By: Hot Gossip Gal According to TMZ.com, there is a reality show in the works, concentrating primarily on virgins. OK so it was only a matter of time before sex became the subject of choice for reality TV. The thing that has me a little bemused is why are they calling on Jenna Jameson and Paris Hilton to star in the show??? Hmmm ideas welcomed.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Looks like Akon is already having an amazing 2007. His new album, Konvicted, was just certified platinum just five weeks after it dropped. His hits with Eminem (“Smack That”) and Snoop Dogg (“I Wanna Love You”) obviously helped push his album over the edge, but now he’s going to get a bigger push from everyone’s favorite white girl. Gwen Stefani announced her national tour dates in support of her new album, The Sweet Escape (which also features a tune with Akon). Stefani has tapped both Akon and Brit emcee Lady Sovereign to roll with her during the tour. The tour launches on April 22 in San Diego and will run until June 23, ending in Irvine, California. Here’s the tour dates: Sun-Apr 22 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheatre** Tues-Apr 24 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center** Wed-Apr 25 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena** Fri-Apr 27 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre*** Sat-Apr 28 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion Mon-Apr 30 Salt Lake City, UT The E Center Wed-May 2 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Thu-May 3 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion Sat-May 5 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Centre Sun-May 6 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Tues-May 8 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre Wed-May 9 West Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre Fri-May 11 Atlanta, GA HiFi Buys Amphitheatre Sat-May 12 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Mon-May 14 Raleigh, NC Alltel Pavilion Tue-May 15 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Thu-May 17 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion Fri-May 18 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center Sun-May 20 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Mon-May 21 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena Wed-May 23 Boston, MA Tweeter Center Thu-May 24 Philadelphia, PA Tweeter Center at The Waterfront Sun-May 27 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel and Casino*** Tue-May 29 Montreal, QC Bell Centre Wed-May 30 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Fri-June 1 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills Sat-June 2 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center Mon-June 4 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Tues-June 5 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center Thu-June 7 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center Fri-June 8 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Sun-June 10 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre Tue-June 12 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place Wed-June 13 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome Fri-June 15 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place Sat-June 16 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre Mon-June 18 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre Tue-June 19 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre Fri-June 22 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Sat-June 23 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater ** Akon only *** Lady Sovereign only
By: Rizoh Lil Jon, the unofficial Mayor of Crunkston, GA is stuck between a rock and a rap tune on his fourth album. We’re talking about Jon’s forthcoming rock/rap LP, Crunk Rock. Jon told Billboard News that the disc will feature a rock side and a rap side. "It’s not a compilation. But it’ll have a lot of appearances, like how Dr. Dre does his records. There’ll be a hip-hop side and a rock side. It’s a mixture of all the sh*t I’ve done. Like Run-D.M.C. rapping over a hard rock track, I’m going to go back to some of those hard guitars over hip-hop beats. I won’t do a Metallica song, but I’ll take a Metallica riff and put it over a gangsta beat," Jon told Billboard. Guest spots and actual recordings are still being fleshed out, but some confirmed features include Ciara, Three-6-Mafia (or shall we say Two-6-Mafia), and R.Kelly. Crunk Rock, due out later this year, is Lil Jon’s first venture as a solo artist.
By: Hot Gossip Gal They are talking about ‘regulating’ saggy ass jeans in the town of Plains, Georgia. The sight of saggy jeans and shorts just isn’t working for the locals in the town, which is the birthplace of Bill Clinton. "To have a lot of young men walking around like that it creates a bad image of the place," said the initiator of the campaign Eugene Edge. Wow…if this is the thing that bothers authorities the most, they need to take their asses to some other towns/cities where there is a lot more to worry about that how we wear our jeans.
