By Quibian Salazar-Moreno MC Serch made his mark as part of the legendary group 3rd Bass with Pete Nice and DJ Richie Rich. In 1989 they dropped The Cactus Album that featured the hits songs, “Steppin’ to the A.M.” and the classic “Gas Face”. In 1991, they dropped Derelicts of Dialect with their hit single, “Pop Goes the Weasel”, which was the last 3rd Bass album. That same year, MC Serch dropped his debut solo album, Return of the Product, and got rave reviews especially for the song"Back to The Grill"which featured a much younger and hungrier Nas. During that time, Serch was busy developing Nas and launching his company Serchlite, but he still had time to record another album. But the album was never released. Serch moved away from recording and focused on radio (he hosts a morning show in Detroit) and is now worldwide as host of VH1’s White Rapper Show. Now that Serch is garnering a little bit of worldwide notoriety, he thought it would be the perfect time to drop that 1994 album, M.any Y.oung L.ives A.go: The 1994 Sessions. We caught up with Serch to talk about the album, what he did during the 90’s, and of course the White Rapper Show and the white rappers who are mad. So what’s the situation with the 1994 sessions? Why did it get shelved and why did you decide to drop it now? The reason the album got shelved originally is when I played for Russell [Simmons], I had done the album myself, paid for it myself and did the demos with DJ Eclipse and Riz and we were just in the studio recording while everything else was kind of going on around us and I just kind of wanted to make these songs and let Russell hear it and get Russell’s thoughts and Russell was not receptive. He thought the record sounded too much like an underground New York record, but with all due respect to Russell, he also didn’t get Nas, he didn’t understand the kind of artist that Nas was going to be. So I was like, “You know what, I’m not going to focus on making music right now”, I was focusing on O.C. from 1993 to 1995, I got offered a really cool job working for Wild Pitch Records, so I became the VP of Wild Pitch and my whole attitude changed. My attitude towards making the record changed and the masters just kind of disappeared. So when I moved to Detroit to do the morning show in 2002, I moved a lot of stuff out of my house and those boxes got locked in a storage facility. When I emptied out the storage facility, I found those masters and said “This might be cool, let’s put these masters back on and see what they sound like” They were in really good condition, but some of them had to be brought back to good condition but most of them sounded amazing. It was just good to hear what I sounded like and I thought “this was before [The White Rapper Show] came out, this would be cool to put out, we should just put this record out on Serchlite.” So we started the process of re-mastering and taking it from the analog world to the digital world. DJ Mark Allen and myself spent seven months re-mastering it. . So what about that gap from O.C.’s album up until Detroit, you didn’t have any desire to record another album? I moved to Detroit in 2002 and I was working with Non-Phixion in 1996 and I started helping them put their machine together. I was helping Ill Bill, Necro, Shabach and Gortex put their machine together, helping them build their studio, and help them record their music. There are also some 3rd Bass reunion cuts on there from 2000, were you guys thinking about getting back together? Yeah, in 2000 we recorded those songs. I had a deal through Sony and I was looking to put out the third album from 3rd Bass called Ichabod’s Cranium. It was a great time being in the studio with Pete [Nice] but it just wound up where we were in two different places in terms of our schedule and we really just couldn’t find the time to put the album out. So why was there no album after Derelicts of Dialect? After Derelict and after I put out my solo album and Pete put out his solo album, I just didn’t want to do a 3rd Bass record. I was not in a place of wanting to work with Pete on going back in the studio and going back and forth with him. I mean being in a group, one of the things about being in a group, especially when you have two A-Type personalities like Pete and I, you bump heads a lot. And I wasn’t in the mood, I didn’t want to bump heads with Pete about musical stuff and creative and I just wasn’t in the mood, I wanted to make my record. I wanted to make my album, my record and do it my way. Plus I was working with Nas and had a bunch of other stuff going on, I really didn’t want to do a 3rd Bass record. Did Pete want to or was he in the same place you were? Pete had