By: Rizoh Multi-platinum selling rapper and Grand Hustle CEO T.I. is set to collaborate with G-Unit on stage, come November 25. T.I., a multiple winner at the first annual B.E.T. Hip-Hop Awards, will perform with G-Unit All Stars at the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN. (Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.com.) "You can’t hate on hard work and talent," said T.I., who won the "Best CD," "Best Video" and "MVP of the Year" categories. The BET Hip-Hop Awards airs on Wednesday, November 15, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been two years since Fantasia released her debut album, Free Yourself, and now she’s returning hoping to have the same success. Scheduled to hit stores on December 12, Fantasia features contributions from Big Boi (of Outkast), Missy Elliott, Babyface, Swizz Beats, Dre & Vidal, Kwame, Midi Mafia and others. "I’ve let go of things from the past and I’m having a good time," Fantasia said. "I was able to let go of the past with the Lifetime movie and now I’m on a whole different level. I worked with some really great people on this album like Missy Elliott, Dre & Vidal, Midi Mafia, and Swizz Beatz, and I let everyone know that I’ve moved on from where I was." In celebration of the release of the album, Lifetime will re-air The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale on Thanksgiving night November 23, from 9pm to 11pm EST.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Man, if there is one man who I hate to talk about, because I just don’t like to speculate on the greats it has to be the MJ of the musical world. But our Mike is getting a serious beat down from the media in the UK, who are as infamous for their over exaggerated stories as Mike is for wearing pyjamas to court . The Man in the Mirror hasn’t performed in quite a while and it looks like his expected performance at the World Music Awards in London next week is being anticipated for the wrong reasons. "He looks dreadful and hasn’t performed for years — I fear it’s going to be a humiliating freak show which he will regret," said a reporter from London tabloid The Sun. Hoping to close out the show with the graveyard scene from his legendary 80′s chart topper single, Thriller, lets hope if the performance does end up as the so called ‘freak show’ the Brits are expecting, Mike blends right on in on the set with the other ghosts and ghouls to save face. On a lighter note though for Mike fans out there, did any of y’all get to hear the album, The Mike we Like..put together by Square It is a remix album that you have to hear if you are a Mike fan..shout outs to my public wizard in Miami for hooking me up on that.
By: The Hip HopJournalist Interscope has to be the most strategically organized label in Hip-Hop, period. They encourage consumers to literally become crack fiends for their artist’s albums. Pushing projects back and back again, never reduces attention, it just heightens anticipation. But for one artist his album has been put back so many times that even he himself admits to a feeling of being ‘blackballed.’ Regardless of how he feels and how damaging this prolonged agony of sitting idle with a completed project ready to go for over a year has been, Styles P’s Time is Money has Hip-Hop fans ravenous. With a top notch team of producers including, Hi-Tek, Scott Storch, Akon and the timeless presence of Dame Grease all hopping on board to reiterate why Styles P is still that dude, it is guaranteed this album will fly off the shelves when it finally hits them. Holding Styles P back isn’t going to stop him; it may have played with his mind for a minute and had him doubting the business ethics of his secondary home, but this of course isn’t the first time someone else has had control over this Yonkers hard knock. But after the ‘long time coming’ resolution with P Diddy came into effect late last year and a scheduled drop for Time is Money in December,it looks like his patience and perseverance will be the victors. Here he talks about what has kept him up, what brought him up and just what he has been up to whilst time has inevitably marched on. Hip-HopCrack.com: So what excuses have they given you for putting the album back so many times? Styles P: I don’t even know the reasons, it is just industry politics. I think I was black-balled if you ask me. Hip-HopCrack.com: What sort of damage does this treatment have on your character? Styles P: It’s either going to make you or break you and it can be very frustrating, but you just have to have patience and perseverance. Hip-HopCrack.com: Has the track listing changed or has it stayed the same as I know when we spoke last year you were really happy with what you had? Styles P: Not, not really, not too much. I mean I love what I have. Hip-HopCrack.com: So while you have been waiting for this album to see the shelves what have you been up to? Preparing your next five albums right? Styles P: Yeah (laughs). I mean I just keep working; you can’t let it make you not work. You know if I didn’t work, it would make my situation worse; so I just keep doing the mixtapes. I stay in the studio; that’s basically all I can do. Hip-HopCrack.com: I know you had a listening session recently for it, how was it finally seeing other people’s reactions to it? Styles P: It was good; I mean I am just really thirsty to see how people are going to respond to it. It’s going to take you on a real ride, it’s 13 tracks and has Sheek, Kiss, Talib Kweli, Gerald Levert, Jagged Edge, Marsha from Floetry and a group