By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After toiling for years in the indie hip-hop scene as a solo artist and a member of the celebrated group, Lightheaded, Braille is going the way of a label CEO. He recently launched, Hip-Hop IS Music, a new label specializing on on the musical art form of hip-hop. Out the gate, Braille’s label has released three albums from Sivion, Surreal & DJ Balance and Braille’s Box of Rhymes, the compilation project Heavy Rotation and re-released two previous Lightheaded and Braille albums and the year is not even over yet. “I want 2006, 2007 to be the Hip Hop IS Music era,” Braille said. “During that time we’re going to have a good 12 or 13 records by the end of 2007, God-willing.” In the next year Hip-Hop IS Music is planning to release albums from veteran and new artists including Theory Hazit, Sharlok Poems, Sojourn, a Heavy Rotation Part 2 and a project featuring Omegha Watts, Braille and Surreal called 4 days in Geneva, where on a break from tour they spent four days in a studio. We caught up with Braille while promoting his album Box of Rhymes to find out why he decided to launch a label, his place in the industry, and the science behind his new album. You were doing okay as an artist and a member of Lightheaded, so why the decision to launch a label? It’s funny because I look back through my artifacts and my hip-hop music fascination before even starting a label. I’ve been wanting to run my own label since I was 15 years old, which is 10 years ago. I used to make envelopes saying Brian Winchester, CEO, Lung Mechanic and my whole idea was to run this record label called Lung Mechanic. It was going to be a pit stop for artists because I realized at a really young age that some of my favorite artists were really discouraged and frustrated with their music careers. And I was like, “I don’t know what I can do, but maybe I can run a label or something that works differently.” Since then I kind of went off on my own path, signed to other labels as a solo artist, got my own taste of the industry and realized the idea that 15 year old kid had was relevant and maybe I should stand in the gap and help these artists that I don’t feel are getting the opportunities that they deserve, to put out honest and significant hip-hop music. How’d you get started in the game? I started putting out tapes. I’m a young dude, but when I started no one had CD burners or anything, so if you put out something on your own, it was a tape. I’d make my album covers at Kinko’s, gluing pictures to a piece of paper and folding it and handwriting the song titles. Then I would just slang them on the internet. It’s funny because I’ve been selling tapes online for over 10 years now. So back in when I was signed up on AOL, everybody was AOL back in 1996. So I just started putting out tapes that way, but my first official solo CD, Life First, Half the Battle, was actually one of the first full length albums that Kno from Cunninglynguists produced on, Celph Titled did the majority of the production on it, Mood Swing from the Anticon family did production on it, Sixtoo, now on Ninja Tune, did production on it, Storm the Unpredictable was featured on it. That actually came out in 1999 when I was 17. So that was my first official release. My first Lightheaded release didn’t come out until around 2002. What’s the science behind the label name, Hip-Hop IS Music? Growing up I’ve lived in areas of middle class America, never been upper class. I grew up in a middle class family and we went through a lot of financial struggles during various parts of our lives. But nonetheless the middle class respect and appreciation for hip-hop in most of the areas I grew up in Jersey and Oregon, the respect and appreciation for hip-hop as music was very limited. It’s not very often in a mixed crowd, you could say I am a fan of hip-hop and there might be one dude you can actually have a conversation about actual hip-hop. So although hip-hop became one of the most influential genres for art, for advertisements, for entertainment, it was influencing everything but it wasn’t being portrayed as an art form, it was being portrayed as a trend. Or it was being portrayed as “the new thing.” So for me I felt like, I’ve been doing this for so long and half the people that buy my records probably don’t even know how the beats are made. There’s no knowledge of the process or the appreciation of the process of creating a hip-hop record. The label name is just a statement. To some its obvious, to others it’ll make them raise an eyebrow, “Well is it really?” The record label is an opportunity for me to try and put out music that represents that simple statement. This is music, this took talent to create, we didn’t just buy a computer program and make our first demo and press it up on CD. We’ve been doing this for a long time. And every artist that is signed to Hip-Hop IS Music has been rapping for over 10 years, some of those guys have been rapping for 15 or more and this might even be their first CD that ever came out. They didn’t grow up in an independent era of music. They grew up in an era where if you wanted to put out a record you had to be signed to a major label. Aside from slanging tapes like I used to do, you