By: Serge The city of New Orleans, Louisiana in 1999; B.G. releases ”Chopper City In The Ghetto”, off Cash Money Records. The album reaches platinum success, and the primary reason for that is the heavy rotation of the hit song, ”Bling-Bling”, a phrase coined by B.G. which means to have shiny and expensive jewelry. That phrase would soon cross over into mainstream America, and place B.G. firmly on the map. The city of New Orleans, Louisiana 2005; Hurricane Katrina devastates the state, leaving most of it submerged under water and causes billions of dollars in damage, forcing B.G. to relocate due to the natural disaster. Although he is no longer with Cash Money, B-Gizzle still manages to release a few acclaimed albums through Koch Records, while getting into disputes with Trina and former label mate, Lil Wayne. Now fast forward to 2007; B.G. buries the hatchet with Cash Money label head Baby, while running his own imprint, Chopper City Records. He forms the group, Chopper City Boyz along with Sniper, VL Mike, Gar, and Hakim (AKA Hakizzle) for the their debut effort, ”We Got Next.” Not to be out done (by himself) he also plans to release his solo album through Atlantic Records and it’s rumored to be executive produced by the self proclaimed king, T.I. If all that isn’t an example of perseverance and determination, it would be really difficult to find what is. CrackSpace.com: Why do you think the South is so hot now, do you think it’s any particular reason for it? Chopper City Boyz: We ain’t taking away from nobody else, but we are just strong right now. You can tell the difference between Southern rap and anywhere else, ya heard me. Bottom line is we are just bringing a different flavor right now. CrackSpace.com: Do you think there is some animosity towards the South right now because the spot light is on you guys? Chopper City Boyz: It don’t bother us, everybody got their personal opinions, and their personal feelings about what they want. Everybody gets their turn to do their thing, and right now we got the game in the mothaf**king choke hold, ya heard me. CrackSpace.com: How did The Chopper City Boyz come about, did you guys know each before getting into music? Chopper City Boyz: Well B.G. Left Cash Money, and he was doing a little project and he wanted us to go on the road with him. We all grew up together, and it just went from there, we all street n***as, born and raised so it was on from there. CrackSpace.com: David Banner did the production on ”Make ‘Em Mad,” who else have you worked with on this album? Chopper City Boyz: Production wise, we just went with David Banner and all the features were just family. Not to be sh*ting on any outsiders, but we just wanted to do our own thing. We’ve been hungry for a long time, so we have a lot to say and just wanted to get it all out. CrackSpace.com: So that was a conscious effort to just stay within the group setting? Chopper City Boyz: Well yeah, it’s all about the Chopper City Boyz over here. Like we said we ain’t trying to sh*t on anyone but we just wanted to do our own thing, ya heard me. CrackSpace.com: How do you feel when you hear Lil Wayne say things like he’s the best rapper alive, do you think that’s a matter of opinion? Chopper City Boyz: To be real, if he wants that sh*t, he can have it that sh*t. That stuff don’t even float our boat, so he can have that bullsh*t. That best rapper alive sh*t; f*ck that sh*t. This is VL Mike, ain’t no cowards over here. I say something about that sh*t on the album, f*ck the best rapper alive. Ain’t nobody worried about that sh*t, I’m trying to eat. You can be a rapper, but I’m a street n***a, so it is what it is. Who ever don’t like it, get at me this; is VL Mike. CrackSpace.com: So you’ve always felt that way? VL Mike: Yeah I have, and just like I said who ever doesn’t like it they can get at me. Put that in print, or how ever you want to put it. CrackSpace.com: During the whole drama of Southern rappers claming to be the kings of the South you guys managed to stay clear of that, was there any reason for it? Chopper City Boyz: Well n***as want to call themselves that, then that’s what it is. W just try to steer away from other rappers talking about their titles and what not. We just try to keep it all about Chopper City over here. CrackSpace.com: What would you say to people that just think Southern music is relevant because of beats and hooks, and that the South isn’t known for lyricism? Chopper City Boyz: We don’t get bothered by none of those statements. If that’s how people feel, then they are entitled to their own ideas and opinions. But I’ll tell you this, we got this whole thing in the choke hold as of now; and I love when are haters involved. Because it only makes us go harder, so we can make the critics even angrier.
By: Hot GossipGal I am getting word that a baby shower went down in Compton recently to celebrate the birth or the soon to be birth of The Games second child. Will keep you posted on this as. And it seems that the video gals he called out on his Kanye assisted track Wouldn’t Get Far are still running their mouths about the video shoot Game and his team wanted them to take part in. Is that video still in rotation???
