By: Serge In 1989, Houston TX, was invaded by a rap trio named the Geto Boys. The group consisted of Scarface, Willie D, and Bushwick Bill. They quickly gained recognition from their socially charged lyrics and vivid tales of street life. The head lyricist of the collective, Scarface, was then inaugurated "The King Of The South", and would go on to become one of the biggest rappers the industry would ever see. By helping to put their city on the map, The Geto Boys sparked a whole new generation of rappers that would make Houston a force to be reckoned with. 26 year old Wesley Eric Weston Jr. AKA Lil Flip, is one of those well known forces. Being a key player in the game since 1996, he first was discovered by the late DJ Screw. Flip kept the underground scene captivated with his unique freestyling ability, that also earned him a record of 150-0. With more than ten years experience under his belt, over 3.5 million albums sold, and a freestyle record that can’t be matched; this native of the Cloverland section of Houston tries his luck again with his fourth album, "I Need Mine." Flip’s trademark has always been the releasing of double disc CD’s, instead of one, and he’s spared no expense this time around either. After ending his stint at Sony Records, and squashing beef with other Southern rappers can the "Freestyle King" still be successful? That’s exactly what we intend on finding out. CrackSpace.com: What made you still want to release "I Need Mine" commercially after it was leaked on the internet? Lil Flip: Because I went back in the studio and did a brand new album. They only leaked 19 songs, and I took 10 songs off. So now there’s 36 songs on the new album. CrackSpace.com: Oh, so it’s another double album? Lil Flip: Yeah it is, and they only leaked the first CD. CrackSpace.com: Was there any particular reason you left Sony to sign with Asylum? Lil Flip: Well I got a million reasons, but I’m going to give you three. The first one was the whole "Game Over" situation, I didn’t like how that situation went down. I didn’t want to do that record, and we ended up getting a lawsuit. Another reason is that they don’t really listen. Like I’m not just a rapper, I direct a lot of my own videos, like the "Game Over" video and the "Sunshine" video. They’d rather spend 150,000.00 on one video, instead of shooting multiple videos; when I can make the video look like we’re spending more, because I have access to all the sh*t we need. That’s like working backwards. Why spend 150,000.00 on one video, and when the single dies down, you shoot another video? When it takes two weeks to edit, another two weeks to get on BET and MTV, which is a two month process. Why not make two at once, and make it right? So that way, when it dies down, we can keep it moving. But it was a whole bunch of sh*t man, I got a million reasons. That’s why I’m putting out a book, it’s called "Life Before, And Life After Sony." CrackSpace.com: Did you have a tough time reaching out to all the artists you wanted featured on the remix to "3, 2, 1 Go!"? Lil Flip: There were a few rappers that I wasn’t able to get the clearance for, but I’m still sitting on the track because I know a lot of people want to hear it. CrackSpace.com: So you’re not going to release it yet because, you’re still missing some artists that you wanted? Lil Flip: Well I have other material too. Like I got two remixes to "Sunshine" that people haven’t heard and a few remixes to "Game Over." I have a lot of remixes, and I’m doing spontaneous sh*t that no one else is doing. CrackSpace.com: All your previous albums have done well in the past, did you feel any pressure in making this album? Lil Flip: I wouldn’t say pressure, but it’s kind of fucked up that the record sales are down right now. But before any of that even happened, I was still in the streets meeting and greeting my fans. I wouldn’t hesitate to give my fans the shirt off my back, the fans really appreciate what I do. So I make sure when they spend their $16.00 I give them 36 songs. So their getting eight months of music instead of two months. CrackSpace.com: What do you think is the biggest misconception about you? Lil Flip: I say most people think I only rap about jewelry, like the flossy stuff. The things that the artists like, doesn’t necessarily be the same things that the program directors, DJ’s, and labels like, know what I’m saying. So just because you might hear the single on the radio and I’m talking about jewelry, don’t think that what the whole album is about. CrackSpace.com: Do you think it’s important for an artist to still be heavy on the mixtape circuit even though they’re signed to a deal already? Lil Flip: If you’re a mixtape artist. Nowadays everybody is trying to do them, and if you don’t come from that era, then you can’t respect the aspect of it. I got a mixtape I’m doing called "All Eyez On Flip", and what I did was go back in and remake my favorite 2 Pac songs. After that, I’m doing one with all my favorite Biggie songs from "Ready To Die", and rename mine "Ready To Fly." I’m fixin’ to raise the bar on that sh*t. Cause when I do mixtapes on other people’s beats, I give them away. My new mixtapes are all done on original beats, and I put them in stores. So that’s how I stay on top of that sh*t. CrackSpace.com: What do you say to the people that think Southern MC’s aren’t as lyrical as the MC’s