A few weeks back, I mentioned California-bred rapper Shwayze to you all and that he was on a quick rise to fame. To re-familiarize you all with his story, he’s from Malibu, and he got his start after he befriended rock producer and former Whitestarr member Cisco Adler. The two collaborated to make some songs and eventually got a deal with Suretone Records and got their own MTV show called Buzzin’. Anyway, their debut album came out on Tuesday, and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you all. The album is 12 tracks long (actually 69, but I’ll explain later), and is filled with quotable lyrics from Shwayze’s laid-back raps, and tons of catchy melodies crafted by Adler. The two singles “Corona & Lime” and “Buzzin” basically set the tone for the rest of the album, but definitely are not the highlights. Shwayze and Cisco are definitely a great duo, however. They feed off each other creatively, and have the unique ability to transform regular album cuts dedicated to James Brown into potential singles that could get TRL play. The best track on the album is either the lead-off, “Roamin,” on which Shwayze discusses blowing up and having fun while doing it. Through all the weed and women references, this is a quality album with literally not one bad song. And, in an effort to surprise the CD-buying masses with a bonus, after the first 12 tracks, Shwayze & Co. add 56 tracks of white noise before track #69 – a bonus track. Enjoy this album and go out and buy it, if you can sit through all 69 tracks.
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Producer 88-Keys is prepping his album The Death of Adam, and after a long, long wait it is finally set to drop. I heard the first drop from the album on Kanye’s Can’t Tell Me Nothing Mixtape, entitled “Stay Up.” About 6 weeks back, 88 then dropped his very own mixtape in preparation for the album’s release, entitled Adam’s Case Files, which featured Kid Cudi, Grafh, Serius Jones, and Tanya Morgan, among others. His tracks are really soul-inspired and very different from the hip-hop we’ve heard. By making his lyrics comical and utilizing some of the best artists in hip-hop right now (Kanye, Bilal, Redman, Kid Cudi) 88 is bringing the world some quality, quality music. And, with a executive producer co-sign from Kanye, this album seems destined to be a hit. Check out snippets from the album here, and look for the release in October.
Looks like 50 is giving investigators the run around when it comes to be questioned about the fire that broke out at his Dix Hills, Long Island home in May. The house which was at the center of an ongoing feud between the rapper and Shaniqua Tompkins, his former girlfriend and mother of his ten year old son Marquise burned to the ground and the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.It is standard procedure for fire officials and the arson team to meet with the owner of the said property in every instance regarding a fire. However as of yet 50 has not made any attempt to meet with officials regarding this matter. Legal counsel for Tompkins are implying that this is 50 Cent trying to hinder the progression of the case. Response has yet to be made from Curtis’s camp.
Yet another Flavor Flav reject gets her five minutes of fame dragged out a lil longer…gracing the cover of King this month is none other than Hoopz. Currently linked with college basketball star, Boo Jackson of the Kentucky Miners , Hoopz is keeping busy in front of the camera, with both movies and DVDs in the works for 2008.
Looks like that Vitamin Water deal really did pay off for 50 who landed in the number one spot for those getting paid in Hip-Hop list this year. He earned $150 mill in only 12 months. See the rest of the list compiled by Forbes magazine right here 1) 50 Cent – $150 mill 2) Jay Z – $82 mill 3) Diddy – $35 mill 4) Kanye – $30 mill 5) Timbaland – $22 mill 6) Pharrell Williams – $20 mill 7) Swizz Beats – $17 mill Snoop Dogg – $16 mill 9) Dr. Dre – $15 mill 10) Ludacris – $14 mill 11) T.I. – $13 mill 11) Lil Wayne – $13 mill 12) Eminem – $12 mill 12) Common – $10 mill 12) Akon – $12 mill 13) Jermaine Dupri – $11 mill 13) Lil Jon – $11 mill 14) Outkast – $10 mill 14) Chamillionaire – $10 mill 14) The Game – $10 mill
Dam. Bernie and now Isaac in one weekend. You will be missed. Bernie Mac, (more…)
“Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital,” his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles. (more…)
NYPD says Syed Rahman, an employee at Spotlight Live, has confessed to killing Ingrid Rivera during Lil’ Kim’s birthday party. (more…)
And who said money can buy you whatever you want? Looks like Sean Combs is having issues with securing relationships with all the media attention he gets. The Bad Boy spoke out in a recent interview saying that because he is linked to so many different women it can actually interfere with the women that he really wants to be talking to. Now is this for real or is this just a cover up for his alleged relationship with Cassie? It was only last week that there rumors the two were secretly engaged. Either way, poor Diddy, I guess the old saying of it being tough at the top is true after all.Maybe he needs to check out this dating agency, sure he could find someone for himself on there who is looking to hook up with someone who is more interested is his bank balance than who he is linked to www.sugardaddie.com
The 50 Cent the rap world has come to know and love (or hate) has been one who’s rather obnoxious, vengeful and consistently willing to beef with anyone who comes his way. But, in a recent interview with MTV News, 50 talked about his mentor Dr. Dre, their recording process, and why the fu** Dre just won’t put out Detox. In the interview, 50 explained his time in the lab with Dre - “When I walk in the studio, I record the first [beat] that comes on regardless if I think it’s a hit record or not. We get in work mode, get comfortable and go through the material that’s in the computer. Dre always has hit records. Sometimes, artists that need producers, they need someone to create a direction for them musically. I need the jewels he’s just got laying around. He don’t gotta tell me what to do with it.”Further, when 50 was asked about Detox, he explained, “Hopefully he get it done and put it out. I’m waiting for the Detox.” Yet another artist drops his two cents, and gives patient fans no timeline or hope. If this album ever drops, I think it’s cause for a national holiday…perhaps Dre Day?Look out for 50′s Before I Self-Destruct and Dr. Dre’s Detox to drop before 2009.