his own deal, he had a distribution deal with Sony and was putting out Kurios George and I think he felt like he was at another place as well. X-Clan came out with a new album this year and you guys had words on record towards each other back in the day, are you guys cool now? I don’t know if I’m cool, I mean I had Brother J up at my show in Detroit and interviewed him for the show. But I never understood why X-Clan had bad words to say about us. I was always disappointed by that because I knew Paradise and I knew Lumumba and we all had come from the same place. And then Brother J and those guys making diss records about us, it just never made sense to us. P and I knew so much about these guys internally and it was really foolish of them to come out and try to diss us. Because the things we knew about them would have been really detrimental to them. It would have looked really ugly. But the best way that we dealt with it was the way we dealt with a lot of stuff and that was just to let them rock, let them do them and we’re going to do us and not deal with it. That’s how I chose to go about it and that’s how I kind of continue to deal with anything real negative in my life. Whether it’s about the show, or whatever, I really don’t respond to that stuff. I really don’t get into it, I really don’t have the need or the necessity or the desire. The album is dropping on Serchlite on March 6, what else is going on with your company? In terms of Serchlite Music and Serchlitemusic.com we do a lot of consulting and a lot of brand development with ESPN on all of their platforms, specifically ESPN.com and 360.com, doing music licensing and creating content opportunities for ESPN. We deal very closely with the NFL and the Player’s Association, we supervise and produce events for a list of clients that we have, we continue to work records at radio. We’re working two records right now one by an artists named Greg Jarvis and another by a group called Dead Celebrity Status. So we’re working those records. We’re launching a section of our site called Serchlite Certified Hip-Hop, which we’ll dedicate to what we believe are the next wave of talented artists with the difference being, we don’t own their masters, we don’t own their publishing, we’re just giving them a vehicle to be heard and be seen. And with our partners at Orchard, we’re going to do digital distribution for these artists. And we just try to create more avenues for young artists. Are there any plans to record an album of new MC Serch music? Yeah, I’m recording all the time, I host mixtapes on a regular basis for local artists and I’ll spit a 16 here and there and I’m always in the studio in one shape or form. I’m currently working on a project called Peace in the Middle East with DJ Wyl E. Coyote from WJHM in Greensboro, North Carolina, which is a record of Jewish and Palestinian artists coming together to promote peace. With all the proceeds going to orphanages in Palestine and Israel that take care of children that have lost their parents in the war. I’m doing that and whenever the urge strikes me and I feel like I have something I want to say, I’m going to say and I’ll release it. Have you heard of any plans for season 2 of the White Rapper Show yet? I have no idea. I have no idea at this time. I should hope so based on the popularity but this is a whole new area for me so I’m not sure. When Lord Jamar came on the show, he didn’t seem too excited to be there. What was going on behind the scenes? We told Jamar, I said “listen, the best thing you can do, Jamar, is educate.” The thing that is great about Brand Nubian and the thing about him being a Five Percenter, he’s here to give lessons and teach lessons. And we told him, “Just go in there and be unimpressed.” And he was like, “Yo, that’s not gonna be too hard.” And it was great. He went in with a great attitude, him and Sadat, they had a great attitude about spending time with these dudes. Then seeing how shook they were when Jamar started breaking them down, it was just classic, you couldn’t buy that kind of entertainment. I mean, you can if you got cable, but it was just a great moment. On the show, you said that you and Prince Paul handpicked the contestants, was that really the best of the emcees who came to try out? Paul and I were not the only ones involved in that process; there was a group of other people that you didn’t see and we sat at a giant table. But based on the different criteria that we thought would be entertaining to watch, those were the best contestants to pick. So the selection wasn’t solely based on skills, but entertainment as well? Well, the music business isn’t based solely on skills. If that was the