By: Rizoh New reports have surfaced on the cause of Gerald Levert’s death. We now know that the R&B singer did not die from an accidental mix of prescription narcotics and over-the-counter drugs, despite earlier reports. US Coroner Kevin Chartrand has pointed out that Levert died from acute intoxication. His blood contained several allergy medication and painkillers. 40-year old Gerald Levert passed away in Philadelphia last November. He had just completed work on a new studio album, In My Songs, said to reflect his arrival at a personal crossroads. A family spokesperson confirmed that the R&B great had been taking pain medication for a shoulder problem and was taking Xanax for anxiety attacks.
By: Hot Gossip Gal What happens when two of the most photographed females in the world collide and discover they share similar interests. Well J Lo and Victoria Beckham are peas a pod it would appear, the two share a love for clothes and J Lo was so impressed by the style Vic oozes that they may be launching a lingerie collection together. Perhaps the two will spotted down Rodeo Drive shopping in the meantime. Even though Posh’shusband will be working up a sweat on the soccer field, I am sure Marc Anthony won’t be too far behind as wherever we see Jenny he is right there with her..maybe the gals should put him to use and have him carry their bags. J Lo did gush a bit about her ‘soulmate’ in an interview,with UK Hello but I guess that had to be expected, especially when ex love Sean Combs was pictured on the front with his baby momma and twin daughters. Strategic planning from Hello?
By: Quibian Salazar-Moreno In 2006 Rawkus Records made a comeback with excellent albums from The Procussions, Kidz in the Hall and Panacea. To help further their brand as well as help forward-thinking hip-hop artists the label is launching its “Rawkus 50” initiative. The “Rawkus 50” will be 50 unsigned artists or groups hand selected by founders Jarrett Myer, Brian Bater and content manager Slop Funk Dust to help them market and promote their latest project. “This is such a great opportunity for both artist and label,” Myer said. ”There are so many talented artists with substance and a do it yourself spirit that deserve a larger promotional outlet.” Bater added, “with the Rawkus 50, Rawkus will provide unprecedented opportunities for Independent artists.” Rawkus will provide the Rawkus 50 with a full-fledged online marketing campaign as well as print ads, NY and L.A. showcases and blog and podcasting hosting. In addition, the artist is free to sign with any label of their choosing and possibly entertain an offer from Rawkus Records as well. “When have you ever heard of a respectable record label accepting unsolicited material from the general public? I could send my demo to Def Jam, but it’s just gonna end up on someone’s floor,” Slop Funk Dust said. “The Rawkus guys are loading up their IPOD’s and listening to submissions like mad men. This is the perfect opportunity for that one guy, that’s been recording albums in his basement and posting his videos on youtube. It is also perfect for artists that are already established and have followings and are just interested and hungry. For those established artists this can be a way better outlet than mixtapes.” To see if you qualify, check out the press release here: RAWKUS.
By: Will “Deshair” Foskey On November 29th, Mississippi native David Banner was honored before 500 lawmakers and 200 students for his tireless efforts standing on the frontline after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc through the Gulf Coast a little over a year ago. The Black Caucus of State Legislators celebrated its 30th Anniversary by presenting David Banner for his humanitarian work throughout his community with a Visionary Award. In a conversation between colleagues, David took the opportunity to express his gratitude, his disappointments and his victories as he sat down for a crisp haircut. We both know that positive news is often swept under the rug, so I wanted to give you this opportunity to talk about the amazing night you’ve just had in your home state of Mississippi. David Banner: For the most part, the Black Caucus which consists of the black leaders in Congress, assembled in the state of Mississippi for the first time and rewarded me with the Humanitarian Award for all of the things that I have been doing from giving out scholarships, I’ve always had special outreach programs for children, and the personal time that I put in during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I was physically in the trenches with the people who affected by the different atrocities. You’ve taken on an important role in the eyes of the urban community, when you were one of the first people to answer the calls of those who were in distress after Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast. People are looking towards you as not only a role model, but also as a leader. How do you feel about taking on that type of role? David Banner: I tell people all the time that one of our problems in the Black community is that people send our leaders to us. For example, who elected Jesse Jackson to speak on behalf of black folks… not any of us? So we have to be very cautious of who we call our leaders. It also happens that a lot of people try to step up to that role of being a leader when they are not ready to handle the responsibilities of the role. So for you, it’s more of just being a vessel to express the plight of the urban community. David Banner: Yes, it’s more of being a vessel. And if it’s my calling to be a leader, than I’ll be that. I’m definitely not running away from that though… On Jay-Z’s latest album, he has a song called, “Minority Report” which is based around the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Have you had a chance to listen to it? David Banner: I’ve bought Jay-Z’s new album, but I’ve only listened to it once so far, so I can’t really give an accurate assessment on the lyrics. When I first listen to an album, I’m listening for the beats and the hooks. Well he