By: Hot Gossip Gal Is this what the world has come? If Miss USA acts up we let her keep her crown and put her in rehab after she binges ‘publicly‘ on coke and makes out with as many people she can while residing in NYC at one of Trumps towers? Well apparently so. Gotta shout out the little girl on the 11 pm news last night that broke it down. "Someone like that is a role model, someone I want to be like, how can I be like her when she does those things, that’s not being a role model." So the logic from a girl aged no more than 10 sure as hell passes that of The Donald for allowing Tara to keep her crown.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno You may be tired of all the “dance in the hood” type of movies that have been dropping the last few years but least the music is pretty good. That’s the case for the soundtrack for the latest “dance in the hood” flick, Stomp the Yard. The soundtrack will hits stores on January 9 and feature music from Ghostface Killa, The Roots, E-40, Public Enemy, and Ne-Yo, and Chris Brown who also star in the film. Stomp the Yard, which hits theatres on January 12, is about DJ, a college student who moves to Atlanta to attend fictional Truth University. During his time there, he discovers the Black fraternity/sorority tradition of stepping, but he must face his own issues and demons first before he can help his teammates win in the annual stepping championships. Here’s the track listing for the soundtrack: Go Hard or Go Home – E-40 feat. The Federation Vans – The Pack Poppin’ – Chris Brown Sign Me Up – Ne-Yo The Champ – Ghostface Killah Walk it Out – UNK Pop, Lock, & Drop It – Huey The Deepest Hood – Al Kapone aka Kapeezy Come On – Bonecrusher feat. Onslaught Supermixx’s Black in the Building – Public Enemy Storm – Cut Chemist feat. Edan and Mr. Lif In the Music – The Roots feat. Malik B Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That – Robert Randolph & the Family Band Bounce Wit Me – R.E.D. 44
By: William Ketchum III Respect is crucial in rap, and 8Ball has that in spades. With a career that dates back to the early 90s, Ball and his partner MJG’s storytelling skills, witty metaphors and pimpish tricks of the trade have garnered them a reputation that spreads throughout and beyond their stomping grounds of Memphis, Tenn. Adding onto the individual legacy he’s created with several solo albums, his new disc, Light Up The Bomb, is a highlight for the artists on his label 8 Wayz Entertainment. In an interview with HipHopCrack, 8Ball puts his career into perspective, gives his take on southern hip-hop, and speaks on future projects. HipHopCrack: Your album in 2001 was called Almost Famous. What do you think it’ll take to get you “famous” on a national, mainstream level? 8Ball: Well, like I’ve said over and over again, when I titled that album “Almost Famous,” I didn’t mean it like I’m scratching trying to get this certain level of fame. I meant it like I’m really where I want to be. I’m almost famous, I’m at a level…that’s how I describe what I am. I’m not the stereotypical whatevers of being famous; I’m almost famous. HipHopCrack: So where do you see yourself at now? 8Ball: I think at all levels, if you have hustle in you, you always want to try to do better and try to do more. I’m with one of the greatest hip-hop duos to come out of the south, 8Ball & MJG. We’ve been around for years, and people are still buying our albums, people still love what we do. That’s a real big accomplishment in itself. Being able to do my own label, 8 Wayz Entertainment. I’m in a good place right now. A lot of people are still scratching, trying to do the things that I’ve done. But in my mind, I feel like there’s always more to do, no matter how much you’ve got, or how much you’ve done, there’s always more you can do. HipHopCrack: Well what more can you do? 8Ball: You’ve got to think: this is entertainment, and this is life. We’ve got a couple of movies coming up, and things like that. In the entertainment world, we’ve got a couple of movies coming up and things like that. In the entertainment world, there’s always more to do. The industry is forever going; it’s 24-7/365, it don’t close, it don’t stop, and there’s always other people working to what you do better than how you do it and make more money