By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Celebrating 10 years of business, Hiero Imperium is releasing a collection of b-sides, rarities and remixes called Over Time. The track list includes such sought after tacks like “Fight Club,” “Unseen Hand” and “Masterminds.” The Hieroglyphics crew are giving up the album for only $8.00 exclusively at Hieroglyphics. The other Hiero emcee dropping fresh new music is Souls of Mischief member, A-Plus. His debut album, My Last Good Deed, is set to drop this summer. "I’ve never said anything this personal on a previous album before," A-Plus said. "Ever." The album features appearances from Del, Casual, Souls of Mischief, and Sunspot Jonz (of Living Legends) with production from Jake One, J-Zone, Q Tones and Compound7 (A-Plus and AAGEE). A-Plus is currently on tour with Souls of Mischief, Masta Ace, Wordsworth, iCon the Mic King and Zeph & Azeem. Here are the tracklistings for both albums: Hieroglyphics – Over Time 1-You Never Knew (Domino RMX) 2-Masterminds 3-Prose Officially 4-Greed 5-Phoney Phranchise (Domino RMX) 6-Soundscience (RMX) 7-It’s About Time 8-The Scandle 9-Battle of the Shadow 10-Fight Club (RMX) 11-Unseen Hand 12-If You Must (Automator RMX) 13-Heat 14-Cyberpunks A-Plus – My Last Good Deed 1. Intro 2. The One 3. A Plus 4. A Beautiful Thing – (featuring Casual) 5. Patna Please 6. Whats Hatin – (featuring Ty Nitty) 7. My Last Good Deed 8. My Dub Song 9. Nothin Fake / The Ultimate – (featuring Del The Funky Homosapien) 10. Goodtime Charlie 11. Kiss The Sky 12. Javelin 13. Far Away From Here – (featuring Sunspot Jonz) 14. Right Quick – (featuring Souls Of Mischief) 15. Outro
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though Sticky’s FX show Blade: The Series was cancelled here in the states, it premiered in the U.K. in January and is doing pretty well. Now the Onyx emcee is getting ready to drop a handful of projects in 2007. The first film, Karma Confessions and Holi, Sticky plays a character named Rich Smooth. The film was produced by Drena De Niro, Robert De Niro’s daughter and is about Indian families and their relationships with their fellow Americans. Sticky is also currently filming Nite Tales: The Movie, a horror flick with Gary Busey and Order of Redemption, the film which also stars Busta Rhymes where he wasn’t allowed to film in New York. Sticky’s baby project, however, is A Day in the Life. The film was written and is being directed by Sticky. He describes it as a hip-hop musical action drama that will star Mekhi Phifer, Omar Epps, Michael Rappaport, Bokeem Woodbine, Treach and a bunch of other folks. There’s no word on when the film will hit theatres (or DVDs). Sticky also has roles in the upcoming flicks, Steppin’: The Movie and Caught on Tape. It looks like music is on the backburner for now, even though he recently released his 2003 album Decade. To check out the latest on Sticky, visit his website at STICKYFINGAZ.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah the singer is saying he has a piece that will put Lil Jon’s to shame. Now you gotta remember Akon owns a diamond mine in his native Senegal and the piece that we have yet to actually see is a replica of Africa which lights up and has a flashing light where Senegal is..for those of you who need a few geography lessons. Why oh why is it necessary to wear enough diamonds which will eventually have you wearing a neck brace?
By: Hot Gossip Gal Turns out Hollywood’s leading lady isn’t too happy that magazine Parade focused on her attempted suicide ten years ago. It isn’t like this was something that was kept under wraps as she had talked openly with her homie Oprah and Larry King about it when she considered it ‘relevant.’ Well whatever as Halle we still love you and you deserved that star you got last week in Hollywood.
