By: Rizoh 2Pac’s mother Afeni Shakur has struck a deal with EverGreen Copyrights that will provide the publisher with a revenue stream from more than 350 songs, countless albums worth of unreleased material, and several poems. Evergreen acquired the writer’s share of Tupac Shakur’s publishing catalog from his mom, but Universal Music Publishing Group will continue to administer the copyrights in the catalog. “I believe that after 10 years, I have done as much as I can on my own to further the creative aspect of Tupac’s music,” Afeni said in a statement. According to David Schulhof, co-CEO of EverGreen, there are several projects in the works to promote the music. Karolyn Ali, who worked on Tupac: Resurrection and Preston Holmes are producing a feature film, dubbed Live 2 Tell, from a script written by ‘Pac while serving in prison. Also in the works are: a biopic on the late legend’s life and Broadway musical featuring ‘Pac’s music. “People already have recognized him [2Pac] as one of the greatest artists in rap music,” says Shulhof, “but in time, he will be on the same level as someone like Bob Marley—someone who has an important impact on the world not only as a musical genius, but as a political figure.” Well, I’m sure people will remember 2Pac just fine, as long as we let his spirit rest in peace.
By: Hot Gossip Gal It would appear that R Kelly has a little battle going on with his ego right now. His mouth is running way faster than his brain saying that he is comparable to Martin Luther King and Mohamed Ali like he does in a recent magazine interview. "My greatest competition is, well, me . . . I’m the Ali of today. I’m the Marvin Gaye of today. I’m the Bob Marley of today. I’m the Martin Luther King, or all the other greats that have come before us. And a lot of people are starting to realize that now." Yeah right…..props where props are due..the pied piper can sing but as he awaits trial for 14 counts of child pornography I find it just a lil stomach turning to hear him compare himself to the legends he talks of. Michael Strahan Sold Yeah the NY Giant has been sold for a whopping $100,000 to two dudes who outbid a whole load of gals to share an intimate dinner with the baller. The charity auction was held in New York the other night…not quite sure what to think about this..I mean two dudes would pay that money to talk football?
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By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Master P has been making headlines about his plans to launch a new record label called Take a Stand Records where all the music coming from the imprint will be clean and profanity-free hip-hop. The first album from the label will be a collaboration between P and his son Romeo called “Hip-Hop History.” But that doesn’t mean all of Master P’s music will be profanity-free. Before P launches Take a Stand Records, the rapper will release “Gutta Music All-Stars”, a compilation featuring artists from his Guttar Music Entertainment label. The album features contributions from P, Romeo, Silkk tha Shocker, Playa, LOS and other up and coming artist. The album is a digital-only release and is available at URBANDIGITALRECORDS. Here’s the track listing to the album: 1. Los – Walk Wit A Limp 2. Romeo – I\’m Fly 3. Master P – Keep Shakin\’ 4. Bengie & Gangsta – Til Da Wheels Fall Off 5. Master P – I Luv This Game 6. Playa – Still Buck Wild 7. Romeo – Rock Wit It 8. T.A.N.K. – Gutta for Life 9. Bengie & Gangsta – Everyday I\’m Shinin\’ 10. BBlak – Ain\’t Trippin\’ 11. Silkk The Shocker – Get Buck 12. Romeo – Special Girl 13. Ruga – Da Ave 14. Chip – I\’m On It 15. Los – Walk Wit A Limp
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Although Dr. Cornel West is mostly known as the profoundly intelligent and educated professor and cultural critic who is called upon every now and then to give his opinion on the state of the African-American community and related issues. Now Dr. West is teaming up with hip-hop artists to drop an album that focuses on the state of the nation. The album, “Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations,” will be released on June 19 under the organization Black Men Who Mean Business, founded by West, his brother Clifton West and producer Mike Dailey. "It isn’t a commentary on hip-hop. And I’m not coming in as a hip-hop scholar or critic," West told Billboard. "This is an attempt to go back to hip-hop’s prophetic roots, which are about truth-telling, exposing lies and having fun. It’s what I call a danceable education or a singing paideia, the Greek word for deep education. If there is one person whose spirit I try to embody on this CD, it’s Curtis Mayfield. His music is about love and freedom and really informs. This is a very political album