than you and work harder than you at the same thing that you do. I’m always thinking that there’s always work to be done, no matter what. That’s how I look at it. No matter how much money you’ve got, no matter how much you’ve done, there’s just always more to do. You’re always learning stuff every day; as long as you live, you’re going to learn shit. The smartest muthafucka in the world learns something new every day. That’s all I mean by that. HipHopCrack: A common misconception about the south is that the south is less lyrical, and more for just driving and clubbing. Does that make you upset, being a southern artist who takes pride in what he spits? 8Ball: Every form of hip-hop comes from their world. How can you tell the next nigga, “You don’t be doin that, you don’t be clubbin’ all day, poppin ecs all day, or smokin’ all day, or fuckin’ all them bitches and drivin’ all them cars, you don’t be doin’ that shit.” How can you tell a muthafucka that shit, if you don’t be with them all the time to see if they’re doing the shit? The music is going to go where life goes, because hip-hop is reflective of life. This isn’t what the world say, this is my opinion. There’s a lot of partying that goes on around the world, and that’s what the music reflects. Not everybody can rap about the same shit or make the same kind of songs, because then we’ll take the diversity away from hip-hop if it was all the same. HipHopCrack: With that being said, what do you think of the whole “snap” movement? 8Ball: It’s party music, man. That’s undeground, Atlanta party music that went mainstream. Just another form of music. People love it. It’s just another chapter in the book. I’m not ‘finsta be one of them mad niggas. Let’s celebrate what’s going on. If the snap music is lasting longer than people anticipated, that means…it’s hip-hop music, man. I was looking at Ludacris’ shirt at the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. I love his shirt. Everybody’s talking about hip-hop’s dead, and all that bullshit. Hip-hop’s not dead; it lives in the south, like Ludacris’ shirt set. It lives all over the world, but it’s alive in the south, man, because people are doing different shit. The world is getting the same kind of music, because that’s what’s popular now, but there’s a lot of different kinds of music going on out here other than just that, but it’s getting the most attention because that’s what’s popular now. I ain’t gon be the nigga that’s gon be mad at everything because I’m not doing it, or it’s not just me. HipHopCrack: Do you think that viewpoint is a product of you being in the game as long as you have? 8Ball: I think my view comes from me being on this earth as long as I have, not just in the game. That’s just my opinion, that’ s just how I look at it. HipHopCrack: What’s it like being on Bad Boy and working under Diddy, compared to your other label situations? 8Ball: To me, it’s just another major label experience. It ain’t groundbreaking, or we ain’t changing the world. Same shit going on over here that’s going on at other major record labels; you’ve got to get in where you fit in. HipHopCrack: Well what would you say is one thing that people don’t know about him that you know after working with him? 8Ball: I think the world knows all the same shit I know about him [laughs]. We don’t work in the studio every day together hand-in-hand, with him standing over us watching everything we do. We don’t work like that. We talk when we talk, we see each other when we see each other, and it’s business. That’s my relationship with Diddy and Bad Boy; we work to gether, and that’s it. We don’t really have a big personal relatoinship; when we see each other, it’s work. It’s about some business. HipHopCrack: What’s the word with the second Bad Boy album? 8Ball: It’ll be out in February. It was lined up to come out earlier, but that’s another example of the major label bullshit. They felt like it wasn’t ready for the October release, so they released Diddy, and our album will be next in February. HipHopCrack: With the extra time, have you added a lot on or taken a last off? 8Ball: That’s just like…I don’t know, you’ve got to really wait and see on that one. I don’t want to say; I want to shock the fans. HipHopCrack: Has the Memphis rap scene been any different since Three 6 Mafia won the Oscar for Hustle & Flow, with more labels coming there to find the “Next big thing?” 