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.
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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
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After a two-album run with Interscope Records, Styles P is now rolling with Koch Records. The rapper and label announced that Styles’ new album, 5 Star General will dropping in July. "I look forward to embarking on this exciting new phase of my career along side KOCH Records, a company best known for their unyielding interest in supporting the vision of the artist,” Styles said in a statement. “It feels good to be a part of a team that appreciates hip hop in its truest form. I am ecstatic about being in control of my own destiny." In 2002, Styles dropped his debut album, A Gangster and a Gentleman, and didn’t drop his follow-up, Time Is Money, until December 2006 due to a three year delay.
The Trap: Straight From The Streets This week features Swizz Beats, a performance from the legendary Ice-T, and footage from the Vibe Magazine 150th Issue Party. Click Here to view
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno As if Nick Cannon’s “Wild N Out” isn’t already on MTV 20 times a day, he’s gearing up to drop another show for the former music network. The new project, “Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz” is a sketch comedy show that will be executive produced and starring Nick Cannon along with a group of comedians who will pretty much make fun of hip-hop and pop culture. According the press release, they already have a couple of sketches about rappers who band together for a common cause, "R.A.C.S" (Rappers Against Child Support); Judge Mo Dolla$ (played by Katt Williams), a pimped out judge who’s the star of his wacky courtroom; with celebrity guests adding to the fun, such as Ice-T explaining the virtues of his newest invention “Ice-Tivo”. Other guest celebrities include Lil Jon, Snoop Dogg, Nas and Kevin Hart. The eight episode series will debut on April 5 on MTV. “Wild N Out” will return for a fourth season and there hasn’t been an announcement in regards to a new album from Cannon.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It just seems like Foxy Brown doesn’t really care about the law. Fox Boogie was supposed to be in court this week to face charges stemming from a scuffle at a beauty supply store in Florida. The judge presiding over the case issued a warrant for Foxy’s arrest. Last month, Brown was apparently in a beauty supply store bathroom applying make-up when a store employee informed her that the store was closed and that she had to leave. She refused to leave, spit on the employee and threw hair glue at him while he was calling 911. When police arrived, she struggled with the officer. The next day she posted a $1,500 and was released. When she returned to New York, she was in court again because she violated her probation by being in Florida. The judge gave her once more chance not to screw up, which is possibly why she missed the Florida court date.
By: Rizoh Def Jam’s crown prince of R&B unveiled the title for his eagerly-awaited sophomore LP, due out May 1st. Ne-Yo has decided to name his second disc Because of You after the album’s first single. However, there’s another angle to Ne-Yo’s choice. “It makes the most sense,” says Ne-Yo of his album title. “It’s because of the people that inspire me to make music. Because of the love of the music. Because of the fans. Because of you that I do what I do.” “Because of You,” the single, has grown increasingly popular, jumping to No.23 on Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart. After several years of penning hits for the likes of Destiny’s Child and Mary J Blige, Ne-Yo emerged from behind the desk and dropped In My Own Words. The album earned him a Grammy nod and a platinum plaque. Ne-Yo recently founded The Compound Foundation which is committed to service at risk and disadvantaged youth.
By: Rizoh His last album, King, outsold every other rap record released last year. Can T.I. repeat the feat with his forthcoming 5th LP, T.I. vs. T.I.P., due out July 3 via Grand Hustle/Atlantic. Eminem, Lil’ Wayne, Ciara, Justin Timberlake, and R.Kelly will feature on T.I. vs T.I.P, along with Wyclef Jean, Nelly, and Akon. Mannie Fresh and Just Blaze, who worked with T.I. on King, will return to the boards for T.I. vs T.I.P. Scott Storch, Timbaland, and Wyclef also lend their production wizardry to the album. The lead single is a toss up between the Mannie Fresh-laced "Big Things Poppin’" and "Show It to Me," a club track that will feature Nelly. T.I. raps in two personas throughout the album: that of himself, and of his alter ego, T.I.P. "It’s basically a battle within myself," he told Billboard back in December. "There’s not nobody out there doing what I do as well as I do it, so I see myself as worthy competition for myself."
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno If you’re not busy during this weekend, March 23-25, BET’s Annual Spring Bling events will be going down at Riviera Beach in West Palm Beach Florida. During the weekend you can catch live performances from Akon, Lloyd, Young Jeezy, Omarion, MIMS, Marques Houston, DJ Khaled, Mike Jones, UNK, Remy Ma and a whole bunch of other folks. In addition to the performances, Spring Bling is bringing back its popular shows Revamp (groups from across the country reenact their favorite videos, competition in front of celebrity judges); Freestyle (the ultimate battle of the mics – mc’s showcase their lyrical prowess to win the title of SPRING BLING ‘07 Champion); Get To Steppin’ (a national step competition) and Rides, Rims, and Runway (featuring the most tricked out celebrity rides, sexy fashion models and music performances to hit the beach). Plus news shows like Irreplaceable (SPRING BLING’s version of the dating game); Sibling Rivalries (two celebrity sets of siblings battle it out on how well they know each other and work as a team); Cheers, Jeers and Tears (SPRING BLING’s version of the gong show) and Jump off (the ultimate dance party). If you can’t make it down, look for the events to air on BET from April 5-8 with plenty of reruns thereafter.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The upcoming 50 Cent starring movie, “Get Live”, has finally found a director. Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Lozano, who directed the popular Mexican flick “Matando Cabos”, will direct “Get Live” with production starting later this year. According to Variety, the heist film is set in the underground world of clubs and illegal street racing. The script originally called for the story to be in New York, but Lozano, along with screenwriter Tony Dalton, are rewriting the script and adding Las Vegas and Philadelphia as locations, plus tweaking the characters a bit. "We wanted to give the characters more soul," Lozano told Daily Variety. "I didn’t want to make a film that just stayed an action film." The film is being produced by Stuber/Parent’s Mary Parent and Scott Stuber are with G-Unit Films’ Chris Lighty and are hoping for a 2008 release. 50 will also be starring in “Ski Mask Way”, a film based on the book which is based on his song, also shooting for a 2008 release. As previously announced, 50 will also be starring alongside Nicolas Cage for the prison boxing flick, “The Dance”.