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno As if Timbaland isn’t doing enough in trying to get folks excited for his new album, he’s now entering the video game arena. Tim has partnered with Rockstar Games (makers of the Grand Theft Auto Series) to create Beaterator for the PSP, a music mixing and beat making game that will feature original Timbaland beats and sounds. "I’ve always been a huge fan of Rockstar and love playing their games," said Timbaland. "I’m thrilled to be partnering with them and making music for Beaterator. I cannot wait to get this in the hands of our fans!" In addition to being able to piece together your own beats, there will also be different rhythm games and challenges to keep you occupied for hours. The game won’t drop until this summer but to get a taste of what the game is like, you can check out the stripped down web version at ROCKSTARGAMES. In the meantime, Timbaland’s new album, Shock Value, has been pushed back a week and will drop on April 3.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno MTV’s curiously successful mtvU channel, their 24-hour college network, announced plans for its ‘Campus Invasion Music Festival.’ Taking place next month in three different cities, the festival is designed to create awareness about the genocide in Darfur and raise funds to end the fighting. Fabolous, Rick Ross, Rich Boy and D.G. Yola have signed up to headline the Festival in Atlanta on April 27 at Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre. On April 29, K-os, Gym Class Heroes, Kidz in the Hall and others will headline the Philadelphia show at Penn’s Landing. "College students, music and activism have long been a formula for social change and Campus Invasion ’07 will harness this combination to continue fighting the genocide raging in Darfur," said Stephen Friedman, GM, mtvU. "We’re heartened to have so many respected, groundbreaking artists join us for these concerts of amazing live music, awareness and action." There will also be a show in Austin, Texas on April 22 at the Backyard featuring bands The Rapture, The Shins and others. For more info check out MTVU.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Famed rapper and innovator of Hip-Hop Mele Mel said after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that 50 Cent will also get inducted but he doesn’t deserve it. Don’t hold back Mele will you…but the reason for this was as he went on to say is ‘all he did was just make records and the records made money. He wasn’t as influential as Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, or RUN D.M.C. or KURTIS BLOW or PUBLIC ENEMY. These are the influential groups in hip-hop. That’s the biggest movement and the bigger story about what hip-hop is." Does the Grandmaster’s co-hort have a point?
By: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah yeah that is what the word is on the streets, someone started a rumor saying that PM was to replace Ghost on the up and coming Wu album, 8 Diagrams. ‘The only thing that would even link PM to the Wu is the label that houses them both…Steve Rifkinds SRC,’ my source told me ‘if Ghost didn’t want to be part of the album, which I am not saying he does, then the Wu would roll on without him, rather than replacing him, this album is history right here though.’ Precisely and to think of the Wu without Ghostface…oh my gosh!!!!
By: Rizoh Yesterday, we received a message with a number and something about R.Kelly. So we decided to call, in hopes that the Pied Piper of R&B might have something interesting news for us. "Since y’all called, I’m in the studio making these hits. I’ma give y’all a few lil snippets. Here’s what I’m about to hit y’all with," says R.Kelly in a pre-recorded phone message before playing snippets from his forthcoming album, Double Up. Kells played a selection of songs over the phone, including: "Blow It Up," featuring Young Jeezy and Young Dro, "Leave Your Name," Freak It in the Club,” “Rockstar,” featuring Ludacris, Pull Your Hair, “Put Some Money on It,” and “Double Up” featuring Snoop Dogg. The first single from Double Up is "I’m a Flirt" which features T.I. and T-Pain.
By: Rizoh You wouldn’t expect Danny Glover to be slugging people on the street at 60. The Lethal Weapon star punched a Daily News photographer yesterday, while he was leaving a Brooklyn courthouse. The Daily News shutterbug had tried to take Glover’s picture when the actor suddenly dealt him a glancing blow to the jaw and shocked the pants off of on-lookers. "What gives you the right to come out here and photograph me and have your camera up in my face?" Glover quipped. A courthouse employee, who was surprised by Glover’s action, said the photographer “had nothing wrong to provoke the assault.” Glover’s lawyer begged to differ. He blamed the Daily News photographer for "creating an incident. The photographer tried to prevent him from leaving. [Danny] was able to brush him away to get out." The photographer was not injured and said he did not intend to press charges against Glover.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well after 11 somewhat unsuccessful years as Flipmodes First Lady, Rah Digga is taking to standing on her lonesome. Many have said that Flipmode did nothing but hold her back but now with the help of other female rappers who may have been left out in the cold in similar situations, Remy Ma, Trina and Jackie – O the gals are coming together. The women are coming back and they coming back together. Ego and interference may have been the cause of females losing the right to shine as of late, but they will be coming back hard…we hope.