By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Dave Chappelle hasn’t totally given up on television. He’s hooking up with comedian Paul Mooney, who was on his “Chappelle Show” as Negrodamus, for a pilot for an HBO show called “Judge Mooney.” The show will have Mooney reenacting actual court cases that have already been decided but in a Paul Mooney style. "Whatever I say goes,” Mooney told the L.A. Daily News. “I’ve also got a little dog that sits on my judge’s desk, and I ask the little dog’s opinion. If the dog barks, I say, ‘Well, the dog says you have to go.’ It’s real crazy." Mooney recently made headlines after he announced that he will no longer use the ‘N-word’ in his stand-up performances. Even though he used to work with Richard Pryor and used the word freely, things have changed. "Using the word, we were trying to defuse it, trying to desensitize people to it … take the power out of it," Mooney said. "But the word is an equal-opportunity word now, with Latin kids and white kids saying it, and what it conjures up is all these demons. I watched the Michael Richards meltdown over and over, and I had an ‘N’-exorcism. And I don’t care how you spell it, with an ‘a’ or an ‘er,’ if you sauté or barbecue a goat, it’s still a goat. But I was married to the word then — now I’m divorced from the word."
By: Hot Gossip Gal Tony Parker should be happy with his ball career and his gorgeous soon to be wife Eva Longoria and like Shaq, Iverson and Artest he should just leave HIp-Hop alone. We don’t need you trying to be all thug like and creative, even with your cute French accent and joints with Fab..you are meant for a career of BBall POINT BLANK PERIOD.
By: Hot Gossip Gal The Louis Vuitton Don just got himself a crib in Beverly Hills costing 7.2 mill. Hmmm I wonder if wifey had any say in what he was spending his money on.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno On April 3, Screen Media Films will drop Hip-Hop Live on DVD, a documentary featuring the best freestyle emcees from Houston and Detroit going head-to-head for “Rhyme City Supremacy.” G-Unit comedian T.K. Kirkland hosts the battles while judges Jadakiss, MC Lyte, and Freeway decide which city has the best rhyme animals. In between the rounds, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross perform sets from their latest album. Bonus footage on the DVD include a Ohio vs. Ohio State battle plus a mini-doc on the history of city vs. city battles. Screen Media Films has also partnered with Iced Out Gear to giveaway a wardrobe of Iced Out Gear which includes jewelry, grillz, pimp cups and more. To enter the contest, which expires on April 30, visit HIP HOP LIFE.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Seems like nowadays Jay-Z can’t even wake up without making a former partner, artist, or even fan mad. Whether its not pushing an artist’s album hard enough on Def Jam or not signing off on Def Jam artists to appear on another artist’s album, he’s really not winning over his industry peers. Now a former Roc-A-Fella artist is mad at Jay for stealing his “diamond” hand sign, yes, the hand sign that Jay was throwing on the cover of the Dynasty album. “You can clearly see me throwing up the diamond sign in The Streets is Watching movie in 1998,” said Rebel, who was part of the Roc-A-Fella group, Diamonds in the Ruff in the late 90’s. “Jay didn’t begin throwing up the diamond sign until The Dynasty Album in 2000 after we (Diamonds in da Ruff) had left the label and broken up. I mean ask yourself. What’s a diamond got to do with a dynasty? The diamond represents Diamonds in da Ruff – - that’s my group.” “When I first saw Jay throwing up the diamond sign on the cover of his Dynasty album I can’t lie, I was angry. But I had temporarily given up rap so I let it rock. But In the past year or two since then, I‘ve come to some important realizations. For starters, my music is strong enough to hold it’s own against a little controversy or anything else you throw at it. Secondly, I’ve never let anyone or anything stop me from being who I am or saying or doing what I want no matter what the consequences. By my own standards I was being a clown for holding my tongue on something that I felt so strongly about.” So to set the record straight, Rebel recorded a freestyle that he says isn’t a diss, but to let fans know the true history of the “diamond” hand sign. We’re guessing it has nothing to do with wrestler Diamond Dallas Page? Click here to here the song: CODE RED STUDIOS and click here to see the Streets is Watching clip
By: Hot Gossip Gal After legal proceedings were supposed to silence the onslaught of Kim Mathers and her attack on her former husband Eminem earlier this week, it was only 2 days,a mere 48 hours until she was sitting down with our ‘fave’ morning show host Miss Jones running her mouth again. What a surprise..I am sure Jonesy is loving being a part of this. Its the kids you feel sorry for all being said and done.