stated lyrically: Sure I ponied up a million but I didn’t give my time / So in reality I didn’t give a dime or a damn / I just put my money in the hands of the same people who left my people stranded. Just hearing those lyrics, can you tell me how you feel about Jay talking about his actions…? David Banner: First of all, I’d like to say that it takes a big man to admit when he’s wrong, especially in our generation. I honestly feel that it’s not everybody’s position to have done what I’ve done. I feel that a person with the influences of a Jay-Z is more effective in the board room. Jay-Z is more effective sending in a million dollars. Regardless of what I say, that is more powerful than me handing out a box. It’s funny that we’re talking about this, because I’ve had a conversation with Jim Jones along these lines. Jimmy talked about how there was a difference between you giving away 80 pairs of your own shoes and artists with the stature of a Jay-Z or a 50 Cent calling up Reebok and telling them to send out 10,000 pairs of shoes. As much as we might want to feel like we’ve done something bigger on an emotional level, I’d much rather that my people have 10,000 pairs of shoes and I’m not there, compared to me being there and only being able to hand out a few boxes; I hope that you can understand that. Emotionally, we can go at it, tick for tack, but I’d much rather that a person of that stature cut that check. So I respect Jay-Z for the decision he made. I would like for you to talk about some of the good things that you have going on in your life right now. David Banner: Everything happening in my life right now is positive. I would like for everybody to know that we have an opportunity after God blesses us to set our hopes so high, and understand that once you get to a certain level, there is no failing. Four years ago, I was homeless, so everything in my life now is positive. I got a show coming out on the Cartoon Network called, “That Crook’d ‘Sip”. I got my first movie that I just completed called, “Black Snake Moan” starring Justin Timberlake, Christina Ricci and the magnificent Samuel L. Jackson. I just finished producing a song for Chris Brown. I’ve submitted some music to Britney Spears, and it’s looking like they are going to accept the submission. Everything in my life is positive right now, I can’t lie to you. I’ve just won this amazing award and even though there was some negativity surrounding me receiving the Humanitarian award, that negativity brought exposure to the dedication to my community that I’ve been putting in all along as a philanthropist. I’m currently working on my fourth album on Universal, my fifth major release and ninth album overall, including my Independent releases. There are not too many people that can say that they’ve released 9 albums and are still relevant. But I’d like to leave a message with for the fans. One thing about our generation and the younger generation that we need to change is that we need to give our artists a chance to grow. Our artists are not going to be the same person as when their first album was released. You’re not going to like every song that Snoop released; you’re not going to like every song that Jay-Z released, it’s just impossible. My mother told me that being a visionary is a gift as well as a curse. The gift is that God has blessed you with a higher level of understanding that the average person doesn’t have. But the curse is that you can see so far ahead of people that you disconnect from them, waiting for them to catch up with you. So give your favorite artists a chance to grow and in return, grow along with them.
By: Rizoh If you saw last night’s Grammys, you probably noticed that Mary J Blige gave a very long acceptance speech the first time she took the stage to receive a trophy. Apparently, MJB didn’t expect to win again that night, hence the endless list of shout-outs. Well, it turns out Blige would dominate the R&B categories. She won for “Best R&B Album” and “Best R&B Song.” On the hip-hop end, Atlanta’s T.I. and Ludacris picked up two trophies each. Ludacris walked home with the biggest rap recognition for “Best Rap Album,” presented by Common and past winner Kanye West. Here’s a list of this year’s Grammy hip-hop/R&B winners: Best R&B Song: “Be Without You,” Mary J Blige Best R&B Album: The Breakthrough, Mary J Blige Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: "God Bless The Child," George Benson & Al Jarreau feat. Jill Scott Best R&B Performance By a Duo/Group: "Family Affair," (Sly & The Family Stone), John Legend, Joss Stone with Van Hunt Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: "Heaven," John Legend Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: "Be Without You," Mary J. Blige Best Contemporary R&B Album: B’Day, Beyonce Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "My Love," Justin Timberlake feat. T.I. Best Rap Album: Release Therapy, Ludacris Best Rap Song: “Money Maker,” Ludacris Best Rap Solo Performance: “What You Know,” T.I. Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group: "Ridin’," Chamillionaire ft Krayzie Bone
By: Hot Gossip Gal OK why is it that these young Hollywood girls have to mess with dudes that always disclose way too much information on them after their ‘relationship’ or ‘frolic comes to an end? Britney was hot talk in UK Sunday paper The news of the World yesterday. Ex lover Issac Cohen who has been hitting it since K Fed and Brit called in quits and Jonathan Rotem didn’t quite work out for the ‘Slave to Love,’ dished the dirt on Britney, her sexual appetite and her insecurities in the exclusive interview. "It was clear she was not over her marriage. The first time she invited me to her home I saw her wedding dress hung on the wall in a glass box. As we made love that night it was like Kevin was in bed beside us. She had not even begun to move on with her life." He may have even sounded concerned for Britney and her antics since she broke up with K-Fed at certain points throughout the interview, but at the end of the day he still sold his story to the paper.