By: Rizoh On March 6, Jay-Z invited Roc-A-Fella artists Freeway, Memphis Bleek, and the Young Gunz to help celebrate Beanie Sigel’s birthday bash. Beans, who’s been tightlipped about reuniting with Roc-A-Fella Records, finally laid speculations to rest in a recent radio interview. While speaking to DJ Absolut of Hot 97 FM, Siegel revealed that his new Roc-A-Fella album will be titled The Solution. “I’m the solution to a lot of things. I’m here to clear it all up.” According to Beans, The Solution features “a lot of collaborations with Jay-Z and Just Blaze.” As if that wasn’t enough, the Philly MC added that he’s also ready to go to war on Jay’s behalf. “I hear a lot of shots being popped at the big homie.” Sigel’s warning shot may appear subliminal but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that he’s referring to the long-running feud between Jay-Z and the Dipset crew.
By: Rizoh 42-year old actress Vivica A. Fox has been released from jail after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The actress was stopped late Tuesday night for drunk driving after her vehicle flew past a patrol car on the Hollywood Freeway at 80 mph., accoding to the Associated Press. Fox was arrested after failing a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test. Vivica A. Fox has starred in several movies, including “Booty Call” and “Soul Food.” She’s slated to appear in a movie based upon the life of R&B superstar Whitney Houston.
The theme for the 4th installment of Beats & Rhymes is “Fresh of a World Tour”. By having four out of eight producers and MC’s that are in this months event, tour the world yearly! Fresh off a world tour with Jedi Mind Tricks promoting there sophomore album, OuterSpace joins us to host and perform new tracks off there new album, “Blood Brothers” out now on BabyGrande Records. Also joining them off that same tour is, producer and Jedi Mind Tricks touring DJ; DJ Kwestion. Along with fellow Skratch Makanik DJ/Producer DJ Sat-One, who is wrapping up a DJ tour with the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff as we speak. Similar to our last event with Reef The Lost Cauze this is also a very special event that features four producers that OuterSpace has worked with, throughout there very successful career. And to make it even more special, this is also Sat-One’s first center city gig in over 3yrs. from DJ’ing weekly at Manayunks hot spot: The Grape St. Pub. (people are still in shock that we kidnapped Sat-One for a night!) Sat-One has worked with OuterSpace since his breakthrough award winning ’12 in 2000 titled “Dangerzone” that featured both OuterSpace & Baby Blak on the vocals. Joining the producer showcase is DJ Kwestion & Sake who provided beats for “Grown Ass Man” & “Street Massacre” off the “Blood Brothers” album. Producer A.K. is a new talent who has been recently knocking out street anthems with OuterSpace & affiliate QD member: King Syze! This event is sure to exceed the sold out crowd that we reached at the Jan. showcase, with turning people away at the door. So make sure you come out uurrrlllyyyy!! Beats & Rhymes A Four Hour non-stop Producer & MC Showcase: Watch Out Our Previous Video’s: September Video: November Video: January Video: Sat. March 24th 2007 @ The Khyber (2nd & Chestnut St.-Old City, Philadelphia PA) 21+ Cover: $10 9pm-2am Opening the night off & live remixes with: DJ Tactics Live On The Beats: DJ Sat One (Skratch Makaniks) Production Credits: OuterSpace/Bahamdia/Baby Blak/Last Emperor DJ Kwestion (Jedi Mind Tricks/Skratch Makaniks) Production credits: OuterSpace/Vinnie Paz/Poynt Blanc Sake Production credits: OuterSpace/Vinnie Paz/Royce The 5’9 A.K. Production Credits: King Syze/LNS Live Performance & Hosted By: OuterSpace & The Mighty Flipside Esq. (Electric City) w/some very Special Guests Powered By: 215hiphop Crackspace BUY TICKETS NOW Click For Flyer
By: Rizoh Word on the street is that Redman is on the verge of extricating himself from Def Jam’s shackles. According to some unconfirmed reports, Red is unhappy with the way Def Jam has handled the promotion behind his new album, Red Gone Wild. On a related note, Red is hard at work on Muddy Waters 2 , which he says would be strictly for his core fans and only hoped to produce 50,000 units of the album domestically. Other upcoming Redman projects include: How High 2 (the movie), Blackout 2 (with Method Man), a new Def Squad album, and a Gillahouse compilation. Red Gone Wild: Thee Album is due out on March 27, 2007.
By: Rizoh Snoop Dogg and Sean ‘Diddy‘ Combs, who’re currently on tour together, have labeled themselves “the best heroes for kids” despite having had several run-ins with the law. The two maintain that youngsters can learn from their collective life experiences, both good and bad, according to teenhollywood.com. “I think we are the best heroes for kids,” Snoop said recently. “We’ve been through everything in music and in life. We give kids the best example to deal with everything.” Diddy chips in, “A lot of role models have not been through trials and tribulations. You got to judge a champion by how he get up when he been knocked down.”
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