By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Definitive Jux Records, the premier indie label launched by Company Flow’s El-P in 2000, is looking for the best unsigned DJs, emcees, producers and bands. In a partnership with mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, Def Jux is offering an EP deal to the best college acts. The artist can join the competition by signing up at bestmusiconcampus by December 14 to have a chance to have an EP released by Def Jux, have Def Jux artist Mr. Lif appear on the first single and have a video produced for rotation on mtvU and mtvU.com. The top 25 entrants will be determined by mid-December, and beginning December 19th, the college audience will vote on their favorite acts, while will determine who will become “Def Jukie”. Voting will end January 19th, 2007 and the winner will be announced at the end of the month. By the way, you have to be (or at least one member of the group) enrolled at an accredited college to participate!
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By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The nominees for the 2006 Billboard Awards were announced this week with both T.I. and Mary J. Blige getting five nominations, Ne-Yo with four nods and Chris Brown getting three nods. The award show will go down on December 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with performances by Janet Jackson, the Killers, Gwen Stefani, Fergie, the Fray, Mary J. Blige and Ludacris featuring Pharrell and Young Jeezy. Flavor Flav, Three 6 Mafia, Rihanna, Chris Brown, among other will make appearances. Here’s a partial list of the nominees: Artist of the year Chris Brown Nickelback Rascal Flatts Male artist of the year Chris Brown Ne-Yo Sean Paul Female artist of the year Beyonce Mary J. Blige Rihanna Duo/group of the year Nickelback The Pussycat Dolls Rascal Flatts New artist of the year Chris Brown The Fray Ne-Yo Album of the year "All the Right Reasons," Nickelback "High School Musical" soundtrack, Various Artists "Some Hearts," Carrie Underwood Hot 100 single of the year "Bad Day," Daniel Powter "Promiscuous," Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland "Temperature," Sean Paul Pop single of the year "Hips Don’t Lie," Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Promiscuous," Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland "Temperature," Sean Paul Soundtrack album of the year "Get Rich or Die Tryin’" "High School Musical" "Walk the Line" R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the year Mary J. Blige Jamie Foxx T.I. Male R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the year Jamie Foxx Ne-Yo T.I. Female R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the year Beyonce Mary J. Blige Mariah Carey Duo/group R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the year Dem Franchize Boyz The Isley Brothers Three 6 Mafia R&B/Hip-Hop album of the year "The Breakthrough," Mary J. Blige "King," T.I. "Unpredictable," Jamie Foxx R&B/Hip-Hop single of the year "Be Without You," Mary J. Blige "So Sick," Ne-Yo "Unpredictable," Jamie Foxx featuring Ludacris Rap artist of the year Sean Paul T.I. Yung Joc Rap album of the year "Tha Carter II," Lil Wayne "Curtain Call: The Hits," Eminem "King," T.I. Rap single of the year "It’s Goin’ Down," Yung Joc "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It," Dem Franchize Boyz featuring Lil Peanut & Charlay "Snap Yo Fingers," Lil Jon featuring E-40 & Sean Paul of the YoungBloodz
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno You die-hard UGK fans may have to wait a little longer for that new album. Originally set to drop on December 19, U.G.K. Underground Kings, a double album boasting 26 tracks, has been pushed back to February 27, 2007. The album will feature production from Jazzy Pha, Lil Jon, Swizz Beatz, Scarface, Marley Marl and Pimp C. Guest appearances from T.I., Rick Ross, Slim Thug, Sleepy Brown, Three Six Mafia, Willie D, Kool G Rap, and Big Daddy Kane will also be included on the album. The first single and video, “The Game Belongs to Me”, was produced by Pimp C and is getting some radio play with a video set to drop in January.
By: Rizoh A private meeting between Senator Barack Obama (D-Il) and multi-platinum selling rapper Ludacris took place at Obama’s Chicago office recently. Luda was in the Windy City to launch the YouthAIDS campaign designed to increase HIV/AIDS awareness at Northwestern University, Chicago. "We talked about empowering the youth," said Luda after the meeting. The rapper also said that the meeting was like meeting with a relative. Obama, a Presidential hopeful in 2008, refused to comment after their meeting but walked with Ludacris (born Chris Bridges) to the elevator as he left. Barack Obama is slated to appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," this Friday (December 1st) to discuss his new best-seller, The Audacity of Hope. Obama’s prior work, Dreams From My Father, earned him a Grammy Award in the Spoken Word Album category earlier this year. Luda‘s latest album, Release Therapy, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 back in September.
