By Quibian Salazar-Moreno On Saturday, LL Cool J was at the Glendale-Queens, New York Borders signing copies of his new book LL Cool J’s Platinum Body: Sculpt Your Best Body Ever with Hollywood’s Fittest Star. There’s still speculation on how LL remained so diesel throughout the years so with this new book, he hopes to quell the rumors that he was on steroids or had any type of cosmetic surgery to his body. “I felt that I should reveal to people how I went about getting in shape with my trainer, Scooter, and just give them my whole philosophy on life, “ LL told the San Francisco Chronicle. “When I came back out in 2000 with my record, after about a year-and-a-half layoff, there were so many rumors and so much speculation. So many people were curious about how I did it. A lot of people were like: Is he on steroids? Did he have plastic surgery? Did he get liposuction? It took around five or six years of just thinking about the idea for the book to actually come into fruition.” In the book, which hit shelves last month, LL shares his workout regimen in a new program to help anyone build muscle and burn fat. The book offers four levels of fitness, from Bronze to Platinum, and includes meal plans and recipes. Check out LL’s body for yourself at these book signings: 01/09/2007 07:00 PM - BORDERS 1050 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90067 01/10/2007 07:30 PM - BARNES & NOBLE 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles, California 90036 01/11/2007 07:00 PM - BARNES & NOBLE 98 Broadway, Oakland, California 94607 01/12/2007 07:00 PM - BORDERS 830 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611 01/13/2007 12:30 PM - WALMART 2500 West 95th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois 60805 01/13/2007 03:00 PM - DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY 740 East 56th Place, Chicago, Illinois 60637
By: Rizoh Now that he’s at the center of a criminal investigation for punching his five-month pregnant girlfriend twice, singer Tyrese appears to be on the run. Or at least that’s what a relative of Ty’s pregnant girlfriend told Mediatakeout.com. "Let’s make things clear," said the relative. "Tyrese is on the run. Yes the LAPD is looking for that n***a and he is no where to be found." The email goes on to state that the altercation between Tyrese and his girlfriend stemmed from rumors that the singer was in a relationship with BET’s 106 & Park co-host Rocsi. The 28-year-old’s live-in girlfriend alerted law enforcement that the two got into an heated argument early Thursday morning at their Los Angeles home. Paramedics rushed to the couple’s Hancock Park home. Tyrese had already fled in his car. The R&B singer is now under investigation for the the domestic fight.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah someone went after the Media Mogul for an estimated $1.5 million. The guilty Keifer Bonvillain from Atlanta had recordedconversations with an employee about the company and its owner and then threatened another employee by going public with the tapes if the money wasnt coughed up. The blackmailer even talked about writing a book about them. I doubt we would have seen that recommended on Oprahs Book Club.
By: Hot Gossip Gal OK so the rapper most love to hate or hate to love went live on air with shock radio jock Howard Stern and got into it about licking butts. He has had the pleasure of both giving and receiving apparently and the Queens rapper said ‘it was an experience.’ He went on to say that it was his ‘sons mother’ who had the pleasure of his tongue in ‘her ass.’ Nothing like a man who doesn’t hold back.
Artist/Group Name (also group members’ names): “EVIDENCE” 1/3 rd of DILATED PEOPLES or 100% of Me. Reppin’ (What city you reppin’?): VENICE (L.A)- CA AAALLL DAAAY!!!! Affiliation (What crew or artists you roll with?): Dilated of course, Beat Junkies, ABB fam, The Alchemist, Defari, Planet Asia, Dj Revolution, Swollen Members, My Manager Brock…Too many peoples to name. Influences (Who inspires you? Not limited to just hip-hop): Weed, women, good books (Dan Brown, Michael Connelly), other rappers & producers who constantly raise the bar, movies, haters, coffee and traveling. 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 was born in 1976. My parents played great music when I was young (Beatles,Police,Aretha Franklin,Chaka Khan,Foreigner,etc)…I was raised in Santa Monica, then Venice Beach. When I was about 5 or 6, I realized I didn’t have to like what they liked. That was around the time when movies like “Beat Street,” “Breakin’,” “Wildstyle,” etc… were out and POPPN! I chose rap music to be what I LIKED. Being that I would go to the Santa Monica Pier, or Venice Beach all the time Hip Hop culture was everywhere I looked. It wasn’t like I went to the movies and then never saw or heard it again…It was right in my face. I was a breakdancer 1st then a grafitti artist then a skater. In 1990 I moved next door to QD3 in Venice. I would hear loud beats every night next door and I would wonder what they were doing back there. I introduced myself one day and said what do you do back there? He said, ”My name is Quincy, I’m a rap producer.” From that point on that’s all I wanted to do. Be a rapper. I hustled a couple beats from him and went around the city trying to find somebody to rap with. I found Rakaa at the HipHopShop on Melrose. I said lets do a demo…we did and formed the group Dilated Peoples (Alchemist came up with the name). We put 3 classic 12 inches out on ABB records, ”Third Degree,” “Work The Angles” & “Guaranteed.” A few years and a lot of shows later the majors came knocking on our door. We signed with Capitol in 2000 and the rest is history. 