By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Earlier this week a video of Dallas Austin was leaked onto the internet where the Atlanta producer was calling out Christina Aguilera and Joss Stone for allegedly sleeping with producers to get their beats for their albums. Austin worked on Aguilera’s last album and on Joss Stone’s debut album. After all the fanfare and outrage of Austin’s comments, he released a statement apologizing to the singers for his words: “Every action generates an equal and opposite reaction. My statement about Christina Aguilera and Joss Stone was a reaction to an incident I care not to discuss in any forum, and while I may have felt justified, I do owe an apology to Christina, Joss and their families. “The comments I made about Christina Aguilera and Joss Stone were purely an act of retaliation not of malice or cruel intent. As we all have our boiling points, I sincerely apologize as this is not my character nor should I have let anyone’s actions push me to this limit. I have let my family, friends, employees and business associates down with my actions. “All content and any malicious statements that were in my control have been removed from outlets that may have posted this. “Please accept this as my formal statement and apology to all parties involved.”
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By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After 30 years of going from city-to-city making people laugh with his down home jokes, Bernie Mac announced that he’s retiring from doing stand-up comedy. The comedian went on the David Letterman show this week and announced his decision. "I’m going to still do my producing, my films, but I want to enjoy my life a little bit," Mac told Letterman. "I missed a lot of things, you know. I was a street performer for two years. I went into clubs in 1977." Mac plans on doing one more stand-up comedy film, “The Whole Truth, Nothing but the Truth, So Help Me Mac,” that will hit theatres sometime this fall, and that will be it. “You miss out on so much, you know, and you live in all these hotels — I was on the road 47 weeks out of the year," Mac said. “Comedy has been so good to me. And that’s all I ever wanted, watching you guys. I had great mentors — Jackie Gleason, Flip (Wilson), Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Buddy Hackett. I had so many people to watch, that today you don’t have that anymore."
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Billboard is reporting that Talib Kweli will be headlining the Virgin College Mega Tour that launches on April 7. Kweli will be joined by alternative bands Sugarcult and William Tell. In addition to the concert, the Mega Tour also offers a “Daytime Village” on college campuses that will consist of videogame competitions, a "new artists stage" sponsored by CMJ, artist meet-and-greets, batting cages, dodgeball tournaments and contest giveaways. The villages will be free to students and open between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Concert doors will open between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets will cost up to $20 in some markets and will be given away for free in others, according to Billboard. (check for the latest VIRGIN updates) Here are the current dates with more to be announced: San Diego‘s 4th & B theater (April 8), Los Angeles‘ House of Blues (April 9), University of Arizona (April 10), Utah Valley State College (April 12), University of Maryland (April 19), Massachusetts‘ Stone Hill College (April 20), New York‘s Mount Saint Vincent University (April 25), University of West Virginia (April 27), New York‘s University of Rochester (May 4)
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Last year Energizer teamed up with Slim Thug for the "Energizer(R) e2(R) Titanium Technology(R) Freestylin’ Music Contest" and this time they’re staying in Houston and hooking up with Chamillionaire and producers Mysto and Pizzi. Cham and Energizer are looking for emcees to spit their hottest two-minute freestyle over Mysto or Pizzi’s beats and the winners will get a chance to perform on stage with Cham in Atlanta. "Speaking the truth is what I do through my music," Chamillionaire said. "Energizer provides a stage for underground talent to do the same. Let’s see who has what it takes to make it happen and get the chance to join me at the DUB Auto Show & Concert in Atlanta." Energizer is now accepting entries until April 21. Five finalists will be selected on April 29 where fans will be available to vote for their favorite freestyles. Chamillionaire will select the winner between the top two vote-getters. For more information check out the press release here: SYS-CON.