By: Rizoh St. Louis-bred rap-singer Nelly is set to stage a comeback—just not in music. Nelly, who seems to be taking a vacation from rap, will appear in a movie titled “RollingThunder.” Nelly played the running back to Adam Sandler’s quarterback in the remake of “The Longest Yard.” He’s going athletic again in “Rolling Thunder.” “I can’t really talk about it, but we’re working on a project with one of my all-time favorite pastimes going on,” said Nelly to MTV News. “Everybody does it: It’s a bowling flick.” The film is said to be a comedy which follows in the footsteps of bowling movies like “Kingpin” and “The Big Lebowski.” No words yet on the production lineup and schedule.
By: Rizoh Reports on his alleged addiction to sex made Ne-Yo so sick that he decided to write a song about it. The Def Jam crown Prince of R&B recently told Rolling Stone that “Addicted,” one of the songs on his forthcoming sophomore album Because of You, touches on the sex addiction rumor. “I thought it was something important enough to write a song about,” said Ne-Yo. “I just thought that it was funny that the first rumor out about me would be that I’m addicted to sex. So okay, let me touch on that.” While the platinum selling crooner claims he wasn’t bothered by the “rumors,” he was quick to note that his statements about sex were taken out of context by a journalist. “The writer just took a bunch of the things that I said and that what she got from it. ‘Okay Ne-Yo’s addicted to sex.’ When actually I’m not addicted to sex at all. I’m 24, I’m rich, I’m decently cute and I have a healthy sexual appetite, that’s all that is.” “The writer” in question is Laura Checkoway who covered the feature for VIBE in May 2006. In that particular spread, Ne-Yo was quoted as saying, “I have a slight sex addiction right now. I’m a little free with it…I’ll help myself instead of doing a groupie.” You may recall that Ne-Yo’s name returned to the rumor mill four months later when pictures of him engaging in sexual activities with a backup dancer turned up on the Internet. He eventually owned up to the pictures, claiming that someone broke into his sidekick and stole them. But, you know, pictures of a pop star getting head from a dancer could easily be taken out of context.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Be ready to cough up 23 mill plus for their house that has just gone on the market. Not really feeling the decor myself..nor having a gym that looks similar to my local Ballys..but hey whatever floats your boat. Wonder if it has a smoking room in its 35,000 sq.ft?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though he’s released two albums, 2001’s Lost Change and 2003’s Must B 21, Will.I.Am considers his upcoming album, Songs About Girls, to be his official debut album. Set to drop sometime this summer, Will told Rolling Stone that the album will be a concept album about a DJ and the women in his life, even though he never really planned to release a solo album. "I never really had an aspiration to do a solo album," Will told Rolling Stone. "I always wanted to be in a group, but I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity to try and reinvent myself." He’s also going to do something that many hip-hop artists aren’t doing nowadays – not have any guest appearances. Not even his Black Eyed Peas will make an appearance on the album. "I don’t think I would be doing myself justice if I went in on my solo project and got a whole lot of other people to dilute the concept I have in my head," he says. "I want to make the kind of record that I’m feeling. If people like it, that’s cool, but just so I get my nut off."
