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By: Rizoh From Mick Boogie, the brain behind Little Brother’s And Justus for All mix tape and Nas & AZ’s Executive Decision, comes Unbelievable: A Tribute to Biggie. The mix tape, available for download on the web, is hosted by Sean “Diddy” Combs and co-produced with newcomer Terry Urban. Aproject that many criticsare calling "the best Biggie mixtape ever," Unbelievable features original beats and plenty of remixes and blends. Guest features include: The Clipse, Ray Cash, Ness, Prodigy, The Game, and many others. Unbelievable is available for download on mickboogie.
By: Rizoh Suge Knight is at it again. The Death Row chief, who has been battling bankruptcy for awhile, is now considering pulling the plug on his label to seek a new direction with God. According to the New York Post, Suge visited the City of Refuge church in LA, where he heard a message by T.D. Jakes and Noel Jones that inspired his new decision. “They talked about the same thing, and it felt like they were talking straight to me,” Suge told the Post of the sermon he received in L.A. “I don’t want to be tied up with this for years. I want to move on with “We shouldn’t be constantly feeding negative energy to these kids,” he said. “You can get rich with the devil’s money, but you can only be happy with God’s money.” I guess, now that he’s run out of 2Pac CDs to sell, Suge figures it’s time for a change.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Joss Stone is already widely known as a singing prodigy within the industry but mainstream success still eludes her. With her new album, Introducing Joss Stone, she hooked up with Raphael Saadiq who produced most of the album. Although the project is short of guests, all she needs is Lauryn Hill and Common to contribute a verse or two. The album was co-written by Stone and will hit stores on March 20 with the first single, “Tell Me Bout It”, already making rotations. "It’s the first album that is truly me," Stone said. "These are my words, and this is who I am as an artist." She’ll be touring in support of the album beginning on April 27 in Mashantucket, Connecticut and will until June 13, ending in Vienna, Virginia. Here’s the current itinerary: 04/27 – Mashantucket, CT – Fosxwoods Resort & Casino 04/30 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory 05/06 – New Orleans, LA – Jazz & Heritage Festival 05/09 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues 05/12 – Alpine, CA – Viejas Concerts in the Park 05/15 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre 05/18 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom 05/21 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom 05/24 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre 05/27 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium 05/30 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues 06/02 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus 06/05 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis 06/08 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage 06/11 – Boston, MA – Avalon Ballroom 06/13 – Vienna, VA – The Filene Center
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno You always hear about the horror stories of artists getting screwed over by record labels. Most of the time it’s due to the artists not really paying attention to the contracts that they signed or not having a lawyer go over it thoroughly. But when a record label totally ignores the contract, that’s just straight disrespect! Apparently that’s what indie label Avatar Records did to hip-hop group, Deux Process, but group members Vise Versa and Chief Nek are not having. In a letter that is making it around the internet, Vise Versa gives Avatar Records CEO, Larry Robinson a verbal smackdown. The letter breaks down how advanced money was never received, how producers on the album were never paid, how the artist themselves paid for their own marketing and touring in support of their debut album, In Deux Time, and how distribution of the album only lasted seven months because the label’s distributor dropped them because of bad business practices. Here’s a piece of the letter: “…upon signing with your independent label, Avatar Records, I did not "expect" to become a star overnight, I did not "expect" to receive a massive promotions budget, I did not "expect" to receive radio or video spins, nor did I "expect" to have the clout of a major label machine behind us….I did however "expect" to have the written contract between us honored to the letter, and upon signing and executing it we lived up to every commitment required and "expected" of us. Unfortunately, you, Larry Robinson, and your label, Avatar Records did not live up to ANY of the written obligations "expected" of your company in a contract YOU WROTE, and that was, unfortunately, very "unexpected."” Deux Process says they are owed $15,000 from the label and are asking for the rights of their debut album back. To view the letter in its entirety and to see how Deux Process said they were screwed over, check out COLORADO HIPHOP.