8Ball: Yeah, but that’s what major labels are doing right now. They’re shaking trees everywhere. We’ve had our share of people coming through here looking for stuff, but that’s what they’re doing in every small town. HipHopCrack: One of the primary things that people note about the south is that you guys stick together and support each other’s music more than any other area. Where do you think that unity comes from? 8Ball: It’s just the pride of the music, the pride of the art form. People stick with what they love and what they know. It goes the same for West Coast music, East Coast music…cats just stick with what they know and what they feel. We were all we had at a certain time period in this hip-hop thing, so we relate to our music form. We can relate to it all, because it’s all music, and it’s all hip-hop. It makes your head bob, and you like what they’re saying, then you’re relating to it. You can just relate to your backyard a little better when it’s someone from your backyard. HipHopCrack: You also have a film coming out. 8Ball: We just really started on it, we’re literally right now in the writing process of the movie. The casting starts in January, the filming starts in early spring, and hopefully it’ll be out to the public by fall or something like that. We always wanted to do something like this, but it really just came about. I’m not really no actor, I’m not no in front of the camera type of dude, but we’ve been wanting to do this, so we’re just going to explore that side of it and see what it do. We’re going to be starring in the movie, it’s going to be on some Cheech and Chong or Half-Baked type shit. We’ve also got the history of Memphis DVD coming out, hosted by 8Ball & MJG, that should be out in January or February. That’s an 8 Wayz Entertainment thing, it’s just the history of Memphis rap from the beginning till now. All of the pieces of the puzzle are there, from the old school cats to Three 6 Mafia and Yo Gotti. HipHopCrack: The last few years have shown backlash toward rappers who go into acting. Did you have that in mind when thinking about this movie? 8Ball: No, because I’m not going into acting. I’m not doing this trying to be an actor, I’m just making a movie [laughs]. Me and MJG have been wanting to do this, and now we’ve got a chance to do it, so I’m just making a movie. I’m not trying to seek out a Hollywood career. This is 8Ball & MJG’s movie right here. HipHopCrack: With this new album, you give your label a lot of shine. How have you liked having your own label? 8Ball: It’s cool, man. I love music, music is my favorite love, man. This is what I want to do. It’s been a beautiful process to me, and it can only get better. It’s really about just having the chance to have someone who’s been in the game as long as I have, and been through what I have, to be your CEO. I think it’s better for them than I had it, because you have someone there who has been through what we’re going through. At the time, when I first got into the game, me and my CEO were learning shit together.
By: Hot Gossip Gal The Staples Center showed our fave pop tart Britney no love on Monday night as she dropped by with her younger sister to watch the Lakers/Wizards game. Every time the jumbotron swept the crowd and landed on Brit Brit, the crowd booed emphatically encouraging Brit to leave at half time. I wonder what would have happened had she been with Paris.
By: Rizoh The Ludacris Foundation, Disturbing Tha Peace, and Harley-Davidson teamed up to bless approximately 100 children, ranging from 6 to 14 years old with a visit from Santa, games, entertainment, and food. Children were selected from communities throughout the metro Atlanta area. The event, dubbed the Merry Luda-Crismas party, was part of Luda‘s plan to give back to his community. "Helping kids help themselves. We got a lot of different sponsors, we’re giving out toys, we got toys for over 100 kids today and we’re here at the Adamsville Recreational Center just helping kids help themselves. This is what I do," said Ludacris. The recreation center presented Ludacris with a plaque to show their appreciation for his involvement with the community.