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno During a recent show white veteran radio personality Don Imus referred to the women’s Rutgers basketball team as “nappy-headed hoes”. He continued to disrespect the team, along with his producer Bernard McGuirk, by calling the women “jiggaboos and wannabees” on his live radio show on WFAN in New York which is televised through MSNBC. The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the NAACP have called for a boycott of Imus, his radio show, his radio station, WFAN and MSNBC until he and his producer are fired. Apparently Imus apologized on Friday saying, "It was completely inappropriate, and we can understand why people were offended. Our characterization was thoughtless and stupid, and we are sorry.” Folks still want him fired regardless. Al Sharpton called for Imus to be fired even though he is expected to be on Sharpton’s radio show today. Sharpton said he will still hold his position. "Somewhere we must draw the line in what is tolerable in mainstream media," Sharpton told the Associated Press on Sunday. "We cannot keep going through offending us and then apologizing and then acting like it never happened. Somewhere we’ve got to stop this." "Has he lost his mind?" asked NABJ President Bryan Monroe, vice president and editorial director for Ebony and Jet magazines in Chicago on Friday. "Those comments were beyond offensive. Imus needs to be fired. Today." "As NABJ strives to dispel stereotypes and promote accurate portrayals of minorities in the media, we find this characterization of these young black women offensive and hateful," added Barbara Ciara, NABJ vice president/broadcast and managing editor at WTKR in Norfolk. Imus has been on the air since 1968 and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989. In 2002, Talkers Magazine named Imus as one of the greatest talk radio show hosts of all time. Howard Stern and Don Imus have had beef since the 1980’s and was documented in Stern’s film Private Parts.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Can someone please explain to me what person in their right mind would brand top quality champagne with a name like Ace of Spades. This is the new bubbly that Jay is endorsing after publicly breaking up with Cristal last year. But Ace of Spades just doesn’t sound in the same league as Cristal or Bollinger or Moet and Chandon But Jay is loving it.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Why oh why does he just have to keep going back for more? He probably has another four hundred bar opus in store for us about Vida Guerra. There is another joint in circulation called They Love It coming back at the video gal after her attack on him during an interview at K Day in LA. I did however notice that his joint Body Bags has been pulled off his myspace page again…Perhaps the powers that be at I/G/AM are mad at their roster beefing again.
By: Rizoh When you thought you heard it all, the feud between 50 Cent and Cam’ron takes yet another interesting spin. Just a day after 50 Cent revealed that his new album will be titled Curtis, Cam announced on Hot 97 FM that his own album will named Courtesy Curtis. “He’s losing the battle and he can’t go to sleep,” Cam told DJ Envy on air. “When he was on Angie Martinez, he said he’s got bags under his eyes. Well, he must got a month and a half of bags under his eyes. It must be drooping down to his knees, because he really lost and he can’t take it.” Cam said that he hopes to release his new album in the first week of July.
By: Rizoh Rev Run, one-third of the seminal rap group Run-DMC, recently told G4TV that he’s working with rock-rapper Kid Rock on a full length LP titled Running with the Kid. ”Me and Kid Rock are collaborating on making an album called Running With The Kid, sort of like what Clapton and BB King did with Riding with the King,” said Rev Run. “We sort of have them same styles in a way; at least we dress the same. He’s a big Run-DMC fan and I grew to understand and like his music.” Run added that he plans to head out to Detroit in the coming weeks to jumpstart the recording process. Run recently appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where he discussed how his family’s faith helped them cope with the loss of their baby daughter.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno You may have heard about them in passing, you might have even heard a song or two, or maybe you never heard of them at all. That’s something Bonafide and Coffee, together known as Grits, are hoping to change. For over 12 years and through 10 albums Grits have been making creative, positive and fresh boom-bap hip-hop, but it hasn’t been reaching the audiences that they ultimately hoped for. The hindrance? The label of gospel rap. The duo has oft been associated with the gospel rap scene because of the Christian overtones in their music as well as being signed to a well-known Christian music label, Gotee Records. For some time now, Coffee and Bonafide have been trying to shed the “gospel rap” label and show that they are more versatile than what people may think. With their new album, Redemption, they’re proving that in more ways than one. We caught up with Grits to talk about the new album, their decision to leave Gotee Records and why they don’t like being called gospel