By: Rizoh An Irish court has summoned Eminem to testify in a court dispute brought about by the cancellation of his 2005 Slane Castle show. Officials at the High Court have issued a request for the rapper to give evidence as part of a legal battle among promoter MCD and its insurance companies. The Michigan emcee cancelled the Sept. 17, 2005, concert as part of the Anger Management tour, citing exhaustion. The 80,000 tickets for the open-air gig had sold out within an hour. Concert promoters MCD are now seeking $2 million compensation from three London-based insurance companies after they refused to pay up after the cancellation of the gig. After this, Em might want to think twice before pulling out of a major show on grounds of exhaustion. Maybe next time he’s burned out, he’ll guzzle a couple of Red Bulls and keep moving.
By: Rizoh In case you’re still sleeping on Nas’ Hip-Hop Is Dead LP, the Queens vet has a wake-up call in the bags for you. Nas teamed up with MTV for a music showcase, “MTV Live” series, slated for broadcast on March 15th. The concert series is being optimized to run across MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Tr3s, MTV.com, as well as on MTV Mobile via Verizon’s Wireless V-CAST. MTV joined forces with Verizon for the new event series which will feature live artist performances each month, recorded in front of a live audience at the Hard Rock Cafe NY in Times Square. You will then be required to pay an arm and a leg in order to watch on your 2-inch cell phone screen. Tracks to be performed by Nas on the series include: “Hip Hop Is Dead,” “Let There Be Light” (with Trey Williams), “Can’t Forget About You” (with Chrisette Michele), “New York State of Mind,” and “Hustlers.”
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been an exhilarating few months for Jennifer Hudson with her performance in Dreamgirls garnering her Golden Globe, Oscar and NAACP Image awards. Now the endorsements are starting come her way. J-Hud recently struck an endorsement deal with Avon products to promote the Imari Fragrance brand. "This is an honor for me and very flattering," Hudson said. "With the success of ‘Dreamgirls’ and now an Oscar, it’s been an incredible few months. And now, to partner with Avon is really a dream come true for me. It’s exciting to be representing the Imari brand, which really embodies confidence and femininity." The new fragrance, Imari Seduction, will go on sale in August. Hudson’s first assignment as an Avon rep will be at Global Summit for a Better Tomorrow, presented by the Virtue Foundation in partnership with Avon, happening at the United Nations in New York City.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Timbaland is topping the charts with the work he did for Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake and he’s already getting a huge buzz for his upcoming album, Timbaland Presents: Shock Value. And even though he’s currently working with 80’s pop band Duran Duran on a new album, he has one thing on his mind: saving Britney Spears. ”I feel her pain, it really bothers me,” Timbaland told Entertainment Weekly. ”I’m the type of person who tries to save the world. I just want to take her away, go overseas, and work [it] out.” He apparently even asked Justin Timberlake if he’d be down for the rescue mission. ”I asked Justin, ‘How would you feel about me working with Britney?’ I had to ask him that. I said, ‘Would you do it with me?”’ He said. “She’s just gotta be serious. I just want to hold her hand. I want her to be in my camp, to be around Justin. I need Justin to talk to her. Help her, please!” Spears is currently chillin’ at rehab in southern California at the Promises Malibu inpatient treatment center.
By: Rizoh Remember the guy who claimed that Sean “Diddy” Combs punched him in the jaw in an attempt to steal his girl? Well, Diddy’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman says Mr Combs did not knucle anyone and that Mr Rechnitzer suffered no injuries or damages whatsoever. Brafman added that the case is “just an example of an opportunist seeking to fabricate a lawsuit based on a flat-out lie to try take advantage of Mr. Combs.” According to TMZ.com, Retzinger filed a lawsuit quoting Diddy as saying: “What the f**k you looking at, dude? I’ll smack flames out of your a**!” One thing is certain: Someone’s lying their a** off.