case then Non-Phixion would have sold 10 million records, Cage would have sold 10 million records, Company Flow would have sold 10 million records. The music business isn’t based solely on skills, you have to be a character, you have to be a personality. There’s several different levels that make someone successful. I’ve noticed that the only hip-hop heads that are offended are the white rappers, have you noticed that? Yeah, it’s funny to me. I’m actually very intrigued by the pro-White, anti-Black white rapper movement. That is particularly very interesting to me that there is a core of white rappers who don’t care about Black people, who don’t care for the fact that this is a Black music culture. This is Black music and they’re talking about eff the Black man, he never showed me any love so eff him. That movement is amazing to me. I would have never imagined meeting or talking to those people if it wasn’t for the show. But hopefully, if there’s a season 2, these disgruntled rappers will try out for season 2. What kind of experiences did you go through as a white rapper in the late 80’s and early 90’s? The thing that makes the Ego Trip guys and myself laugh so much, they’re going through an 8-week crash course of what I had to go through for 10 years. There was no way, in 1986, that if I didn’t know all the words to “F-R-E-S-H” by the Fresh 3 MCs and who were the Fresh 3 MCs, I’d get respect. And I got tested on a regular basis. I got tested as an emcee, “you got skills? Spit.” I got tested like “You ain’t really real to this, you’re just in it for the bread. Spit.” A lot of guys that want to get this kind of jumpstart, to get this kind of visibility, to get this opportunity, to be seen in the way that they’re being seen, they need to spit. Lyor Cohen (former Def Jam prez) does this to a lot of people, I don’t know if he still does it, but I know Jay-Z does it to a lot of people, “You’re a rapper? Rap.” There’s no chit-chat, you’re an emcee? Great, let me hear. That’s what you’re saying that you are. Any last words? I just hope everyone enjoys the download on March 6, I hope people really get to enjoy the music and it takes them back to 1994. I’m really proud of it, Mark Allen did a great job remixing it and re-mastering it.
By: Rizoh The much-publicized feud between 50 Cent and Cam’ron has spilled onto a 2nd round showdown. After landing the first jab with his “Funeral Music” video, 50 now teams up with Young Buck on a song called “Hold On” to deliver more lyrical assault to Cam’ron. While the song doesn’t really contain any direct disses to Cam or the Dipset crew, 50’s disparaging statement at the end of the track is clearly targeted at Cam. “"Talking about you got I.B.S./N***a, you got A.I.D.S." The line is a reference to Cam’ron’s song, “I.B.S.,” which appears on Killa Season. On the song, the Dipset General admits to having suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, “This is a true story/I got stomach pain, don’t matter sun or rain/Thought that it went away, uh oh, here it come again.” Watch Young Buck & 50 Cent’s “Hold On” Video below:
By: Hot Gossip Gal Ok I am slow reporting on this as it went down early this week. But Jonesy caught Ex Flavor of Love star New York out in an on air interview on her morning show on Hot 97. To cut the 15 min interview short , which you can listen to below, Jonesy catches New York out when the HBIC says she went to Syracuse University. New York like Jonesy said was stupid as she picked the school that the Host actually went to. Fed to the lions is all I can say. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
By: Hot Gossip Gal OK y’all you can relax because last night was Young Bucks listening party for the new album and as critics and fans have predicted, the album is pure heat. Not that really a star studded event, but hey wait until the release party, things will be on and popping.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Tyrese is still tinkering with the whole Black-Ty rapping career experiment and is now taking it on the road. His double album, Alter Ego, featured one CD of all R&B and the other CD with him rapping as Black-Ty. The VH1 Soul Presents The Alter Ego Tour launches on March 3 at BB King’s in New York and will run until April 1 ending at Trocadero in Minneapolis. Tyrese recent made headlines with reports that he was hitting his girlfriend, but no charges were ever filed and Tyrese denied the accusations. Here’s the itinerary for the tour: 3/3, New York, NY, BB King’s 3/5, Philadelphia, PA,Theater of Living Arts 3/8, Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues 3/11, Winston Salem, NC, Ziggy’s 3/12, Raleigh, NC, Lincoln Theater 3/15, Los Angeles, CA, Wilshire Ebell Theater 3/16, Los Angeles, CA, Wilshire Ebell Theater 3/17, Atlanta, GA, Georgia Freight Depot 3/21, St. Louis, MO, Society 3/23, Memphis, MI, Plush Nightclub 3/24, Oklahoma City, OK, Déjà vu 3/25, Shereveport, LA, Shreveport Conv. Ctr. 3/27, Toledo, OH, Club Bijou 3/28, Jackson, MI, Rocket Nightclub 3/29, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino 4/1, Minneapolis, MN, Trocadero