By: Rizoh Rap activist and The Coup frontman Boots Riley has called on the hip-hop community to step up and contribute to the ever increasing anti-war sentiments. Boots is encouraging hip-hoppers everywhere to download a Pick A Bigger Weapon track titled “Captain Sterlings Little Problem,” which features Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, for free and send it to everyone they know in the military. By doing so, Riley believes the G.I. dissent could prompt Congress to act more decisively. “I have this suggestion: the soldiers should demand to be returned home, using any means necessary to make this happen,” Boots writes.“This would lead to a swift end to this war, saving countless lives, both U.S. and Iraqi… Congress hasn’t done more than give lip service to wanting the war to end. The people that are directly affected by this war are going to have to act.” Boots reports that “at one point a Pentagon report deemed half of the soldiers in Vietnam were ‘mutinous and not to be trusted’,” adding that “the largely unreported G.I. rebellions played a very important role in stopping the Vietnam war.” Captain Sterling’s Little Problem” was originally recorded as the theme for “Sir! No Sir!,” David Zieger’s recent documentary of the Vietnam War. “Captain Sterling’s Little Problem” and three other tracks from Pick a Bigger Weapon are available for download onCOUP MUSIC
By: Rizoh Jay-Z has a new feud on his hands, this time from ex-Roc-A-Fella artist Omillio Sparks. Sparks (born Kenneth Johnson) alleges that Jay has blocked his album, Payback, from hitting shelves. The album features appearances by close friends and Def Jam artists Peedi Peedi and Freeway. The Philadelphia hip hop artists are featured on two songs on the, in which one of the songs reflects on the good ol’ days at the original Roc-A-Fella records. “Jay has left me no choice but to tell the truth about what’s going on,” says Omillio Sparks. “I hear him boast about going to Africa and helping people out in crisis over there, and he has no idea w hat he’s doing to artists’ careers and their livelihoods here in f**kin America, he’s deliberately doing things that make the streets question his credibility and his worthiness. I hate to say it but the boy has become the king of false hope. He has n***as on his label now running around being soldiers for him. Look at that n***a Tru Life, he’s making diss records and defending Hov’s honor as a true friend would do, Hov won’t do the same for that man though…he’ll see.” Since leaving Roc-a-Fella Records, O. Sparks has formed his own Colossal Entertainment with Manny Rothwell.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Walt Disney Pictures has announced that they will producing a family comedy starring Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symone called College Road Trip. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the story centers on a young woman (Symone) with ambitious public-defender dreams who goes on a road trip to visit potential universities with her father (Lawrence), an overprotective cop. Production is set to begin this summer. Symone recently won a couple of NAACP Image Awards, one for “Best Children’s Program” for “That’s So Raven” and for “Outstanding Performance in a Children’s Program” for “That’s So Raven.” Raven is also scheduled to drop a new album sometime this year.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno As the awards season starts to die down, there are a few more organizations wanting to give out recognition. The nominations for the Annual Urban Music Awards were announced over the weekend and be held at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on July 7, 2007. These awards were originally launched in the U.K. in 2003 and are totally voted on by the public. They recognize not only the artists and the music but also radio stations and personalities along with TV shows, entrepreneurs and video chicks. Here are the nominations (to vote, check out: URBAN MUSIC AWARDS Artist of the Year Chamillionaire John Legend Nas Nelly Furtado Papoose Best Album Akon – Konvicted Bobby Valentino – Special Occasion Ciara – The Evolution Diddy – Press Play Lupe Fiasco – Food Nas – Hiphop Is Dead Best Collaboration 2007 Birdman feat. Lil’ Wayne – Stutin Like My Daddy Busta Rhymes feat. Mary J Blige, Missy, Papoose Diidy feat. Keyshia Cole – Last Night Fat Joe feat. Lil’ Wayne – Make It Rain Ludacris feat. Mary J Blige – Runaway Love Best Entrepreneur Jimmy ‘Henchmen’ Rosemond Micheal ‘Blue’ Willams Russell Simmons Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Timbaland Best Female Group Cherish Danity Kane Floetry The Pussycat Dolls Best Gospel Act Alan Jackson Ce Ce Winans Kirk Franklin Mary Mary Patti Labelle Best Hip-Hop Act 2007 Chamillionaire Jim Jones Nas Papoose The Game TI Best International Latino Act Daddy Yankee Hector Bambino RBD Shakira Best International Reggae Act Beenie Man Busy Signal Sean Paul Sizzla Stephen and Damien Marley Best Male group Gnarls Barkley Outkast Pretty Ricky The Black Eyed Peas Ying Yang Twins Best Music Video Cassie – Long Way to Go Jay Z – Lost Ones Kelis – Bossy Ne-Yo – Sexy Love Rihanna – Unfaithful Best Neo Soul Act Corrine Bailey Rae Floetry India Arie Musiq Soulchild Best Newcomer 2007 Chamillionaire Corrine Bailey Rae Lady Sovereign One Chance Rhymefest Best R&B Act Beyonce Ciara Justin Timberlake Kelis Rihanna Best Radio Station Hot 97 ( New York ) Hot 99.3 ( Austin , Texas ) Power 106 ( Los Angeles ) Q 104.7 ( Ventura XM Raw 66 (Satellite Radio) Best TV Show Dave Chappelle – The Dave Chappelle Show Ice T – Ice T’s Rap School Nick Cannon – Wild and Out X-Zibit – Pimp My Ride Best US Radio DJ Angie Martinez Cipha Sounds Fatman Scoop Funkmaster Flex Kay Slay Best Video Model/Dancer Gloria Verez Melyssa Ford Tanya (From Tony Yayo Video) Most Inspiring Act 2007 Beyonce Diddy Lupe Fiasco
By: Rizoh Cut Chemist’s exit was the smoking gun that signaled some internal rumbles within the Jurassic 5 camp. (Chali 2Na and Marc 7even later walked away from the group.) But who could’ve guessed that the west coast collective was headed for splitsville? Over the weekend, the crew announced on BBC-1xtra that they are to part ways after 14 years in the rap game. Their manager cited “musical differences” as the reason for the split. Zaakir (aka Soup) hinted at the breakup in an interview with Australia’s Gold Bust Bulletin a month before it was made official. “Some people may say it’s a creative thing, but I’m not buying it,” said Zaakir. “Some might say business, some might say merchandising, whatever, there’s some really stupid sh*t – some really childish things – happening.” J5 had been together since 1992. They garnered critical praise for their no frills musical style, obviously inspired by old school hip-hop. Their last album, 2006’s Feedback, peaked at No.15 on Billboard 200 and churned hits like “Red Hot” and “Work it Out.” I guess they couldn’t “Get It Together.”