By: Rizoh Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama has been officially endorsed by Sheila C. Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and ex-wife of media pioneer Robert Johnson. Though Bob Johnson has decided to back rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sheila Johnson went with the Obama because of his “fresh perspective on how to bring change to the country,” Johnson will also co-host a luncheon fundraiser for Obama in Washington April 19. Robert and Sheila co-founded BET in 1980. They sold the company to Viacom for $3 billion in 2000, two years before the couple’s divorce. Sheila Johnson now heads Salamander Hospitality, a resort and retail chain. She also presides over the Washington Mystics basketball team.
By: Rizoh A woman who claims she was injured at a Lil’ Wayne concert at Tennessee State University is suing the school and Lil Wayne (born Dwayne Carter) for $150,000. In the lawsuit, filed in Davidson County Circuit Court, Candice Smith said she was knocked down by a troop of fans almost as soon as Lil’ Wayne hit the stage at Gentry Center. The incident occurred as fans were running to get money that Wayne had thrown into the crowd at the March 2006 event. The woman allegedly suffered a broken collarbone and other injuries that have caused her to miss a substantial amount of time from work and school, the suit claims. Smith blamed Wayne for inciting the crowd and said similar incidents have happened at other concerts. How true is her claim that “making it rain” on the stage has resulted in similar incidents else where? Well, you may recall that a homecoming concert went off-course after a member of Lil’ Wayne’s entourage tossed $20, $10, $5 and $1 bills into the crowd of college students. In a bid to fetch some of the falling notes, three women sustained injuries and another fainted in the rush.
By: Hot Gossip Gal No better P.I.M.P than the D.O.G.G but I had to laugh at this comment he made after being denied a visa to do a couple of shows in the UK yesterday. Snoop said "I cannot control my past – me being an ex-gang member, ex-drug dealer – but I know how to do what’s right, how to turn my life around." Homie you were arrested three times last year for carrying drugs and illegal weapons, all this after your peeps caused a huge fight in London’s Heathrow airport which had you all kicked out of the country. Now I am not saying this is all on Snoop but saying he is paying for his past is just a little ironic really. All this equates to turning your life around?
By Will “Deshair” Foskey Power producer, Wyclef Jean is a busy man these days. But you can take a look back at his historical musical past for the proof of his present stature. Wyclef might not hit the airwaves with hit after hit on a consecutive basis like the Neptune’s and Timbaland’s of the production world. But when he hits, Wyclef dismantles Pop culture in a way that is only true to himself. From ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ with the vivaciously gifted Shakira, to ‘Maria, Maria’ with Santana, all the way back to the Fugee’s remake of ‘Killing Me Softly’, Wyclef is that dude in production. In this HipHopCrack.com exclusive, Wyclef airs out his fresh scented laundry while giving us information on an album that we all can look forward to… Wyclef Jean on the Fugees: Bringing the Fugee’s back is more than just going into the studio and recording a record. We did the BET thing, we came together for the Dave Chappelle Block party and we went into the studio to vibe. But all of that is not making it. We have to be more unified. For the Fugee’s, it’s not about just going into the studio and putting 13 to 14 songs on a CD. If the Fugee’s are going to come back, it has to be on some rap shit, and it has to be the right shit… so that’s where it stands. Everybody wants a Fugee record, and I’m the first one in line who wants that, but it has to feel right. I’m moving forward right now, so I don’t want to place myself in a situation where I am going backwards. It’s just still in the air right now. Wyclef on hearing comparisons angled from will.i.am, towards him: When I was young, I remember people saying that I sounded like Bob Marley. As admirers of music, we are fans of each other. So if people come up to me and say that will.i.am sounds like me, or dresses like me, I look at it as an honor. But I don’t get caught up in that. I do records with will.i.am, Akon, Chamillionaire, and T.I. (who was in the studio at the time) because I’m a producer first. I compliment what will.i.am is out there doing right now. I compliment anybody who is out there making money. Wyclef addresses the rumors of a newly formed Fugee’s that would have featured Akon: Now that’s false. I’m 36 years old… I have Jets, cars and islands, man. I couldn’t even make a move like that. I mean, this isn’t Making of the Band. It’s either the Fugee’s or it’s not. Wyclef on his near future: I’m working on the, “Carnival 2: Back from November.” I feel like I’m ready now. I am so excited about it. I got everybody on this album. I got T.I. on there. I got will.i.am on there. I got Chamillionaire on there. I got that Part 2 to ‘911’ featuring Mary J. Blige called, “What About the Baby?” It’s naturally feeling like the sequel to the Carnival.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Karrine Steffans is back for Round II with her new book Vixen Diaries. Does this chick have any more beans to spill on today’s rappers? Looking forward to who is going to react to this…lets hope she doesn’t stir it up with Ma Barker again.