By: Rizoh Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers) and Kim Mathers finalized their divorce proceedings. Mathers and his high school sweetheart agreed to split custody of their daughter, Hailie Jade. They also agreed to share their property under terms of a private settlement. Judge Antonio P. Viviano described them as "a very fine couple to deal with," adding that "the couple conducted themselves with digity and respect." Eminem filed for divorce less than three months after the couple’s re-marriage earlier this year. The high school sweethearts first divorced in October 2001 after a two-year marriage. They engaged in a bitter custody fight over daughter Hailie, now 10. In January, Eminem, 33, announced on a Detroit radio station that he and Kim, 31, had reconciled. They remarried in a January 14 ceremony attended by fellow hip-hop artists, including 50 Cent and members of D-12.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Do I need to say anything here? Gotta love me a man with a sense of humor though. But on Game related stuff, Nas actually declared Game as his fave rapper. WOWWW
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though Fergie Ferg is doing her thing across her ‘London Bridge’ and will.i.am is earning his street cred by producing tracks for Busta Rhymes, The Game and Common, the Black Eyed Peas are close to finishing up their follow-up to their four times platinum album, Monkey Business. In an interview with Billboard Magazine, will.i.am said they have 12 songs finished, but since the group won’t be touring for the first half of 2007 they’ll be recording more songs for a holiday release date. And don’t expect the whole album to be party-focused either; expect some politically charged tunes as well. "We are not complaining," will told Billboard. "It’s not, ‘Oh, everything messed up! Oh my gosh, we’re doomed!’ It’s a thinking record. It brings up what’s happening in the world. Monkey Business didn’t do that." The album has yet to be named and collaborations haven’t been ironed out yet. In the meantime you can check out their DVD "Live From Sydney to Vegas," featuring footage from shows in Australia and the U.S. You can also check them out at the Grammys where Black Eyed Peas is nominated for Best Pop Performance by duo or group with vocal for “My Humps” and will is nominated for five Grammys including producer of the year.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Queensbridge’s prodigal son Nas held an all exclusive black and white event last night in NYC to celebrate the release of his new album Hip-Hop is Dead. The celebs were out in full force to represent Nasir, wifey Kelis, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Usher, Busta and Papoose were all in the house to help the rapper celebrate his ninth album.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Atlantic Records announced that they’ll be releasing the soundtrack to Tyler Perry’s anticipated film, Daddy’s Little Girls, on January 16. The soundtrack features news songs from Beyonce, R. Kelly, Brian McKnight and Anthony Hamilton. Also featured on the soundtrack is one of Whitney’s first songs since her split with Bobby Brown that features her mother Cissy Houston and her cousin Dionne Warwick. The film, which opens on February 14, stars Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Louis Gossett Jr., Tracee Ellis Ross and Malinda Williams. Elba plays a single father named Monty who lives in a poor neighborhood and struggles to make ends meet as he raises his three young daughters on his own. When the courts award custody of his daughters to his corrupt, drug-dealing ex-wife, Monty desperately tries to win them back, enlisting the help of Julia (Union), an attorney he meets during his short stint as a chauffeur. Of course they fall in love, while trying to battle the trials and tribulations in keeping Monty’s family together. Here’s the tracklisting for the soundtrack: 1. STRUGGLE NO MORE (THE MAIN EVENT) – Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim & Musiq Soulchild 2. DON’T LET GO – R. Kelly 3. GREATEST GIFT – Tamika Scott of X-Scape 4. BROWN EYED BLUES – Adrian Hood 5. FAMILY FIRST – Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston, Dionne Warwick and Family 6. STEP ASIDE – Yolanda Adams 7. I BELIEVE – Brian McKnight 8. DADDY – Beyoncé 9. STRUGGLE NO MORE – Anthony Hamilton 10. BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS – Governor 11. A CHANGE IS GONNA COME – Charles Moore
By: Hot Gossip Gal Jeezy and Keisha? Game and Samantha Mumba? Awwww looks like Hip-Hops bad boys have someone to kiss under the mistletoe after all. Jeezy denied rumors of he and KC being an item recently on Angie Martinez’s afternoon show here in NYC but from what I hear, if Keisha is driving around in a ferarri after Christmas that is a gift from the Snowman and not Santa. Its the time of year for loving and giving and Jeezy is doing both. Then we have the make up of B.G and Baby. Christmas spirit man, gets us every time. Wonder if they will be kissing under the mistletoe too??