might have slanged them in your local area but as far as putting out a CD with distribution it was either signed to a major label or nothing. And if you lived in New York or if you lived in L.A., there was a better chance of you getting a grasp on the marketplace; but if you lived in a smaller city, to really get something rolling it was very difficult. How do you decide who you want or don’t want to sign to your label? When I started the label, I sat down with a piece of paper and I kind of wrote out my ideal roster. There were certain artists that I would love to sign, but they’re already signed, so I can’t write down The Procussions or I can’t write down Mars Ill, so I had to think of artists that haven’t really put out anything or artists that I knew that were in transition. From touring I met a lot of these guys in person. As an artist, you do a show and there’s a local opening act and before the show you have no idea who they are. Then they perform and you’re like “Man, this guy is just more than local talent. This guy deserves to be heard and appreciated on a global scale.” So some of the artists it was a situation like that. With Sivion, I was in Chicago and he had done a couple of features on some other CDs and I heard and I took interest and said this guy is interesting I wonder why I don’t see anything out from him. Then I was at a BBQ in Texas like two weeks later after I took interest and I had a chance to meet him in person because he showed up at the same BBQ. There’s a different story to how I met each artist but ultimately the moment I met them, and you can look back through the Lightheaded releases, like on Pure Thoughts, we had this thing on the end called “Surprise Cipher”. We had Sojourn on there who I have been a fan of for a long time and on the second album, Wrong Way, we had another surprise cipher and we got Sojourn on there, we got Sharlok Poems (of L.A. Symphony) on there, we got Surreal on there, we got Sivion on there and Big Rec is doing an interlude and these artists I was interested in during that whole time and I was like, if I ever started a label, I know who I would go to. It’s no secret that you guys get love in Christian hip-hop circles, but do you ever get any flack from the industry for not being Christian enough or being too Christian for non-believers? As an artist who has shopped his material to other labels, every label has certain types of artists that they’re looking for. I’m not even going to narrow it down to Christian labels but I’m going to say for the most part if you look at Def Jam, Bad Boy, of course some of these labels have altered what they’re looking for based on market trends and so on. But whatever they’re looking for at that moment, if you don’t fit into it and you’ll notice everybody in the mainstream, everybody is hard, everybody hits the gym, and everybody has got some crew that’ll mess you up and everybody just kind of falls under that blanket. So the way I look at it, that’s the current market trend but I’m not hard and I don’t make records about being hard so right now I’m irrelevant to the market place. Unless I make something that is so mind-blowing that it shatters the entire industry, which I would love to do. But I realized there needed to be a niche label that specialized in the type of music that I wanted to put out. A lot of Christian labels are centered around Christian market distribution. In order to be successful with Christian market distribution, you need to make records that are good for Christian market radio, which in a lot of people’s mind are kind of bubblegum. I have no beef with that at all, but the thing is I’m not going to make bubblegum records so I can get play on Christian radio. When I started rhyming I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Christian radio, when I started rhyming I wasn’t even a Christian. I started rhyming so I could participate within hip-hop culture and not be limited based on my faith to the avenues for any artist to expose their music. That’s the type of avenue I wanted to create for my artists, like hey, you guys are hip-hop artists and what you believe, for any true authentic artist, is going to come through in their records. I don’t think there’s one rapper that doesn’t, unless they’re a puppet, unless someone else is pulling the strings, but if you have an honest artist, whatever they believe in life, whatever they really think, that’s what they’re going to say on their record. The only reason they wouldn’t is like “I’m rapping this way strictly for business.” But the guys we’re working with in Hip-Hop IS Music, they have a genuine love for hip-hop, a genuine love to express themselves through hip-hop music and what they’re saying on their record is exactly where they’re coming from in life. And just because there’s no labels looking for that, that doesn’t mean it’s not good, they’re just not doing what’s popular in the marketplace right now. There needs to be some label that says hey, as far as I’m concerned this is what’s hot and I’m going to put it out anyway. That’s kind of the stance I wanted to take with the label. So do you even target your marketing to the Christian market? The way I look at it is that I’m not ashamed to affiliate myself with the