Label name: Stones Throw Records Founded (Date): 1996 Founders: Peanut Butter Wolf Backstory (What’s the story behind the launch of the label? How was it launched? Why was it launched?): Peanut Butter Wolf founded Stones Throw to release music by his slain partner Charizma. Wolf and Charizma recorded a large amount of music for Hollywood Basics, a Los Angeles based label funded by Disney that released the first music by DJ Shadow and Organized Konfusion amongst others, in the early 90s before Charizma died in 1993. Stones Throw’s first release was the Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf 12” “My World Premier.” Greatest Achievements (What are the label’s proudest moments? Going platinum? Releasing a classic? Signing a legend?): 1) Finally issuing the Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf album “Big Shots” in 2004 2) releasing Madlib and MF DOOM’s collaboration “Madvillainy” 3) releasing music by the late, great J.Dilla 4) continuing to work with Dilla’s mother, Maureen Yancey, to keep Dilla’s music alive 5) working with Madlib to release music that runs the musical gamut back, front and side to side. Current and Future projects (What current projects are you pushing and what’s planned for the next year?): J.Dilla’s rarely heard masterpiece “Ruff Draft”, Percee P’s debut album “Perseverance”, Madlib’s long awaited solo album, Guilty Simpson, Koushik, Baron Zen Remixes, Arabian Prince compilation, Heliocentrics, Whitefield Brothers and more. Goals and Purpose (What kind of impact are you hoping to make on the industry? What goals do you have for the label?): Release timeless music. Within the Game (How does the label fit within the current climate of hip-hop? Or does it even fit in at all? What’s the label’s personality in relation to the rest of hip-hop?): We’re trying our damndest to release hip hop that will withstand the test of time. If Ghostface can rap over “Know The Ledge” in 2006 and make it sound fresh and ill, it’s certainly possible. CLICK HERE TO READ THEALOE BLACC INTERVIEW
Artist/Group Name: Aloe Blacc of EMANON (DJExile) Reppin’ (What city you reppin’?): Los Angeles Affiliation (What crew or artists you roll with?): Stones Throw, EMANON, Do Over Influences (Who inspires you? )Not limited to just hip-hop): Family and friends. Cat Stevens, Nat King Cole, Joni Mitchell, J Dilla, Nas, Blu, Exile, Georgia Anne Muldrow, OH NO, D’Angelo, Ambrosia, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, Fela Kuti, DJ Rodgers, Frou Frou, etc. Backstory (How’d you get in the game? How did the group form? What work did you put in before getting signed to a label?) I started working with Exile in 1995. We made a few mixtapes with some original music on the b-sides and that helped us develop fans. Then a fan offered us money to put out our first 12" and since then we have been releasing EPs and singles on vinyl. We performed all over Southern California and toured Europe in 2005 after we released our debut LP, "The Waiting Room." In 2006 we both released solo efforts on different labels. I signed to Stones Throw and he signed to Sound In Color. My album is called Shine Through and DJ Exile released Dirty Science. This was a big year for both of us. Shine Through was received well internationally and Exile worked with major label acts producing for Mobb Deep and Jurassic 5. Current project (What are you pushing right now? What can people expect from it? Feel free to just hype your album here…why did you name the album that name? Was there a theme? Any funny stories during its creation?) Right now I am just trying to get the world to hear Shine Through. I am working on a series of music videos for as many songs from the album as possible. I am also going to complete an acoustic version of the album so that people can hear the songs in a different way. I really like to be diverse with the sound and express thoughts in multiple ways because that is really how my life is. There is always something different happening that is exciting so I just want to share that with my fans. Purpose (What kind of impact do you hope to have on the game? Do you just want to go platinum or is there something more?) I need to go plantinum. Not for the money, that would be nice, but more for the messages. I have learned over the years that I have something special to offer the world and for me to keep it to myself or try to only share it with a limited few in the indie scene would be a waste. My purpose for music is to help people celebrate life and be positive as well as spread the love. There are so many artists who have no health insurance and it is a shame that when someone gets sick or hurt they don’t have the resources to help themselves. I want to establish an organization that helps subsidize healthcare for artists. Is hip-hop really dead? (Wax philosophical here, break down what you think of hip-hop today or compare it to when you were coming up. Good? Bad? Break it down!) Hip hop is dead as we once knew it. The recent corporate focus on certain types of hip hop has ruined the culture in the commercial media and has brain washed the youth. In a way it helps to make what we do on the indie level stronger and better. I am sure that commercial hip hop will have to change pretty soon because it has eaten itself away like a cancer. When I was coming up, there was a lot of variety and what made an emcee special was how unique he or she was compared to the rest of emcees on the scene. Nowadays it seems like the commercial atists are all the same with the same tired flow and sorry beats. Come check the underground, especially LA. The heat that is coming out of LA is ridiculous but the cats bringing it are too humble to shout it. Three wishes (If you had three wishes to change anything within hip-hop, what would they be? Bring someone back to life? Get a Kanye West beat? Make snap music disappear?): I would bring Dilla back, and if that takes all three wishes then so be it. I would bring Unity events back to LA, and if that means bringing Bigga B back then so be it. I would own a television network to give hip hop proper representation. So be it.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The 27th Annual Golden Rasberry Awards (or Razzies) announced its nominees for the worst of 2006 and the Wayans brothers and “Little Man” were all over the place. Their comedy flick “Little Man” leads all nominations with seven, alongside Basic Instinct 2, which also garnered seven nominations. Not only did “”Little Man” get a nod for Worst Picture and Worst Actors for Shawn and Marlon Wayans’ performance, but also Worst Screen Performance (Shawn Wayan & either Kerry Washington or Marlon Wayans), Worst Remake/Rip-Off (rip-off of the 1954 Bugs Bunny cartoon “Baby Buggy Bunny”). Worst Director (Keenan Ivory Wayans), Worst Screenplay (written by Wayans Brothers) and also a Worst Actor nod for Rob Schnieder’s performance. The award show will be held on February 24 at Hollywood’s Ivar Theatre the night before the Oscars. Other movies with multiple nominations include Lady in the Water, Bloodrayne and Wicker Man. For the full list of nominees, check out www.razzies.com.
