By: Rizoh With barely 2 months to go, 50 Cent has decided to alter his album title from Before I Self Destruct to (wait for it) CURTIS. As you probably recall, “Curtis” quickly became a hip-hop catchphrase following 50’s recent feud with Cam’ron. Oh yeah, it’s also 50’s government handle. On a related note, 50 Cent has released an unofficial statement insisting that he had no involvement in Tony Yayo’s alleged altercation with Jimmy Rosemond’s teenage son. “I was in my home in Farmington, CT, completing songs for my new record,” 50 said. “A word of caution to anyone attempting to link me personally to this unfortunate incident for their own selfish motivations, I will vigorously pursue all legal remedies available to me to protect my professional reputation.” Whatever you say, Curtis.
By: Rizoh Ethiopian-born MC and former guest on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Mike-E is working hard to educate young people on the hazards of tobacco. The American Cancer Society sponsored an AfroFlow Tour featuring Mike-E, vocalist Kenny Watson, the band Hot Sauce, and DJ Invisible, on Friday at the Carolina Theater as part of its Historically Black Colleges and Universities initiative. ”We really wanted to build strong and deep relationships with the African-American community,” said Rita Miller, the young adult emerging strategies director for the society. "One of the ways we wanted to do this was through the college students. When they go home, people really listen to what they say," she said. Some say that they are already quite aware of the dangers of tobacco use. Basketball player and N.C. Central University senior Terry Johnson said that as an athlete, he can’t afford to smoke. "It’s not healthy for you," he said. "And it’s not a good look." Mike-E added that hip-hop is about being clever in getting message across to the youth. As Mike-E puts it, “Tobacco affects all aspects of society,” he said. “It’s not a black/white issue. It’s a health issue.” No arguments there.
By Kevin L. Clark You may not see your favorite reggae-soca artist on television, but New Orleans born, Colin Harper is set to change that. Raised on the isle of Bermuda, with stays in urban Toronto, Buddz grounded voice is inspired by some of the most influential artists of the day – Buju Banton, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. Incorporating hip-hop, reggae and soca, Collie’s music has the ability to connect the listener to a realistic urban reality with the loftiest expectations of human aspiration. Coming up during the Reagan Era, Collie has been immersed in the sound and culture of Bermuda since the age of six. Despite his physical appearance, “Come Around,” is burning up New York radio stations and was recently added to BET’s “Rap City” daily playlist. He may not be your favorite reggae-soca artist, yet, but in this interview with Collie Buddz – he wants to prove to you why he’s the next to listen to, why skin color doesn’t matter and explains why his movement is such an important musical journey. HHC: You lived all over the place. From New Orleans to Bermuda to Toronto, you’ve taken in a varying degree of sounds. So, who are your influences and what has been the one thing that you’ve learned from them? CB: Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Barrington Levy and Bounty Killer are my influences and they’re a big part of my growing up. The sound clashes with Kilimanjaro were inspiring. Everyday I went to the store and got those tapes. Bermuda is all reggae and hip-hop, I never really strayed from there. Reggae music is all I know since I was young till now. My first introduction to hip-hop was when the Fugee’s album drop. It was huge here in Bermuda. HHC: Bermuda is an interesting place to be from. But there’s a side to it that is not rarely scene from a tourist aspect. So, what is the “other side” of “The Rock” like? CB: Bermuda in general is a nice place. It’s clean, not a lot of poverty. It’s a very rich country. There are some other sides to the island that the tourists don’t see, though. We’ve had drive-bys and it’s sad to see that one a small piece of paradise that people have beef with one another. It’s kind of sad to see that. You have to live there to truly experience it, though. HHC: The single “Come Around” has been big in New York for awhile and the video just got placement on BET’s “Rap City.” Has anyone of these things changed people’s opinions of you or your music? CB: I’m not sure about that really. The people who’ve been down from jump definitely know what time it is. A lot of people were hating on me at first, but now they’re kind of liking it now. It’s excellent exposure to have. For me to be on BET and MTV is ill. Even in Europe, it gives me a great look internationally. A lot of people are just now starting to get into it. HHC: Speaking of opinions – what have been the negative things that people have said about you since beginning your music career? CB: It’s a bunch of things. They say, “Oh, he’s born in America…” or “He’s White!” “He’s a gimmick. He’s another Snow!” This is not to say that he [Snow] was bad, but people hated on me. It’s a good thing… I love it. If you don’t have haters then you’re not doing anything right. They say that my music is false and that I’m from Bermuda and what do Bermudians know about Reggae music. I just look at it and smile, because I’m going to let the music talk for itself. HHC:Some people still have the bad taste of Snow in their ears. So, there have been no comparisons to him? CB: I’m not really sure that I would compare myself to anyone. I’d leave that to the fans. My thing from the jump is to be looked as a respected artist within the industry. I am here to do big things. I’m not sure that I can