Christian culture at all. I’m more than happy to have Hip-Hop IS Music CDs to sell in Christian bookstores, play on Christian radio, so on and so forth. My point is I’m not going to change who my artists are or who I am as a Christian in order to fit in that bubble. So if that bubble is willing to take us for who we are, my same approach goes to hip-hop culture, any culture that’s willing to take us as we are, any listener, any fan, any critic, anyone who is willing to take a hip-hop record for what it is, that’s what we do this for. If somebody has already shut the door on us because we don’t fit into the bubble or box of what they think we should be, then it wasn’t for them. I honestly haven’t been met with any resistance. When it all comes down to it, it’s a matter of to what extent people are willing to get behind you, it comes to down to advertising dollars, marketing dollars, there’s very few people who are willing to get behind you just because they want to get behind it. Those people, I appreciate them more than they can imagine because there’s people who have gotten behind Hip-Hop IS Music and supported us and we haven’t really had much to offer them other than music. At the end of the day, if Hip-Hop IS Music had a million dollar marketing budget for a project, I don’t think anyone would turn us down. It’s like “yeah, you can run an ad in our magazine, we’ll write a review, we’ll do an interview,” that just the way it is. You’re putting marketing dollars in that magazine; you’re putting marketing dollars into that television station or doing a display at a store. Of course they’re going to showcase what you do. Since we don’t have that type of marketing capital, I send out everything from my house. So I just send out as many CDs as I can stomach. Your new album, Box of Rhymes, what’s the theme behind it and what should people expect? I remember the Jungle Brothers song, “The book of rhyme, book of rhyme, book of rhyme pages” and back in the day you would have your rhyme book. Now I’ve been rhyming and writing for so long, I have a rhyme box now. Literally, I have rhyme boxes. When we moved I had boxes and boxes filled with papers of rhymes that I wrote. Eventually I had to start throwing them out because they were taking up so much room. But I held on to it because in my mind it was kind of like those boxes represented how many rhymes I wrote, but at the end of the day, I’m only as good as my next rhyme. Every rhyme that I write today is a culmination of what I’ve learned from all the other rhymes I wrote. So the box of rhymes is kind of like, I can flip through a bunch of old raps and it automatically brings back to different moments in my life, almost like a photo journal. It’s like a journal of the history of me; the last 12 years of my life are documented through rhymes and my thoughts and things that I don’t even remember thinking or things I don’t even remember going through. Ultimately the box of rhymes is the history that leads to the future of who I am as a person, who I am as an artist.
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By:Hot Gossip Gal We already saw multiple artists come together on Games One Blood remix showing unity in Hip-Hop, although of course there was no G-Unit representation. Now what I heard from my source is 50 is working on a collabo with NWA for his next album which is expected out in the early part of 2007. I wonder how Game is going to react to this as when he isn’t shouting out Dre specifically, he is shouting out Easy E and NWA. One thing about 50 is he hits his enemies where it hurts, he is like that kid in school who would steal your best friend by offering them candy, but of course Candy in school equates to $$$ in Hip-Hop.
By:Hot Gossip Gal Well we all heard that K-Fed was pimping an alleged tape of he and ex Mrs to whoever the highest bidder was last week. According to reports circulating from both the camps of Mrs. Spears and broke ass husband K-Fed, there is no such tape and both parties are expected to come together and make a statement confirming this at some point. ‘ When Brit was spotted living it up on the LA nightclub circuit this past weekend with Home video Queen Paris Hilton, I thought she had been getting tips from Paris in how to deal with your dirty laundry when it is exposed to the masses. Obviously not.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Unfortunately, this personalized ring tone is only available to Sprint and Nextel customers, who can set it up as Ringers (ringtones) or Call Tones (ringback tones) by downloading it from their phones. Sprint will also begin streaming the first two videos from Chingy’s album, Hoodstar, "Pullin’ Me Back" and "Dem Jeans," as well as an exclusive interview Chingy did with one of Sprint’s VJ’s on Channel 33 or Channel 35 on Sprint TV, which is available on Sprint Power Vision phones. With the success of his latest single, "Dem Jeans", Chingy is taking it a step further. The young emcee has recorded 123 personalized ringtones using the hook "Damn Girl, how’d you get all that in Dem Jeans?" from the single, but replacing "Girl" with 123 different female names. Chingy laid down each hook in the studio using names like Jalisa, Lakeisha, Mariah, Oprah, Beyonce and others.