Rumors are circulating that Ciara, the Princess of Crunk is slated to take on the role of model for notorious lingerie giants Victoria’s Secret. Ciara is no stranger to the catwalk or the camera having already been the face of Rocawear. The Atlanta native signed a modelling contract to the Wilhelmina Agency in June of this year.The Wilhelmina Agency boasts a roster which has included Ashley Yao (Chinese Vogue), Iman, Beyonce and Ciara’s ex Bow Wow and from what insiders at the agency which was founded in1967 are saying, Ciara looks to have quite a modelling career ahead of her.
The movie which has been written by Cheo Hodari Coker and Reggie Rock Blythewood has been in the works for over three years now. One of the biggest obstacles faced was filling the role of the Notorious BIG. Thousands of Biggie hopefuls turned up at the various castings throughout the country but it was only when Brooklyn rapper Gravy turned up did the production crew finally feel that they had their leading man.Sean Kingston, the young protege of JR Rotem had said in an interview last year that he was actually playing the role of Biggie, but this was denied by Fox Searchlight and the production team. It was shortly after this that Gravy was cast. Gravy is no stranger to being in the spotlight after being shot on the way to Hot 97 to do an interview with Funk Master Flex back in 2006. The rapper who attended the interview and was then taken to St Vincents Hospital in NYC was later banned from the Hot 97 studios due to the shooting.
The entire Dipset crew, including Cam’Ron, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana, have been struggling for a little while now. After Jim’s subpar performance with his last solo and Byrdgang album, and with Cam’Ron getting lyrically assaulted by 50 Cent, the crew that once brought us “Oh Boy” and other Rocafella smashes has hit hard times. Dipset’s golden boy was always Juelz, and after waiting and waiting for the mysterious Juelz/Lil’ Wayne album, and for a solo comeback from Juelz, fans may actually have reason to get excited. According to Miss Info, Cam’Ron has sold Juelz’s contract to Def Jam Records for $2 million and Juelz has signed a 50/50 deal with the label.Juelz also went on to tell Miss Info his mixtape, The Reagan Era, and his album, Born to Lose, Built to Win, should be dropping soon. Stay tuned for more from Juelz.
Yesterday on IHipHop we posted the track that Ludacris had recorded in support of Barack Obama’s Presidential Campain, but it tunrs out Luda might have been better saving his rhymes for someone other than Obama. Bill Burton, a spokesperson for the Obama campaign said “Ludacris is a talented individual but he should be ashamed of these lyrics,” and the song has been deemed ‘outrageously offensive.’The lyrics which include insults to the Republican candidate and the Senators former Democratic running mate, Hilary Clinton goes against the direction in which Obama hopes to go. “As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn’t want his daughters or any children exposed to,” continued Burton.As at press time there has been no comment from the DTP boss or his Publicist.
What is it with chicks in Hip-Hop? There are very few out there doing it large for the gals and even the ones who are keep messing it up. Both Brooklyn Divas Lil Kim and Foxy Brown have been named in lawsuits filed by publishing house Simon and Schuster. The New York based publishing giant had paid both Kim and Foxy an advance on books which they failed to deliver the manuscripts for.You would think with all that time inside those girls might have put it to good use.
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