By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It was a somewhat quiet 2006 for Mike Jones, but that’s because he’s been busy working for 2007. Jones has announced that he will release his new album, The American Dream in April on Swishahouse/Asylum/Warner Bros. Records. The first single from the album, “Mr. Jones”, was produced by Myke Diesel and is already making its way around the web. In addition, Jones will drop The American Dream the movie – straight to DVD – around the same time as the album. Jones not only stars in the film, but also produced it and co-directed it with director Derrick Dixon. The story is loosely based on Jones’ life growing up in Houston to becoming a rap star.
By: Hot Gossip Gal A new DVD is heading for shelves which shows how celebrities be living in Atlanta. It allegedly shows a ‘more vulnerable side’ to artists like Lil Jon when captured in their home environment. See personally I expect the inside of Lil Jon’s crib to be over ran with scantily clad women and blinged out bathrooms etc. Anyhow Caught Raw and Uncut should be on shelves in April.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Starting this week your favorite music mogul, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, will begin auditions nationwide for the fourth season of ‘Making the Band.’ This season, Diddy will try to replicate Danity Kane’s success with an all-boy band. Even though auditions start today in Los Angeles, fans wanting a shot at getting on the show can upload a video of themselves doing their thing at www.makingtheband.mtv.com. From January 13 to January 27, Diddy is asking that fans record themselves singing “Can’t Stand The Rain,” “My Cherie Amour” and “Got to Be There” and upload it to the site. If you get the most votes from site visitors, then the better your chance to make the cut. Still, if doing your thing in front of Diddy is more comfortable to you, here’s the schedule for the nationwide auditions: LOS ANGELES: DATE: Wednesday 1/17 – Open Call TIME: Line forms at 6 am, Open call begins promptly at 8 am LOCATION: KNITTING FACTORY 7021 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028 HOUSTON DATE: Saturday 1/20 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: MERIDIAN 1503 Chartres St. Houston, TX 77003 ORLANDO DATE: Tuesday 1/23 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: CLUB PARIS 122 W. Church St. Orlando, FL 32801 ATLANTA DATE: Saturday 1/27 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: VERVE LOUNGE 511 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308 CHICAGO DATE: Tuesday 1/30 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: CLUB 720 720 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60622 DETROIT DATE: Saturday 2/3 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: PLAN B 205 W. Congress Detroit, MI 48226 NEW YORK DATE: Tuesday 2/6 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: BLVD 199 Bowery (at Spring St) New York, NY 10002
By: Hot Gossip Gal Last year it was Sean Combs who was using dog fur in his products, now Jay Z’s Roc-a-Wear label has come under scrutiny for the same act. The fur reportedly comes from a raccoon dog, and not from a German shepherd which is what someone was trying to tell me yesterday. But whatever, he faces a 5g fine for every violation…and the jacket only costs $265. Those money management courses I keep telling dudes to get need to become compulsory.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Aphilliates DJs Drama and Don Cannon were arrested yesterday after their offices were totally stripped of all computers, documents and staff. 17 people were taken in for questioning, but only the two were arrested, The swoop came over Internet selling/promotion of dodgy CDs. Drama is a great dude and I have my fingers crossed that this little problem is dealt with accordingly. Shout outs to Drama and Jeanise down there in ATL..thinking of you guys. Click HERE for video News Report..
