By: Hot Gossip Gal OK so everyone i talking about yesterdays call in on Hot 97 between 50 and numerous NY rappers. Styles and he actually spoke for the first time and then Killa gets on the line and blows up and has to be politely cut off. But apparently of the other six or seven rappers lined up to speak to Curtiiiiiiiissss after Cam had managed to shut the call down, ex G Unit member Game was one. Now that would have been a convo I would have liked to hear.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Back in December, The Coup were leaving a San Diego show on the tour bus when it careened off, rolled over a few times, landed in a ditch and burst into flames. Everyone on the bus survived the crash but most of their equipment and personal belongings were destroyed and then having to cancel the tour, put a hurting on their pockets. In an effort to get back on their feet, Boots asked for donations and received an overwhelming response. “The way friends, family, fans, organizers, activists, supporters, music lovers, and strangers have been rallied for us has confirmed my belief in humanity and the idea of community,” Boots wrote on his blog. “We raised thousands of dollars from the Paypal account and various parties that were spontaneously thrown for us around the country. The money has enabled us to weather this storm by paying rent and bills, and replacing a few much needed items to hold us until we can start performing regularly again.” Boots said the fundraising is over and now their gearing up to get back on the road. The Coup will tour for most of March beginning March 1 in San Francisco up until March 29 in San Diego. They also will be participating in the Funky Elephant Festival in Helsinki and the Coachella Festival in Indio California during the month of April. Here’s the group’s current tour itinerary: 03/01/2007 - The Fillmore Ballroom (w/ Lyrics Born) , San Francisco 03/02/2007- Wonder Ballroom (w/ Lyrics Born) , Portland, Oregon 03/03/2007- Neumo’s (w/ Lyrics Born) , Seattle, Washington 03/04/2007 -Richards On Richards (w/ Lyrics Born) , Vancouver 03/26/2007 -Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom (w/ Lyrics Born) , Denver, Colorado 03/29/2007 -Belly Up (w/ Lyrics Born) , San Diego, California
By: Hot Gossip Gal Sean Combs was supposed to have been paid 2 mill by Hello magazine for an exclusive shot of him and his twins and of course baby momma Kim. Now that is how real men hustle. For all of y’all who wondered what the Michael Jackson’s kids look like minus the blanket here you go. Hmmm do I need to say anything?
By: Rizoh Tomi Rae Hynie, James Brown’s alleged fourth wife, has filed a petition seeking access to part of his estate. According to court papers discovered by the AP, Hynie wants the court to allow her to return to Brown’s Beech Island home to retrieve "personal possessions" that belong to her and their 5-year-old son, James Joseph Brown II, including furniture she picked out for the home. Her lawyer Robert Rosen maintains that she’s not asking to live there, adding, “ They locked her out and wouldn’t let her in but she has a right to go in and get her stuff – furniture, her clothing, her son’s toys. They keep saying that they’re going to do it but they never do it so we’re going to ask a judge to order them to do it." James Brown’s attorneys dispute Hynie’s status as Brown’s widow because, according to claims, she was still married to another man when she and Brown said their vows in 2001. They have said Hynie later annulled her previous marriage, but she and Brown never remarried. In 2006, Hynie and Brown worked on a documentary film, Life on the Road with Mr. & Mrs. Brown, set for release later this year. Meanwhile, James Brown’s body remains in a sealed, gold casket in an undisclosed location awaiting a decision on where to bury it.
By: Rizoh A tell-all book by former MTV producer Terrance Dean will reveal which rappers are secretly homosexual. The book, Hiding in Hip-Hop: Confessions of a Down Low Brother in the Entertainment Industry, is a memoir of Dean’s life as a closeted homosexual working in the film and music industry and his relationships with other closeted homosexuals—film stars, rap artists, and music producers. The exposé will identify hip-hop homos, some of them Dean’s exes, without naming them specifically, but the publishers maintain that it won’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who the closeted gayngstas are. Dean, a Fisk University graduate and founder of NY-based organization Men’s Empowerment, is also the author of “Reclaim Your Power: A 30-Day Guide to Hope, Healing, and Inspiration for Men of Color.”
