By: Rizoh Ethan Willoughby, the Grammy nominated audio and mix engineer that helped shape albums by Black Eyed Peas, Busta Rhymes and Destiny’s Child, was struck and killed by a drunk driver in a car accident last Sunday (February 18th). Willoughby, 30, earned an engineering and production degree at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, AZ. He was mentored in music training by famed engineer Dave Pensado before making the transition to lead engineer. Mr. Willoughby would go on to work with Busta Rhymes, the Game, Brian McKnight, Common, Mya, Lionel Richie, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera. The Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am, who established a relationship with Ethan Willoughby while working on a remix of Bob Marley’s “Africa Unite,” described him as “one of the nicest, kindest people that God blessed us with.” “Ethan was one of the few people I trusted with my music, to mix it and make it sound perfect,” said will.i.am. Willoughby was nominated for Album of the Year at the 49th Grammy Awards for his work on Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds. Justin expressed sadness over the loss of his friend and collaborator: "I am deeply saddened by this loss. Ethan Willoughby was not only an amazing talent in the studio, but also an amazing person. We will all miss his presence and his love for music. We love you dearly, Ethan and we will carry on your love for what we hold so dear. A true gift to our industry.” Ethan is survived by his wife, Stephanie Cooper-Willoughby and daughters, Ava and Mycheala. He also left behind sister, Catherine; and parents, John and Barbara Willoughby. A memorial will be held in his honor at Morning View Studios in Malibu, CA on Saturday, February 24th at 11 AM. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of Ethan Willoughby.
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By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Super producer and emcee El-P recently dropped the first single from his forthcoming album, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, called “Flyentology.” The track features Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and was written after El-P experienced a near-fatal plane crash. The rapper already had a fear of flying, but when he was on a recent flight, one of the engines on the plane exploded and the plane had to make an emergency landing. Afterward, El-P reexamined his feeling on faith and religion. "I realized that my spiritual life exists only while on planes,” El-P said. “During the experience I found myself praying, and I don’t even know how to pray. So this is my song about religion, which I think a lot of people can relate to. It’s my admittance of being an a-hole who thinks he’s better than God until the very moment when I realize that not only am I not, but I really, really want God to love me and take care of me." The video for “Flyentology” will be produced by the folks at Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim and premiere on Comedy Central at a later date. The album, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, features appearances from The Mars Volta, Aesop Rock, Cage, Cat Power, and others and will drop on March 20.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno All you beatsmiths looking for a break, Eminem is giving you a chance. The rapper, along with his radio station Shade 45 on Sirius, have announced a remix contest allowing producers to remix “Jimmy Crack Corn” by Ca$his and Eminem from The Re-Up compilation album. All you have to do is visit Shade 45’s website (SIRUS), download the acapella to “Jimmy Crack Corn”, construct a beat for it and send it in to Shade 45. The rules? No samples are allowed and all beats must be your own. They will be choosing five finalists who will win a Shady Limited clothing prize pack with the grand prize winner winning a limited edition The Re-Up plaque signed by Eminem and a trip to the Sirius studios in New York. The winner’s remix will also stay in rotation on Shade 45 for three weeks. You have until March 7 to submit your beats, so get busy!
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Jennifer Hudson is having a monster year already and she’s only had one gig. Her performance as Effie in the film Dreamgirls has garnered her endless critical acclaim, a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, and an Oscar nomination for Supporting Actress. So how does Hudson celebrate? She goes to church! On Monday night, Hudson’s Chicago church organized "An Evening of Praise with Jennifer Hudson" starring your girl, backed by the Soul Children of Chicago. "I don’t do clubs. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke," she told the crowd of about 3,000 at Progressive Baptist Church. "I’m not having no club party; I better have a praise party." On Sunday, Hudson will be at the Academy Awards to see if she wins that Oscar.
