning, May 25th, 2007 (Intro) 02:17 02. Kanye West – Stronger (Snippet) 01:23 03. CRS (Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West & Pharrell) – Us Placers 03:54 04. GLC – I Ain’t Even On Yet 02:36 05. Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing 04:08 06. Common feat. Kanye West – Southside (Snippet) 02:22 07. Common – The Game 02:30 08. Kanye West – Porno (Interlude) 01:15 09. 88 Keys feat. Kanye West & Malik Yusef – Stay Up (Snippet) 01:50 10. Talib Kweli feat. Kanye West – In The Mood 02:32 11. Bentley feat. Pimp C & Lil’ Wayne – C.O.L.O.U.R.S. 04:35 12. Kid Sister feat. Kanye West – Pro Nails 02:37 13. Kanye West – Young Folks 01:47 14. Kanye West – Interviews (Interlude) 03:31 15. Common – The People 03:25 16. Big Sean – Get’cha Some 02:57 17. Consequence – Don’t Forget Em 02:55 18. Sa-Ra – White! (On The Floor) 03:00 19. Ne-Yo feat. Kanye West – Because Of You (Remix) 01:35 20. T-Pain feat. Kanye West – Buy You A Drank (Remix) 02:01 21. Kanye West – Throw Some D’s (Interlude) 00:36 22. Kanye West – Throw Some D’s (Remix) 02:36 23. Tony Williams – Dreaming Of Your Love 02:52 24. Really Doe feat. Jennifer Hudson – Magnetic Power 01:47 25. PM – Hater Family 03:36 CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO

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Curtis Obviously Has Anger Issues Right Now

By: Hot Gossip Gal Check out this face on the cover of this months Vibe…what is going on? Looks like he has a lot of issues to deal with right now. Baby Momma looking for more money, Tony Yayo accused of beating Jimmy Henchman’s son, his third album being pushed back and then of course there is that rumored 95 million four album deal with Kevin Liles over at WMG or how he is going to spend his 10% share of $4.1 billion he made on his share in Vitamin Water. How hard it is to be 50 Cent.

Brandy Sued Again…and Again for “Wrongful Death”

By: Rizoh Brandy has denied “wrongful death” charges leveled against her by the relatives of the woman who died of injuries suffered in a four-car collision that the plaintiffs claim was caused by Ms. Norwood. According to Showbiz Spy, Brandy was hit with yet another lawsuit relating to the same accident. This time, Mallory Ham—one of the survivors of the California crash—is stating that Brandy should not have been speeding in her Range Rover. Three more lawsuits have been piled up against the embattled R&B singer: one by the deceased(Aboudihaj)’s parents, one representing her two children, and another by her husband. In her latest court documents, Brandy denied the charges and asserted her Fifth Amendment privilege to not incriminate herself and requests a jury trial.

Yes, Michelle—You Too Can Own a Michael Jackson Memento!

By: Rizoh Are you a fiend for shiny gloves and glittery suits? Ever dreamed of owning rhinestone-studded costumes? Make that Michael Jackson’s rhinestone-studded costumes. You (and a gazillion others) are welcome to bid on Jackson mementoes in what has been dubbed the largest auction of Jackson family memorabilia. Ever. Among the 1,000 or so items being auctioned off to the public are: a pink Mae West dress worn by an 8-year old Janet Jackson and a faded 23-year old telegram from Marlon Brando to Michael Jackson right before a show. New Jersey businessman Henry Vaccaro acquired the Jackson goodies in 2002 after a botched business venture wound up in bankruptcy court. Universal Express Inc. then paid Vaccaro $5 million for the items. Jackson dropped an effort to impede the auction two weeks ago, and opted for a confidential settlement with Universal. Wacko Jacko aficionados worldwide can bid on the goods via liveauctioneers.com and eBay’s live auction site, starting this Wednesday.

Foxy Brown: “I Have to Save Some Lives”

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Foxy Brown may be in the headlines every week about some legal issue, but nowadays she’s hoping that people don’t forget she’s an artist first. In a recent interview with Billboard’s Mariel Concepcion, the rapper said that she is planning dropping her new album, Black Roses, this September. The album will feature appearances from Jay-Z, Spragga Benz, Baby Cham and few others. "No disrespect to anyone, but gear up baby, because when I come, it’s over," Brown told Billboard.com. "This album is going to be a lyrical testimony of everything I’ve gone through and survived the last couple of years. It’s just incredible." Brown said the album name was inspired by the Barrington Levy song of the same name. "Barrington told me he was inspired to write ‘Black Roses’ when he went to Africa and there, in a garden, amongst a thousand beautiful flowers, he saw one black rose that was withered and broken, and how tourists would fly in from all over the world to take pictures of it," she said. "I have to save some lives, and that’s what ‘Black Roses’ is officially for. That’s why the title is so perfect."

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