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 putting the last touches on my 1st SOLO album, THE WEATHERMAN LP! I have been waiting for this opportunity for a LONG time. I wasn’t able to put it out due to contractual issues with Capitol Records. However I am done with my contract and am really looking forward to taking this to the people DIRECT! I’m back on ABB (“INDEPENDENT AS FUCK” –El P) and I have a reborn hunger that I think the people will notice when they hear what I’ve been cooking up).The whole concept of The Weatherman is to erase the misconception that it never rains in Southern Cali with the Reign Of Evidence. It’s a very misleading place. People think its all gangsta rap but I’m here to show a different side of things. Plus it’s a nickname my fans gave me back in the day. On the internet people were saying, ”He’s dope but he talks about weather too much.” So I wrote…………. ”Some think I’m clever/others think I’m the one who makes too many references to Weather/Or not/ I’m feeling you beyond words explained/you set up a battle outdoors, then prayed for rain.” This is going to be one of the most focused releases for the 07. Production By myself, The Alchemist, DJ Khalil, Sid Roams (Bravo & Joey Chavez), Jake One & Babuuuuuuuuuu!!! Guests include……go buy it and find out! LOL. 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 want my shit available! I don’t wanna hear,”I couldn’t find it” The rest will fall into place. 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 NOT dead. Maybe certain elements of the culture are being over shined by a lot of shitty Rap music but it’s here more than it ever has been…ITS BIG BUISNESS. 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 had one of Kanye’s best beats to date already (THIS WAY).. I try to”snap” in the mirror sometimes; Little Brother said I look like John Travolta when I try to do it. I would love to bring Big L, Big Pun, Notorious Big (isn’t that crazy how they all have Big in their names) Too Poetic, Rob One, JMJ, Dilla or DJ Dusk back…..But I really wish I could bring my mother back(JANA TAYLOR FOREVER) who I lost to cancer 2 ½ years ago. I have been through tremendous ups and downs since. I miss her a lot. Click here toview Evidence
Label name: ABB Records, LLC. Founded (Date): 1997 Founder(s): Beni B, Defari Backstory (What’s the story behind the launch of the label? How was it launched? Why was it launched?): Beni B: I was in grad school at Berkeley working towards a PhD. in Exercise Physiology and doing radio at KALX. My little brother Defari was in L.A. at the time working on music and I kept asking him when his record was coming out so I could play it on my radio show. Everyone was busy, so it finally got to the point where I told D about wanting to start a label, and drop “Bionic” as the first release which Evidence produced. So I dropped out of school, launched ABB and the rest is history. Greatest Achievements (What are the label’s proudest moments? Going platinum? Releasing a classic? Signing a legend?): In terms of releases, Defari’s 1st release (and the first release on ABB), Dilated Peoples’ “Work the Angles” 12” and Little Brother’s The Listening LP in 2002. Watching Defari, Dilated and Little Brother all step up to the next level, and knowing that we played a role in that is one of the greatest achievements thus far. The proudest moment I’ve had by far though is being able to provide an opportunity for myself and my staff to work at doing something they truly love. I’ve never worked for anyone in my life except myself (and my artists), so its truly a blessing. Current and Future projects (What current projects are you pushing and what’s planned for the next year?): Current: Defari – Street Music, Planet Asia – The Medicine, Hall Of Justus Music Group – Soldiers Of Fortune, Darien Brockington – Somebody To Love, Saafir – Good Game: The Transition, Surreal and The Sound Providers – True Indeed. 2007 marks ABB’s 10 year anniversary. 2007’s schedule includes: The solo debut LP from Evidence of Dilated Peoples, The Weatherman LP on 3.20.07, Little Brother’s Getback (ABB/Atlantic), Soul:ID’s Sex, Love and Philosophy (ABB Soul), Mykestro, Recordkingz The Heavyweight, plus a few other joints we’re working on at the moment. Goals and Purpose (What kind of impact are you hoping to make on the industry? What goals do you have for the label?): ABB stands for “Always Bigger and Better.” That’s the impact we’re trying to achieve and maintain through a good first impression and consistency from release to release. 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?): ABB is part of the same continuum and musical spectrum as Atlantic, Interscope, Aftermath, Stonesthrow, Def Jux etc. I am a DJ first and foremost, so that’s largely where ABB’s musical vision s derived from. ABB is constantly trying to raise the standard and push the envelope when it comes to artists, music, etc. We’re not afraid to work with new artists, new sounds and are always, always listening. We walk the walk. Click here to read Evidence’s Interview