By: Rizoh If Tony Yayo is found guilty of assaulting Jimmy “Henchmen” Rosemond’s 14-year old son, then he should be prepared to lose some fans, including fellow G-Unit soldier Young Buck. The 26-year old Tennessee rapper expressed his disappointment while on New York’s Hot 97 FM to promote his sophomore album, Buck the World. “I don’t respect anybody beating up no kids,” Buck told Angie Martinez on Hot 97. “I can’t rock with nothing that’s wrong. If Yayo did it, that ain’t what’s up. I ain’t with putting my hands on any child, period. And you shouldn’t either.” Buck also shed some light on his verbal altercation with the Game during the 2007 All-Star weekend. “It was the first time that we’ve ever been in the same building at the same time,” Buck recounts. “I took it upon myself to go to the stage and see what it was. I told the DJ to play “One Blood.” I like the record, to be real. He didn’t have it. So I told him to play whatever record he had from the Game. I addressed the Game with the situation. I ain’t gon’ lie, homeboy started to make it to the stage. Security got scared and they pushed him away from the club.” The story goes that Game called Buck a week after the incident. “I chose to have a conversation with him because, honestly, 50 Cent would never have a conversation with him. So, 50 gave me permission to have a conversation with him. We left the conversation on the note of ‘You do you without involving us, and we’ll do us without involving you.’” Buck the World is due out today, March 27th.
By: Rizoh San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker has joined the likes of Allen Iverson and Shaquille O’Neal by making a foray into hip-hop. Parker, 24, released his first hip-hop LP on Monday. Parker, who raps in French, is the most celebrated basketball star in France. He celebrates his own baler status and high-end lifestyle on the self-titled debut. The album’s first single, “Top of the Game,” features Fabolous. On “Balance-Toi (Throw Yourself Around),” another track from the album, Parker rhymes: “What, you want to dance? No, it’s not worth it. Me, I’ll stay on the sofa enjoying the vibe by raising my arms.” Not quite the French KRS-One. But you can’t knock his hustle, right?
By: Hot Gossip Gal After being charged for driving under the influence last week, Vivica Fox lost her endorsement with GM Motors. Well kind of expected really. Not really setting a good example mami are we, driving way too fast and after knocking back a few margaritas. The endorsement was worth something like a million a year..that has got to hurt.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Super turntable wizard DJ Z-Trip has teamed up with Lateef the Truth Speaker (of Latyrx) for Ahead of the Curve, a mixtape slated to drop in May. Z-Trip has a sneak preview on his website, DJZTRIP, that also features Chali 2na (formerly of Jurassic 5) called “Mass Hysteria”. Not much info is given on the rest of the project except to check back in a couple of days for the latest info. In the meantime, Z-Trip will be doing several shows throughout April and May. Here are the dates: Apr. 06 – Seattle, WA, Last Supper Club Apr. 12 – San Diego, CA, Stingaree Apr. 21 – Vail, CO, Club 8150 – Farewell Show Apr. 22 – Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre May 01 – Dallas, TX, Suite May 18 – Vancouver, Canada, Richards on Richards May 19 – Toronto, Canada, TBA May 20 – Calgary, Canada, TBA
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