rappers. Why did you name the album “Redemption”? Coffee: Redemption stands for freedom. That’s what it means, to be free from something and that’s we’re bringing to the game. It’s just songs of life, songs of something new and something that the game has definitely been missing; more positivity. It’s not negativity looking like positivity or acting like it, but definitely just positive stuff. It’s freedom from this slavery of propaganda of the hood and what rap has become. How is this project different from your Dichotomy albums? Bonafide: Progressive man, it’s the next step up. Every record we try to outdo what we did last time; lyrically, musically, the whole nine. We try to bring that total package and it’s just an evolution from Dichotomy A and Dichotomy B. A surprise guest on the album is Canibus, how did you connect with him? Coffee: We actually connected with him through one of the producers that we worked with. He was working with him on some stuff, he was working with him in L.A. And he was like, ‘man, what would think if I gave Canibus a call and see if he’d be down to get on this joint with ya’ll?’, and we were like ‘sure’. So basically he gave him a call, worked it out and everything was cool. He was real cool as far as working with us, there weren’t any problems or anything. Was he familiar with your music? Coffee: Not real familiar, but he was just as familiar as anyone else. I don’t think Canibus really familiarizes himself with anybody’s music anyway. I don’t know if you know him or ever talked to him, he has just that kin of personality. He just does his thing and he doesn’t study anybody else, even when he’s working with you. Compared to past releases which were real underground hip-hop sounding, lately you guys have been embracing the southern sound more. Was that a progression or just something you felt you needed to have in your sound? Bonafide: Nah, it’s just our environment man. We grew up around that. Coffee: We are from the South, don’t forget. We are Southern. Even in our earlier albums, we’ve paid homage to the South. We had “Tennessee Boys”, had that country swang. And that’s what we’re still trying to be. We’re not trying to be hoppin’ on the trends or this and that. We try to move wisely and stay relevant but at the same time man we have to stay true to who we are and what are goals are and what are missions are and helping make this music evolve and getting it to where it needs to get. Every so often, you guys make it known that you don’t like to labeled gospel rappers. Why is that? Coffee: Because we’re not. Period. So in your opinion, what is a gospel rapper? Coffee: You tell me? Is there a chart for that? That’s like asking was Rakim a 5% rapper? Do they capitalize on the fact that Lupe Fiasco is a Muslim? No, it’s just hip-hop. He talks about what he talks about and being real to who he is and to himself, that’s the essence of hip-hop right there. So why should we take on a title because people feel comfortable with saying that? They used to say Goodie Mob was gospel rap, they said Outkast was gospel rap one time. Even Andre said that in a verse. In taking that title, you have to justify everything that comes along with that title. And there’s so many things out there that categorize themselves as that and at the same time, most rappers who take on that title of gospel rapper, they don’t even take on the title of being hip-hop. They’re like, ‘I’m a gospel rapper, I ain’t no hip-hop’. But hip-hop is who you are, that made you open the door for you to do what you even do. That’s what you are, you do hip-hop. How it touches people and how it reaches people, that’s up to them. Each song is like a truth and it touches different people in different ways, so it’s hard to categorize it, except for leaving it as what it is. Some Christian hip-hop heads get offended when you make that statement, ‘I’m not a gospel rapper.’ Coffee: I mean, we’ve sat in meetings with people where they told us, ‘yeah, you’re CD sat on our desk for months because they told me it was gospel rap.’ Then they opened it and listened to it and were like, ‘man this ain’t gospel rap, this is hot! Yeah, we need to talk about God, and that’s good, we need to talk about that more, but this is hot, why did they tell me that?’ When you got industry executives telling you that, you have to start thinking about where am I trying to go? What am I trying to do with the music? How do I want to get there? I need to make sure I’m doing it the right way. Do you believe God? Yes, I do. Coffee: Then you’re a gospel journalist right? No, you’re just a journalist. So when you paint the picture like that for people, they go ‘Now I see…” You just do what you do for integrity and let your faith be your strength for whatever your job is. So this is your last album for Gotee Records, who you’ve been with for over a decade, what’s next? Bonafide: We’re going independent, man. Coffee: We have 5E Entertainment and the first artist that we’re putting out besides ourselves is IZ, short for Izrael, he’s out of DuVault County, Jacksonville, which is where I’m originally from. His stuff is more hardcore street stuff because that’s where… he came out of that. That’s where he’s going to reach out to people on a whole other level. It’s almost like having Grits, but street, or more