By: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah the Pop Diva speaks out about Em in her interview with Playboy where she kept it really PG with the pics, but now she is taking it back to grade school with her thoughts that Em is obsessed with her. Yeah he made comments in his rhymes on the Re-Up but does that mean Em is going Stan on her…I highly doubt it. But who knows what is going on in her head.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The Boot Camp Clik released their album last summer, but the crew is still going strong. Sean Price just released his new album, Jesus Price Superstar, this week which features production from 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Illmind, and PF Cuttin with appearances from Buckshot, Sadat X, Steele (of Smif N Wessun), Rock (of Heltah Skeltah), Little Brother, Chaundon and others. This month however, the entire Boot Camp Clik headed overseas to pump their album, as well as their various mixtapes and Price’s new album for the European cats. Here’s the itinerary for the European tour: Fri-Feb-02 Deventer Holland Burgerweeshuis – Boot Camp Clik: Buckshot Smif N Wessun Sean Price Feat. Heltah Skeltah Tour Sat-Feb-03 Munster Germany Skaters Palace – Boot Camp Clik: Buckshot Smif N Wessun Sean Price Feat. Heltah Skeltah Tour Sun-Feb-04 Hamburg Germany Mandarin Kasino – Boot Camp Clik: Buckshot Smif N Wessun Sean Price Feat. Heltah Skeltah Tour Mon-Feb-05 Berlin Germany Bastard – Boot Camp Clik: Buckshot Smif N Wessun Sean Price Feat. Heltah Skeltah Tour Tues-Feb-06 Leipzig Germany Conne Island – Boot Camp Clik: Buckshot Smif N Wessun Sean Price Feat. Heltah Skeltah Tour Wed-Feb-07 Munich Germany Ampere - Boot Camp Clik: Buckshot Smif N Wessun Sean Price Feat. Heltah Skeltah Tour Thurs-Feb-08 Lausanne Germany D,Club – Boot Camp Clik: Buckshot Smif N Wessun Sean Price Feat. Heltah Skeltah Tour Fri-Feb-09 Basel Switzerland Kaserne – Boot Camp Clik: Buckshot Smif N Wessun Sean Price Feat. Heltah Skeltah Tour Sat-Feb-10 Zurich Switzerland Rote Fabrik – Boot Camp Clik: Buckshot Smif N Wessun Sean Price Feat. Heltah Skeltah Tour Fri-Feb-16 Oslo Norway www.knockoutproductions.no (Smif N Wessun Only) Sat-Feb-17 Trondheim Norway (Smif N Wessun Only) Thurs-Feb-22 Stockholm Sweden www.thepage.se (Smif N Wessun Only) Fri-Feb-23 östersund Sweden www.clubseven.se (Smif N Wessun Only) Sat-Feb-24 Borkänge Sweden www.goldrush.se (Smif N Wessun Only)
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well yesterday it was the hot story on the rumor circuit, Hole leading lady Courtney Love, also Kurt Cobain’s baby Momma was hit up to be the fourth judge on Fox hit American Idol with Randy, Simon and Paula. Today it has been reported that producer of the show Nigel Lythgoe certainly didn’t extend the welcome to Courtney, citing he is happy with his judges. So Courtney wont be joining the gang afterall….boooo..that could have been more interesting than some of the rare talent we see on the show.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Ice-T and his wife Nicole “Coco” Austin have only been married for a year but apparently they know how to sustain a relationship. The couple is writing a book in which they share their “secrets” to success in their marriage. "Me and Ice are currently writing a book about creating and maintaining a successful relationship," Coco told Page Six. "We have had great success in balancing our careers and private lives, and we would like to share some of that knowledge with others who are in need of guidance and/or inspiration.” Ice-T was married to his first wife, Darlene Ortiz, for over 15 years, had a child, and split up in 2002. Ice met Coco two months after he split with Ortiz. Coco was married in 1999 but divorced in 2003. There’s no word on who’s publishing the book or when the book will come out.