By:Rizoh Eminem clinched the "Favorite Male Rap/Hip-Hop Artist" award at this year’s American Music Awards held last night (November 21) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Both Kanye West and Chamillionaire were nominated for "Favorite Male Artist" and "Breakthrough Artist" respectively, both failed to win. Below is a complete list of winners from the 2006 AMAs: • Pop-Rock: Male artist: Sean Paul Female artist: Kelly Clarkson Band, duo or group: Red Hot Chili Peppers Album: "All the Right Reasons," Nickelback • Soul-R&B: Male artist: Jamie Foxx Female artist: Mary J. Blige Band, duo or group: The Black Eyed Peas Album: "The Breakthrough," Mary J. Blige • Country: Male artist: Toby Keith Female artist: Faith Hill Band, duo or group: Rascal Flatts Album: "Greatest Hits Volume 2," Tim McGraw • Rap/Hip-Hop: Male artist: Eminem Band, duo or group: The Black Eyed Peas Album: "Monkey Business," The Black Eyes Peas • Adult Contemporary: Artist: Kelly Clarkson • Latin Music: Artist: Shakira • Alternative Music: Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers Contemporary Inspirational: Kirk Franklin Artists: Breakthrough (New Artist): Carrie Underwood
By:Hot Gossip Gal Now when I saw my fave West Coast rapper here in NYC earlier this year I certainly didn’t think he needed to be joining VH1s Celebrity Fit Club Season Five, but apparently the West’s Funky Son, Warren G will be jumping on the scale for the new show which premieres in April 2007.Now I know Warren can throw it down in the kitchen as there had been earlier talks of his own reality cooking show on a syndicated TV show out West, something more suitable for night time viewers was what I heard. Perhaps trying out all those recipes had him piling on the pounds…who knows.? Other guests include, Da Brat, hmmm and former American Idol contender, Kimberly Locke.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Veteran emcee A.G. (aka Andre the Giant), of the much lauded hip-hop group, Show & A.G., has announced that he’ll be joining the 2KSports Mixtape Live Tour. The tour, which celebrates the connection between hip-hop and video games, also features Dan the Automater, Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5), Casual (of Hieroglyphics) and Common Market. A.G. will be promoting his new album, Get Dirty Radio, which features production from J. Dilla, Madlib, Lord Finesse, Show, Tommy Tee, Oh No, DJ Design, Jake One, Cochise with appearances from Aloe Blacc, Party Arty and Lil Roze. Here’s the tour dates: 11/29/06 – SLO Brewing Company – San Luis Obispo, CA – 18+ 11/30/06 – Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA – 21+ 12/01/06 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA – 16+ 12/02/06 – Senator Theatre – Chico, CA – All ages 12/04/06 – Berbati’s Pan – Portland, OR – 21+ 12/05/06 – The Nightlight – Bellingham, WA – 21+ 12/06/06 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA – All ages 12/08/06 – Suede – Park City, UT – All ages 12/09/06 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO – All ages 12/10/06 – Fox Theatre & Cafe – Boulder, CO – All ages 12/12/06 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM – All ages 12/13/06 – Orpheum Theatre – Flagstaff, AZ – All ages 12/14/06 – Canes Bar & Grill – San Diego, CA – 21+ 12/15/06 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA – All ages
By:Hot Gossip Gal Parents of kids in Florida were arrested yesterday I believe for allowing their two young sons to take part in some sort of organized fight. The boys are allegedly about 7-8 and were put to fight like prize dogs. Fathers and Mothers encouraged their sons to ‘Get that n***a’ as the two kids punched and kicked at each other. Now is this what children were put on the earth for? I am disgusted with what I saw in this youtube clip and the reasoning behind this atrocity..to teach kids how to be tough on the streets. Yeah right, just how much money is resting in this little shenanigan I wonder. Parents get on your job.
By:Rizoh It’s one of the biggest questions on the minds of Nas’ fans, as we get closer to the release date of his Def Jam debut Hip-Hop Is Dead. Jay-Z has already fired back at Cam’ron and Jim Jones via "Dig a Hole" and "Brooklyn High." On the latter, Jay-Z even admits that "Ether"—Nas’ rebound to the Jiggaman’s "Takeover"—strengthened him in the battle department. Will Nas, a certified lyrical warrior, follow suit when Hip-Hop is Dead drops on December 19? "I’m trying to uplift the unity," Nas told MTV News recently. "You listen to Cam’ron’s dis, that was just pieces of "Ether" put together. You have to make a certain amount of albums to be in the ring with me. You can’t have one album or two albums or went platinum one time, or you may have performed in front of 6,000 people once in your life. You have to be somebody in my weight class. You can’t fight like that. That’s not really a battle. "But there are spankings I can do," he continued. "Lyrical, verbal assaults I can do on some of you clowns. But the take on this album is more of a unity thing. I don’t really know if I’m gonna let some of those records fly where I do answer a thing or two. Maybe, maybe not…"
By:Hot Gossip Gal ….NOT!!! After Compton rapper game shouted out her name in his collaboration with Kanye on his new album Doctors Advocate, BETs Ms. Ford decided to put us all straight on what whip she rides. She is one of the few video gals who has made enough money to ride the streets in a Mercedes S 550. There was however no response to the line where Game spits ‘Behind closed doors, she’ll do whatever it takes to get to the Grammy Awards." I guess that still leaves an air of mystery about her, or maybe she didn’t see the point in responding to that as she did say when questioned aboutthe track "Everybody else thinks it’s a big deal. I have no idea what the fuss is about."
