By Quibian Salazar-Moreno If you’re an indie artist, it’s no likely that you’ll get the radio, TV, and marketing push you need to go platinum. So in order to make a living? Tour like crazy. Rhymesayers artist Brother Ali did 140 shows last year that included tours with Rakim and Atmosphere. For 2007, he plans on doing that and then some. Ali is planning on dropping his new album, The Undisputed Truth, on April 10 and also plans to head across the country to promote the album. Joining Ali will be Rhymesayers artists Psalm One and DJ BK One with Trama, OneBelow, Reef the Lost Cauze and Boom Bap Project on select dates. The tour begins in Duluth, Minnesota on April 10 and will run until June 8, ending in Minneapolis. Here’s the current itinerary: Tue-Apr-10 Duluth, MN Pizza Luce Wed-Apr-11 Fargo, ND House of Rock Thu-Apr-12 Mankato, MN What’s Up Lounge Fri-Apr-13 Iowa City, IA Picador Sat-Apr-14 Omaha, NE Sokol Underground Mon-Apr-16 Aspen, CO Belly Up Tue-Apr-17 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre Thu-Apr-19 Menomonie, WI Blue Devil Lounge Fri-Apr-20 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon Sat-Apr-21 Chicago, IL Subterranean Sun-Apr-22 Bloomington, IN Bluebird Mon-Apr-23 St. Louis, MO Washington University Tue-Apr-24 Louisville, KY Uncle Pleasants Wed-Apr-25 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig Sat-Apr-28 Columbus, OH Skully’s Music Diner Sun-Apr-29 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop Tue-May-01 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Lounge Wed-May-02 Boston, MA Middle East Thu-May-03 New York, NY Knitting Factory Fri-May-04 Philadelphia, PA The Church Sat-May-05 Baltimore, MD Ottobar Sun-May-06 Charlottesville, VA Starr Hill Tue-May-08 Carrboro, NC Cats Cradle Fri-May-11 Orlando, FL The Social Sat-May-12 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn Mon-May-14 Birmingham, AL The Nick Tue-May-15 New Orleans, LA Parish @ HOB Wed-May-16 Austin, TX Emos Lounge Thu-May-17 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad Fri-May-18 Tucson, AZ Club Congress Sat-May-19 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Sun-May-20 Pomona, CA Glasshouse Tue-May-22 San Diego, CA Belly Up Wed-May-23 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour Thu-May-24 San Luis Obispo, CA Downtown Brew Fri-May-25 San Francisco, CA Slims Sat-May-26 Reno, NV New Oasis Tue-May-29 Eugene, OR Wow Hall Wed-May-30 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre Thu-May-31 Seattle, WA Vera Project Fri-Jun-01 Bellingham, WA Night Light Sat-Jun-02 Missoula, MT The Loft Mon-Jun-04 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge Tue-Jun-05 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre Wed-Jun-06 Kansas City, KS Record Bar Thu-Jun-07 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews Fri-Jun-08 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
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By: Rizoh "While you were busy poring over pictures of Britney’s baldy, readers around the world were canceling magazine" Beyonce’s pictorials in the new swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated. Hiphopcrack.com has learned that subscribers have been calling SI offices to complain about the March issue which is dubbed “the music issue.” Word on the street is that their gripe has more to do with the number of African-American artists featured in the issue. Evidently the swimsuit issue, which also features Kanye West, Three-6-Mafia and Gnarls Barkley posing with SI models, is being renamed the “ghetto issue” by angry subscribers and readers on message boards. Despite all the complaints, Beyonce says she’s proud of her looks in the magazine. Who knew that people would be angered by so much beauty?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Things have been looking up for Jamie Foxx in the past year, selling albums, getting nominated for Grammys and such. He’s always had a tight hairline as well, but now the person who was hooking him up is suing him for non-payment. Stacy Young, a well-known celebrity stylist filed a lawsuit charging that Foxx hired her in June 2006 for the BET Awards and agreed to pay her $2,850 a day, but was never paid. She was also hired to take care of Foxx while promoting Miami Vice, where she supposed to earn $3,000 a day, but was never paid. The lawsuit also says that Foxx and his people also failed to reimburse her for costs in connection to doing both jobs. Foxx’s publicist, Alan Nierob said he knew nothing of the lawsuit. In the meantime, Foxx is still promoting his album, Unpredictable, on a nationwide tour until April.
By: Rizoh It’s not unusual for hip-hop to come under fire every now and then. In fact, it’s been a while since hip-hop last caught any backlash. Alfred “Coach” Powell, a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, has rekindled the debate on hip-hop’s depiction of negative images and lifestyles. The professor was the keynote speaker at a Youth Empowerment Seminar hosted Weisser Park Youth Center. At the seminar put together by Stop the Madness Inc., Powell condemned rap music for promoting profanity and promiscuous clothing styles, among other things. “It breaks my heart to hear conversations between young people today, and every other word is profanity,” he said. Powell, the author of Hip-Hop Hypocrisy: When Lies Sound Like the Truth, encouraged young people to get educated and stay active in the community. Rap music has been blamed for everything from teen violence to immorality. But who’s really to blame here—the artists, the fans, or the industry?
