By: Rizoh Scarface has mentored many of today’s most prominent southern rappers, including Ludacris and Devin the Dude, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that ‘Face is now ushering in the new wave of hip-hop via a Texas collective known as Green City. Scarface discovered Green City, comprised of 7 members – Spark Dawg, Mike Hee, Yung Texxus, MJ, J. Scott, Big Spade and G-Ni, while working out at his local gym in Houston. Two Pro-boxers, also at the gym that day, had attended high school with the members of Green City and were working out to the group’s music. Scarface approached them to find out what single they were playing. Thinking they were already signed, Scarface was ready to go out and buy their album. When he found out that they were a local group from Killeen, TX who did not have a record deal, Face was so impressed by their skills, he was ready to sign Green City on the spot. “I am the best in the business when it comes to finding raw talent,” said Scarface. “I brought Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Lil’ Flip and TI to Def Jam, but they didn’t bite. I end up going to Killeen TX and found Green City. They are on some different shit, something you’ve never heard before. I stepped out of the box for Green City because they bring a new flavor; they just do what they do.” The southern stalwart, who recently established his own label, Underground Railroad, after many years of dealing with the majors, will oversee the release of Green City’s Brand New Money sometime this year.
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By: Rizoh Is it too soon to be making another Iraq war movie? Columbia Pictures doesn’t think so. They’ve tapped your favorite actor’s favorite black actor Denzel Washington to produce and possibly star in a movie inspired by the writings of a soldier killed in Iraq. The movie, Journal for Jordan, is centered around a 200-page journal written by 1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King, for his unborn son. The soldier left words of wisdom to his son on how to live a proper life and to prepare him for a life without his father. The 48-year-old soldier was killed in Baghdad in October, one month shy of finishing his tour of duty. He had left for the Middle East before his son was born.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Not very many people knew what was going on with Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes (of TLC) when she was down in Honduras, but VH1 will try to shed some light on what really happened. In the documentary, ‘Last Days of Left Eye’, producer and director Lauren Lazin (Tupac Resurrection) uncovers video filmed by Lopes during her month-long withdraw in Central America. There are also interviews with friends and family as well as Lopes herself talking into her own camera. There’s no word on when VH1 will air the documentary this summer, but in the past year or so the film has been making the festival circuit, last shown at the SXSW Music Festival. The film will be shown again at the Atlanta Film Festival on April 25.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Dave Chappelle hasn’t totally given up on television. He’s hooking up with comedian Paul Mooney, who was on his “Chappelle Show” as Negrodamus, for a pilot for an HBO show called “Judge Mooney.” The show will have Mooney reenacting actual court cases that have already been decided but in a Paul Mooney style. "Whatever I say goes,” Mooney told the L.A. Daily News. “I’ve also got a little dog that sits on my judge’s desk, and I ask the little dog’s opinion. If the dog barks, I say, ‘Well, the dog says you have to go.’ It’s real crazy." Mooney recently made headlines after he announced that he will no longer use the ‘N-word’ in his stand-up performances. Even though he used to work with Richard Pryor and used the word freely, things have changed. "Using the word, we were trying to defuse it, trying to desensitize people to it … take the power out of it," Mooney said. "But the word is an equal-opportunity word now, with Latin kids and white kids saying it, and what it conjures up is all these demons. I watched the Michael Richards meltdown over and over, and I had an ‘N’-exorcism. And I don’t care how you spell it, with an ‘a’ or an ‘er,’ if you sauté or barbecue a goat, it’s still a goat. But I was married to the word then — now I’m divorced from the word."