By: Rizoh Search for a leader of a New York faction of the Bloods gang named Jared Gomez has led Federal Marshals to investigate Cam’ron and his Dipset crew. Since the 27-year old fugitive was spotted at a Dipset party last summer, the FBI has begun searching for any connections between the indicted drug dealer and Cam’s label, according to the New York Post. Gomes has been on the run since December 2005, when cops and federal agents busted a massive crack and gun-selling ring and nabbed 16 of its alleged members. A spokesman for Cam’ron reportedly told the Post that he “has nothing to do with anyone who is a fugitive.”
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By: Rizoh As you know, Oprah Winfrey has been catching a lot of flack for building a state-of-the-art school for girls in South Africa. Singer/rapper Tyrese Gibson (aka Black Ty) has jumped to Oprah’s defense. “There is a staggering amount of millionaires and billionaires out in the world that do nothing to effect positive change within society,” said Tyrese. “The fact that Oprah Winfrey took a monumental step to create a school in South Africa for the betterment of African children rather then just speak of change is commendable. The bible says- ‘No good deed shall go unpunished,’ and there are many critics out in the world turning up negative stones to find a flaw in this wonderful gift donated to South Africa by Oprah Winfrey. I stand with Oprah in the fight for change and positive world reform and I hope that people realize there will always be struggle and without struggle there is no progression. Please leave her alone and let the blessings she is offering outshine the public scrutiny she is facing.” Tyrese is absolutely right on this one. Who gives anyone the right dictate to Oprah how to spend her hard-earned money? Here in the United States, we treasure good education and hopes of achieving the American Dream. Why then is it a problem when Oprah decides to give that same hope to impoverished kids in South Africa? I wonder if the same people who criticize Ms. Winfrey for spending her money on the betterment of lives would react if some stranger tells them exactly how they need to spend their money. Also, does this mean that Black Ty will soon get dissed by 50 Cent who’s made it clear several times that he’s no fan of Oprah’s?
By: Rizoh Stevie Wonder was honored for his “music, activism and leadership” with performing-rights organization ASCAP’s inaugural “American Troubadour Award” at a star-stuffed gala in Washington, D.C. The event took place in the Cannon House Office Building’s Caucus Room at Capitol Hill, with Democrats and Republicans in attendance. To pay proper tribute, ASCAP invited some musical notables to perform Wonder’s songs Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Brian McKnight and Wyclef Jean were among the artists who delivered renditions of the crooner’s classic songs. Stevie colored the event by performing five songs, including “My Cherie Amour” and “Overjoyed.” Wonder also hooked up with Bennett for a rendition of their Grammy-winning hit, “For Once in My Life.” Stevie Wonder described music as a vehicle through which he can “be used to inspire and encourage,” and about songs being “part of a symphony that says to the leaders of the world, ‘Let’s end war.’ ”
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Believe it or not, Canibus has dropped seven albums since debuting in 1998 with Can-I-Bus. Even though it seems longer than a couple of years, Canibus’ last album Hip-Hop For Sale dropped in November 2005. Canibus now has announced his new album, For Whom the Beat Tolls, is set to drop in May. No tracklist has been announced but Canbus’ website, CANIBUSONLINE, said that there are 17 new tracks including the “greatest rhyme of all time ‘Poet Laureate Infinity,’” produced by DJ Premier. According to various fan websites, Canibus has been staying busy working on mixtapes and two other albums, including a sequel to Rip The Jacker. Apparently Canibus has also been working with everyone from one-time mentor to nemesis Wyclef Jean, Nas, MF Doom, Tyrese, Royce Da 5’9”, Mya and a bunch of other folks. We’ll believe it when we see it.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno According to Roger Friedman, a columnist for Fox 411 on Foxnews.com, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five should not be in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame because rock band The Dave Clark Five (or DC5) got more votes than the rap group. According to Friedman’s sources Rolling Stone Magazine publisher, Jann Wenner, who is chairman of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, went by an earlier tally to get the Grandmaster and the crew in there. "Jann went back to a previous ballot instead of taking the final vote as the last word," Friedman’s source said. "He used a technicality about the day votes were due in. In reality, The Dave Clark Five got six more votes than Grandmaster Flash. But he felt we couldn’t go another year without a rap act." According to the source, DC5 was actually the 5th place vote getter and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were sixth. But because of Jenner’s respect for hip-hop, he felt it necessary to get the group inducted this year.
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