that doesn’t pull any punches. There are critiques of the Bush administration as well as of unaccountable corporate power, unaccountable police power and homophobia. We’re trying to get young people to wake up and recognize they’re part of a great tradition of struggle, to become organized and fight for freedom and justice." The album features appearances from Prince, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-one, Rah Digga, Black Thought, Rhymefest and others. Here’s the track listing: "Bushanomics," featuring Talib Kweli "America," featuring Black Thought, Rah Digga, Iriz & Lucky Witherspoon "Still Here" "Dear Mr. Man," featuring Prince "911" "N Word," featuring Tavis Smiley & Michael Eric Dyson "Welcome to Chi," featuring Rhymefest, Neo-Abassy & Malik Yosef "Mr. President," featuring KRS-One & M-1 "Keep It PI," featuring Killer Mike, Doey, Roc & Lucky Witherspoon "Chronometrophobia," featuring Andre 3000 "Gonne Be Alright," featuring Dave Hollister & Chuckii Booker "Matter Of," featuring Lenny Williams "Soul Sista," featuring Daryl Moore "The Man’s Gonna Getcha," featuring Gerald Levert
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well I heard this the other day and I hoped that there was no truth in it but it is coming at me from every angle so I gotta give up the info. There was a minor accident in Atl this weekend, car smashed into another car, the car that did the smashing appeared to be transporting a couple of transvestites who fled from the scene before the driver emerged. Anyhow when the driver emerged it was apparantly none other than Mase stepped out of the whip and then he also fled..leaving the driver of the car that got hit to put him on BLAST on a radio show. Check out the call here. I think Mase needs to decide just what he is looking to do…preach or cross dress and make sure he stands by his choice. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
By: Hot Gossip Gal Turns out Foxy Brown nearly knocked over a woman while out walking on Prospect Place in Bk the other day. Not really caring about how she came close to hitting the woman and babe, Foxy cursed at the woman and drove off. Does this sound like how we imagine Foxy behaving?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The Wayans Brothers’ last flick, “Little Man,” got raked over the coals like it was a beef brisket, but the brothers are still hustling like crazy. Rogue Pictures has announced that it has made a deal with the Wayan’s brothers to turn their comic book, “Super Bad James Dynomite”, into a live-action feature film. Marlon Wayans will star as the main character. "When we created the comic book, I always envisioned playing the title character on the bigscreen," Marlon Wayans told Variety. The comic was created and written by Marlon, Shawn and Keenan (why isn’t Damon working with these fools?) and follows an inner-city blaxploitation anti-hero which is an amalgamation of Shaft, Dolemite and Black Belt Jones. The story follows James Dynomite as he is framed by a rival and sent to prison for years, returning to the streets way out of his league. He must regain his cool and try to take down the man who framed him. The studio hopes that shooting commences later this year.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Chicano comedian George Lopez has been on ABC for the past five season with his sitcom, “The George Lopez Show”, making him the first Latino actor to lead a sit com on network television. But now history is coming to an end as ABC has announced that his show has been cancelled. "TV just became really, really white again," Lopez told the LA Times. "I’ll take the good and the bad. I took the five years of good and I did a lot with the good. My popularity, I was involved in charities, I overcame my illness, all on TV. I shared all of that with America—every secret I had. Every personal feeling. Every emotion. Everything was open to the show. And what happens?" Lopez said that he was told by ABC President Steve McPherson that they had to cancel the show because the network was losing money producing his show. But according to Lopez, his show outperformed ABC shows like “Notes From the Underbelly” and “Knights of Prosperity”, which were both renewed for next season. Lopez will apparently be replaced by a new comedy, “Cavemen,” which is based upon the characters from the popular Geico commercials. "I get kicked out for a…caveman and shows that I out-performed because I’m not owned by [ABC Television Studios]…So a…Chicano can’t be on TV but a…caveman can?" Lopez said. "And a Chicano with an audience already? You know when you get in this that shows do not last forever, but this was an important show and to go unceremoniously like this hurts. One hundred seventy people lost their jobs.”