Brick Records Founded 1996 Members: Truth Elemental (Josh Gagne) Papa D! (Adam Defalco) KARMA (Trevor Gendron) Will C. (William Curley) Back Story/Mission Statement: SCIENCE Once translucent glass shattered into web-like shapes upon the impact of a simple brick thrown with angry defiance. This brick was stained with the blood of the downed officer who lay next to his vandalized vehicle. A black and white photo of this scene, brick lying next to the damaged windshield, appeared in the following day’s paper, with propaganda stating "police officer wounded in the line of duty." A news story that could only be justified if an officer’s duty includes the beating of a handcuffed 16 year old girl while breaking up a party, which is why the brick was utilized. This single brick, a mark of defiance, is the basic symbol of Brick Records, a Boston, MA based hip-hop label. Brick Records is a reaction not only to the oppressive social structure of America as a whole, but also to the current state and structure of the hip-hop industry. Many ideological and vinyl "bricks" are being launched. . . . The individual who velocitized that first brick in the above narrative passed away in a mysterious "accident" shortly thereafter. He was a personal friend of mine. Brick’s first release, the "Respect Due" 7" compilation was done in tribute to him. It was released in January, 1996 and is since out of print. This release was also the first brick laid in the construction of an underground empire. Brick Records is truly an independent operation, originally financed with student loan loot and run out of my bedroom in between work and classes. In a little over a year of operation, the label had significantly grown. So much so, that I could no longer bear the workload by myself. In 1997 Papa D signed on as a partner. Soon after, Karma signed on as art director, but also plays a more active role in the label as well. As a triad, Brick Records has been unstoppable, and has outlasted many of the other major independent labels throughout the years. This is because we are primarily fans first. The love of, and belief in, our artists and their music has kept us strong and allowed us to perservere through any trying times. In the early years, Brick Records was known as the home of the Rebel Alliance crew, and also as a cornerstone of Boston hip hop. The Rebel Alliance made mad noise in the rapidly growing indie/underground hip-hop scene starting with the release of the AOI/God Complex split 12" EP in early 1996 (God Complex, without Karma, have since changed their name to 7L & Esoteric). In the past, the label had concentrated primarily on releasing works by Rebel Alliance members (7L & Esoteric, Mr. Lif, etc), and helped get them recognized worldwide as some of hip-hop’s most innovative artists. Since then, the label has expanded and has put out many classic releases from artists nationwide. The hard, abrasive brick is not only used as a tool of destruction, it is also a basic building block. Urban monoliths rise from the laying of the first single brick. The brick is like knowledge, it can be used to build or to destroy. We use it for both, to build a new foundation, to pave the way for a new breed of hip-hop artists, and to take out those who suppress/oppress us. TRUTH ELEMENTAL Originally written September, 1997 Updated October 2004 Press Release 2007: In 1996, Brian Coleman (author of "Rakim Told Me" and noted Hip Hop journalist) wrote in CMJ magazine that the God Complex/AOI split 12" single was one of the most refreshing and important independent records that year (the 100 pressed on the green and orange marble wax are coveted). Ten years and eighty releases later, the same upstart label that brought you that split 12", Brick Records, presents "X: A Decade Of Independence." Surviving a decade in this fickle independent hip hop climate is next to impossible these days. Brick did it pre-internet, pre-international distribution and pre-pro tools. Sounds crazy, yet true. The imprint would lead a resurgence in the Boston hip hop scene and would establish artists to carry on the torch initially lit by legendary acts like Gangstarr Posse, Edo G., The Almighty R.S.O, Top Choice Clique and TDS Mob. Brick Records launched the careers of every notable "new school" act to come out of the commonwealth in the last ten years, most importantly The Rebel Alliance, 7L & Esoteric, Mr. Lif, Insight, Skitzofreniks, Beyonder, D-Tension and currently Raydar Ellis and Termanology. Not limited to ‘Murda’ Mass, Brick expanded it’s operation and it’s wings releasing projects worldwide with a pre-mask wearing MF DOOM, Ras Kass, Scratch (The Roots), 9th Wonder (Little Brother), brooklyn rhyme legend and Wu Tang affiliate Shabazz The Disciple, Mood frontman Main Flow, Louis Logic and super producer Chops (Mountain Brothers). The label would pair up it’s stable producers and