from up North? Lil Flip: Well what it’s because you have two kinds of rappers. You got the ones who use a whole lot of punch lines and metaphors, and then you have the ones who use conversational flows, like their talking to you. For example, when I rap it’s like I’m talking to you, and telling you a story; the same with Jay-Z. When Nas raps, he’s coming with big words and metaphors, he’s really RAPPING. So you have to kind of rappers, either their talking to you, or you’ll have the ones that are super lyrical with words. My whole thing is, I’m more of a story teller, know what I’m saying. I like to paint a picture, where you can actually see what I’m saying. So when I’m saying it, you can close your eyes and picture it: [goes into his verse from "Like A Pimp"] "by the time I hit the floor/I see hoes by the door/n***as dressed in suits/trickin’ all their dough." That’s just how it is, when I walk through the club. N***as is in the strip club, spending their money; and I’m looking at these n***as like their f***king stupid. So I try to tell stories, like Scarface, he was a story teller. CrackSpace.com: Why do you think Houston is getting so much attention right now? Lil Flip: I think it’s about changing, and people want to see new sh*t. I think mothaf**kas just want to see some fresh sh*t. People just want to dance now, they don’t want to hear about dope deals and killing anymore. I guess they’re all dope and killed out [laughing]. They just want to dance. CrackSpace.com: How have you managed to stay relevant in an industry known for short term memory? Lil Flip: Just staying in touch with the fans man. Before I got a deal, I was out there grinding man, like talking to kids at hospitals and stuff like that. So I always try to stay close with my fans, through mixtapes and putting videos on YouTube.com everyday. Like my underground videos, make these other n***as underground videos look like they shot it with a camera phone. CrackSpace.com: [laughing]. CrackSpace.com: Have you ever felt the need to try and reinvent yourself? Lil Flip: Yeah that’s when I went from " The Leprechaun" to "The Freestyle King" to "The Number One Block Boy" and now I’m going by "Flip Gates." I’m going to use that for a little while longer, then switch to "The Briefcase Man." When I go to my little business meetings, I got this briefcase I take with me and it’s filled with cigars, money, and my rhymes. So yeah I got to keep reinventing myself, like I’m making beats now, and I’m using more live instruments. I’m playing the drums and things like that, we’re just switching it up man. I’m one of the few rappers that put bridges in their rap songs.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Lil Jon made the Guiness Book of Records for his "Crunk Ain’t Dead" piece. The chain weighs over five pounds and has over 73 carats of diamonds. Damn you gotta be working on your neck to be lifting weight like that. Anyhow the King of Crunk is said to be very happy that his piece was recognized as the largest diamond pendant.
By: Rizoh Tony Yayo has been released from jail after being arrested in New York on charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. The attacked boy, son of Cynthia Reed and Game’s manager, Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond, was walking on West 25th St. at about 9:30 p.m. when a black SUV pulled up alongside him, according to authorities. 50 Cent was allegedly in the passenger side of the SUV when four males jumped out of the vehicle. At least one of the men assaulted the boy, pushing him against the wall. The assailants then jumped back into the car and sped off. The boy identified Yayo (born Marvin Bernard) to police as his attacker, and that the incident was sparked by the boy wearing a T-shirt bearing the logo of Czar Entertainment, Rosemond’s company. Cynthia Reed, the mother of the 14-year old reportedly attacked by Yayo, is infuriated that her son would be attacked by “the same artist whose music he listens to.” “It’s a shame that 50 Cent and Tony Yayo could feel comfortable slapping and physically attacking an innocent 14-year-old minor that they market and promote their records to.,” Reed said in a statement. “This is a cowardly act on my son, who has done nothing to warrant the verbal and physical abuse he received. This issue should not be taken lightly and these men should be looked upon as a serious threat to society, having taken their relentless public rants towards their rivalries to [an extreme] level. This [incident] should be looked [upon] as a step away from child molestation. I seek justice in the form of restoring my son’s dignity and making sure any child can wear whatever they want without fear of bodily injury.” On a related note, Mike Lighty, brother of 50 Cent’s manager and Violator Management CEO Chris Lighty, was allegedly stabbed outside of the Violator offices just hours before the incident occurred with Rosemond’s son. Lighty is said to have been treated at an area hospital. According to unconfirmed reports, Lighty is recovering from his injuries and has refused to cooperate with a police investigation into the incident. Apparently, G-Unit would go as far as smacking around a 14-year old child to establish their “gangsta.” Who knows what will happen to the next mother’s teen son or daughter who wears a shirt of some kind to support a favorite rapper?