By: Rizoh As if spending a night in jail for allegedly throwing hair glue and spitting at a beauty shop employee, Foxy Brown might soon be facing more drama. Hayssam Ghoneim, the victim of Brown’s spit-spewing assault, has threatened to sue the rap drama queen for the incident. Ghoneim recently told the New York Post that he hopes to pay off his mortgage with whatever money he’s able to cough out of Fox Boogie. "She definitely has to pay for what she did – one way or another," he said. For the second time in three years, Foxy Brown faces criminal charges for a beauty parlor-related incident. The 27-year old femcee spent the night in jail last Thursday after she allegedly threw hair glue at Ghoneim and later swatted a police officer. She left jail Friday afternoon after a $1,500 bond was posted. Foxy’s now being charged with battery and resisting an officer with violence. Not to mention that she’s also on probation for assaulting two workers in a Chelsea nail salon back in 2004. You’d think Foxy would have learned to stay away from beauty shops by now.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Over the weekend, rumors swirled among the hip-hop industry about the death of E-40 either in a car accident or a drive-by shooting. Now E-40’s reps posted a message on E-40’s blog dispelling the rumors. “I am writing to dispel any and all of the rumors currently circulating concerning the health and safety of Earl Stevens p/k/a E-40,” the message said. “Mr. Stevens is alive and well in Las Vegas enjoying all-star weekend and has not been the victim of any shooting or accident. Sick Wid It Records, Chaz Hayes, and 40 Water thank all those who have expressed concern and kept 40 in their prayers and urge whoever is responsible for generating these outrageous rumors to contemplate the gravity of their actions and stop immediately.” There’s no word on how the rumors started or if 40 was involved in any incident at all. The rapper’s publicist, Tresa Sanders, also released a statement shutting down the rumor. “The rumor of E-40 in a car crash is false,” Sanders said in an emailed statement. “This email is being sent to address the numerous inquiries that have come into the offices of Tremedia in regard to E-40. E-40 has not been in a car crash and no harm has come to him in any way. Thanks for your concern.”
Gillie Da Kid was released from jail on Friday. Check out his first interview HERE.
By: Rizoh Nike has recruited four incredible wordsmiths, Kanye West, Nas, Rakim, and KRS-One, for their official Air Force 1 25th anniversary song. The much talked about collaboration, appropriately titled "Better Than I’ve Ever Been," was produced by Rick Rubin. The original song and a remix of the track by DJ Premier and featuring the addition of Rakim, titled "Classic (Better Than I’ve Ever Been DJ Premier Remix)" will be available on iTunes on February 20th. The tracks will be sold individually and all NIKE and artist proceeds from sales of the track will be donated to the "NIKE Youth Sport for Change Fund," to support youth programs that use sport as a catalyst for change. CLICK HERE TO HERE TO LISTEN TO "CLASSIC"
By: Rizoh Chances are you’ve already heard Black Milk’s Popular Demand, even though it’s not due out until March 13th. Like most eagerly-awaited albums, Popular Demand has spilled onto the hands of bootleggers, and Fat Beats Records is aware of this. Hiphopcrack.com has learned that Fat Beats will now add a bonus CD in order to combat the leak. Whereas many would resolve to finger-pointing here, the Detroit rapper/producer isn’t complaining. "The label felt they had to give people more than their money’s worth," said Black Milk. "I think the album will be that much more special if the fans can get some extra songs on there." The bonus disc contains 6 exclusive instrumentals and 3 non-album tracks, including “Keep It Live,” collaboration with Mr. Porter of D-12. Black Milk got his start by lacing tracks for Slum Village and has produced songs for Lloyd Banks, Pharoahe Monch, and Canibus. Popular Demand is due out on March 13th via Fat Beats. BLACK MILK
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Seventeen years ago, Milli Vanilli won a Grammy for best new artist and was given praise for their hit album, “Girl, You Know It’s True.” Little did everybody know that the two dudes that were dancing around in the videos, Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus, weren’t the actual cats singing on the record. The background story to their life is full of deception, betrayal and heartbreak and all of it is coming to the big screen. Universal Pictures have acquired the rights to the film and it will be written and directed by Jeff Nathanson, who is writing Rush Hour 3 with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. "I’ve always been fascinated by the notion of fakes and frauds, and in this case, you had guys who pulled off the ultimate con, selling 30 million singles and 11 million albums and then becoming the biggest laughing-stocks of pop entertainment," Nathanson told Variety. "Fabrice had always refused to sell their rights; he was very cautious of Hollywood after all he’d been through. But my intention is to tell this story from their point of view." There’s no word on when the film is to begin production or who will portray Rob and Fabrice.