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been a tumultuous four years for Malice and Pusha T. As The Clipse, the duo took the hip-hop industry by storm in 2002 by dropping their banging debut album, Lord Willin’. Led by the head-banging single “Grindin’” and backed by consistent hitmakers The Neptunes, it looked like The Clipse were on the cusp of hip-hop greatness. Then they disappeared. It wasn’t the group’s fault though; they were working hard on their follow-up album when a label merger left them in limbo. The Clipse were initially signed by L.A. Reid to Arista Records but were sent to Jive Records after the 2004 merger between BMG (Jive and Arista’s parent company) and Sony Music Entertainment. Due to contractual issues, The Clipse were stuck with Jive. For two years their album was continually delayed and when Pusha and Malice were asked to be released from the label, they were refused. In turn, they sued the label. While litigation was taking place the group launched their own imprint, Re-Up Records, and released a series of mixtapes that had the streets talking. With a buzz in the streets, Jive and the group finally came to an agreement to release their new album, Hell Hath No Fury, under the Re-Up Records banner along with Jive and to have total creative control. We caught up with Pusha T to talk about the new album, their label situation, and if they’re ever stop rapping about selling cocaine. So the album is dropping in a couple of weeks and— The album already dropped man; it’s leaked on the internet. It’s all good though man. Everybody’s got to get theirs however they’re going to get it. If they’re going to download it they were never going to buy it anyway. But I’m getting good responses so it’s working towards our benefit as well. What’s the science behind the album name, “Hell Hath no Fury”? The title of the album derives from a saying “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” And you know when that woman is scorned, she throws the brick through your window, keys your car, and tells your real woman how much you’ve been cheating. She shows your real woman how many purses you done bought her, she just makes your life hell. So that’s how we were attacking this album, attacking this game, attacking this industry. Seems kind of short compared to other albums, only 12 songs, why so short? You know, all classics are short. Illmatic, Common, everything that has been considered a classic is short. You know what it is, I’m a firm believer in this, if you can’t do it in 12, there’s no need for me to hear 22 records on your album. I can’t deal with that. Do you have a ton of unreleased joints then? We had a whole other album recorded. This has been a hiatus of four years. It’s one of those situations where you couldn’t feel those records anymore; you couldn’t rightfully rap those records. We have fans that follow us and follow our story, they know the plight, they know the situation we’re going through. Then to hear about me ballin’ in Miami, it wouldn’t have made any sense. It was records from 2003. How hard is it to choose Neptunes beats? Do they come at you with beat CDs? Nah, they don’t ever come with beat CDs. When we go in the studio, nine times out of ten, we’ve already talked about the direction, the feel and what we want. Then Pharrell and Chad go and implement that. Sometimes they’re on point and on the money, sometimes they’re not and other times we ain’t feelin’ it but they tell us to try it and we end up loving it. It just works like that. Has there ever been a beat they made for someone else that you were like, “I wish we got that one!”? Nah, I don’t think so. They make incredible records though. I think there’s a whole other chemistry with us, they don’t have any other artists like The Clipse. We take risks, we push the envelope. Our whole thing is disrupting radio and making it hell on radio people who work at these companies because we’re always going to do something different. Something that totally goes against the direction of what’s popular. But was there any temptation to maybe get that Kanye or Scott Storch beat or call on Young Jeezy because of what’s hot right now? Never. There was never any temptation. This is a family thing. I don’t know other people’s motivation or how they feel about it, but we pride ourselves on integrity and classic material. I don’t want just a number one hit, a number one is great if it happens but you don’t make music to do that. You make music to evoke emotion and make you feel a certain way. XXL Magazine gave the album a XXL rating, its highest rating, which ought to make you feel good about your work. We love it. The critical acclaim has been amazing. I’m so glad that people are recognizing. That rating in XXL was very special, something very important and we were ecstatic about it. We just really feel we put our all and emotion into this album and we love the fact that we’re being recognized for it. You