Members of the local hip-hop community Outerspace, Q-Demented & 215hiphop.com want to show they care about Philadelphia’s youth. That is why they have organized a toy drive for needy children in North Philadelphia. “With the crime rate reaching an all time high in Philly, and little kids getting killed by stray bullets, Outerspace and 215hiphop.com wanted to show the local youth that we do care about them,” said rapper Planetary of hip-hop group Outerspace. Toys will be distributed on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2006 at 2661 North 2nd Street (Democracia USA’s office off the corner of 2nd Street & Lehigh Avenue) from 12Noon-2PM. Toys and donations will be raised at an all-star hip-hop concert featuring OuterSpace, Last Emperor, Jedi Mind Tricks, King Syze and DJ Cru-Cut at The Khyper on Saturday night, December 23rd. Families in need will be identified and invited ahead of time. Please no walk-ups. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a scheduled toy pick-up. Click Here to buy tickets Sunday, December 24, 2006 Event: “For The Kids” Toy DriveTime: Toy distribution from 12Noon-2PM Location: 2661 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133 Democracia USA Office Saturday, December 23rd Event Info: OuterSpace & 215hiphop.com Present: For The Kids A Toy & Cash Fund Raiser for Christmas Saturday, December 23rd @ The Khyber (2nd & Chestnut, Old>>Philly) City 215.238.5888 Live Performance’s by: OuterSpace Last Emperor Maylay Sparks Doap Nixon AND Special Guests: Block McCloud Jedi Mind Tricks Pumpkinhead King Syze & More DJ Cru-Cut on 4 Turntables w/Special Guest DJ’s: Tactics, Panek, ‘lil Dave, Skipmode, & Kinetic 10pm-2am 21+ $2 Miller Lite’s till 12am Cover: $5 w/an un-wrapped toy – $10 without (100% of door proceeds go towards buying more toys & food) For information to volunteer on the Christmas Eve Toy & Food give-a-way email: email@example.com or visit forum. Click Here to buy tickets Sponsors: 215hiphop.com m3Printing.com Miller Lite Freshoutmedia.com
By: Rizoh Cash Money Records founder Bryan "Baby" Williams and erstwhile Cash Money rapper B.G. publicly put an end to their long-running ‘beef’ on New Orleans radio Q-93 FM. Baby had called into Q-93 to express his gratitude to fans as he mourns his sister Tamara Williams. B.G. also called into the station to express condolences to his former CEO. The two were then connected live via phone. "I just wanted to say I’m sorry despite what you and me been through," said B.G. "I knew Tamara personally, we grew up together, we go back. I just wanted you to know that my heart go out to you and the whole Williams family." "I can respect that," Baby replied to B.G.’s words. "I’ll put everything on the side for that." As we reported earlier, Tamara Williams was struck by a motorist who was moving in the wrong direction on Causeway Boulevard.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Oh I love a good cat fight and it looks like we have a serious one brewing between last seasons winner of Flavor Flav’s love, well they loved just for a short while anyway and the Queen of all Queens when it comes to gossip, Wendy Williams. Claws are being sharpened people. Hoopz is a lil mad at Wends for spreading gossip about her which isn’t true.But Wendy wasn’t the only one feeling the wrath of Hoopz. T.I’s Baby Momma Tiny (from Xscape) got it for trash talking behind Hoopz back yet not saying boo to her face and Tony Yayo got it for saying how she dissed his boy Flav, when the whole world knew the show was a lil on the fake side. But I gotta say this, I do think Hoopz was more content with beating New York than winning her so called man.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Ever since MC Hammer started dancing for Kentucky Fried Chicken, hip-hop and R&B stars have been going the endorsement route to earn that extra cash. Now Kelis is getting down with Ford in their new marketing campaign for the 2007 Ford Edge. Kelis wrote an original song for the campaign called “Push it to the Edge” and will be appearing in commercials – both TV and radio – starting on December 20. "I am an informed buyer who likes to shop around for what I like," said Kelis. "I prefer bold designs and that’s what I see when I look at the Edge. I believe it was built to defy expectations and change people’s perceptions, two concepts that have helped me define who I am." To see the commercials and hear the new song for yourself, visit FORDURBANat the end of the week.
iHipHop Blog Team