By:Rizoh Wu-Tang Clan veteran Raekwon the Chef is not a fan of Jay-Z’s new album, Kingdom Come, and he’s not afraid to say so. Performing at the Rock the Bells tour in New York Tuesday night, Raekwon told the crowd that he didn’t care for Jay-Z’s Kingdom Come, according to MTV News. "I don’t give a f— about him." Said Rae. He pointed out that he respects Jay’s business acumen, though. Kingdom Come became Jay-Z’s ninth No. 1 debut after selling 680,000 in its first week. Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II is due out on Aftermath Entertainment the first quarter of 2007.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The album won’t hit stores until December 5, but “Eminem Presents: The Re-Up” is available for listening over at MTV.com this week. The album, which features the entire Shady Records family, was mostly produced by Eminem (along with DJ Whoo Kid and the Alchemist) and is meant to introduce the world to new Shady artists Bobby Creekwater and Ca$his and reacquaint fans with Stat Quo. And although Proof does have a son on the album, Eminem previously announced that this project isn’t a Tribute to the slain emcee, but one is forthcoming. Here’s the tracklisting: 1. Shady Narcotics (Eminem Intro) – Eminem 2. We’re Back – Ca$his, , Eminem, , Stat Quo 3. Pistol Pistol [Remix] – Obie Trice 4. Murder – Kuniva, Bizarre 5. Everything Is Shady – Ca$his 6. Re-Up – Eminem, 50 Cent 7. You Don’t Know – Lloyd Banks, Ca$his, Eminem, 50 Cent 8. Jimmy Crack Corn – Eminem, 50 Cent 9. Trapped - Proof 10. Whatever You Want – Swifty McVay, Mister Porter, 11. Talkin’ All That – Ca$his 12. By My Side – Stat Quo 13. We Ride for Shady – Ca$his, Obie Trice 14. There He Is – Bobby Creekwater 15. Tryin’ Ta Win – Stat Quo 16. Smack That [Remix] – Akon, Bobby Creekwater, Stat Quo 17. Public Enemy #1 – Eminem 18. Get Low – Stat Quo 19. Ski Mask Way [Eminem Remix] – 50 Cent 20. Shake That [Remix] – Bobby Creekwater, Nate Dogg, Eminem, Obie Trice 21. Cry Now [Shady Remix] – Ca$his, Bobby Creekwater, Kuniva, Stat Quo, Obie Trice 22. No Apologies – Eminem
By: Rizoh Former "Saturday Night Live" regular and "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan was cuffed Tuesday in Manhattan on some drunken driving charges. Police said Morgan was driving erratically and later failed a breathalyzer test. At the time of the arrest, 38-year old Morgan told police that he had been to a club and had some drinks, according to reports. The comedian was then taken to the 33rd Precinct and charged with "driving while intoxicated" and "operating a motor vehicle while impaired." Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew F. Cooper released Morgan without requiring him to post bail, but ordered him to turn over his driver’s license. Morgan is no stranger to impaired driving charges. Last December, law enforcement stopped Morgan for speeding. They later found that his blood alcohol level was 0.13%, higher than the 0.8% legal limit. He’s been ordered back in court on January 4, 2007.
By Quibian Salazar-Morenoand Rizoh It’s been about six years since DJ Clue released an album. That was when Roc-A-Fella was at full force and Jay-Z and Dame Dash were inseparable chums. Fast forward to 2006, Clue is now signed to Def Jam and is gearing up to drop the Professional Pt. 3 on December 19. The first single, “Like This”, was produced by and features Kanye West alongside Fabolous. The album also features contributions from Snoop Dogg, Young Jeezy, Juelz Santana, Jadakiss, Swizz Beats, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, M.O.P., Jagged Edge, Cassidy, Beanie Sigel, The Game, Mario, Mario Winans and Mobb Deep. Other December releases from Def Jam include Young Jeezy, Ghostface Killa and Nas. 1. War 2. Clear Da Scene ft. Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross & Ransom (produced by DoughBoyz) 3. F*ck Off ft. Young Jeezy & Juelz Santana (produced by Develop) 4. The Gold ft. Mobb Deep (produced by DJ Clue) 5. I Really Wanna Know You ft. Jagged Edge & Fabolous (produced by DJ Clue) 6. A Week Ago, Part 1 ft. Mario Winans (produced by DJ Clue) 7. Like This ft. Kanye West & Fabolous 8. Almost F*cked ft. Snoop Dogg (produced by Lt. Hutton) 9. Grill & Woman ft. Mike Jones & Paul Wall (produced by Chops) 10. Liberty Bell ft. Beanie Sigel & Cassidy (producedby DJ Clue) 11. Da Boss 12. The Animal ft. Styles P (produced by DJ Clue) 13. Middle Finger U ft. Cam’ron & Juelz Santana (produced by DJ Clue) 14. Giantz of NYC ft. M.O.P. (produced by Heatmakerz) 15. You Don’t Really Wanna ft. Fat Joe & Remy Ma (produced by Baby Paul) 16. Ugly (Thug It Out) ft. Jadakiss (produced by Swizz Beatz) 17. A Week Ago, Part 2 ft. The Game & Mario (produced by DJ Clue) 18. Uptown