By: William E. Ketchum III When it comes to mixtapes, Big Mike’s resume speaks for itself. Since his entrance into the game in the mid 90′s, the Connecticut native has worked with the likes of G-Unit and Jadakiss to make street classics like The Future Is Now and The Champ Is Here, respectively. His spot among mixtape DJs’ elite was solidified at last year’s Justo Mixtape Awards, where he won Best Hip-Hop Mixtape DJ, Best Mixtape, and Best Duo. Since then, Big Mike has continued to release a string of mixtapes, including his This Is Why I’m Hot series (Part 5: 4th Quarter Edition of the series is cosigned by this web site), and grabbed the Best Mixtape Personality award at this year’s Justo Awards. In an interview with CrackSpace via AOL Instant Messenger, Big Mike gives a rundown of his ascension to and his views on the mixtape scene. HipHopCrack: First off, tell me about your come-up as far as DJing—how you started DJing, and when you decided to take it serious. Big Mike: I’ve been DJing since 94. A friend of mine in school, DJ Don V, had turntables, and I would go to his house and mess around with his turntables. They were Gemini BD1600 turntables, with a Gemini mixer. Soon after that I ended up buying his, and that’s how I got my start. Where I’m from—Danbury, Connecticut—there there arnt a lot of record stores. I used to work at a supermarket making like $125 a week, and I would spend about 80 on records. I would buy them through the mail from Beat Street in Brooklyn, shout to DJ Kulcha, and also drive down to rock and soul when I got a chance. In 2001 I got serious, when I started droping mixtapes, networking reaching out to artist etc. HipHopCrack: What made you decide to take that big step? Big Mike:: I was tired of sititng on the sidelines, and I was ready to get in the game. I met a connect to get music before a lot of people, so he really helped me take it to the top. HipHopCrack: As a mixtape DJ, getting exclusives is basically what makes you or breaks you. How difficult is it for you to get these songs before any other DJs get a hold of them? Big Mike: Its very difficult right now even worst because of the internet u can’t stop working got to stay ahead of everyone. I have to keep my connects up, (and maintain) personal relationships with artists. Bottom line, no matter what field you are in, whoever is hot wants to fuck with someone else that’s hot. There is really not a shortcut to this. You have to be consistent; any real artist that has achieved a leavel of success knows that it starts at the mixtapes, goes to the clubs, and then to the radio. You can’t build a house with out the foundation HipHopCrack: Mixtapes are all over the place these days…How did you go about making your own brand of mixtapes to stand apart from everybody else’s? Big Mike: My tapes are known for straight exclusives, shit you can’t hear anywhere else. Plus, I’ve got The LOX behind me. They’ve been killing the mixtapes, and I always get their stuff first. HipHopCrack: You’ve spoken about getting connects, and that’s a crucial part of the business; but a lot of young DJs are reading this, wondering how to get connects in the first place. What kind of advice would you give them as far as networking? Big Mike: To even to get to that leavel stay consistent and get your niche, and they will come to you—they have to. HipHopCrack: You’ve been DJing since 1994. What would you say is a good change that’s happened in the DJing game since then, and what’s a bad change that’s happened since then? Big Mike:Bad is the politics that goes on now. If you aren’t on a commercial radio station you get treated like shit, but it’s those same artist that get 1,000 spins a week but flop because they don’t get their base on the streets. They wonder why they flopped, and it’s because they shitted on the street mixtape DJ. That’s where your base comes from. The good thing all my pears ahead of me—DJ Clue, DJ KaySlay, etc.—are are able to put out retail albums and get national TV exposure. HipHopCrack: Rap’s history largely consists of the music being watered down once it gets more mainstream exposure. Do you think that this same thing can happen with mixtapes? Big Mike: Yep, it’s probably on its way HipHopCrack: How can that be prevented, while still getting mixtapes mainstream exposure? Big Mike: Stay supporting the underground cats, before they get to that level. HipHopCrack: You don’t think the underground cats will water themselves down for the masses once they actually get to that level? Big Mike: No; that’s what radio is for. HipHopCrack: What do you think is the most common misconception about being a mixtape DJ? Big Mike: That we actually can’t DJ,which in my case is totally false. I’ve carried crates for the big doggs—SNS, Craig G, SNS, Craig G, Billy Busch.