By: Rizoh Your guesses were right. Bow Wow himself has revealed that his new single, “Outta My System,” is about ex-girlfriend Ciara Harris. In “Outta My System,” Bow Wow rhymes, "I still got a lot of pain/ I ain’t dealt with it all/ I been running round with other chicks/ I’m single and they loving it/ I’m liking it, but I just want the one I was in love with." The teen rapper told MTV that the song is truly about his old flame. "It deals with a situation I was in, for sure," said Bow Wow. "It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to listen to that song and know what I’m talking about or who I’m talking to. That’s why I did it. That once again deals with the price of fame." Bow Wow added that he has maintained a cordial relationship with Ciara since their split. "I’m sure she has my album just like I got hers," he told MTV. "She told me congrats on everything. … We had small talk and kept it moving." You would recall that Bow Wow and Ciara ended their one year relationship in April 2006. We still wonder what happened to that diamond ring Ciara was spotting on her left ring finger before the split.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Ex Destiny Girls, LaToya and LaTavia got their digs in at the House of Dereon the other day on TV. The girls who obviously were replaceable said that they were totally disregarded by Daddy Knowles and his leading lady, Beyonce. When they couldn’t pay their cell phone bills. B was flossing in a jaguar….can this be true? Did Daddy Knowles put his girls first? That doesn’t sound like him.
By Kevin L. Clark Being independent and a musician is akin to the South. While New York was getting jiggy and the West was gangsta-walkin’ it, the South was being heavily slept on by the majors. As the likes of Master P, Baby and Slim Williams, J. Prince, and others began to make their mark by establishing their own labels, artists were learning the business inside and out. David Banner, Lil’ Flip, T.I., and others just to name a few, made themselves legends in their regions before exploding into the national spotlight. Another emcee hoping to add his name is Boo (aka Boo Rossini). The Mississippi native who’s signed to J Records via his imprint, Royal Dollar Records, is poised to be a major player in the game with his upcoming debut album “1 Life, 1 Love” and his DJ Drama assisted mixtape – “The Drug Store”. The album set for release in 2007 features production from Swizz Beats, Mannie Fresh, Jazze Pha and others; with guest appearances from Bun B and Paul Wall just to name a few. The Southern underground kingpin, who’s been grinding for over seven years, sits down with HHC after doing countless shows and talks about the independent game versus being with a major, what he thought about Young Jeezy before the masses knew of him, and what’s behind the meaning of “1 Life, 1 Love”. HHC: Before hip-hop began to shine its spotlight on the South, what was the most trying part of being an independent artist? Boo: There really wasn’t a trying part. You know what I’m saying? I just went out and learned the business. That’s what the game forced us to do because we weren’t a New York or a LA; we had to learn bar codes, distributions, promotions, and the whole nine. People weren’t coming to the South, at that time, so it was just ourselves doing all the work. It just taught us how to work hard for what we want. The one thing I’ve learned since signing to J Records is that you’re using their money, not your money. HHC: Eventually, your hard work paid off as you were able to perform in front of the legendary Clive Davis. J Records isn’t really known for having a great track record with rappers. If the label doesn’t promote your album like it should, what will you do?</b> Boo: That’s the advantage that we have. We started in this game being independent. At the end of the day, they can’t take that from me. It’s not like they came and discovered us. We were already moving as a unit. We already have our fan-base. All they’re doing is distribution of the product. They’re just going to get it in the stores and promote it. If I had to go back to independent, it would. The foundation has already been laid. That’s why you have to look at your contract. Once, we get to the point – demo. Taking a chance. If everyone does their job, it’ll work. It’s a gamble to take the chance. There’s no chance of the album even coming out. But if everyone upholds their end then, it’ll work. That’s just like saying that Asylum, their first act broke through with Mike Jone. They weren’t really know as a company until then. So, if the gamble pays off, then it’s lovely. HHC: Another Mississippi native, David Banner, had to make his mark by producing songs before anyone, nationally, ever took him seriously as an emcee. You built your