artists with some of the best in the industry leading to collaborations with Slug (Atmosphere), Cormega, Talib Kweli, Black Thought, Z-Trip, Boot Camp Click, A.G., Jedi Mind Tricks and more right up to the current hit single from Termanology "Watch How It Go Down (Remix),", produced by legendary producer DJ Premier and featuring Lil Fame from M.O.P. and recent Jive signee/Kay Slay protegé Papoose. "X: A Decade Of Independence" is a celebration of an accomplishment; of a respected history and brand. Seamlessly mixed and blended by the newest and very talented additions to the Brick family Raydar Ellis and Will C. and with precise cuts and scratches by DJ Rugged One, "X" takes the listener on an interesting journey over two discs and 27 of the best Brick has to boast, starting with the first future retro sonics of God Complex’s "Strontium 90" right up to the Term and Preemo current classic "Watch How It Goes Down." Thorough and historic stuff. Here’s to the next decade… Greatest Achievements: I think our greatest acheivement is being able to look back at the last ten years and say that we are proud of and stand behind every release that we have put out. We have been lucky enough to have had talented, motivated, hard working, influencial artists like 7L & Esoteric, Mr. Lif, Insight, Raydar Ellis and Termanology and have had the oppurtunity and garnered the respect to work with bigger more established artists and legends like Premier, DOOM, Mega & Ras Kass. Just surviving in this game from 96 on with all the changes is an achievement in itself. Current Projects: We are still promoting are full-lengths from: King Syze – "Syzemology" D-Tension – "Contacts & Contracts II" Raydar Ellis – "Late Pass" Main Flow and 7L – "Flow Season" Termanology – "Hood Politics IV: Show & Prove" On 2.13 we will release Brick Records – "X: A Decade Of Independence", our 2 Disc Compilation of the history of the label from ’96 to present. (See Press Release Above) in the Spring we will release Raheem Jamal (Of Project Move) – "Boom Box" produced entirely by Raydar Ellis…this is our promo tag for the album: "This is how rap albums used to be. This is how rap albums should be. One MC, one producer, and a couple of their boys. Songs about life, love, struggle and strength. Brick Records proudly presents Raheem Jamal, "Boom Box. " As far as goals and personality, we at Brick want the same thing we have always wanted, to put out good, quality music with talented people that we like ourselves and that we can be proud of. We aren’t re-inventing the wheel here. We are a small independent label that works hard, stays honest and releases quality records, plain and simple. We aren’t trying to own or beat our artists. We aren’t trying to "Save Hip Hop", or "Keep It Real" or find the "next" Pac or Biggie…we are trying to find Raydar Ellis, we are tying to find Termanology and find Raheem Jamal, and we are trying to get people to find them. We are not exploiting the culture, we are enhancing it. CLICK HERE TO READRAYDAR ELLISINTERVIEW CLICK HERE TO READRAHEEM JAMALINTERVIEW CLICK HERE TO READD-TENSIONINTERVIEW CLICK HERE TO READMAIN FLOWINTERVIEW
Artist/Group Name: Raydar Ellis Reppin’ (What city you reppin’?): CT, Boston, NC, ATL, NY Affiliation (What crew or artists you roll with?): Short Bus Alumni, United Crates, The Elite, Vinlyiquists Influences (Who inspires you? Not limited to just hip-hop): J4DA, The Fundamental, D&S, Marty Macfly, Anjuli Stars, etc. Mostly people I know because I get to see more sides of their art besides shows and releases 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?) My earliest brush with the industry was when my friend got me picked up by Lizzie Grubman and took me to Steve Rifkind when Loud was still around. My group didn’t have their thing together so a deal never materialized. I also worked at WNAA 90.1 when Terrence J was still there while I was a student @ NC A&T. I left A&T and did an internship @ Motown in the summer of ’02 (I count the internship cuz they had me WORKING. I never got coffee or ran errands. I was making phone calls, setting up meetings, and collecting W2’s. The REAL shit!). I then went to Berklee College (not school) of Music and did the “Beats for Peace” Tour as part of JHO with Slum Village, Medusa, Cee-Lo, Anwar Superstar, & Pharoah Monch. I spent the rest of my Berklee career performing alongside artists like George Duke, George Porter, Shiela E., & Michelle N’Degeocello. I started as an intern for Brick but left when I recorded the first version of “Late Pass”. I performed around the Northeast with my band, The Fundamental, and hat led us to performing in Denver @ Club NBA for All Star Weekend. Brick signed me after they heard the 1st version of “Late Pass”. Then my album dropped 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?) My album is called “Late Pass”. People can expect a variety