By: Rizoh Nearly one month after his death, the hardest working man in showbiz is yet to find a resting place. HHC has learned that James Brown’s body has been relocated from his Beech Island, S.C., home where it had been since December 30, to a temporary site, but his lawyer isn’t disclosing the new location. Brown’s estate trustee and counsel Buddy Dallas declined to offer any explanations for the relocation. He, however, said that Brown’s final resting place had not yet been selected. James Brown’s six adult children are planning to put the body in a mausoleum, according to widespread reports. The dynamic Godfather of Soul died on December 25, 2006. He was 73 years old.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The last we heard from Musiq was in 2003 when he dropped Soulstar, a solid album that was totally off the radar and immensely under promoted by Def Jam. Some fans still think that his last album was 2000’s Juslisen. But now Musiq returns with the “Soulchild” back to his name and a new album, Luvanmusic, which hits stores on March 13. Musiq has also joined a new label, Atlantic Records. "I’m excited to be an Atlantic recording artist for the simple fact that it’s a label of great tradition and legacy, which has been responsible for signing some of the greatest artists of all time – from Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin, and John Coltrane to Gerald Levert, T.I., and James Blunt,” Musiq said.“Just to be added to this great list of artists is enough in itself. I look forward to working with the Atlantic team to continue the legacy." His first single, “Buddy”, is already creating a buzz on radio and he plans on touring behind the album’s release this spring.
By: Hot Gossip Gal It has dominated TVs, websites and the movie theatres since its release in December, but one thing it didn’t dominate was the Oscar Category for Best Movie. Dreamgirls did receive eight nods but failed to fall into the category it was expected to. The streets were buzzing last week that Mathew Knowles was a little disappointed that his girl didn’t get a Golden Globe…but as the old saying goes,,,you can’t win them all.
By: Rizoh Fans will soon have the opportunity to receive promotional and personal text messages directly from Snoop Dogg. Thanks to The Snoop Dogg Chronicles powered by The In Crowd and 9 Squared, Inc., a division of MonsterMob Group PLC. Now, don’t get the impression that you’d be chatting with Snoop all day about football and females at no charge. In fact, you don’t have to receive text messages from Snoop if you don’t wish to. The service allows subscribers to receive three text messages weekly from any celebrity of their choice, including west coast wordsmith Xzibit, Andy Milonakis of MTV, John Salley of "The Best Damn Sports Show Period." Wireless carriers including Verizon, Cingular, Sprint, T Mobile, Alltel, and Dobson are on board to distribute the personalized messages to their customers, resulting in the ability to reach over 150 million cell phones. "The ongoing popularity of the fusion between the mobile industry and the entertainment industry among wireless users is exploding right now," says Ted Suh, Chief Marketing Officer at 9 Squared, Inc. "Offering a subscription to receive personal messages from a nationally recognized personality such as Snoop opens the door for another engaging, fun way that users can enjoy their wireless experience." What will they think of next?
By: Hot Gossip Gal Not wanting to put someone on blast but I have to respond to a comment made on the message board in regards to my ‘yawn yawn’ comment on the Dipset-Jay Z/Tru Life piece I did yesterday. Beef, if it doesn’t meet USDA requirements/standards, (translated meaning if it is no good) is thrown away,,, that so called ‘beef’ i talked on yesterday should be in the garbage. It serves no purpose, it isn’t doing anything positive for Hip-Hop plain and simple and it sure as hell isn’t selling records. So give me a valid point as to why this exemplifies real Hip-Hop and I will gladly consider your response. And just for the record, Lil Jon already won a Grammy.