compare myself to anyone. My style is original, although I have been compared to Sean Paul. But I’m not sure if it’s because of his voice or skin tone, but I definitely have some influences where the melodies are similar. But I know that I am a versatile artist. I’ll let the people compare. HHC: You have a song on the album called, “My Everything” that is built around the horns used in David Bowie’s, “Let’s Dance.” What does your songwriting process consist of? CB: That joint right there is the one that had got me signed. I wasn’t really feeling the beat. It was a test from Sony. They gave me the opportunity to get signed. I wrote something good on the riddim. I knew that that song had to be something that people understood. But usually when I’m working on the album, the melody comes first. I strongly believe that a good melody is a key foundation for a great record. I’ll be listening to a riddim and I’ll come up with a melody. Once I got that then I’ll start writing. It could take anywhere from a day to three weeks. I like to work on stuff, like a hook or something, then I’ll let it sit for a minute then come back to it. I have even gone longer than that. I wrote “Come Around” in about a day… HHC: How would you say that you’ve grown since you first hit the booth at 16 to now? CB: Oh, mercy… I’ve grown so much. Lyrically and voice wise, it sounds so much different than when it was before I got signed. The creative aspect is far easier now. People know that you have to work on it constantly, but as far as my lyrics and style, they’ve evolved a long way. I still have a lot to work on. But I have grown in the last three years. I’d have to say, I remember seeing my brother playing some dubs for some people. Seeing him and the reaction he got made me think that maybe I could do that, too. It was just something that happened right there that was inspirational. I knew from then on that that’s what I wanted to do. HHC: What have you learned from the history of this music and what do you think you can contribute to it? CB: That’s a good question. History always repeats itself, you know, I just look forward to the future. I really want to see Reggae on a higher level. I’d like to see it up there with where hip-hop is at. I would love to see the Reggae category filmed and aired during the Grammy’s, to where we see our artists on television representing our culture. I’d love for the people who don’t understand what the artists are saying on the tracks to learn more about patois and to understand what we’re contributing to the world.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah turns out Usher is going to become a husband and a daddy all in the space of a couple of months. He is tying the knot with former stylist Tameka Foster in November and the mother of three (someone else is paying out on those three) is already pregnant. So is he marrying her because she is pregnant??? Hmmm makes you wonder. We all know his Momma doesn’t like her, but those old school values can’t be denied.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno URB Magazine and Nike are joining forces to give away a pair of Jordan’s to the truest hip-hop head. All that is required is a 30-minute mix of hip-hop from the 1987-1988 hip-hop era. Whoever has the hottest mix will receive a new pair of Jordan III’s while the rest of your boys are waiting in line at Niketown. The mixes will be judged by URB Editors and several Next 100 artists for creativity and skill. The mix will also be featured on the URB website. You have until April 15 to submit your mix so sign up over at URB’s newly revamped website URB.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is continuing to roll on with is financial empowerment tour. On Saturday, April 14 the tour will stop in Detroit, Michigan at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. "One of the most urgent issues facing young adults today is the issue of having a firm financial foundation," Russell Simmons said. "Hip-hop is about transformation. The theme ‘Get Your Money Right,’ is not some rhetorical gesture. This is a real issue and we are talking about providing real solutions that attendees at the Hip-Hop Summit can use for the rest of their lives." Joining Simmons and co-chairman Ben Chavis will be Layzie Bone and Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n- Harmony, Mike Jones, Remy Ma, Raz-B, Belly, Trick Trick, Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick (D- MI) with Free (formerly of 106 & Park) co-moderating the Summit with Chavis. "Detroit is one of the strongest hubs of hip-hop in the nation," declared Dr. Chavis. "Under the leadership of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit is not only on the rebound, it is on the rebuild. We are rebuilding communities, families and key to this rebuilding is financial empowerment." Look for the tour to make five more stops including Toronto, Ontario on August 18; Greensboro, N.C., September 8; Washington, D.C., September 29; Miami, Fla., October 20; and Atlanta, Ga., November 3.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Can’t lie. this made me laugh…pleased to see I am not the only person who finds Fergie annoying and who is she kidding saying she is 32. I heard she is heading for 40 in a lot less than 8 years. Nothing wrong being an older woman Fergie.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well according to this English chick, she is the ‘real’ Mother of The King of Pops kids. Hmmm raising my eyebrows at this one. I am thinking this so called ‘herbalist’ may have just been smoking on a lil too much ‘herb’ when she filed papers in an LA court contesting the presence of Debbie Rowe on the birth certificate. Oh the issues in Never, Never land.