called Flypside on there. Hip-HopCrack.com: You get so much love from the streets and from Hip-Hop fans, I watched you rock a crowd at S.O.Bs last month. How hard has it been to keep your fans onboard throughout all this bullshit? Styles P: I really say they have been what has kept me on board instead of me keeping them onboard. They have been waiting for it and waiting for it and they know it is coming. So there has been a lot of support from them and that was also what kept me going as they could understand. Of course I am always putting out the mixtapes, I am always about. You know if I ain’t frying up the airwaves I am still being heard on the bottom, you know the underground. Hip-HopCrack.com: When you look at what other projects that are dropping around the same time yours is scheduled to drop, are you pleased with the timing? Styles P: I mean I won’t say that I am ecstatic; you know I won’t lie to you and say I feel great about it. I do however feel great about getting my music out and you know my fans being able to get it, but I definitely could have had a better set up and a better impact. Hip-HopCrack.com: What is your situation with Interscope now? Styles P: I am just working on the Lox things and fixing up some paperwork for that, figuring what to do with the Lox. Then when that drops, D Block of course and J Hood, the D Block Compilation; just want to get all the paperwork for that right and get everything situated. Hip-HopCrack.com: Last time we spoke, we talked about a book you were working on, how is that coming? Styles P: Somewhat, I mean I get thrown off sometime but I am still working on it. Hip-HopCrack.com: You see recently a lot of rappers getting involved in television. Is that something you envision for you? Styles P: Yeah definitely so, I think I would be more involved in production and direction, I would like to direct. I would take the long way out, I mean I would like to do some acting, but definitely would want to be a ‘behind the scenes’ man. Hip-HopCrack.com: Why is that? Styles P: It is just my character. Hip-HopCrack.com: You are good at keeping low key, when you see this situation you are in. Styles P: I try to keep it cool. I have been through a lot in my life and no matter what I don’t want to be in a situation like my last album, you know as far as being incarcerated and being taken away from my family, my wife and my kids, not be at home and just be able to breathe fresh air. Hip-HopCrack.com: How do you think Styles P would have reacted to this had it happened ten years ago? Styles P: I would have spazzed (laughing). Even four years ago, even right before I came out of jail I would have spazzed. Hip-HopCrack.com: So what has calmed you down? Styles P: Jail and life in general. Suffering, you know it means a lot man. This sucks going through this, it really sucks, but jail, man that is being taken away from your family. Hip-HopCrack.com: Obviously your family has been a big encouragement. Styles P: Yeah I mean that is the most important thing to me. Everything else falls after that. You know I try to do things to see us alright. But see that’s the part that really frustrates you, as going through this you have to watch your family suffer, but my wife keeps me humble. There are a lot of people in a worse situation. You know we have a place to live, three beautiful children; we can travel and have nice things. My family definitely keeps me strong. Hip-HopCrack.com: What lessons have you learned? Styles P: Patience, perseverance and sacrifice. Hip-HopCrack.com: What do you feel you sacrificed? Styles P: A lot, everything, I have almost thrown my career out of the window somewhat; that’s how I feel on some days when I can’t do something. But I guess being here is more important than that, that’s just how I feel. Hip-HopCrack.com: Almost every legendary name in New York Hip-Hop has dropped an album or is going to drop an album this year. When do you think we are going to see some new blood step up in NYC? Styles P: They are here. Hip-HopCrack.com: So why aren’t they the ones putting out albums? Styles P: I don’t know what to say no more as the industry has changed so much; what I figure isn’t what they think they need. As they think that all they need is a catchy hook and a nice beat (laughing,) you know what I am saying? They think with just that, they are in; they can just say ABC on a track and get away with it. Hip-HopCrack.com: Does it bother you, this so called decline in Hip-Hop? Styles P: Yeah definitely so. As a fan and music wise definitely so, but to take something good out of it you do see a lot of dudes making money. Money should encourage the game to step up, but there are a lot of things that play a part in this. It’s not just the rappers; it’s the rappers, the record labels, the radio, it’s the parents in the way they educate their kids. It’s a lot of shit. a lot of new rappers probably never read, or read when they was coming up. But everything is a cycle though. Hip-HopCrack.com: Are you going out on the road promoting the album? Styles P: I’m actually about to start tomorrow and I am going to damn near every state. I am going to be out on the road a while. It’s not really something I enjoy anymore to tell you the truth. Hip-HopCrack.com: Miss the family? Styles P: Yeah it screws with my wife’s schedule, it screws my schedule up, but then I do enjoy performing, I love the performance part, but the traveling shit is irritating. Hip-HopCrack.com: Do you feel that you have to do an extensive tour right now? Styles P: Yeah I feel that I have to go for myself because the music is coming out. You know I gotta do what I gotta do and do what is in my fullest capabilities and in my power so I know I gave 110% as that’s all you can do. Because at least then I can say I did give 110% and did everything I could. Hip-HopCrack.com: So when can we expect to hear anything from The Lox, I mean that’s long over due too? Styles P: I would say first or second quarter. Everybody is working you know, J Hood is coming out with Tales from the Hood; we got the D Block compilation coming out. Then we are working with our other artists too. Hip-HopCrack.com: How do you find your artists? Styles P: I know most of them, you know I met them through someone or I heard something from them. I guess you could say through life’s natural circle.