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno On April 3, Screen Media Films will drop Hip-Hop Live on DVD, a documentary featuring the best freestyle emcees from Houston and Detroit going head-to-head for “Rhyme City Supremacy.” G-Unit comedian T.K. Kirkland hosts the battles while judges Jadakiss, MC Lyte, and Freeway decide which city has the best rhyme animals. In between the rounds, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross perform sets from their latest album. Bonus footage on the DVD include a Ohio vs. Ohio State battle plus a mini-doc on the history of city vs. city battles. Screen Media Films has also partnered with Iced Out Gear to giveaway a wardrobe of Iced Out Gear which includes jewelry, grillz, pimp cups and more. To enter the contest, which expires on April 30, visit HIP HOP LIFE.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Seems like nowadays Jay-Z can’t even wake up without making a former partner, artist, or even fan mad. Whether its not pushing an artist’s album hard enough on Def Jam or not signing off on Def Jam artists to appear on another artist’s album, he’s really not winning over his industry peers. Now a former Roc-A-Fella artist is mad at Jay for stealing his “diamond” hand sign, yes, the hand sign that Jay was throwing on the cover of the Dynasty album. “You can clearly see me throwing up the diamond sign in The Streets is Watching movie in 1998,” said Rebel, who was part of the Roc-A-Fella group, Diamonds in the Ruff in the late 90’s. “Jay didn’t begin throwing up the diamond sign until The Dynasty Album in 2000 after we (Diamonds in da Ruff) had left the label and broken up. I mean ask yourself. What’s a diamond got to do with a dynasty? The diamond represents Diamonds in da Ruff – - that’s my group.” “When I first saw Jay throwing up the diamond sign on the cover of his Dynasty album I can’t lie, I was angry. But I had temporarily given up rap so I let it rock. But In the past year or two since then, I‘ve come to some important realizations. For starters, my music is strong enough to hold it’s own against a little controversy or anything else you throw at it. Secondly, I’ve never let anyone or anything stop me from being who I am or saying or doing what I want no matter what the consequences. By my own standards I was being a clown for holding my tongue on something that I felt so strongly about.” So to set the record straight, Rebel recorded a freestyle that he says isn’t a diss, but to let fans know the true history of the “diamond” hand sign. We’re guessing it has nothing to do with wrestler Diamond Dallas Page? Click here to here the song: CODE RED STUDIOS and click here to see the Streets is Watching clip
By: Rizoh Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama has been officially endorsed by Sheila C. Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and ex-wife of media pioneer Robert Johnson. Though Bob Johnson has decided to back rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sheila Johnson went with the Obama because of his “fresh perspective on how to bring change to the country,” Johnson will also co-host a luncheon fundraiser for Obama in Washington April 19. Robert and Sheila co-founded BET in 1980. They sold the company to Viacom for $3 billion in 2000, two years before the couple’s divorce. Sheila Johnson now heads Salamander Hospitality, a resort and retail chain. She also presides over the Washington Mystics basketball team.
By: Rizoh A woman who claims she was injured at a Lil’ Wayne concert at Tennessee State University is suing the school and Lil Wayne (born Dwayne Carter) for $150,000. In the lawsuit, filed in Davidson County Circuit Court, Candice Smith said she was knocked down by a troop of fans almost as soon as Lil’ Wayne hit the stage at Gentry Center. The incident occurred as fans were running to get money that Wayne had thrown into the crowd at the March 2006 event. The woman allegedly suffered a broken collarbone and other injuries that have caused her to miss a substantial amount of time from work and school, the suit claims. Smith blamed Wayne for inciting the crowd and said similar incidents have happened at other concerts. How true is her claim that “making it rain” on the stage has resulted in similar incidents else where? Well, you may recall that a homecoming concert went off-course after a member of Lil’ Wayne’s entourage tossed $20, $10, $5 and $1 bills into the crowd of college students. In a bid to fetch some of the falling notes, three women sustained injuries and another fainted in the rush.