By: Hot Gossip Gal OK something is making me think that the men in R&B just have to take pictures of themselves naked, its like there is a clause in their contract. Next in line for having his sidekick hacked revealing pics of him posing naked is Excuse Me Miss singer Chris Brown. The thing is with his little display is a site is charging 10 bucks to see the whole package. Is that really necessary?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno This week a British court ruled that Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs breached an agreement with a London-based producer that he would not use ‘Diddy’ while he’s in Britain or on any products he sells in Britain. Earlier this year producer Richard ‘Diddy’ Dearlove, who owns the ‘Diddy’ name in Britain, filed a lawsuit against Combs claiming that he breached a 2006 agreement where he wouldn’t use the ‘Diddy’ name in Britain by using the name on MySpace and YouTube, which Brits access internationally. The British judge didn’t demand Combs to change his name or stop using MySpace or YouTube, however, but he did rule that Combs advertised himself as ‘Diddy’ in the song “The Future” from his Press Play album, which violated the agreement. Combs agreed to perform a different version of the song when he is in Britain. As far as the whole MySpace and YouTube situation, it will go to a High Court in October unless the two sides can come to some sort of new agreement. In July 2006, Combs paid Dearlove $20,000 for damages for misappropriation of the name and wrote an agreement for its use.
By: Rizoh Bobby Brown is fresh out of jail and he has a radio station to thank for his bail. Brown, who had been sitting in jail for three days, accepted DC radio station Hot 99.5’s offer to pay the $19,150.00 owed in child support on BB’s behalf. In exchange for the payment, Brown will put in a week’s worth of work on Hot 99.5. He will be provided with his own security, transportation, and accommodation. In a statement released by Hot 99.5, the radio station said that they’re “really doing it for his children.” “We sympathize with Bobby and hope that this will give him a head start and will put him back on track,” said Hot 99.5 radio personality Kane.
By: Hot Gossip Gal What is with this dude? He is now running his mouth about Nas and his wife in his latest interview on Hot 97. He must love the sound of his own voice is all I can say really. But one thing you have to give him, he is running the best one man PR campaign I have seen in a minute. Delishis and Busta Ok so we reported on them being a couple but it turns out they are actually making music together in the literal sense. They are actually in the studio together working on an album. The Flavor of Love star recently spoke out against Flav, saying they haven’t spoken in a long time. She was recently snapped for the Smooth Girl cover.
By: Hot Gossip Gal The party for the Sports Illustrated Magazine Swimsuit edition which was held at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, may have left its party goers with a little more than a stomach full of canapes and exquisite food. It turns out that one of the people catering the party has exposed the guest list to Hepatitis A. Beyonce was present of course at this party as she had the cover spot, even though many SI fans have pointedly complained about her presence in the coveted mag. But thankfully for Beyonce, her ‘Oscar diet’ may have saved her from eating food at the event.
By: Rizoh Prodigy is running his mouth again. This time, he’s taking shots at the late great Tupac Shakur. Well, sort of. Asked about his decision to sample 2Pac’s vocals on his song “New York Sh*t” despite being a victim of Pac’s wrath on wax, P told Nobodysmiling.com that artistic decisions take precedence over petty feuds. Well, not exactly in those words. “It’s all about how the chorus sounds—‘Oh that sh*t sounds hot together-the Biggie and the ‘Pac sample sound good…’ I don’t give a f**k about Pac! I’m just saying that sh*t sound hot together; that’s an ill idea for a chorus. It don’t matter what Pac did or whatever…that’s not the case. The case is the shit sound like a good record.” Too bad he couldn’t summon the courage to make such statements while ‘Pac was still alive.