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well apparently two of the most talked about gals in the media are going to be getting it on, literally, on the silver screen in an adaptation of Sarah Walters romance Tipping the Velvet. Beyonce Knowles and Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria are going to be playing the leading ladies in the movie, who just happen to be lesbians. A source says, "They weren’t at all coy about the sex scenes. In fact they both seemed to think it would be more fun than doing the same work with a man. It’s going to be very hot." I am sure the thought of this collaboration will titillate the minds of many out there including their high profile beaus, Jay Z and San Antonio Point GuardTony Parker. The movie will be directed by Sofia Coppola who has Marie Antoinette playing in theatres right now
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Fresh off of dumping mooch master Kevin Federline, Britney Spears is hard at work on her new album. According to People Magazine Spear and Williams were in New York last week at the Sony Music recording studio. In between sessions, the magazine caught up with Williams at a Louis Vuitton party in New York and asked what latest projects he’s working on. "The stuff I’m about to do is amazing, but I don’t like talking about what I’m about to do." He paused, then said, "Okay, I’m going in with Britney." There’s no word on when the album will drop, but to hear the latest from Pharrell, check out the upcoming albums from The Clipse, Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z.
By: Hot Gossip Gal A Town was the place to be last night it appears as the first BET Hip-Hop Honors Awards took place. Everyone who was anyone was there in full effect last night, and of course the home city was well represented, TI, Jeezy, Ludacris, JD, D4L and The Ying Yang Twins were all repping the A hard, with Jeezy and Luda hitting the stage together to put an end to their so called beef. Also there were Game, Snoop, Diddy and of course Harlem’s own Jim Jones was there ballin’. Word has it that Jimmy is launching his own belt buckle line, we will be keeping you posted on that. But my night was made when I saw Flavor Flav walking with his ‘flavor of love’ Ms. Delishis. down the red carpet looking quite the couple. There have been rumors circulating that winner of season two’s Flavor of Love is not the only female in Public Enemy’s Flavor Flavs life, but last night Flav with his hand firmly placed of Delishis’s butt had eyes for nobody else.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Hip-Hop’s Comedian of the moment Katt Williams was finally released from jail on Friday, after sitting in a cell for three days after being busted at LAX for concealing not just one weapon, but three. Wow..makes you wonder who is after him doesn’t it? His release however was undoubtedly music to the ears of those organizing the First BET Hip-Hop Awards down in Atlanta where Katt is hosting the event. Check back later for all news and gossip on the Award Show.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno With the anticipation of the upcoming release of 2pac’s new album, Pac’s Life, Atlanta’s Tupac Amaru Foundation will host a week of events honoring Pac as well as helping the community. The celebration began on Saturday with a gallery showing called All Eyez on Me: Hip-Hop’s Legendary Performers and Photographers at the Vaknin Gallery in Atlanta. Here’s a list of the rest of the events: Tuesday, November 14 – VIP "PAC’s Life" CD Preview Party Vaknin Gallery, 905Juniper St., Suite 109 Atlanta, GA 30309. 7:00PM-10:00PM Wednesday, November 15 – Bring A Coat Drive Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, 5616 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA. Everyone who brings a warm winter coat will receive 2 admission tickets to "PAC’s Life" Album Release Party 6:00PM to 8:00PM Friday November 17 – Bring A Coat Drive continues at TASCA 6:00PM to 8:00PM Monday, November 20 – "PAC’S Life" Teen Art competition at TASCA Children ages 13-17 will compete in an art exhibit contest and all art will be posted in the Center for the month of December. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. 6:00PM to 8:30PM Tuesday, November 21 – "PAC’S Life" Album Release Party: Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts 5616 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083. 9:00PM to 1:00AM Pac’s Life drops on November 21 and features contributions from Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Keyshia Cole, T.I., Ashanti, Young Buck, Lil Scrappy, Carl Thomas, Outlawz, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Big Syke, Papoose, LT Hutton, Sha Money XL, Swizz Beatz and more.