bag of topics, moods, and styles that are all held together by the theme/story on the record of me needing to get an album into my label (It’s already Late, hence he title). So basically, it’s an album about an album. There is a story for every song on there so for anyone who wants to know…you’re just gonna have to get the record aren’t you? : P I’ll leave you with this about when it came out.. while rehearsing for my instore performance with DJ Wreckineyez I looked in the corner of the room and saw my roommates flute. We joked how we’d have a flute solo in the set but Wreck didn’t really think I would do it. So @ UGHH, on my 1st instore I stopped mid song and had Wreck beat scratch while I sat indian style in front of the crowd and took a flute solo. PS-I can’t play the flute 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 don’t care about the game because it’s a game. I care about trying to find peace and comfort inside of music way more. I care if I’ve left a legacy or inspiration to the people who listen to or have met me. I’m not going to lie and say I don’t want to sell records because I do. I want to sell as many records as possible. Selling isn’t enough to me though. 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 isn’t dead. People and their ideas are. There are a lot of ways to look at it but I’ll just break it down into 4 segments for now. This isn’t everybody, but to me it’s a good majority. Labels: Still try to push records instead of molding careers. They look for hits, not a catalogue and try to conform to the entertainment businesses sped up metabolism instead of check and balance it. They don’t control where there product ends up well which helps result in leaks. They blame consumers & P2P sites for the state of the industry Radio Stations: This is to DJ’s especially. We all know about the fact that they play the same songs over and over, but some of us remember when the DJ was the tastemaker and actually broke new artists whether indy or major. If it was dope it got played. Clear Channel came and put handcuffs on the playlist. DJ’s didn’t stand up for themselves because they knew they could lose their jobs. On air personalitys (this goes for television and written publications too) for the most part don’t ask the hard questions and really get into an artists story. They just go through the motions between songs. College radio didn’t realize their true value and started playing what commercial radio was playing which further pushed out the diversity. Everyone is this arena’s excuse is that they are playing what the people want to hear. But it’s easy to say that when you haven’t given people options. Who do radio stations blame? Labels and the consumer. Consumers: This group used to just want to hear the music. Now they want to be A&R’s. Everyone wants to know your first weeks numbers like it’s really going to effect how good the record is artistically. Some of them buy records but a lot more download instead. They don’t realize their value and don’t see that them buying a record is like voting. If their favorite artist doesn’t get enough votes then he’s gonna get dropped. A lot of these folks do or don’t know that there’s something better out there than what they’re spoon fed, but many don’t savor the music anymore because all they have to do is click to get it. Example: Thousands of mp3’s that you downloaded but haven’t listened to yet (except previewing to make sure you got the right song). They care about what’s hot more than what’s quality. They blame the radio for not providing more options and the label for signing crappy acts. Artists: This group acts like a new born baby thinking that they can’t help what’s going on in their own careers. They expect the afformentioned groups to be waiting for them like they’re the second coming of Christ and tend to copy each other instead of going off into their own world. They lost they’re step the minute someone took the “No Biting allowed” sign off the door. This is due to the fact that a lot of them didn’t have to work from the ground up. Many of them just got put on by their famous homie or got picked up because someone who knows someone important said they were hot. This group also cares more about what’s hot and not what’s quality. They blame everybody. So after all this what’s the ultimate thing that keeps not just Hip-Hop but this whole industry in danger? It’s the fact that out of all these groups I mentioned, nobody looks at themselves or sees where they might have went wrong. That’s a danger no matter what business you’re in. 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?): 1. I wish Graffiti & Breaking were as big as Rap and Djing 2. I wish people would appreciate older Hip-Hop like they appreciate older jazz. 3. I wish there was a more organized & reasonable way to clear samples based on your budget, distribution, and usage.