By: Rizoh Michael Jackson is in stormy waters again. The family of a woman who died at a Santa Maria hospital has sued Jacko for inflicting emotional distress on them, claiming that his visit to the hospital the same day caused an emotional raucus. In February of 2005, the Santa Maria health facility allegedly transported 73-year old Manuela Gomez Ruiz from a 2-bed trauma room to make room for Michael Jackson. The lawsuit, filed in Santa Barbara County on the two-year anniversary of the death of Ruiz, blames Jackson and the hospital for “orchestrating an outrageous circus-like atmosphere” in the last hours of Ruiz’s life and the subsequent emotional effect. The plaintiffs, identified as Ruiz’s children, are asking for unspecified damages. A statement released by the hospital expresses sympathy to the Ruiz family while maintaining that patient care are always first priority at the facility.
By: Rizoh Busta Rhymes, who turned down a prosecutor’s offer of six months in jail as penalty for two assault charges, is now considering a judge’s deal that will allow him to walk free if he pleads guilty to a lesser assault charge. According to Manhattan Judge Tanya Kennedy said Busta (born Trevor Smith Jr.) could plead guilty to third-degree assault and enjoy a conditional discharge. The conditional release offer includes five days of community service, two weeks of youth lectures, and a six-month anger management program. What landed Busta in this hot soup in the first place? As previously reported on ihiphop.com, the 34-year old rapper threw punches at one of his drivers on December 26, 2006. The driver, Eddie Hatchet, had gone to Busta’s office to demand outstanding payment for his services. If Busta Bus accepts the plea deal, the charges would be dropped in six months. Regular folks would probably spend years in jail for a similar bust. It sure pays to be rich and famous.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Maybe they were inspired by their father’s Run Athletics Footwear, but whatever the case, Vanessa and Angela Simmons, daughter of Rev. Run of Run-DMC are launching a line of shoes. Named Pastry Footwear, the shoe line will consist of athletic shoes for women. The first collection is The Cake Collection launching on March 23 and will feature shoes with names like Chocolate Mousse (brown with pink highlights), Strawberry Shortcake (pink with white highlights), Red Velvet (red with white highlights) and Sprinkles (white with small multi-colored dots). Each pair of shoes will have a tube of lip gloss with it that will look and smell in coordination with the shoe. The shoes will be available at Underground Station stores and their website, which is in development.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Everyone knows who Anthony Anderson is. The name might not be familiar, but as soon as you see his face you can rattle off the dozens of movies he’s been in. From “Hustle & Flow” to “Me Myself & Irene,” not too mention his TV appearances in “The Shield”, “Til Death” and “The Bernie Mac Show”, plus his voice over work in video games like Scarface: The World is Yours and the upcoming Def Jam: Icon. Anderson’s hustle continues in the TV arena as he has been cast in the co-starring role for Fox’s “K-Ville”, a drama based in New Orleans. The show follows a pair of cops as they work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and try to rebuild the city. Anderson will play one of the cops who sincerely believes that if everyone pulls together, the city can thrive again. Anderson’s co-star will have an opposite view. You’ll also be able to see Anderson in the Transformers film opening on July 4.
By: Rizoh A 2-year old industry rumor was laid to rest last weekend when XM Satellite Radio and SIRIUS Satellite Radio entered into an agreement to merge into one company. The assets and holdings of the two companies will be combined in a tax-free, all-stock merger of equals with a combined enterprise value of approximately $13 billion, including net debt of approximately $1.6 billion. XM Chairman Gary Parsons will continue to lead the new company and Sirius CEO/President Mel Karmazin will run the combined operation. Under the terms of the merger, XM shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 4.6 shares of SIRIUS common stock for each share of XM they own. XM and SIRIUS shareholders will each own approximately 50 percent of the combined company. "We are excited for the many opportunities that an XM and SIRIUS combination will provide consumers," said Gary Parsons, Chairman of XM Satellite Radio and Hugh Panero, CEO of XM Satellite Radio, in a joint statement. "This combination is the next logical step in the evolution of audio entertainment," said Mel Karmazin, CEO of SIRIUS Satellite Radio. We sure hope it is.
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
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.”
iHipHop Blog Team