Lots of rumors about Mary J Blige heading to divorce court with the quickness. We hope not. That would be sad. But divorce seems to be in the air these days…
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Juvenile was cleared in a lawsuit that claimed he was responsible for an off-duty officer injuring her knee. On July 23, 1999, Juvenile and members of his entourage were at Regency Square Mall in Jacksonville, Florida when they were asked to leave because their dress and language violated the mall policies. When Juve and his crew refused, Melissa Huxley-Bujeda, an off-duty officer working security at the mall was sent to give the group trespassing citations. According to the lawsuit, a scuffle broke out and Huxley-Bujeda said she injured her knee. Juvenile was arrested and charged with breach of peace and resisiting arrest but was later dropped. Huxley-Bujeda claims that she’s had four surgeries and racked up $68, 635 in medicals bills. After a six day trial, the jury found in favor of Juvenile. His attorneys said that Huxley-Bujeda suffered from degenerative arthritis and had hurt her knees about 35 times as a child from sports. "We got them, we got them, we got them," Juvenile told the Associated Press after the decision. "Just the fact that it’s a rap artist against the police, that never happens. Rappers never win. We never win against the police or the government." Huxley-Bujeda’s attorneys plan to file a motion for a new trial or an appeal.
By:Hot Gossip Gal Well what a close out to the year one of my fave bad boys is having. His album really is moving units, his lil girl group surpassed the expectations of many and even with all the diva like behavior Sean Combs is still the man in my city. Having recently stated that he doesn’t need to bling like he once did, Diddy was the talk of the town again yesterday when word got out that he was joing forces with one of the most impressive management companies known to Hip-Hop, Violator. Chris Lighty and Mona Scott have masterminded the careers of some of the most influential Hip-Hop icons, Busta, Missy and LL Cool J. It is just funny how when it comes to bizz Mr. Combs never falters in his unions but as far as I am aware there still is no ring on Kim Porters finger. Maybe her time will eventually come.
By: Hot Gossip Gal After sales for Mobb Deep and Lloyd Banks failed to restore many peoples faith in the G-Unit faculty, internal moves are being made to restore credibility to the 50 Cent empire. And rumor has it that Director of Marketing/Office Manager Sheena Curry was fired last week from her role at the unit. No real reasons were given but apparantly bottles were being popped as she left the building. Hopefully G-Unit will be handling bizz accordingly once again and the blue cup cakes at album release parties will be a thing of the past.