By: Rizoh In what appears to have been a botched robbery attempt, Atlantic Records hip-hop artist DG Yola was shot in the face while stopping at a red light over the weekend. The bullet allegedly went through one cheek and out the other. Yola is now recovering at an Atlanta hospital, where doctors are positive that he’ll make a full and fast recovery. The injured rapper’s family said in a statement: “He is already up and about and writing. Yola ain’t gonna let up. We respectfully request privacy and appreciate the well wishes and prayers of Yola’s fans during this time.” DG Yola’s debut album, Gutta World, is slated to drop June 2007 via Atlantic Records.
By: Hot Gossip Gal So baby Henchman is pressing charges against Tony Yayo who was arrested the other day. 50 was also arrested but was later released without being charged. Still no confirmation if the story about Mike Lighty being stabbed is actually the reason WHY Tony Yayo was on the rampage which is what the word on the street is..but will keep you posted. Could be another govt vaca for your boy Yayo.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno With Grammy wins comes more gigs and John Legend is reaping all the benefits. Legend has recently been in the studio working on upcoming projects with Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson and even Aretha Franklin. "It’s different for her – a party song called `Turn It Up.’ It’s kind of soulful and funky," Legend told the L.A. Daily News about his song with Franklin. "I do a little cameo in there, but it’s really her song." He’s also working non-stop with Estelle, the first artist on his recently launched label, Home School. But the most important thing he’s gearing up for is his recently announced spring tour. "We’ve got some cool new things we’re doing – new arrangements, unexpected covers,” Legend said about the show. “We’re bringing in some hip-hop, some classic soul and classic rock. We’ve elevated the production on every level for this tour, musically and visually – but it’s still going to be about the music. I never want to turn it into a high-tech show. What people appreciate about me is that there is an organic feel about the music." Here are the tour dates: 04/03/07 Irvine, CA Bren Events Center 04/04/07 San Diego, CA Bayside 04/06/07 Universal City, CA Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk 04/07/07 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre 04/10/07 Denver, CO Colorado Convention Center 04/12/07 Minneapolis, MN The Orpheum Theatre 04/13/07 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre 04/14/07 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre 04/16/07 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre 04/17/07 Toronto, ON Hummingbird Centre For Perf. Arts 04/19/07 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre 04/20/07 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom 04/22/07 Newark, NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center 04/23/07 New York, NY Theater at Madison Square Garden 04/25/07 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun 04/26/07 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre 04/28/07 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 04/29/07 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall Theatre 05/01/07 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live 05/02/07 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Casino 05/04/07 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After a two-album run with Interscope Records, Styles P is now rolling with Koch Records. The rapper and label announced that Styles’ new album, 5 Star General will dropping in July. "I look forward to embarking on this exciting new phase of my career along side KOCH Records, a company best known for their unyielding interest in supporting the vision of the artist,” Styles said in a statement. “It feels good to be a part of a team that appreciates hip hop in its truest form. I am ecstatic about being in control of my own destiny." In 2002, Styles dropped his debut album, A Gangster and a Gentleman, and didn’t drop his follow-up, Time Is Money, until December 2006 due to a three year delay.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Too good to be true? Yeah we all thought as much, turns out Shawna has already bounced on Remy and Jackie O and the dream of a female somewhat super group. Shawna was running her mouth on a Chi-Town radio show and after saying she wasn’t feeling working with chicks in general , something to do with women needing too much pampering, she went on to say her and Luda are working on an album together that should be coming in the Summer. Ok now.