By: Rizoh Will there be a Jackson 5 reunion this summer? We can’t bet our money on it. But what we do know for sure is that Michael Jackson is evaluating several proposals, including one that may land him a gig in Las Vegas. According to his spokesperson, Raymone K. Bain, “Mr. Jackson is currently reviewing and evaluating each proposal. He does not believe that he is under any time constraint for making his decisions.” The eccentric pop star released the statement to debunk rumors that he has been unable to find work in Las Vegas. Bain said that Jackson “did not move to Las Vegas to shop a Vegas show. Mr. Jackson is in Las Vegas because he likes the city and found it a convenient location to record with the artists, songwriters and producers who are working with him in the studio.”
By: Hot Gossip Gal One thing always to 50′s favor is how he has looked after his son, Marquise. Holidays, homes, schools, the child and his Momma never wanted for nothing. However it appears that his baby’s moms, Shaniqua Tompkins, is in need of more loot to take care of his son. But always the business man..50 will not be outdone. Having never had their agreement binding he is taking it the legal way as baby momma has gone ahead and involved lawyer Raoul Lionel Felder, to help get her some more money. Lucky she never hooked up with Bobby Brown..she would be humming a different tune today.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The New York City Council’s Committee on Civil Rights met on Monday to pass a resolution banning the word ‘nigga’ or ‘nigger’ and variations of the word in New York. Of course, the banning is only symbolic, in that you won’t be fined or get in trouble for using but the council hopes that it will spark discussion on the history of the word. "On any given day you can traverse this city and encounter young people of all races casually using the word in public with no regard or knowledge of the terrible history behind it,” City Council member Leroy Comrie told New York’s NY1 News. "NBA stars and rappers have been the only roll models for far too long,” Kovon Flowers of advocacy group Abolish the N Word added. “The resolution will be a start for parents teachers and families to take their rightful place as roll models in their children’s lives.” Even though there’s no punishment for using the word, Comrie went even farther asking the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences not to nominate artists who use the word in their music for Grammys. Similar resolutions are happening in other cities around the country.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Just days after announcing the Street Dreamz Tour with Jim Jones, Baby, Lil Wayne and Fat Joe, Young Jeezy announced the culmination of his new group, U.S.D.A. (United Streets D-Boys of America). The group features Jeezy, ATL’s Slick Pulla and Panama City’s Blood Raw with plans to release an album later this year on Jeezy’s Corporate Thugz Entertainment imprint with Def Jam. Their first single, “Check It”, is hitting radio this week. Both Slick Pulla and Blood Raw will join Jeezy on the Street Dreamz Tour which launches on March 3 at the Cricket Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. The tour will run until April 29, ending in Los Angeles. Here’s the current itinerary: MAR 3 CHARLOTTE, NC CRICKET ARENA MAR 11 ORLANDO, FLCONVENTION CENTER MAR 15 RICHMOND, VA RICHMOND COLISEUM MAR 16 GREENVILLE, SC BI LO MAR 17 HAMPTON, VA HAMPTON COLISEUM MAR 18 JACKSONVILLE, FL JACKSONVILLE ARENA MAR 23 CINCINNATI OH US BANK ARENA MAR 24 MACON, GA CENTROPLEX MAR 25 NASHVILLE, TN MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM MAR 28 TOLEDO, OH SPORTS ARENA COLISEUM MAR 29 PROVIDENCE, RI DUNKIN DONUTS CENTER MAR 31 LOUISVILLE, KY LOUISVILLE GARDENS APRIL 1 BALTIMORE, MD 1ST MARINER APRIL 5 LITTLE ROCK ALTELL ARENA APRIL 6 KANSAS CITY, MO KEMPER ARENA APRIL 8 NEW ORLEANS, LA NEW ORLEANS ARENA APRIL 12 MILWAUKEE, WS US CELLULAR ARENA APRIL 13 INDIANAPOLIS CONSECO FIELDHOUSE APRIL 14 ST. LOUIS, MO SCOTTRADE APRIL 15 MINNEAPOLIS, MN TARGET CENTER APRIL 19 HOUSTON, TX TOYOTA CENTER APRIL 20 DALLAS, TX CONVENTION CENTER APRIL 21 EL PASO, TX COHEN STADIUM APRIL 22 SAN ANTONIO TBA APRIL 29 LOS ANGELES USC
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