Quibian Salazar-Moreno You may have thought that Casual was on a milk carton somewhere but the Hieroglyphics emcee has been hustling hard the last couple of years with albums Smash Rockwell and The Champion. But the album more people maybe checking for is a collaboration project with Casual and rock-pop band Maroon 5, slated to drop sometime this summer. "We hit it off right away, and the next day, on a lark, I sat in with them during their sound check,” Casual said about meeting the band at last year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival. “I knew all of their hits because I had been listening to them on my tour bus, so I freestyled over a few of their tracks and it sounded amazing.” The rapper and the band kept in touch and emailed tracks back and forth and agreed to put together a “summertime party album”. For those unfamiliar, the lead singer of the band, Adam Levine, appeared on the Kanye West track, “Heard Em Say,” from the Late Registration album. Nothing from the Casual/Maroon 5 project is available yet, but Casual did offer some MP3s of him freestyling over the Maroon 5 hits “This Love” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though Jennifer Lopez is showing her Puerto Rock pride with her new Spanish-language album, Como Ama una Mujer, she’s still being called a sellout. Ritmo Latino, the nation’s top Latin music chain, is refusing to carry any Jennifer Lopez CDs in any of their 50 stores because they’re saying J.Lo straight up dissed them. “She has refused personally to promote her new CD in any of our stores,” Ritmo Latino CEO David Massry told the New York Daily News. “We’ve supported her from the beginning. Now we’re told by her record company she will only visit Anglo retail outlets. This is a Spanish-language CD, and if she wants to discriminate against the Latin community, then we will not sell her product. This is not the first time this has happened. Celebrities have this notion that when they reach a certain level of crossover appeal, they forget quickly where they started." Massry also said that J.Lo is refusing to appear at any Latin-only record stores as well and will not only refuse to sell the new album, but also her entire discography. The rift grew after Lopez made an appearance at an F.Y.E. in the Bronx last week where she signed autographs for fans who bought her album.
By: Rizoh Fox News blabbermouth Bill O’Reilly is well known for his attacks on hip-hop and hip-hop artists. Now Snoop Dogg has joined the likes of Ludacris and Jay-Z in giving O’Reilly the middle finger. You may be wondering why Snoop is suddenly speaking out against the conservative Fox anchor. Well, last year O’Reilly suggested that Snoop be locked up in a specially built ‘doghouse’ for his negligence of the law. The Doggfather didn’t bite his tongue when responding to O’Reilly on a Dutch-based TV. “Man, f**k Bill O’Reilly,” Snoop retorted. “They don’t understand me. He doesn’t understand how his kids and family just love Snoop Dogg and he don’t really get it,” Snoop said. “So instead of having a one-on-one with me to better understand me, he’s bashing me in the media.” Asked whether he would appear on The O’Reilly Factor if invited, Snoop said: “I’d love to go on his show, but we’d have to do it in my neighborhood though. So I can kick his muthaf**kin a**.”
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well he has that $280 mill lawsuit against him after beating up that DJ in DC but I doubt the mill he is looking for from Fifty because of the assault on his son is going to go far help. And anyway isn’t that called extortion? If this rumor about the mill is true this all sounds mighty suspicious.
By: Rizoh Have you seen the Game (aka Jayceon Taylor) lately? He’s wanted by New York authorities for failing to honor a court date. Game was scheduled to answer charges that he impersonated a police officer and instructed a cab driver to run a series of red lights, according to officials.. You would recall that Game was arrested for in downtown New York, following an appearance on David Letterman’s late night show last November. However the rapper, who has entered a plea of not guilty and accused the NYPD of setting him up, will only be arrested if he fails to make his next court date, scheduled for June 13th.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Even without putting on a show, as his partner in crime was banned from the UK Diddy still went ahead with the after party anyway. And oh boy Sean knows how to party. So as Snoop was reported to be kicking in in Amsterdam…hmm wonder what you were doing there Snoop, Diddy was playing perfect host at the Paper Club in London buying drinks for all the girls, Sienna Miller and Fergie included. (Sidenote on Fergie…she was celebrating her 32nd birthday….purrlease who is she trying to kid. Jonesy needs to stop hunting for documents about Beyonce’s real age and work on Fergie) No Kimmy though…maybe she was recovering from the 30 hours of Tantric sex Diddy boasted about earlier in the week while in Paris.
iHipHop Blog Team