By: Rizoh If Tony Yayo is found guilty of assaulting Jimmy “Henchmen” Rosemond’s 14-year old son, then he should be prepared to lose some fans, including fellow G-Unit soldier Young Buck. The 26-year old Tennessee rapper expressed his disappointment while on New York’s Hot 97 FM to promote his sophomore album, Buck the World. “I don’t respect anybody beating up no kids,” Buck told Angie Martinez on Hot 97. “I can’t rock with nothing that’s wrong. If Yayo did it, that ain’t what’s up. I ain’t with putting my hands on any child, period. And you shouldn’t either.” Buck also shed some light on his verbal altercation with the Game during the 2007 All-Star weekend. “It was the first time that we’ve ever been in the same building at the same time,” Buck recounts. “I took it upon myself to go to the stage and see what it was. I told the DJ to play “One Blood.” I like the record, to be real. He didn’t have it. So I told him to play whatever record he had from the Game. I addressed the Game with the situation. I ain’t gon’ lie, homeboy started to make it to the stage. Security got scared and they pushed him away from the club.” The story goes that Game called Buck a week after the incident. “I chose to have a conversation with him because, honestly, 50 Cent would never have a conversation with him. So, 50 gave me permission to have a conversation with him. We left the conversation on the note of ‘You do you without involving us, and we’ll do us without involving you.’” Buck the World is due out today, March 27th.
By: Rizoh San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker has joined the likes of Allen Iverson and Shaquille O’Neal by making a foray into hip-hop. Parker, 24, released his first hip-hop LP on Monday. Parker, who raps in French, is the most celebrated basketball star in France. He celebrates his own baler status and high-end lifestyle on the self-titled debut. The album’s first single, “Top of the Game,” features Fabolous. On “Balance-Toi (Throw Yourself Around),” another track from the album, Parker rhymes: “What, you want to dance? No, it’s not worth it. Me, I’ll stay on the sofa enjoying the vibe by raising my arms.” Not quite the French KRS-One. But you can’t knock his hustle, right?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Super turntable wizard DJ Z-Trip has teamed up with Lateef the Truth Speaker (of Latyrx) for Ahead of the Curve, a mixtape slated to drop in May. Z-Trip has a sneak preview on his website, DJZTRIP, that also features Chali 2na (formerly of Jurassic 5) called “Mass Hysteria”. Not much info is given on the rest of the project except to check back in a couple of days for the latest info. In the meantime, Z-Trip will be doing several shows throughout April and May. Here are the dates: Apr. 06 – Seattle, WA, Last Supper Club Apr. 12 – San Diego, CA, Stingaree Apr. 21 – Vail, CO, Club 8150 – Farewell Show Apr. 22 – Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre May 01 – Dallas, TX, Suite May 18 – Vancouver, Canada, Richards on Richards May 19 – Toronto, Canada, TBA May 20 – Calgary, Canada, TBA
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno If you’re able to make out east, west or down south this summer, you’d be able to check out some hot music festivals. As previously announced, Rage Against the Machine and Wu-Tang Clan will be headlining the Rock The Bells Festival in New York (July 28), San Francisco (August 18) and San Bernardino (August 11). Now organizers have announced that Cypress Hill, The Roots, Public Enemy, Sage Francis, Mos Def, APMD, Jedi Mind Tricks and Immortal Technique are on board for all three dates, with MF Doom, FELT, Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, Blackalicious, the Coup, Murs, Brother Ali, Cage, Mr. Lif, Grouch & Eligh, Hangar 18, Bluepring and Lucky I AM. The Essence Music Festival is set to go down from July 5-7 in New Orleans. Beyonce, Chris Brown, Lionel Richie, Mary J Blige and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly have already been announced. Organizers just announced the additions of Ludacris, Ne-Yo, The O’Jays, Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill, Robin Thicke and Steve Harvey. For more info on the festivals, check out ESSENCE and ROCK THE BELLS.