Artist/Group Name: RAHEEM JAMAL Reppin’ (What city you reppin’?): BOSTON MASS Affiliation (What crew or artists you roll with?): PROJECT MOVE/ ELECTRIC / 54th Regiment/ RAYDAR ELLIS/ INSIGHT/ DAGHA/ MOE POPE ANONYMOUS/ M3 Influences (Who inspires you? Not limited to just hip-hop): My inspiration comes from the daily struggles of life mostly. I see life as potential alchemy. The chance to make something out of nothing , take the negative everyday b.s. and make something beautiful out of it .Thats what I try to do with my music . My creativity is also often inspired by the people closest to me, i.e. All the folks listed above . Also by anyone who is original and not afraid to be themselves.Public enemy /RAKIM / ERIC B / KRS ONE / BDP / PRT / BIG DADDY KANE / KOOL G RAP / RUN DMC / SLICK RICK / DOUG E FRESH / LL COOL J / NWA / WU TANG / NAS / JAY Z / THE ROOTS / COMMON / MOS DEF / KANYE WEST / OUTKAST / THE FUGEES / A TRIBE CALLED QUEST / DE LA SOL / MF DOOM / SOULS OF MISCHIEF / JAY DILLA / DIAMOND D / PETE ROCK / CL SMOOTHE / HEAVY D / SALT N PEPPA / MC LYTE / LAUREN HILL / BIGGIE / PAC / L.O.N.S / DITC / THE JACKSONS / MR WONDER / MARVIN / AMEL / SADE / AL GREEN .. too many to list 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?) By being just a dreamer …lol watching yo mtv and rap city … wishing it was me instead of them …Met some kids in Hischool who use to write rhymes and that’s when I started…like yo …i can do this …me and Anon decided shortly after that that we wanted to make music ..from my moms basement in like ’93 to this day we haven’t stopped …and it was only out of the love for the music …we hooked up with our boy Mike El who had some equipment and we just started having freestyle/smoke sessions any free moment we could…just having fun rhyming about whatever was on our mind …after years of that we had compiled so pretty decent recordings and we decided we wanted to get them on cd. So Mike El introduced us Anonymous and I to Inisight…=Insight heard the freestyles and the rest is history as they say …lol …he said he wanted to do a new project and thought we would be dope for it …from that we from the group “Electric”. We met Moe Pope and Dagha thru Insight …we all clicked instantly and then we started on our way … 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?) As of right now we are still pushing the Project Move album (love gone wrong/Butterfly theory) and just preparing for the spring release of my Solo project called “BoomBox”on Brick Records , Produced By Raydar Ellis and featuring Project Move and Raydar Ellis . I think people can expect more of that Good shit that they have been missing the last few years …if you are familiar with any of the people I roll with then I think I know what u can expect . More freshness !!! . I got some feel good party jams …some more reflective personal songs …some love songs …a lil something for the ladies … some social political songs … 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 Just hope people can respect what I is im trying to do as an artist …staying true to the art while staying true to myself …in all honesty I could care less about platinum status in this industry …ive realized that being slept on has a certain level isn’t the worst thing in the world … 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 like good verses evil …there are the good guys and there are the bad guys …ill leave that up to you to decide who is who …i think if your willing to look outside the tunnel vision mainstream you will find that Hip Hop is very much alive ,kicking and banging loud !!!…in my humble opinion there is a difference between Hip Hop and Rap… 9 out of 10 songs on the radio and in the tv videos aren’t hip hop…they are Rap …to me hip hop is more organic , grounded with more of a message of substance…i like to consider myself a hip hop artist. 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 simply wish she (Hip Hop) would love me and my people as much me and my people love her ….thats all for now …i still got 2 to go .