guys have been open about the situation with Jive Records, where does that relationship stand now? It doesn’t stand. It’s always an issue. But I mean, it is what it is, it’s business. Was there anything you could have done differently to make the situation better? Nah. I think everything worked out best for The Clipse. I mean, there’s nothing so incredible that I’ve got from Jive. I did a record, but I signed a record deal, so I should do a record. You don’t see us having Access Granted, MTV Diaries, and all the major perks that come along with a major label. We ain’t on the cover of no magazines. With all the magazines rating us classic, there are no extra perks that we’re getting with this. There’s still no radio play, video play is minimal, so you know. So what kind of advice do you have for cats trying to make moves in this game? Always prepare yourself to not be courted by the label. Try to do as much on your own as you can, establish your own base. Use other methods like the internet, mixtapes, anything to get your popularity up in the street and create that solid foundation. Speaking of mixtapes, you guys kept your name out there with several tapes. Who is the Re-Up Gang? The Re-Up Gang is a crew of dudes who are driven by lyric-driven hip-hop. We love this rap game, it’s amazing and we’re all motivated by each other. It’s me, Malice, Ab-Liva and Sandman but we’re looking to add a few more guys. When is the next mixtape? We Got It Cheap Pt. 3 is on its way and that’s coming in the new year. Yeah, that’s how we’re setting off the new year. [People can enter to win a spot to spit on the upcoming mixtape, for more info, click here]. Will there be a Re-Up Gang album? Yeah, there will be a Re-Up Gang album, we’re going to do a Re-Up Gang compilation and you’ll hear these guys all over the The Clipse album. It’s going to be a great time for lyric-driven hip-hop man. Of course you guys rep VA, but you’ve been embraced up north by New York cats, some even saying that you’re bringing the East Coast back with this album. What do you think about that? Whoa! That’s amazing man. I’m just glad people are recognizing that’s a good thing. With that coming from people that aren’t where you’re from, like I said it’s a great thing. What are your touring plans right now? We’re on the road now, we’re never home. We’re on the road and I’m just getting to the house right now. I’m actually picking up my car from the airport while I speak to you. I’m only here for one day, get my hair done, and once I do that we’re back on the road again. We’re doing nothing but shows and more shows and more promotion. We’re trying to do 200 shows like The Roots. We want to be like The Roots. We respect those guys’ drive and hunger and that’s what you have to do when you’re with a label. Everything, 100 percent relies on you. Like I said, there ain’t no extras over here, no perks. One of the things you guys were criticized for on Lord Willin’ was all the cocaine talk, but now it seems like the in-thing with cats like Young Jeezy and Rick Ross… Yeah, ain’t those critics losers now? All those guys who said that and now they’re giving all those other guys love years later. Some people are just stupid, real stupid man… I love it. Now they got to come back and kiss the ring, that’s what it’s about. It’s about making people come and kiss the ring, feel me? They got to kiss the ring, and if they kiss the ring, I can like you again. If you don’t kiss the ring and act like it never happened, nah I’ll never like you. During that time was there ever a thought, “Maybe I should change it up next time out”? Never. I’m going conscious on my fifth album. I’ll probably be ready to go conscious then. And when I do go conscious, I’m going to do Andre 3000, turban daishiki and everything. I’ll see if everybody love me then, you think they’ll love me? As long as you spittin’ and got the Neptunes behind you. Okay, I’m going for it, B. I’m going for it, then. Any last words? I just want to thank the fans for keeping us relevant, just everybody who supports The Clipse. The year 2007 is definitely ours, wack label or not, it’s definitely ours. We’re putting out hot music and we got a slew of hot music ready for everybody, We Got It Cheap Vol. 3, The Spirit of Competition (We Just Think We’re Better), that’s what we’re running with. That’s how we’re going to set it off and we’re going to start the war with that.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Yesterday we talked tentatively of Ms. Jackson being with child and today we are talking about her interview with recently fired model manager Tyra Banks where she ‘fessed up to being a member of the Mile High Club. Janet also gave up that it wasn’t a private plane but a commercial…lets just hope it was JD she was increasing her frequent flier miles with otherwise I am sure she had some explaining to do last night when she got home.
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