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been six years since R&B superstar, Maxwell, dropped his last album Now and fans have been eagerly anticipating new music. Last year the singer announced that 2007 would see new music and would be giving fans a new single last fall and his new album on Valentine’s Day eve. Later on, Maxwell then announced that the album wouldn’t be ready by Valentine’s Day Eve and promised that he would give up a single instead. As fans staked out his website, the day came and went with no new music. “We were mixing it and it got so late and yeah well better safe than sorry,” Maxwell posted on his blog at 2-something in the morning Valentine’s Day. “I’d still be in there today but we been on these records for four weeks straight with no break and well the technicians needed love time with they girl-friendz and/or wifeyz n such. To anyone out there still pissed about the delay, hey, my bad. i’m not happy about it TRUST…not a happy valentine but lots of love is focused into what I hope will open your heart’s very, um, eh, uh…soon?” The next three years will see three new albums from Maxwell as part of trilogy called Black Summer’s Night. The 2007 album still has no firm release date, but don’t hold your breath. Black Summer’s Night was announced in 2003 and originally scheduled for a 2004 release. Keep your eye on his website, MUZE.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though Jennifer Hudson has been getting most of the “Dreamgirls” attention, Beyonce is holding her own on the music side and just scored the cover of Sports Illustrated 2007 Swimsuit Issue. Beyonce is the first non-athlete or non-model to be featured on the cover of the magazine’s swimsuit issue. Beyonce is sporting a yellow and pink bikini designed by her and her mother for there House Dereon clothing line. For the spread, Beyonce modeled on a Florida beach. In addition to Beyonce, the issue also features a Tyra Banks spread, which will probably be her last, sporting the same bikini she wore ten years ago when she graced the cover of the swimsuit issue. She was the first Black woman to appear on the cover of SI’s swimsuit issue. "I was about 140 pounds on that cover … and I’m 161 now," the 5-foot-10 TV host told The Associated Press.. "I’d say I looked like a stripper when I put it on." To take a look at pictures, including Beyonce’s 37-photo spread, visit SPORTSILLUSTRATED.
By: Rizoh She’s known for singing sad songs, but Toni Braxton is chanting a happy tune right now. The Grammy-winning songstress has finally excruciated herself from the tentacles of Blackground Records and her former manager, Barry Hankerson. According to a statement released yesterday, Braxton is no longer obligated to Hankerson or to Blackground. She’s now a free agent. Her trial lawyer, Peter L. Haviland said that the settlement allows Ms. Braxton immediately to start new projects of her choice. "She wanted to end her relationship with Blackground and Barry Hankerson, and she has. Money has never been what motivates her. Integrity — artistic and personal – does," said Haviland. "My freedom from Barry Hankerson is priceless, and means everything to me," Toni added. As previously reported on ihiphop.com, Braxton filed a lawsuit against Hankerson claiming that he actively sought to destroy her relationship with Arista through underhanded ‘double-talk.’ According to the lawsuit filed in January, Hankerson was telling Braxton that Arista was not interested in working with her anymore, while telling Arista that Braxton no longer wanted to record for Arista. After leaving Arista Records in 2003, Toni Braxton went on to sign a multi-record deal with Blackground Records, where she recorded only one album. Mr. Hankerson attempted to lure her back to Blackground by sending her an advance in December of 2006 to record a second Blackground album. Braxton turned down the offer, and chose to return the advance rather than stay with Blackground. Her new settlement agreement terminates any remaining contractual obligations to Mr. Hankerson or to Blackground.
By: Rizoh If you’ve never been interested in the Russel Simmons-championed "Get Your Money Right" financial empowerment tour, maybe this will get your attention. Free, the bootyful VJ that once hosted BET’s 106 & Park will be joining the “Get Your Money Right” tour of 2007 as a moderator. Free will help with panel discussion at each Hip-Hop Summit Action tour this year. "I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of this year’s HSAN movement," said Free."I applaud Russell Simmons, Dr. Benjamin Chavis and HSAN for historically and consistently focusing their energies on the pulse of our social issues. I know what some of you are thinking…’ What exactly is financial literacy? How and where do you get it?’ More important, ‘How do you keep it?’ Well, in our communities across the nation, the misunderstanding of what exactly Financial Empowerment can and should mean, continues. We shall set out to inform our audiences (YOU) at these Summits about becoming ‘financially literate’ and remaining ‘financially sound’. P.S. Real Talk y’all…I’m coming to learn, too, so let’s get empowered TOGETHER!See you there!" Mark your calendars. The 2007 tour will make seven stops including Houston, Texas, March 3; Detroit, Mich., April 14; Toronto, Ontario, August; Greensboro, N.C., September 8; Washington, D.C., September 29; Miami, Fla., October 20 and Atlanta, Ga., November 3. It looks like someone’s trying to stage a big comeback. Hey, we’re not complaining.
iHipHop Blog Team