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Ice Cube and A&E have announced a deal that will bring a pilot of a proposed reality series to the channel. The show, “Good in the Hood”, will focus on redemption and reformation and will be produced and hosted by Ice Cube. The hour-long series will feature reformed gang members, drug dealers and thieves reaching out to family, friends and sometimes strangers actively living the life that they used to and help them turn their lives around and away from the street. "This show is a way to demonstrate what is going on in a positive way in the urban community,” Cube said in a statement. There’s no word that if the show is accepted by A&E when it will air. Cube’s previous TV show, “Black White”, had a white family pose as a black family and a black family pose as a white family to see the difference the color of one’s skin makes in one’s treatment in society.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Snoop Dogg just dropped Tha Blue Carpet Treatment four months and is already gearing up to drop another project. Under the guise of ‘Niggaraci’, Snoop executive produced, The Big Squeeze, a compilation featuring up and coming west coast emcees including Westurn Union, a new group featuring Soopafly, Damani and Bad Lucc. The album is set to drop on April 24 through Koch Records and will also feature veteran west coast emcees MC Eiht, Kurupt, JT Tha Bigga Figga and Kam. "I basically wanted to produce these tracks from up and coming West Coast acts,” Snoop said. “I see a new West Coast and it’s right here — and it’s brought to you by the King of the West Coast." Here’s the tracklisting: 1. The Big Squeeze Intro (Snoop Dogg) 2. Killaz (War Zone, Westurn Union, and Snoop Dogg) 3. We Came to Bang Out (Dogg Pound, Soopafly, and Snoop Dogg) 4. Shackled Up (War Zone) 5. We Go Hard (Katt Williams, Soopafly, Kurupt, and Snoop Dogg) 6. Hat 2 Tha Bacc (Westurn Union and Snoop Dogg) 7. Pop Pop Bang! (Kurupt, Kam, and Snoop Dogg) 8. 31 Flavors (Kurupt and Snoop Dogg) 9. All About Damani (Damani and Snoop Dogg) 10. Like Rock Stars (Bad Lucc, Damani, JT Tha Bigga Figga, Chuck, and Snoop Dogg) 11. Spend Some Time (Ricky Harris, Chuck, Kurupt, Soopafly, and Snoop Dogg) 12. F***in’ Is Good for U (Damani, JT Tha Bigga Figga, Kurupt, Soopafly, and Snoop Dogg) 13. Get Your Body Moving (MC Eiht, KAM, Chuck) 14. Get Closer (Azure and Snoop Dogg) 15. Can U Get Away? (Goldie Loc, Ray J, and Snoop Dogg) 16. U In Trouble (Kurupt and Snoop Dogg) 17. Mr. Vice President (JT Tha Bigga Figga) 18. Get It Started (Azure and Snoop Dogg) 19. Be Thankful (Terrace Martin, J. Black)
By: Hot Gossip Gal Rumors were flying yesterday that Snoop had been arrested in Sweden with a 23 year old young lady and with a small amount of something WE DO NOT GIVE TWO YEAR OLDS. The big homie Snoop wasn’t arrested but he was questioned and was then released according to his publicist…damn and i though it was a cat who had nine lives. Oprah’s School Oprah’s school has been under fire lately, the school she opened in South Africa where she thinks kids will appreciate things a little more than the kids in her native America. Strict food guidelines and visiting for parents of the girls in the school are what has the people talking. Oprah is denying the allegations of running a strict school..but is she denying having had plastic surgery when you look at this pic? Damn she looks plastic here.
By: Rizoh Rhymesayers Entertainment, one of the labels featured in our Indie Hip-Hop Month, has joined Warner Music’s Independent Label Group for North America distribution. The Independent Label Group will assume control of the Rhymesayers catalog, which will be handled by the major’s independent distributor, the Alternative Distribution Alliance. The first Rhmyesayers release via the new arrangement will be Brother Ali’s Undisputed Truth, due out on April 10, 2007. "They encompass what we look for an indie label," Rhymesayers co-founder Brent "Siddiq" Sayers says of Warner Music Group. "They have that entrepreneurial spirit. They’ve built a great thing in 10 years, and I’ve been a fan for a while. They bring a punk rock feel to do what they do when you look at how their acts tour." Rhymesayers is home to cutting-edge artists like Atmosphere, Brother Ali, P.O.S., and Psalm One.
By: Rizoh If you’re wondering why music played on the radio is worse now than it was many years ago, Hank Bordowitz, a veteran journalist and sometime musician is at your rescue. His book, Dirty Little Secrets of the Record Business: Why So Much Music You Hear Sucks, is an exposé of the surreptitious, unethical, and covert activities of the music industry. According to Bordowitz, the music industry sold 938.9 million units. In 2005, it sold 705 million units, a 25% drop in only six years! The Internet and other so-called disruptive technologies are some often blamed for sales dip, but a bigger reason, Bordowitz claims, is the industry’s reaction to new technology. The industry ignored the Internet, and then tried to “squash it” when it first arrived. “There are a lot of issues the record business ignored,” Bordowitz says. “When things are going well, it’s human nature to ignore any possible problems. And things were going very well in the early ’90s.” Some other reasons Bordowitz cites as being detrimental to the music industry includes payola and redundant playlists on commercial radio. Good music is still being created, most of them don’t get anywhere near a commercial radio station or a major label. (Thank God for the Internet!) "Music fans are going to have to dig a little deeper," Bordowitz says. "It’s not going to be laid out on your lap anymore like it used to be. If you want to hear one great song after another, you’re going to have to look for it."
iHipHop Blog Team