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By Will ‘Deshair’ Foskey In 2007, it is time that we take the Rap Game back to its environment. Back to where our lyrical technicians birth their styles; back to where their blocks embrace them or maybe they embraced the block; back to where it is no place like home, well at least until you leave it. This is the Concrete Kingdom, and first up to bat is Washington Heights own, MIMS. If you’re not familiar with MIMS stomping grounds, enjoy this feature to the fullest. You just might learn something worth your while. Can we start off with some basic stats (birthday, dream car, at what age would you like to retire) MIMS: I was born on March 22nd. My dream car at the age of 13 was the Range Rover, but now it is the Lamborghini Murcielago. The perfect age of retirement is when I feel like I’ve exhausted myself in the music industry. At this point, I don’t believe that I will be rapping at the age of 40. For those who aren’t familiar with Washington Heights, give out the coordinates. MIMS: The best way that I could describe it is if you know the location of Harlem, all you have to do is go a few blocks Uptown from Harlem to find Washington Heights. You’ll know when you’ve reached Washington Heights when you see the African-American faces disappear, and more Dominican faces appear. If you could only shop in one place in the Heights, which spot would you choose? MIMS: It really depends, because as a kid growing up, my choice was 181st. 181st Street is to Washington Heights, what 125th Street is to Harlem. Describe the culture of Washington Heights and what do you believe it is known for. MIMS: Washington Heights to most people’s knowledge is best known for drug sales and what you can get out of there on the drug side. But if you live or spend a lot of time there, you’ll realize that there is a lot of culture – you’ll get to see how the Dominicans operate. I love their culture because my family is from Jamaica. When you get that Jamaican culture mixed in with that Dominican culture, you’ll begin to see that there are many similarities. So you can say that growing up in Washington Heights has allowed for me to stay in touch with my Caribbean roots. Now I must say that I am very familiar with the curvaceous frames of the women in your area. What can out of towners look forward to if they are trying to find them a female from your stomping grounds? MIMS: If there is one thing that I can say about any Latina in the area is that they are loyal. That’s the god honest truth. They will maintain their loyalty to you through it all. So if you’re looking for a female who would hold you down (stand by you), you can find them here. I’m proud that I’m representing Washington Heights. I lived in the Heights for a very long time. But I’m not going to lie; I also lived in the Suburban areas of Long Island. The course between the two, and the knowledge that I’ve gained from the two were very beneficial to my life. I wouldn’t trade how I grew up for the world. Growing up in Washington Heights really allowed for me to learn the hustler’s mentality. And when I finished my high school years in Long Island, it allowed for me to see a different part of life. Now I didn’t live in a $5,000,000 home, but I lived around the corner from one. So I was able to see what a $5,000,000 home looked like; and I was able to envision what I wanted out of life. Many would say that you have come out of nowhere with your first single. When did you know that you’ve arrived? MIMS: Most people would say that my success was overnight, or that I’m a one-hit wonder. But to know me, you’ll know that I’ve been into music since I was 13 years old. This ain’t something that I just picked up and said, ‘I’m going to be a rapper, and I just happened to make good song.’ I’ve been putting together records for nearly half of my life. People want to know what makes me so different from the next man, or how can they do what I’m doing. Well I put my life into this; I put a lot of grind work into this. I’ve been Dj’ing since 13, got into production and engineering at the age of 16, and had a Pro-tools equipped studio at the age of 19. So I can go into any studio in the country right now and handle myself behind the mic and the boards. Ok, so with your first single ‘This is Why I’m Hot’, would you say that the coming together of the song was more strategic or did it come to you effortlessly? MIMS: A lot went into this record. First of all, I didn’t write the lyrics to the beat that everybody is hearing now. Then I had the Black-Out Movement reproduce the beat for me. With that being said, a lot of time went into this record. People may think that it was a, “easy record” but the only thing that was easy about it was the hook, which came to me quickly. I wanted to put together a song that was simple enough for people to understand and then something that was brand new for me. So as far as the writing of the record and the overall body of it, it took about 2 weeks complete. Talk about you second single if there is one already in place. MIMS: The official second single off the album is called ‘Like This’. It’s a club record that is very competitive. It’s not competitive as in dancing, but more along the lines of male and female. I think that people are going to have a lot of fun with it, especially since it’s about to get warm very soon. In closing, why will 2007 be a big year for Mims? MIMS: I think that just like everybody in this industry, I have overcome a lot of obstacles. I’ve taken a record that a lot of people didn’t believe in, and I’m sure that people still don’t believe in it now, but I took that song to a #1 position on the charts. I have a great company behind me. This year is going to be mine. You’re going to hear a lot from MIMS…