By: Rizoh Modernbeats.com has launched a Beat Contest for wannabe producers. The cash prize includes $2,000, plus $875 in music gear prizes for its winners. As you might expect, the best, most original, most professionally produced hip hop tune will be selected as a grand prize winner. All the contest asks is that you submit an original song created using 1 or more of your ModernBeats Soundset/Loopset libraries. Top 10 contestants will be announced after the competition ends on July 1st, 2007. Still not motivated? Maybe the following rundown of prizes will do the trick: GRAND PRIZE (1 winner): $1,000 USD, Beyerdynamic DT250-80 Headphones, Total AirHead Headphone Amp, $200 Off Akai/Numark/Alesis Coupon 2ND PLACE PRIZE (1 winner): $500 USD, Sennheiser HD280 Headphones, Total AirHead Headphone Amp 3RD PLACE PRIZE (1 winner): $300 USD 4TH PLACE PRIZE (1 winner): $200 USD Visit modernbeats.com for more information.
By: Rizoh A Florida disc jockey has accused “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan of groping her at a radio station. Yuleika De Castro told authorities that Morgan reeked of alcohol as he touched her shoulders and arms and kissed the back of her head. “He said he wants to impregnate me,” said De Castro, whose on-air name is Sandy Domingo, in an interview with the Associated Press. De Castro, co-host of a show on Mega 94.9, said the groping occurred while she was live on the air. She says she filed a misdemeanor battery complaint because she felt “violated” and “dirty.” Morgan is no stranger to alcohol abuse. In February, he pled guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in New York. Prior to that, he entered a ‘no contest’ plea to an impaired driving charge in Los Angeles which led to a 36 month-probation sentencing.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Hmm Def Jam are really doing some reshuffling and not just within the A&R department it would appear. Turns out there are whispers that Tru Life in addition to the whole Roc La Familia is being booted off the label. Hey had he not beat up on Cam the other week at Ne-Yo’s party he might have had a home there. Just shows what comes of protecting your bosses honor..you get stabbed in the back regardless. Bobby Brown Gets Heated Again Like Bobby isn’t stressed out enough right now..no money, no wife, daughter living with her momma…he got into it with a UK presenter and man does Bobby look ready to flip out…it looks like only a matter of time before that fuse burns out. And word is, Whitney is back on the pipe too.
By: Hot Gossip Gal There is a serious rumor circulating in NYC which needs to be dealt with and that is this story of fake condoms being sold. These condoms don’t protect the users from STDs nor pregnancy and as we all know that is a very very bad thing. Check this out and pay attention
By: Rizoh With his latest venture, David Banner (born Levell Crump) seems to be saying, “If it worked for Andre 3000, it might work for me.” Following in Andre’s footsteps, whose Class of 3000 is a favorite on Cartoon Network, Banner has partnered with Adult Swim to produce a cartoon set in his home state of Mississippi. That Crook’d Sipp, loosely based on Banner’s life, debuted on May 13 on Adult Swim. “Crook’d Sipp deals with societal issues of the day and allows me as a rapper to use another avenue to get the word out on issues that they may not have a chance to do through sound recordings," said Banner in a statement. The Mississippi rapper/producer/actor plays Virgil, a young progressive black man who tells the story of The Beauregards—a Caucasian family trapped in the 1800′s in Mississippi but living in 2007. Virgil owns a couple of restaurants in a town called Sweet Tea and manages a music group called The Sweet Tea Monsters. The group plans to record a real-life album that will accompany the series. David Banner took his first shot at acting in this year’s Black Snake Moan, where he played Tehronne—a person who takes advantage of a nymphomaniac. He’s currently working on his next album, The Greatest Story Ever Told.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been a couple of months since Bobby and Whitney’s divorce was final and Whit was granted custody of their daughter, Bobbi Christina. But now Bobby is coming back saying that he wasn’t in a place to properly respond to the court papers because he messed up after the breakup. He is suing Whitney to change the terms of custody of their daughter. "After Whitney and I separated, I had nowhere to go and very little money to live on,” Bobby said in court documents obtained by TMZ.com. “I was, for all intents and purposes, homeless. I believe I have a wonderful relationship with my daughter Bobbi Kris — a relationship that I would like to see strengthen and grow." In a recent interview circulating around the web, Bobby Brown was being interviewed on the U.K. show, “24 Hours with…” The interviewer asked him about his jail experience and made a joke about prison homosexuality that Bobby didn’t find too funny. Check the video:
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