reputation from the ground up – if you don’t make a dent in the game nationally, what will you do? Boo: Really, I ain’t even looking at that. You just have to stay positive about that. You get what you put into it. At the end of the day, I’m going to do my part as far as that music is concerned. It’ll be a win-win situation when the album comes out. I have a few features on the album. Specifically, Jeezy is on the album too. You know that Jeezy and I started out together. Everybody was grinding independently. Everyone was using the same formula at the time. We were all trying to create good anthems for the street. We’d break the records in the streets. I saw from the gate that Jeezy was a hustler. He put in a lot of hard work from the beginning, he never took a short cut. Same thing with Banner, he would go out on the road and put his money and invest it in himself. A lot of people are thinking that they’re just popping out of the blue, but they’ve been on their hustle for a minute and weren’t waiting for a major to pick them up. The buzz in the street is crucial. HHC: Rappers are known as being braggarts, but most don’t live what they write about. For the past seven years or so, you’ve drop underground album after album – what kept you going and what can listeners expect with “The Drug Store” mixtape? Boo: It’s that pain medicine, you know what I’m saying? There are a lot of people going through what I’m going through. My inspiration is life. In general, I may go through some things and then, that night, will come into the studio and write about it. As far as rappers who don’t live what they write, that doesn’t hold any weight with me. A lot of dudes who got that buzz is from people knowing you from your rhymes. A lot of that comes from that. Living that life is how you got your buzz in the streets. Your reputation and your name will follow you wherever you go. You hear about it all the time. HHC: Your debut album is called, “1 Life, 1 Love”. What’s the significance of the title to you? Boo: The album is really good, it’s really family based. The title is just a universal phrase that I associate with the people that I rock with. It is a title that signifies the movement that we have. Everyone in my circle gets one love. It’s just that. I support anyone and everyone who is about making something out of themselves. I’m just giving them [the fans] my life. This album is bigger than I am; I’m trying to unite the streets. That’s what this album is about. The whole movement that we got state-to-state, we show love. I fucks with a lot of street guys that support our music. That’s how I consider uniting the streets, showing love. HHC: Every rapper proclaims that they’re from the street and tells street tales. With their being a struggle between newly christened rappers beefing with the more established ones – what do you think that you have to offer that’s truly any different from anyone else? Boo: That ain’t me. That’s not beef to me. I don’t even get into all that. I don’t cause any problems. I just try to stay in my lane. My only caution is just don’t get in mines. You have to look at that there isn’t any difference. I am just telling my story from my point of view. The dudes that go out and buy them are the ones that we’re catering to. It’s really no difference. I’m just doing me. HHC: With an album due for release, a building buzz, and a major industry co-sign, 2007 looks to be a great year for you. Good luck to you for all of your endeavors. Is there anything that you want to say to the readers of HHC? Boo: Just look out for the album, “1 Life, 1 Love.” For all those that have been following me so far, thanks for the support and continue to keep it up!
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though Jay-Z is deflecting questions about a bank that got rich off of slaves’ labor investing in the new arena for his Brooklyn Nets, he’s happy to launch a new sister line to his Roc-A-Wear clothing company. Jigga recently announced the launch of Bella Roc, a line of clothes for women that will range from $125 to $4,000. The clothing line will be a limited edition line that will target women in the 25 to 45 year old range and feature crystals and metallic gold stitching on jeans and other garments. There are also plans to launch a women’s sportswear and outerwear line. A launch date for Bella Roc has yet to be announced.
By: Hot Gossip Gal …to impersonating a police officer…come on now…he is claiming to be a victim of the Hip-Hop police…never. But on another Game note, love his new video for Wouldn’t Get Far featuring Kanye West and Gloria Velez who was the only chick who he dissed in the actual song to show up at the shoot to accept his explanation as to why he said and what he said.
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