By: Rizoh Tony Yayo has been released from jail after being arrested in New York on charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. The attacked boy, son of Cynthia Reed and Game’s manager, Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond, was walking on West 25th St. at about 9:30 p.m. when a black SUV pulled up alongside him, according to authorities. 50 Cent was allegedly in the passenger side of the SUV when four males jumped out of the vehicle. At least one of the men assaulted the boy, pushing him against the wall. The assailants then jumped back into the car and sped off. The boy identified Yayo (born Marvin Bernard) to police as his attacker, and that the incident was sparked by the boy wearing a T-shirt bearing the logo of Czar Entertainment, Rosemond’s company. Cynthia Reed, the mother of the 14-year old reportedly attacked by Yayo, is infuriated that her son would be attacked by “the same artist whose music he listens to.” “It’s a shame that 50 Cent and Tony Yayo could feel comfortable slapping and physically attacking an innocent 14-year-old minor that they market and promote their records to.,” Reed said in a statement. “This is a cowardly act on my son, who has done nothing to warrant the verbal and physical abuse he received. This issue should not be taken lightly and these men should be looked upon as a serious threat to society, having taken their relentless public rants towards their rivalries to [an extreme] level. This [incident] should be looked [upon] as a step away from child molestation. I seek justice in the form of restoring my son’s dignity and making sure any child can wear whatever they want without fear of bodily injury.” On a related note, Mike Lighty, brother of 50 Cent’s manager and Violator Management CEO Chris Lighty, was allegedly stabbed outside of the Violator offices just hours before the incident occurred with Rosemond’s son. Lighty is said to have been treated at an area hospital. According to unconfirmed reports, Lighty is recovering from his injuries and has refused to cooperate with a police investigation into the incident. Apparently, G-Unit would go as far as smacking around a 14-year old child to establish their “gangsta.” Who knows what will happen to the next mother’s teen son or daughter who wears a shirt of some kind to support a favorite rapper?
By: Rizoh In what appears to have been a botched robbery attempt, Atlantic Records hip-hop artist DG Yola was shot in the face while stopping at a red light over the weekend. The bullet allegedly went through one cheek and out the other. Yola is now recovering at an Atlanta hospital, where doctors are positive that he’ll make a full and fast recovery. The injured rapper’s family said in a statement: “He is already up and about and writing. Yola ain’t gonna let up. We respectfully request privacy and appreciate the well wishes and prayers of Yola’s fans during this time.” DG Yola’s debut album, Gutta World, is slated to drop June 2007 via Atlantic Records.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno With Grammy wins comes more gigs and John Legend is reaping all the benefits. Legend has recently been in the studio working on upcoming projects with Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson and even Aretha Franklin. "It’s different for her – a party song called `Turn It Up.’ It’s kind of soulful and funky," Legend told the L.A. Daily News about his song with Franklin. "I do a little cameo in there, but it’s really her song." He’s also working non-stop with Estelle, the first artist on his recently launched label, Home School. But the most important thing he’s gearing up for is his recently announced spring tour. "We’ve got some cool new things we’re doing – new arrangements, unexpected covers,” Legend said about the show. “We’re bringing in some hip-hop, some classic soul and classic rock. We’ve elevated the production on every level for this tour, musically and visually – but it’s still going to be about the music. I never want to turn it into a high-tech show. What people appreciate about me is that there is an organic feel about the music." Here are the tour dates: 04/03/07 Irvine, CA Bren Events Center 04/04/07 San Diego, CA Bayside 04/06/07 Universal City, CA Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk 04/07/07 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre 04/10/07 Denver, CO Colorado Convention Center 04/12/07 Minneapolis, MN The Orpheum Theatre 04/13/07 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre 04/14/07 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre 04/16/07 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre 04/17/07 Toronto, ON Hummingbird Centre For Perf. Arts 04/19/07 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre 04/20/07 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom 04/22/07 Newark, NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center 04/23/07 New York, NY Theater at Madison Square Garden 04/25/07 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun 04/26/07 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre 04/28/07 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 04/29/07 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall Theatre 05/01/07 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live 05/02/07 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Casino 05/04/07 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
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