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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.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno BET and VH1 announced that they will join forces to produce a one-hour pilot for a drama called “Wifey”, written by Michael Elliott. The pilot will be directed by BET President of Entertainment, Reginald Hudlin (“House Party”). The show will be centered on a newly widowed wife of a hip-hop mogul who must put her life back together and try to run her late husband’s record label, similar to real life widowed wife, Tomica Wright, who ran Ruthless Records after her husband, Eazy E died of AIDS in 1995. After the “wifey” starts getting in the mix of the business, she realizes that the family’s fortunes were made from lies and crimes that threaten to destroy their music empire. So she and a couple of friends get together to try and make splash in today’s male-centric hip-hop world. Queen Latifah is on board as executive producer along with Shakim Compere and Dedra Tate for Flavor Unit, Michael Hirschorn and Maggie Malina for VH1, and Hudlin and Byron Phillips for BET. “I’ve always wanted to do a series like this. My first business was the music business, so doing this show with the networks VH1 and BET about the music industry is exciting for me and my partner Shakim,” Latifah said. “It’s going to be a fun show.” BET also announced that it has partnered with Verizon Wireless and its V Cast technology to provide content for mobile phones. BET’s V Cast channel, which is now available, will include interviews from 106 & Park, clips from American Gangster, College Hill, Comic View and other content from BET’s music specials and news programs. "Mobile video distribution is an integral part of our overall digital media strategy as our research clearly indicates that African Americans are both leading consumers of, and have the most enthusiasm for, mobile media," said Debra Lee, chairman and chief executive officer of BET Networks. "I’m very excited about our relationship with Verizon Wireless, as I believe our audience’s unique demand for mobile content, and our network’s content in particular will allow BET to have an outsized impact on mobile media consumption."
By: Rizoh Mark your calendar. From Nothin’ to Somethin’, the latest album from Fabolous is now set for release on March 27. The first single is "Diamonds" which features Young Jeezy has been making rounds on radio stations across the nation. Other guest artists on the album include: Timbaland, Ne-Yo, and Jazze Pha . From Nothin’ to Somethin’ is Fabolous’ first album since 2004’s Real Talk. Before being scooped up by Def Jam, Fab was previously signed to Elektra and Atlantic.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Vanilla Ice has teamed up with Turbo Tax for a Tax Rap contest where a “rapper” with the best rap about taxes can walk away with $25,000. Vanilla Ice will choose the winners, including first place, who will get $5,000 and 3rd place who will get $1,000. The top five viewer choice rappers will get a cubic zirconium piece of jewelry and all entrants will get free TurboTax software. They’re looking for video raps of two minutes or less with entries received by March 30. You can’t rhyme over someone else’s beat and it has to be completely original music or acapella. No curses, no thug stories, violence or nudity is allowed. Starting on March 31, visitors to the site will vote for their favorite rap videos and on April 8, the top 13 vote getters will be finalists. Vanilla Ice will judge the top 13 based on relevance to tax theme, creativity and entertainment value and select a grand prize winner. To submit your video, visitTAXRAP.
By: Rizoh Busta Rhymes has added fuel to the fire that engulfed the one year death anniversary of his bodyguard, Israel Ramirez. Last week, we told you about Ramirez’s outcry on Busta’s failure to cooperate with iinvestigators on the murder mystery. Well, Rhymes now says he feels no guilt over the shooting of his bodyguard. "It doesn’t hurt me (what the family say) because I don’t live with guilt,” Busta told MTV News recently. I didn’t do nothing. I didn’t contribute to that negative (in any) shape or form.” He added, "What I did, I offered my man an opportunity to make money to provide food on the table for his family. We were in a work environment which was supposed to be a controlled environment, a place where we were supposed to be productive. We had children on the set. The environment was a completely positive environment." "As far as certain family members feeling a certain way about me, I can never hold that against them because everybody gotta deal with tragedy in their own way. Especially when it’s direct personal tragedy. All I can do is try to be the greatest support system I could be despite how they want to use me as a punching bag. I’m cool with that." In February 2006, Ramirez was gunned down on the set of Busta’s “Touch It” music video.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation is looking for young film makers to submit their films as part of the 1st Semi-Annual Tupac Amaru Shakur Film Screening on March 10. The foundation is asking for film students to submit films 90 minutes or less with a PG-13 or lower rating for the “Selective Choice” film section of the event. The winner of the contest will have their film screened for an audience and have an opportunity to speak about their film after the showing. In addition, the event will also host a screening of “The Hip-Hop Project”, a documentary produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah. The film follows Kazi, a former homeless teenager, who inspires a group of New York teenagers to use hip-hop to tell their life stories. The film was well-received last year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Other films, released and unreleased will also be shown as the screening event. For more information, check out TASF.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno In the spirit of Talib Kweli and Madlib giving away their project, Liberation, for free, Little Brother and Mick Boogie are giving away their project, And Justus For All. The album (or mixtape), feature mostly original content from producers Khrysis, Focus, the Kickdrums, Nottz, Oddisee, Babu and RJD2 as well as guest appearances from Talib Kweli, Ray Cash, Kardinal Offishall, Rhymefest, Skillz and Bishop Lamont. But why for free? “It’s Christmas in February, Lol…” Boogie told HipHopCrack. “It’s about the music…not about the money.Just wanted to give back to the fans who have supported myself and Little brother over the years.” Fans can download the album for free atHALL OF JUSTUSor SENDSPACE. Here’s the tracklisting of the project: 1) Big Pooh: Intro (Poobie’s Song) 2) Little Brother and Chaundon: Can’t Stop Us (Produced by Young Cee) 3) Little Brother and Oddisee: Delusional (Produced by Oddisee) 4) Interlude: The Purpose Of Mixtapes 5) Little Brother and Skillz: Life of the Party Remix (Produced by Nottz) 6) Little Brother f/ Legacy: Best Kept Secret (Produced by RJD2) 7) Interlude: Wack Freestyles Little Brother f/ Rhymefest and Supastition: Do It To Death (Produced by Focus) 9) Phonte and Von Pea: A Word From Our Sponsors (Produced by Khrysis) 10) Interlude: The Justus League Crew 11) Phonte: Last Day 12) Little Brother: Never Leave (Produced by The Kickdrums) 13) Interlude: Mick Boogie, The A&R 14) Big Pooh f/ Ray Cash: Bring It On 15) Big Pooh, Bishop Lamont and Jozeemo: Without You 16) Interlude: Myspace Etiquette Part 1 17) Little Brother: The Pressure (Produced by Khrysis) 18) Little Brother and Joe Scudda: Fan Mail (Produced by Babu) 19) Interlude: Favorite Duos 20) Little Brother, Mos Def and Talib Kweli: Let It Go (Blackstar Version) (Produced by 9th Wonder) 21) Big Pooh and O-Dash: One Eleven 22) Interlude: Myspace Etiquette Part 2 23) Little Brother f/ Kardinal Offishall: Cross That Line Remix (Produced by 9th Wonder) 24) Little Brother f/ Cormega: Back At It (Khrysis Remix) 25) Little Brother f/ AZ: Rise And Fall (Produced by J. Cardim and Phonte) 26) Little Brother f/ Talib Kweli: Grown Man (Produced by Midi Mafia) 27) Little Brother: Outrolude
iHipHop Blog Team