By: Hot Gossip Gal All I can say is YAY. My girl MJB rocked the show last night winning a well deserved three awards and damn does she deserve them. Other notable winners were TI, Ludacris, Beyonce, Gnarls Barkley and Justin Timberlake. In regards to scrubbing up well for the event, not many people made me go urgh this year. Notable mentions go to Whitney Houston, Mary, Luda, Rhianna and that is literally just keeping it short and sweet as there were very few who failed to rock the red carpet. Nelly Furtado was a hot mess but hey can’t be perfect all the time. And Whitney really was back to her fabulous self last night at Clive Davis after party.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After scoring two Grammys last night, one for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Heaven” and one for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Family Affair” with Joss Stone, and Van Hunt, John Legend is coming to a hood near you. The singer, songwriter and piano prodigy announced his spring tour dates to support his recently released album, Once Again. Legend will be joined by fellow Grammy nominee Corinne Bailey Rae. The tour launches on April 3 in Irvine, California and will run until May 4, ending in Atlanta. Legend is also slated to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 5. Here’s the current itinerary: 04/03/07 Irvine, CA Bren Events Center 04/04/07 San Diego, CA Bayside Amphitheatre 04/06/07 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre 04/07/07 Berkeley, CA Greek Theater-U.C./Berkeley 04/10/07 Denver, CO Wells Fargo Theatre 04/12/07 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theater 04/13/07 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre 04/14/07 Detroit, MI Fox Theater 04/16/07 Akron, OH Akron Civic Auditorium 04/17/07 Toronto, ONT. Hummingbird Centre for Performing 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 Theater 04/28/07 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 04/29/07 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall 05/01/07 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live 05/02/07 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Casino 05/04/07 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater 05/05/07 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Corinne Bailey Rae not on Jazz Fest bill)
By: Hot Gossip Gal Jay Z obviously is dead set on attaching his brand to any other brand on the market. And companies like Dell, GM Motors and now Coca Cola are benefiting from the music moguls magic touch. Brooklyn’s finest designed the new cherry coke can. Throwing a party in true NY style, numerous celebs turned up to check out the can and support their ‘boy’ including Diddy, Fabolous, Deborah Cox and Farnsworth Bentley.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno LL’s last album didn’t do too well. The last couple of movies, “Last Holiday” or “Edison”, hardly anyone remembers those, so what’s next? Head back to television. CBS gave the okay for a pilot of “The Man”, written by “CSI” creator Anthony Zuiker and starring LL, to be taped and considered to be added to the network’s fall lineup. “The Man” centers on an L.A. undercover cop, played by LL, who juggles his job while developing a fatherlike relationship with a boy orphaned after one of his drug busts, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Zuiker wrote the script and will be executive producing with LL and his manager Jason Barrett getting co-producing credit.
By: Hot Gossip Gal There has always been suspicions about blonde bombshell Anna Nichole Smith, former Playmate and widow of oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall who was 89 when she married him, she was 26. Hopefully the ones about her death will be over soon as the autopsy on the body of Trimspa’s spokesperson is under way. Illegal drugs were apparently found in the hotel room of Smith and there have been reports of alcohol being involved and yet some say she died of a broken heart. Hmmm not quite sure about the latter but prayers to her family and her infant daughter. RIP Anna Nichole.
By: Rizoh Styles P’s latest album, Time Is Money, has only been in stores for less than two months, but the D-Block wordsmith is ready to unleash his next disc. While speaking to New York’s Hot 97 FM, Styles P (born David Styles) disclosed that his third LP, The 5 Star General, will be released on Koch Records this May. “I’m going over to Koch. I like those guys. They get the work done,” he told Angie Martinez. The 5 Star General features Akon on a song titled “Eyez on You.” The album also contains what Styles described as “songs for the ladies.” Will third time be the charm for SP? Only time will tell.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Ok well Gillie Da Kids manager is saying that her artist isn’t actually so silly after all to get caught running two drug houses in his native Philly. Here is the statement management issued on behalf of the rapper. The charges are unwarranted and once Gillie has his day in court, we are confident that the evidence against him will prove to be false. The Philadelphia Police Department is clearly using Gillie’s status as a hip-hop artist and entertainer to draw media attention to him. This was clearly a case of him being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Gillie is in no way guilty of the charges brought against him and once all facts come to light, he will be fully exonerated. Gillie is in high spirits and wants to thank the whole hip hop community for their support and well wishes during this time."
By: Rizoh Jadakiss, known for his slick metaphors and tough talk, has been indicted charges of weapons and drug possession. The 31-year old emcee born Jason Phillips pled “not guilty” to those charges Westchester County Court yesterday (February 8th). His lawyer Clement Patti maintained that he was yet to see or hear of any evidence connecting his client to possessing this weapon. According to Patti, Jadakiss was in the back seat and didn’t know there was a gun in the front console. As previously reported on hiphopcrack, Kiss was one of four people stopped by Yonkers Police department in September, 2006. Cops had observed that the driver of the 2006 Toyota Camry transporting Jada and others was behaving oddly, and noticed an odor of marijuana as they approached the car. If convicted on the gun charge, Jadakiss could face between 16 months and seven years behind bars.
iHipHop Blog Team