By: R Tha BlockStaR AKA Rainier T. Garcia HHC: I got your Survival Mixtape Vol. 3 , and it’s a nice mixtape, but when are we going to see an album? Izreal: Well that’s coming in the first quarter of 2007, we’re in the middle of putting the final touches on it, and securing which avenue we are going to do distribution, we have digital distribution already, but we’re working out some stuff for physical distribution as well, so we’re just preparing the album, so we’re looking around April/May, lord willing’ it depends how things work out, its’ going to be a banger, so we’re excited. HHC: Are you guys going to stay on the independent route? Or are you shopping majors right now? Psalmz: So far, we’ve been independent thus far, and it’s working out just fine, and as we gain more leverage, we are going to consider the independent route, but work along side with the major, for distribution and promotions or what not. Independent is definitely the way to go, its’ the future, you know. For example, our label is called Defiant Entertainment, so it may be like a Defiant/Universal we’ll definitely have our hands all over, and it’s getting our hands onto a bigger level, and the reason we haven’t done it, is because we’ve been able to maintain our independence, now its time to take that next step. We still want to remain independent, so its’ going to be a combination. We don’t want a label to just come along, after we’ve put in years of our hard work, and grunt work, and just come in and put their name on it, and act like they built us, when meanwhile it’s like Nine years in the making. HHC: Who will you guys collaborate with for the album? Psalmz: We actually like to keep it in the house, and do it ourselves, to show people that we didn’t need a bunch of artists to make a good album. Besides, there are three of us already. We do have some collabos, like Pitbull on “Mira Mira” Trae from Rap-A-Lot records. There’s so much of us already. HHC: Do you guys produce your own music? Izreal: We produce some of it, but we also work with a few producers around the country. Our homey Fingazz out in I.E., Southern Cali. He works with a lot of the Chicano rappers like Lil’ Rob, Diamonique, etc. We also have a homey in Atlanta, Sam Traxx, by way of Texas, it’s a combination really, we don’t’ just drop our rhymes, we coordinate, orchestrate the song, intro to the end, it’s more like composing. With producer’s we can build a beautiful chemistry, and we know where we can meet, and I think the music will reflect that. HHC: I’m Latino also (Honduran) and I have this issue with Latino ARTISTS being typecast as one dimensional, that everyone is a Reggaeton artist, simply because they’re Puerto Rican, or Cuban, or whatever, how do you feel about that. Arkitek: First, in New York, that’s what introduced the Latin Hip hop. On the West Coast, you already had established Latin Hip Hop artists, then in New York, “Mira, Mira” was looked at as a Reggaeton track, so at the end of the day, we still get recognition as artists, and we just need to break the mold of that label, and let you take away the adjective as being an ill “Latin” rapper, or an ill “Latin” artist, to just an ill artist. You don’t see them say, “Yo, Jay-Z is an ill African American rapper” or, “Nas is an ill African American rapper” so we should get that label out there as well. HHC: Example, as far as press goes for you guys, what was sent to me was info on a blog for a website that I’m not endorsing, but the blog was on _______ Latino, or record labels making a whole new label catered to Latinos artists, such as Rocafella with Roc La Familia, I don’t know if you’re familiar out here but Thizz, The late Mac Dre’s label, has a Thizz Latin offshoot, do you still feel a segregation? Because they separate everything when it’s a “Latino” artist? Psalmz: We talk about this all the time; you do have the Wu Latino, the separate floor, or another roof. I feel that there are just so many of us in this world period, you got Puerto Rican, Ecuadorian, al these races and the influences from all over, and what do we do with it? There’s always two ways to look at it. It’s still breaking through, before we get into that level, this level has to happen. HHC: I like your remix to E-40’s “tell me when to go” I’m from the Bay, and some Dj friends of mine would spin it at parties