street specific, I should say. We’re actually going to drop an EP coming up soon, and a mixtape series and we’re pushing for the album to be out by the summer. So why not stick it out with Gotee instead of going indie? Coffee: Well, our contract is up. The distribution system is not a good system for us or anyone else on EMI. As you can tell, that’s why Jermaine Dupri is not there anymore. So if the big dog is leaving, why am I staying? How are you feeling about hip-hop in general, creatively nowadays? Coffee: I think now it depends on what you’re in it for. It’s definitely open for opportunity right now, but right now I think there’s a good opportunity for those of us who came up in the golden era of hip-hop with A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. I think it’s definitely a god time for us to make it go full circle. I believe we’re kind of done with the D-Boy and the gangsta thing. It’s like old now. Anybody who’s coming out like that now, it’s like Jay-Z said, we don’t believe you, you need more people. It’s like where were you six years ago? Seven years ago? That is dying down and I just think the game is ready for something new. It’s kind of a gift and a curse situation right now, it’s bad because it’s being looked at negatively but it’s good because it gives others an opportunity to step up and really make a name for it and not just a genre or a culture, but for a whole generation. Are you guys still in tune with the Christian hip-hop scene or are you more focused on breaking through to the secular scene? Bonafide: We tap into it. We are the Christian hip-hop scene, if there is a scene. There are a few other groups who got recognition and their name out there, and you can name them on four or five fingers. It’s really not scene, because to have a scene you got to have a support system and when there’s not a support system, there’s not much happening. And it’s not a thing where we just want to be mainstream or we want to be this and that, what we want is a place where we can do our music and not worry about a title or label hindering us or freaking somebody out or confusing people. Just listen to the music, if you don’t walk away from our music knowing who we are and what we’re about then there’s something wrong with you. We in no way shun Christianity, that’s who we are, but it’s just not what we’re selling. We’re selling hip-hop, art, we’re artists. But if it blesses somebody and touches somebody and impacts a life or two along the way, that’s great! We want to be role models, we don’t run from that. That’s why we’re responsible with our lyrics. You guys have been recording music for a long time, have you ever just got tired of the industry or bored with the music? Bonafide: Yeah, you get frustrated with the politics of it. But I don’t feel like there was ever really a time I wanted to stop because I lost the love for it. If anything, you gets frustrated with the label and label heads, the gatekeepers who have the power control each and every move you make. That’s been the most frustrating part, but we’re still here trying to grind it out. There’s an honest and a truth and a deep passion for what we do. And we’re not in it just for ourselves, obviously, or we would have stopped a long time ago. We know there a necessity, there’s a need for us out there in the marketplace and we want to be able to fulfill that need while we out there. It don’t make sense to me that people who grew up on Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Grandmaster Flash and all the old school but won’t even touch hip-hop because of what’s being played on the radio today. That’s foolishness to me, that it has to be like that. We want to be that group where they say, “Hey, don’t shun it all together, there’s something for the intelligent folks.” I’m bold enough to say we’re the only ones right now to offer some true, healthy music with integrity to guide the young generation. So the business side is mostly the frustrating side? Coffee: It’s always that man, it’s always that. Especially what we do, because what we do is not popular. It’s not the “profitable” thing to do. And you just got to love what you’re doing if it’s not considered profitable. Although we know what we’ve done has been profitable for many people. It’s been profitable for us and definitely Gotee and them and they can never tell you different. We’re the only group that was left on label that’s been there since the label started from a production team. So it’s definitely been profitable for them because if it wasn’t, they would have dropped us a long time ago. It’s been 12 years, so obviously something there was working. But yeah man, that’s just the way it goes, just business frustrates you sometimes. But you know business changes and makes us come up with better marketing schemes.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Bobby and Whitney have had their divorce, signed sealed and delivered. Whitney is supposed to have shed a tear in court when the divorce was finalized. Why was she crying though? She chilling with a porn star and got full custody of her daughter and is supposed to be recording with Clive Davis for an album which no matter what people say, will go platinum…life has to be good for Whitney.
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