By: Rizoh Someone is definitely going to eat like a King iin New York this week, but it’s not Kanye West. Contrary to early reports that West had ordered a $3,900 curry to be delivered from the UK to New York, Def Jam spokesperson Gabe Tesoriero has called the story false. "There is no meeting in New York. There never has been," spokesman Gabe Tesoriero The British Raj restaurant confirmed that the food was en route to New York by plane. It said the bill was being footed by a promotion company called Raw Soul. On a related note, Kanye is set to headline a show in Malaysia’s Stadium Negara on April 8th.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno People may try to hate on the FCC, but indie and local artists will be getting a lot more love because of them. This week the Federal Communications levied the largest fine in history, $12.5 million, against the four largest radio conglomerates in the nation for payola practices. Clear Channel Communications, CBS Radio, Entercom Communications, and Citadel Broadcasting alleged received money, plane tickets, clothes, and a bunch of other expensive gifts from record companies to play songs on their stations. But the big news is, in addition to paying the monstrous fine; the stations have agreed to set aside 8,400 half hour segments of free airtime for the next three years to dedicate solely to independent and local artists. The segments have to be aired between 6 a.m. and midnight. "I think it’s a real breakthrough in the battle to wipe payola off the airwaves," FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein told the L.A. Times. "If you take payola out of radio then music gets heard on the basis of merit, not on the basis of who’s got wads of cash backing the artist. That’s likely to make radio fresher and restore its vitality."
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno We know Wyclef has been making hits with Shakira and Lauryn Hill pops up here and there but is basically boycotting the industry at the moment, but where has Pras been? Will the rapper has hired new management with hopes of getting more of his projects a little more attention. Pras recently finished his documentary, Skid Row, where he lives in L.A.’s infamous skid with nothing more than nine bucks in his pocket. Pras will also appear in the Jennifer Lopez-produced film, Reggaeton, where a cat from the South Bronx gets into a bad deal with some local thugs and escapes to Puerto Rico. Pras will also appear in the films Mutant Chonicles, a sci-fi action flick starring Ron Perlman and John Malkovich and Go-Go Tales, a comedy starring Willem Dafoe and Matthew Modine. Pras is also planning to drop an album with a movie to go with it later this year.
By: Rizoh …And in today’s episode of “Only in Texas,” a Texas teenager, Demetris McCoy, has been arrested after police found a video of him showing his 2-year old and 5-year old nephews how to smoke marijuana. “In 25 years in law enforcement, I’ve never seen anything like this, either on a local level or the national level,” said director of public safety for the city of Watauga, Bruce Ure. Ure added that it’s probably not the first time 2-year old has been exposed to marijuana. "The small child, he has a horrible cough. He’s got a smoker’s cough. His voice is raspy which is indicative of a lot of tobacco smoke. It’s horrible." The children’s uncle, 17-year-old Demetris McCoy, and his friend, 18-year-old Vanswan Polty, have been charged with injury to a child. The felony carries a penalty of probation to 10 years in prison. The boys were removed from their Watauga home last week after police uncovered the videotape while searching the house during a burglary investigation. Child Protective Services will hold a hearing later this month to determine whether they will be returned to their mother. Authorities say the children’s mother claimed to have been asleep in a back bedroom during the incident. I’m sure we can find a way to blame this on either: a) hip-hop or b) “the white man.” But just imagine the level of damage this can do to those tots’ brains. See the disgusting video for yourself:
By: Rizoh An Austin, Texas, disc jockey named Sam Allred has been suspended over racially insensitive remarks on air about Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. Nelson Linder of the NAACP told Austin’s KXAN TV that the group is working on getting Allred to apologize publicly. Here’s a transcript of the controversial on-air conversation between Sam Allred and Bob Cole, hosts of KVET’s Sam and Bob show: Allred: "What happened to Bama Rock or whatever his name is?" Cole: "He’s moving up in the polls. Obama." Allred: "He’s a likeable guy." Cole: "He’s ‘clean’ is what what’s-his-name said. Joe Biden told us that." Allred: "Clean darky." Cole: "Sammy!" Apparently the station held some serious discussions about Sam’s remarks, because after they came back from a commercial break he tried to set the record straight by saying: “See, I was making fun of politicians who say things like that.” The NAACP disagrees. “That kind of ignorance has no place in this country in 2007," said Linder. "To me, the entire context was basically inappropriate," he said. "Humor doesn’t lessen the impact of racism, and I think that should be very, very clear to everybody." Allred, on the other hand, vehemently denied that anything controversial was said on the show. “It’s called the First Amendment,” he said, “and you get the right to say anything.” In what they’re hoping to pass off as an apology, KVET said this on their website: “During an on-air broadcast on3/1/07 onKVET FM, a statement was made that might have been heard as offensive to some of our listeners. It is not our station’s intention to be offensive. It is our stations’ policy that we do not discriminate against individuals regardless of race, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation.”
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