and people like that, does NY get Hyphy? Cuz I’ve been getting and hearing a lot of hate from The East coast when it comes to Hyphy, mainly because of a lack of understanding that it’s not a type of music, it’s a way of life. Izreal: I happen to be out in the Bay right now. It depends, New York for a while we were stuck in the movement and the birth of hip hop, but all that as ourselves, we’ve been able to travel, and we see the unity in a lot of these markets, whereas new York has a whole different understanding, that used to be our mentality in hip hop. We had a tribe called quest, we had all that stuff. To me, being an artist is being a diplomat. Hip hop, the artist is so short changed because the artists don’t realize how big it really is. That’s one of our essences is we come to show that hey, all new York is haters, and the same time, we like to bring our influences back to New York so it becomes a broader scope. Hip hop is bigger than only one region, hip hop is international. You got Korean people rapping’ you got Chilean’s rapping’ Honduran’s rapping. You’ve got all of that,a and that’s one of the things is that even though we’re from new York, our album is more and the way we make music and the way we grind, we look at it as a global level. We want to be known all around the world, not just New York, not just The Bay, and our job, if it’s good, is to bring it back. That’s going to happen with any kind of music, you’re not going to like all of it, but there’s definitely hotness in everything, and our job is to be diplomats from New York and show New York there’s more than just what’s around. It’s not just New York Music. That’s one of the points that is lost in hip hop. Hip hop was created cuz it was our voice, we didn’t have a voice. So we had to fine a way to put it on record, for djs to spin it. Just the culture in general. It’s like the hierarchy in hip hop forgets just how it started, you feel me? I honestly think that in the next few years, with all the digital invasion and all that, it’s going to come back a lot to the Indies which is good because independent music is more controlled by the artist, where all the big entities have a certain formula and criteria that they want to live up to like how they want to market their projects. I think you’ll see a lot of Indies in all regions and they will have more an impact towards the music and eventually break down some of the radio stuff, because that might not just be relevant in the future. HHC: What do you guys prefer, rapping in Spanish, English, or spanglish? Izreal: We’re really mostly n English, but we never forget our heritage. Growing up, we grew up in a predominantly black neighborhood. East New York, was predominantly black you know? No one ever said “you’re Latin” cuz coming up, we were just nasty, it was just about being nice MCee’s . The Latin’ thing didn’t really come up till we got bigger. When we were on the come up, we were just nasty mc’s from Brooklyn. It had nothing to do with being Latin or black. As we got closer to the more corporate side of the game, and now especially with the reggaeton thing, like before, you didn’t look at Cypress Hill as “Latin mc’s” it was just hip hop. Beatnuts etc. Because of reggaeton, it did segregate to an extent, but that’s how I feel why T-Weaponz was set for, to break those molds, you know, and sometimes it takes longer for the people to listen, cuz they automatically assume, they’re so stuck in that mentality like “oh, they’re Latin’ they must be doing that reggaeton “ But this year and the last year, we’ve been breaking down those doors, to show that Latin’s can do much more than that. HHC: Do you think as Latinos, we need to be more united? The reason I ask that, is that a lot of people, and I’m not putting any names out there, but a lot of people example, rep like Cuba, or Puerto Rico, or Mexico or whatever, and go to concert’s and scream like “Puerto rico!” or “Mexico”, don’t you think we should be more united by representing Latinos period? I mean we all speak the same lengua (, we all like tortillas rice, chicken, and beans, Do you see how Latinos segregate themselves also. Arkitek: It’s crazy and sad in a way that there’s so many of us in the world and it’s so hard for an artist to even go gold. We can all try and unite, what needs to happen is somebody in power, or someone on a higher level to be able to start to be the flagship of that and to push that. Latinos, we don’t’ have ah pi hop voice. It’s one thing to say unite all day, but if you’re not doing it and you’re not doing anything for Latin people, than how you going to make that happen. It has to start up top. We need organization. Most Latin people are poor. Look at how many Latin’s are in the United States. We’re the biggest minority in the u.s. It’s also the artists’ fault also. Izreal: Here’s an example, on our records, you have Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, white Italians, black, it has to start somewhere, and I agree with you and pslalmz and us working towards that that will happen. In New