By William E. Ketchum III At the end of his Separate But Equal mixtape with Little Brother, DJ Drama screams, “My swagger is at an all-time high! Nothing can take me out my zone!” But if you look at what Drama’s been doing for the past few years, it’s not hard to take him seriously. Along with being T.I.’s official DJ, the bearded board handler’s Gangsta Grillz mixtape series has taken the streets over in such a manner that everyone from southern slingers Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne to bi-coastal mainstays Jim Jones and Snoop Dogg is enlisting his services. Atlantic Records also recognized game, and has brought Drama aboard for an official Gangsta Grillz album, whose guest list would frankly take up too much space for this article. In an interview with HipHopCrack, DJ Drama reminisces on his come-up and gives his take on today’s mixtape scene. HipHopCrack: How did you get your start on the mixtape scene? DJ Drama: Basically, I just started by trials and tribulations. I was in high school, I was just putting together tapes, selling them out my locker for five dollars. I did my first tape with a cover in like ’95, and this was around the time when S&S, Doo Wop, and others pretty much reigned surpreme. I was trying to follow in the format that was already laid. I remember Doo Wop put out “95 Live,” and I kind of followed his formula. I put out a tape called “Illadelph” that had a couple of local at the time, but also became national artists out of Philly, giving me exclusive freestyles for my mixtapes and everything. That was my beginnings. HipHopCrack: What made you decide to take your mixtapes seriously? DJ Drama: I always took it seriously from day one, but I think that years later, being a DJ. … I started doing mixtapes when I was about 16 or 17, and when I got about 19 or 20, after moving to Atlanta and being a DJ for a few years, you realize that with the clubs, you have to rely on promoters to pay you or book you. I wasn’t on radio, I was (only) on college radio at the time. I was trying to get on mainstream radio, but I felt like the radio stations weren’t paying attention. So for me, it was just that the mixtape route was my own route, because I was my own boss on that. That was the best way for me to get my name out there; I was like “f” a promoter, and “f” a radio station. If they don’t see my talent, I know what I’ve got, so I’ma just do it myself and put it out to the streets. HipHopCrack: Gangsta Grillz is what a lot of people know you for. DJ Drama: It just came about from being creative, really. I never planned on that being my claim to fame; it was just a mixtape series along with many that I did. But I was onto something; I created a brand, I rocked with it, I fed it, I let it grow, and it became the phenomenon that it is today. So it just came about from me doing what I do, basically. I can’t front—it wasn’t anything that was planned, but once I started it and realized I was onto something, I ran with it. HipHopCrack: How did you establish that brand from scratch? DJ Drama: I always had visions and goals and directions that I wanted to go in. As a DJ, my main objective on the mixtape level was (to establish a reptuation, so that) when people go to the store to get my mixtapes, you didn’t necessarily have to go look at the playlist and read what was on the tape. I wanted them to be like, “Oh, that’s that new DJ Drama? Get me that.” That was my goal from early on, and by doing that, that’s just what I struck out to do. I wanted to differentiate my tapes from everything else on the market, and that was by making sure that I had exclusives, or just making my product different from everybody else. I was out to make mini-albums; that’s what I was trying to do, that was my early goal as far as creating a brand. HipHopCrack: How do you form relationships with so many big name artists from jump? DJ Drama: I’ve been in the game a long time, so thosre relationships come from years of just being around. It’s like the NBA. You come in the game as a rookie, and you might sit on the bench for a couple years and everything. You might see people like Jordan, Kobe and AI, and they’re in the league with you, but you’re not on their level; but you still meet them and play them in the game and everything. Even if you’re on the bench, you still need to shake their hand before the game. And on the same level, other artists like TI, Jeezy, even The Roots and Kweli, I came up with all those guys. I’ve seen their careers from very early on, and people see the same thing with my career. But along the road, I’ve also been able to meet people like Puff, Russell Simmons or Jay-Z that I grew up on. But now, those are my peers; I’ve scored my 30-plus, and I go to the all-star game now, so you play with the same all-stars you grew up on. Everything’s about in relationships. It comes in time, nothing is built overnight. HipHopCrack: As much as you work with bigger artists, how important is it for you to work with newer artists? DJ Drama: To me, just as important to working with artists that are superstars. As a DJ, that’s part of what I do—break artists. That’s one of the reasons I’m so well-respected in the game and in the streets. It’s not just that I have superstars hosting my mixtapes, but I’ve also been in a position to break new artists. Hip-hop is a very fresh culture, and people are always looking for something new, so it’s about having your finger on the pulse. I take pride in being able to spot what’s coming out, what’s about to be hot, what’s fresh, and what I can bring to the table, so people can be like, “Yeah, I remember hearing that on Drama’s tape.” HipHopCrack: Primarily, you work with southern artists. Is it a challenge for you to work with a Saigon or Jim Jones? DJ Drama: It’s not a challenge for me to work with anybody; if it’s hot, it’s hot. I grew up in Philly, and I spent the last 10 years of my life in Atlanta. So that tells about the type of individual I am: I grew up on East Coast hip-hop, but now I’m