Artist: D-Tension Reppin’ (What city you reppin’?): Lowell, MA Affiliation (What crew or artists you roll with?): Los Wunder Twins del Rap aka D-Tension & Effect with DJ Gleek Influences (Who inspires you? Not limited to just hip-hop): KRS ONE, The Clash, Cat Stevens, De La Soul, Billy Bragg, Run DMC. 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 producing beats 12 years ago and started to sell them to rappers, which got me more involved in the music scene. At that time I also fronted a live hip hop band The Unforgettables, which opened a lot of doors for me. From there I’ve done many hip hop related jobs from booking agent to journalist, promoter and radio personality. 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 am finishing up the debut album from Los Wunder Twins del Rap, which will include a DVD with 6 music videos and a full length film. I am also working on my next solo album "Sell Cocaine to the Kids" which is about the pimping of ourselves and our culture with total disregard to the consequences and our future. This is handled in a humerous way and no actual cocaine was sold to any actual children. I’m also in the middle of writing a screenplay for a Wunder Twins movie, which is hilarious. In addition I am directing music videos for bands and hip hop artists. Directing is definetly my next career. 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 want people to see that you can do things your own way and have success. The major label formula isn’t really for artists, it’s for rap stars who aren’t very concerned with making art. They want money and will do anything to get it. You do not have to go that route and can still pay your bills. Ask Mr. Lif or Atmosphere. I’ve even cashed a check or two and my music is not exactly for Da Clubs. 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 isn’t dead, but rap music sucks. I had this concept for an album and released it before Nas. However I was careful to distinguish the difference between rap music and hip hop. I didn’t want to disrespect hip hop by saying "hip hop sucks" because it doesn’t suck. Rap music is the problem. I do agree with Nas’s basic thesis but, no, hip hop is not dead. It just has cancer. 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?): 1. I wish young people understood the history of hip hop. If they did, then half of the crap on the charts right now would not exist. I find it interesting that when a kid takes guitar lessons and wants to be a rock star, he learns what today’s music is all about but he also studies The Beatles, Chuck Berry and Robert Johnson. But most aspiring rappers don’t have any sense of history, tradition or culture. They just want the quick fix and imitate what’s hot right now. Your average 17 year old has no idea what "Criminal Minded" was or what "3 Feet High and Rising" is. They live for the moment and since "the moment" passes and is not timeless they gain very little from their CD collection. They don’t go back and listen to an album that was hot 2 years ago because it’s old and irrelevant. Most of these modern rap records have no staying power where as I can still listen to The White Album or The Low End Theory and still think they’re as great as they ever were. 2. I wish Major Labels would choke on their own vomit. That is slowly happening as technology makes the indie artist more viable. At the same time, if a major wants to give me money to make an interesting album, I’m all ears but I ain’t holding my breath. 3. I wish people would quit doing that stupid arm swing dance while saying "yoyo" when I tell them I rap. I mean, who actually does that
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno DJ Rob Swift left turntablist crew the X-Ecutioners shortly after the release of their 2004 album, Revolutions. The crew, who had already lost Mista Sinista a couple of years before, dwindle down to two and a couple of replacements but hardly heard from. Swift went onto release more solo projects, including War Games and several mixtapes. Now he’s releasing a DVD titled, As the Tables Turn, that not only documents he start as a DJ and his rise within the industry, but also the real story of what happened within the X-Ecutioners. “The complete story of the X-ecutioners is addressed in ‘As the Tables Turn,’” Swift told HipHopCrack.com. “There are exclusive interviews with Roc Raida and Mista Sinista candidly speaking about all of the events that affected the group. Will there be a reunion? Watch the movie and find out…” The DVD is set to hit stores on February 27 and also features performances and interviews from DJ Q-Bert, Mix Master Mike, Shortkut, The Large Professor & Neek the Exotic, and Bob James. Swift said that most DJ documentaries only focus on the technical side of DJing and hardly the career-side so he felt that this was a great angle to dive into. "As the Tables Turn’ revolves around all of the pivotal moments in my career,” Swift said. “From winning my first battle to hitting the mainstream with the X-ecutioners to ultimately leaving the group and pursuing my solo career. It’s an in depth look into the events (good and bad) that brought me to this point in my career.” Check out the trailer here:
By: Hot Gossip Gal Golden Globes went to J Hud, Forest Whitaker, Jamie Foxx and our gal B was beat out by Helen Mirren.Swizz Beats and wife Mashonda held baby shower for their new super producer in the making in NYC. Mary J celebrated her 36th birthday at Mr Chows in LA, party hosted by hubby Kendu. Misfit the cutesy Brit rapper on Ego Trips The Next White Rapper Show was booted off last night which takes the shows sex appeal to freezing point. NY Giants Michael Strahen got stung WITH a pre-nup by wife for $15.3 mill..maybe these sports stars need a lesson or two in money managing. The Brits have landed, Posh Spice and soccer husband David Beckham are actively house hunting in LA after the sexy soccer star signed a $250 mill deal with local team The Galaxy.