Founders: Jason Goldwatch & Peter Bittenbender Backstory (What’s the story behind the launch of the label? How was it launched? Why was it launched?): It all started with a road trip, and a camera. While documenting a journey across America, Decon’s two founding-brothers decided to make a film and also put together a ground-breaking CD/DVD called "One Big Trip" The success of this project led to the creation of the creative hub that is the Decon label and multimedia agency – the motto – take risks, live creatively. Greatest Achievements (What are the label’s proudest moments? Going platinum? Releasing a classic? Signing a legend?): Finding "One Big Trip" on the evening news at Sundance when "fake pills" used to promote the movie at Sundance where suspected to be laced with LSD. Where they? No one really knows. Reuniting A Tribe Called Quest for the 2006 Annual 2K Sports Bounce Tour. Current and Future projects (What current projects are you pushing and what’s planned for the next year?): Music projects: Aceyalone & RJD2 "Magnificent City", Dan The Automator "2K7", Wax Tailor "Hope and Sorrow". Multimedia projects: Team Ice Cream Skate Video Vol 1, Dilated Peoples "Release Party" DVD/Bonus CD, Pharrell’s "In My Mind" DVD. Goals and Purpose (What kind of impact are you hoping to make on the industry? What goals do you have for the label?): Not just to think outside the box, but to constantly change the box – innovate, create and then sell sell sell! Within the Game (How does the label fit within the current climate of hip-hop? Or does it even fit in at all? What’s the label’s personality in relation to the rest of hip-hop?): The label has always been about pushing the underground over ground, and then feeding off the next generation of innovation to recreate that cycle again and again. a.k.a. "who needs radio?" CLICK HERE TO READ THE WAX TAILOR INTERVIEW
Artist/Group Name: WAX TAILOR Reppin’ (What city you reppin’?): NEW YORK / PARIS Affiliation (What crew or artists you roll with?): The Others, Voice, Ursula Rucker, A state of mind, Sharon Jones… Influences (Who inspires you? Not limited to just hip-hop): So many artists, among them James Brown (R.I.P), John Barry, John Coltrane, Serge Gainsbourg, Billie Holiday, Public Enemy, Native tongue & so much more Backstory (How’d you get in the game? How did the group form? What work did you put in before getting signed to a label?) I began in the early 90’ as a rapper and beatmaker in a French crew called La Formule, (The Formula). We produced several records. In 98, I started my own label Lab’oratoire & produced breakbeats vinyls. I also produced a projected called “Breathing Under Water” with Looptroop fromSweden. I began to work as Wax Tailor in 2002. My first WT EP was released in 2004, followed by 2 12’ inches & the album “ Tales of the forgotten melodies”. Current project (What are you pushing right now? What can people expect from it? Feel free to just hype your album here…why did you name the album that name? Was there a theme? Any funny stories during its creation?) I’ve just ended my new album that will be called “Hope & sorrow”. On this album I got some hot tracks with featuring from soul sista Sharon Jones, Spoken word queen Ursula Rucker, L.A flow diva Voice, my fellows from The Others, the UK crew A State of Mind, & the French singer Charlotte Savary. I’m very proud of this album that keeps this cinematic mood I had on the last album but with more vocal tracks. Purpose (What kind of impact do you hope to have on the game? Do you just want to go platinum or is there something more?) I’m coming from the heart of the Hip hop culture, I began break dancing in 83 when I was akid, and listening to hip hop in 86 with UTFO, RUN DMC… I started rapping in 90, began to produce in 92 & all those things I did came through this culture. For this reason even If my project sounds a bit different I feel it’s a hip hop project. My purpose is not to go platinum (although if it comes, so be it !) but I just want to do my own thing to demonstrate that hip hop is large & we got to recreate it each day. Is Hip Hop Dead? I don’t think hip hop is dead. I think HH is like an iceberg. The emerged part is often the one that got no flavour. Of course I got nostalgia from the days of old when everything was fresh but on the other hand I think that HH is more open than it has ever been & that it’s like a kind of phoenix that can bring something new each time people think that it’s the end. Three wishes (If you had three wishes to change anything within hip-hop, what would they be? Bring someone back to life? Get a Kanye West beat? Make snap music disappear?): First wish would be that we could use any sample with no fear or problem to bring back hip hop to the golden years & let us dig in peace Second one would be that 2007 gives us a classic album Last one would be to collab with rappers like Chuck D, Beastie Boys, Rakim or one of those MC’s who made me grow.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno A Tribe Called Quest’s reunion tour last year, was just that – a tour and nothing else. Fans were hoping for a reunion album to go along with the whole vibe, but that’s not happening at the moment, so Q-Tip is gearing up to drop his new album, The Renaissance. The album is set to drop this Spring and features appearances from Common, D’ Angelo and Andre 3000 plus a band that Tip himself put together. "I wanted a hip-hop sonic feel, something pure to the sound of hip-hop with real drums, real emotion and people taking solos," Tip told Billboard Magazine. "In that sense this record feels like we’re moving in a new direction … something hip-hop should do." The album is the official follow-up to Tip’s 1999 album, Amplified that featured the hits “Vivrant Thang” and “Breathe and Stop.” He did record a follow up in 2001 called Kamaal The Abstract, but it was apparently shelved because Arista didn’t know how to promote the project. Look for Tip to tour solo in support of the new album later this year.
iHipHop Blog Team