By: Hot Gossip Gal This is a sure case of alter-ego. Reports of how Tyrese, also known as the ‘notorious’ street rapper Black Ty (ahem) beat up on ‘a’ pregnant girl friend, pregnant with his child apparently, at their home in LA have spread quicker than butter on toast. We reported yesterday that he was an officially an item with Rocsi from BET ….so now I guess having this dual entertainment personality allows him dual women. Anyhow cops were called and paramedic but Tyrese the woman basher was nowhere to be found.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Canadian rapper K-Os has already been getting love in Canada for his new album, Atlantis – Hymns for Disco, which dropped late last year. The album is set to arrive to U.S. shores on February 20 with a spring U.S. tour to support it. The album continues in K-Os’ soulful alternative hip-hop sound which features guest appearances from Sam Roberts, Kevin Drew (of Broken Social Scene), Buck 65 and Kamau. "When an artist expresses their truth honestly and with a pure heart, they can end up speaking for a myriad of people,” K-Os said about the theme of his album. “From a very specific experience can come a general understanding and healing." He’ll be heading on tour starting on February 17 in Boston to April 6, ending in New Orleans. K-Os will share the stage with Gym Class Heroes, RX Bandits and P.O.S. for most of the tour. Here is the itinerary: 2/17 – Boston, MA – Avalon Ballroom 2/18 – Troy, NY – Revolution Hall 2/20 – Indiana, PA – Ohio Room – IU 2/21 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club 2/22 – NYC – Webster HAll 2/23 – Rochester, NY – Douglas Hall – University of Rochester 2/24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Union Ballroom – Duquesne University 2/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero 2/26 – Norfolk, VA – Norva Theater 2/27 – Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live 2/28 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room 3/1 – Orlando, FL – The Club at Firestone 3/2 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade 3/3 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown 3/4 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s 3/6 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues 3/7 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection 3/8 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall 3/13 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall 3/14 – Indianapolis, IN – The Irving Theater 3/15 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues 3/16 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s 3/17 – Lawrence, KS – Granada 3/18 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue 3/20 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theater 3/21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Avalon Theater 3/23 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon 3/24 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater 3/25 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk 3/26 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues 3/27 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore 3/28 – San Diego, CA – Soma 3/29 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues 3/30 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre 3/31 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre 4/1 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater 4/3 – Dallas, TX – Gypsy Ballroom 4/4 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit 4/5 – Houston, TX – Meridian 4/6 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
By: Hot Gossip Gal Word on the streets is Jim Jones is no longer happy with his situation at Koch, the Harlem Rep thinks had he been ‘Ballin’ on a major his recent album P.O.M.E he would have gone platinum. The only Dip to go platinum on a major label was Cam’ron when signed to The Roc. But we all know days of mass marketing and publicity are over unless you are J Hova.
By: Rizoh Raymond "Benzino" Scott just can’t seem to get it right these days. Following his dramatic exit from The Source magazine, which Scott founded with college friend Dave Mays, the duo is now being charged with swaggerjacking. Complex magazine recently accused Hip-Hop Weekly, the post-Source rap tabloid by Scott and Mays, of biting their popular Lil’ Wayne interview without credit. Complex puts it this way: "In Issue 4 of their piss poor-cheapest paper to ever be printed on-rumor rag, they straight jacked a whole page of quotes and didn’t give any credit or ask for permission to reprint it. They lifted the now infamous Lil Wayne interview we did in our last issue for their ‘Word On the Street’ section (pg. 16). Word for word they reprinted quotes with no credits and definitely no green light from us." Worse still, Complex is not the only publication being robbed by Mays and Scott. They also lifted some quotes from MTV.com with no proper credit. Why are we not surprised at all?
JAY-Z’s days at the Time Warner Center could be numbered now that the condo he’s renting is about to be sold. The sky-high, four-bedroom, 51/2-bath pad on the 76th floor in the multicomplex’s north tower has gone to contract for $27million. By: Hot Gossip Gal- WTF is Jay z doing paying 40gs rent a month for an apartment in theTime Warner Building on Manhattans Upper West Side. You would think that someone would explain to J that with his bank balance he should be purchasing as opposed to renting. Or maybe his accounts aren’t as bulging as one would think. However the apartment has allegedly gone on the market and the so called King of New York is going to be looking for another castle.
By: Rizoh Busta Rhymes, who turned his former driver into a punching bag while the rest of us were busy unwrapping presents, has finally handed himself over to police. Consequently, Rhymes was cuffed and charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault. Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Neil Ross set bail at $3500, and asked Rhymes to return to court on February. 20. The judge also ordered the rapper to stay away from his accuser, Edward Hatchett. As expected, Busta placed bail on Thursday and adamantly denied the allegations. The offense could land him in jail for a year, if convicted. This is only one of several legal tangles currently rotating on Busta’s weekly schedule. Last year, the best-selling rapper appeared in court on an assault charge for allegedly attacking a teenager who spit on his car in August. He also was ticketed in November for talking on his cell phone while driving past a Manhattan police station. Let’s not forget that Busta has come under fire by the Police for not providing information on the shooting death of his bodyguard, Israel Ramirez, back in February. Is it just me or is Busta Rhymes exemplifying the hip-hop version of a midlife crisis?
iHipHop Blog Team