a mainstay in southern rap culture. So if a Saigon has hot music and a Jim Jones has hot music, it’s nothing for me to bang out. I represent hip-hop as a culture. I take pride on holding the South down, and I take pride in being part of the southern explosion. But at the same time…it’s like when people say that you’re an actor, but then you’re a black actor. Black actors are actors at the end of the day, whether they’re black or not. The music is hip-hop, so I don’t care where it comes from. HipHopCrack: How do you think that the southern mixtape scene and east coast mixtape scene are different? DJ Drama: I don’t think they’re different anymore. I think at a time, they were different, but I think the south is pretty much caught up. I don’t think that the south was on the same level as the north when it came to mixtapes, because it was primarily an east coat and up north culture for years. With the exception of people like Jelly and Screw, and it wasn’t wasn’t even a big mixtape scene with those guys, it was a different direction. Now, I don’t really tihnk there’s a difference. Hip-hop is so expanded, and after what 50 Cent did to the mixtape game and revolutionized it, I think that regardless of where it is, it’s so big, so it’s all the same. But one thing I think the South has had an advantage of for a number of years is the money aspect of mixtapes. Up north, it was like the crack game when it comes to the wholesale prices. It wasn’t making that money like the south was making, but times have changed. HipHopCrack: You’re signed to Atlantic Records. Do you find yourself having to switch hats, working with Atlantic execs one day and with street artists another? DJ Drama: Not really. I’m a very well-roudned individual, and I just do me. They signed me because they respect my grind as DJ Drama, so I don’t try to be anything that I’m not. DJ Drama’s a hustler, he’s a DJ, a businessman. I wear all those hats gracefully. HipHopCrack: Over the past few years, major labels have really utilized mixtapes a lot. These days, you can find a mixtape in Best Buy; that’s not something you’d always see. What do you think of that, and what affect do you think that’s having on the mixtape scene? DJ Drama: It’s grand! It was only right that the mixtape DJs get their due and major labels start realizing the power. It’s not surprising to me, it’s just like everything with hip-hop in the last 25 years. It just keeps growing and growing, so nothing really surprises me. HipHopCrack: Well as far as the growing goes, people say that hip-hop has been wattered down with all of its growth. Do you think that the mixtape scene has suffered the same fate due to its exposure? DJ Drama: Mixtapes are already watered down. Mixtapes are a dime a dozen, everyone thinks they can do it. I’m just always one to discard what I don’t like, and I applaud what I do like. I don’t think that there’s that much of an extreme of major labels and mixtapes that it’s come to a watered down point. I think the mixtape game in itself, and people not being authentic DJs making mixtapes waters that down more than anything. HipHopCrack: Elaborate on that a little bit. DJ Drama: People think just because you can get on the Internet and get some songs and get a cover made and put it together, that it’s a mixtape and you’re a DJ, and that’s not the case. I thank God that I was raised on the mixtapes and DJs that I was raised on. I come from the era of S&S, Ron G, Doo Wop, Clue…people have said that Clue changed the game for the worst, but he had his own lane, and that’s why he is who he is today—he rode his lane and he followed his niche. I don’t think there’s enough DJs that respect the culture or take a pride and passion in the art of the mixtape. That goes in from the packaging level, to the quality of the CD, the skill on the CD, the mic game, the exclusiveness. I don’t put mixtapes out just cuz; I have a purpose out there. There’s an elite group of others out there doing what I do, and there are some new jacks coming up as always. I still think there’s some good in it, but just like everything else in hip-hop—just like everyone thinks they’re a rapper, or everyone thinks they can make their own label, everyone wants a mixtape. HipHopCrack: You had a blog with xxlmag.com for a while. How did that happen in the first place, and why aren’t you there anymore? DJ Drama: It happened because my man Brendan (Brendan Frederick, online editor) over at XXL, when they revamped the site, he came to me and was like, “I want to give you this outlet to get out there and be a blogger, and write what you want to write.” I’m glad I did it, because I wasn’t aware of the internet hip-hop culture, as far as the bloggers or the chat rooms and all that stuff. Because I started doing that, I got put up on it, as far as the forums and all that stuff. It’s a whole ‘nother culture that I got to see. There’s a lot of geeks on there, there’s a lot of nerds, there’s a lot of haters. But at the same time, they’re real fans of hip-hop, so it’s interesting to read what they talk about. I put up my comments every time I got the chance. I don’t do it anymore because I really wasn’t that consistent with it, and I think they wanted someone at XXL to be more consistent. I had my hands full in a lot of different areas; I wasn’t the greatest blogger, to be honest.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Chris Lighty, CEO Violator Management announced an agreement that would have his company direct the career of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. The agreement will ‘specifically implement brand extension plans intended to expand Diddy’s reach and influence exponentially in music.’ Violator also manages the careers of 50 Cent, Busta Rhmyes, Missy Elliot, LL Cool J, Three 6 Mafia, Fantasio and a host of others. Violator will begin work on promoting Diddy and his album Press Play immediately. To get the latest on Violator management, check outViolator.
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