York like 10 to 15 years ago, it was a large influx of Dominicans, and at first, they was at odds with the Puerto Ricans and Dominicans and as the years passed that got put aside. It’s still a little bit there, but now it’s more open minded. Latinos in hip hop, we still haven’t had that, R.I.P. pun, he didn’t finish what he was set to do. We need something else, and I think T-Weaponz is that. Once we start infiltrating that, artist wise, I think that it will happen. To be honest, the Reggaton movement wouldn’t succeed without the Mexican support in America. Like in Cali, and Texas, its’ predominantly Mexican out there, so the Latinos supporting are Mexicans, but they’re still supporting latins in general. HHC: How do you guys feel about immigration? I’m in Cali, and it seems like everyone just hates on not just Mexicans, but Latinos as a whole, and we’re starting to see the backlash, any of that out there in New York? I know that Puerto Rico is a commonwealth, and is considered the United States, so they’re already Americans. Is there any resentment to Puerto Ricans or Latinos in general about immigration out in NY? Arkitek: It’s crazy cuz I read about this all the time. I realized that Latin’s do stick together in things like this, you had Puerto Ricans marching, lots of NY residents are from different descents, and you had Japanese and Chinese marching. I know that L.A. they took it to another level, but out here they did their marches and stuff. I think America does a good thing of covering up things like this. Issues as big as this. It takes our focus off of one issue than to avoid a bigger issue. It’s one things to not let that happen, like Bush sending 20,000 more troops to Iraq. They throw more things there to take our focuses off. As important as it is in L.A. but it’s bigger than that. WE got friends who are Mexican, and friends who are illegal. You got to understand the history, Latinos built this land, we were the ones to build something from nothing. Every time we get a chance, we always address it. If you have 3-4 minutes in a song, to tell the war what you feel we should do, what are you going to tell them? To shoot someone? Or to unite and come together in this music. HHC: Any Promo tour? Izreal: We have a lot of that planned. Once the spring comes, T-Weaponz is going to be all over Texas, and Cali, northwest as well. We’re working on that right now to perform as many places as we can. Our aim is to touch down and get out to everyone. HHC: No Doubt. For more information oncheck outT-Weaponz
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno As if Nick Cannon’s “Wild N Out” isn’t already on MTV 20 times a day, he’s gearing up to drop another show for the former music network. The new project, “Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz” is a sketch comedy show that will be executive produced and starring Nick Cannon along with a group of comedians who will pretty much make fun of hip-hop and pop culture. According the press release, they already have a couple of sketches about rappers who band together for a common cause, "R.A.C.S" (Rappers Against Child Support); Judge Mo Dolla$ (played by Katt Williams), a pimped out judge who’s the star of his wacky courtroom; with celebrity guests adding to the fun, such as Ice-T explaining the virtues of his newest invention “Ice-Tivo”. Other guest celebrities include Lil Jon, Snoop Dogg, Nas and Kevin Hart. The eight episode series will debut on April 5 on MTV. “Wild N Out” will return for a fourth season and there hasn’t been an announcement in regards to a new album from Cannon.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It just seems like Foxy Brown doesn’t really care about the law. Fox Boogie was supposed to be in court this week to face charges stemming from a scuffle at a beauty supply store in Florida. The judge presiding over the case issued a warrant for Foxy’s arrest. Last month, Brown was apparently in a beauty supply store bathroom applying make-up when a store employee informed her that the store was closed and that she had to leave. She refused to leave, spit on the employee and threw hair glue at him while he was calling 911. When police arrived, she struggled with the officer. The next day she posted a $1,500 and was released. When she returned to New York, she was in court again because she violated her probation by being in Florida. The judge gave her once more chance not to screw up, which is possibly why she missed the Florida court date.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Tony old man Yayo should be ashamed of himself stepping to a random kid wearing a Czar Entertainment T-shirt, regardless of who that kid was. Turned out it was Jimmy Henchman’s son who is now considering pressing charges against 50 who allegedly gave Yayo the nod to step to the kid and the old fool himself, after the bully smacked him around the head in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday. Just when G Unit thought things couldn’t get much worse.
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