By:Rizoh Times are hard for R&B siren Toni Braxton. Braxton has severed ties with Blackground/Universal, after releasing two discs–2005′s Libra and Un-Break My Heart: The Remix Collection–on the label. The 38-year old singer is also taking her former personal manager Barry Hankerson to court, claiming he owes her at least $10 million for deceptively convincing her to leave Arista and join Blackground, according to reports. The suit states: "Hankerson actively sought to destroy Braxton’s relationship with Arista through underhanded ‘double-talk,’ telling Braxton that Arista was not interested in working with her anymore, while telling Arista that Braxton no longer wanted to record for Arista." When her new label proved unproductive, Braxton claims she attempted to fire Hankerson but that he turned against her. Braxton released a good portion of her catalog on LaFace between 1993 and 2004. LaFace was later acquired by Arista via a merger in 1999.
By: Quibian Salazar-Moreno Ever since Three 6 Mafia won the Oscar for their song, “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp” from the movie, Hustle and Flow, everybody has been wanting to get a piece of the Memphis crew, even though they’ve been doing the same thing for over a decade. It seems like MTV is the first ones to get a piece as they announced “Adventures in Hollyhood”, a reality show starring Three 6 Mafia. The show is set to premiere on March 14 and will follow Juicy J, DJ Paul and their crew as they leave Memphis and try to make their mark in Hollywood. There’s no word on what they’re actually trying to do in Cali, since the group are multi-platinum artists and have a deep southern following; and they have already experienced success. Fans will be able to follow their adventures on HOLLYWOODMTV
By: Hot Gossip Gal All I can say to Whitney is make sure you keep the cameras out of the bedroom. The 43 year old singer is reported to be dating Ray J, the younger sibling of Brandy. He was recently media crushed for trying to sell a sex tape of he and Kim Kardashian, gf of Nick Cannon. Although maybe the two plan on making money of their sexual antics if they really are a couple, we all know Whitney is broke and why else would Ray J be selling home movies if he wasn’t in need of some money?
By: Rizoh Beyonce’s Oscar dream suffered another blow, as the singer was snubbed at last night’s Golden Globe Awards. "Dreamgirls" snatched up three prestigious awards for Best Musical or Comedy, Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson), and Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy). "I had always dreamed, but I never ever dreamed this big," Hudson said as she accepted her trophy. "This goes far beyond anything I could have ever imagined." "Wow," said Eddie Murphy during his own acceptance speech, "I’ll be damned." Based on a Broadway play, "Dreamgirls" chronicles the rise of a fictional trio of female singers resembling The Supremes during the early 1960s. Beyonce, who was also snubbed at this year’s Critics Choice Awards, will have to wait till January 23, when the Oscar nominations are unveiled, to find out if she’s among the event’s big nominees. The Oscar ceremony takes place on February 25. Here’s a complete list of winners: MOTION PICTURES -Picture, Drama: "Babel" -Actress, Drama: Helen Mirren, "The Queen" -Actor, Drama: Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland" -Picture, Musical or Comedy: "Dreamgirls" -Actress, Musical or Comedy: Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada" -Actor, Musical or Comedy: Sacha Baron Cohen, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" -Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls" -Supporting Actor: Eddie Murphy, "Dreamgirls" -Director: Martin Scorsese, "The Departed" -Movie Screenplay: Peter Morgan, "The Queen" -Foreign Language: "Letters From Iwo Jima," USA/Japan -Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, "The Painted Veil" -Original Song: "The Song of the Heart" from "Happy Feet" -Animated Film: "Cars" TELEVISION -Series, Drama: "Grey’s Anatomy," ABC -Actress, Drama: Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer" -Actor, Drama: Hugh Laurie, "House" -Series, Musical or Comedy: "Ugly Betty," ABC -Actress, Musical or Comedy: America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty" -Actor, Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" -Miniseries or movie: "Elizabeth I," HBO -Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Helen Mirren, "Elizabeth I" -Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Bill Nighy, "Gideon’s Daughter" -Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Emily Blunt, "Gideon’s Daughter" -Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jeremy Irons, "Elizabeth I" -Cecil B. DeMille Award: Warren Beatty
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