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though their album dropped way back in April, The Coup are still promoting Pick a Bigger Weapon like it dropped last week. The veteran Bay-area hip-hop group launched a new tour last week with Mr. Lif and will hit most of the west coast and mid-west. On December 16, the group will do a show with Hasidic reggae artist Matisyahu. Here’s the current itinerary: 11/28/06 San Francisco, CA The Independent 11/30/06 Los Angeles, CA Knitting Factory 12/01/06 San Diego, CA House Of Blues 12/02/06 Scottsdale, AZ Chaser’s 12/03/06 Durango, CO Abbey Theatre 12/05/06 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre 12/06/06 Denver, CO Quixote’s True Blue 12/09/06 Chicago, IL Abbey Pub 12/10/06 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop 12/12/06 Toronto, ON Mod Club 12/13/06 Montreal, QC Foufounes Electriques 12/15/06 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club / Lounge 12/16/06 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom 12/17/06 Baltimore, MD Ottobar 12/18/06 Washington, DC Black Cat Tue12/19/06 Philadelphia, PA Sanctuary @ First Unitarian Church Sun12/31/06 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though America voted Jennifer Hudson out of American Idol back in 2004, she knew she had the steez to move forward with a singing career. You can add acting to that career as well as Hudson is actually making an Oscar push for her performance as Effie in the upcoming flick, Dreamgirls. Then further proving everyone made a mistake in voting her off of American Idol, Hudson signed with Arista Records and will begin recording her debut album early next year. "Jennifer is a vocal wonder, a tremendously gifted artist," said Clive Davis, Arista founder and BMG U.S. Chairman. "Her extraordinary voice gives her a signature sound and distinguishes her from every singer on the horizon today. Jennifer is a very exciting new addition to the Arista family." "Clive Davis is a legend and I feel more than honored to be associated with him," Hudson added. "Because of his vision and hands on approach, Arista already feels like home. I can’t wait for us all to make beautiful music together." There’s no word on who Hudson will be working with but “Dreamgirls”, which also stars Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy will open on Christmas Day.
By: Rizoh Word on the streets is that singer and hip-hop hook supplier Akon will soon take his polygamous family to the screen. According to mediatakeout.com, the U.S-born Senegalese megastar will soon lunge into the celebreality world along with his three wives. The show, reportedly in its pre-production phase, will zoom in on Akon’s lifestyly behind the scenes his wives are expected to feature prominently. An insider told Mediatakeout.com that one of the three women is African while the other two are America. During an appearance on Hot 97, Akon disclosed that he believes in polygamy. "My dad has four wives. It’s all about maturity," Akon told Angie Martinez in September. He added: "I can afford to have as many wives as I want to have. Now will I choose to have it is my choice."
By: Rizoh Apologizing on "The Late Show with David Letterman" wasn’t enough to mend the broken relationship between Michael "Kramer" Richards and his African-American audience. The comedian, who railed against the black community recently when he referred to two hecklers as "niggers," has gone a step further by hiring strategic speech and media relations expert Howard Rubenstein. Rubenstein’s first task was to ring up Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Richards appeared on Jackson’s syndicated radio show, "Keep Hope Alive," where he offered another apology for his racist remarks. "The way this came through me was like a freight train. After it was over, when I went to look for them, they had gone. And I’ve tried to meet them, to talk to them, to get some healing," Richards said. According to publicist Howard Rubenstein, Richards has sought psychiatric counseling in Los Angeles to learn how to contain his anger. "He acknowledged that his statements were harmful and opened a terrible racial wound in our nation," Rubenstein said. "He pledges never ever to say anything like that again. He’s quite remorseful." Watch Michael Richards’ apology video
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After winning an American Music Award for Best R&B Artist-Male, and then sonning Michael Richards for his racist remarks (“When I see him, it’s on. I’m not going to let him get away with it. If I’d have been in the audience he would’ve had to put his dukes up. He probably should go get a private island somewhere, cause if I see him…"), Jamie Foxx has announced a nationwide tour. The tour will launch on December 26 in San Diego and run until April 5, ending in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. Here’s the itinerary: 12/26/06 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre 12/29/06 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena 12/31/06 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena 01/04/07 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati Music Hall 01/05/07 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre 01/06/07 Rosemont, IL Rosemont Theatre 01/13/07 Denver, CO Lecture Hall @ Colorado Conv. Ctr. 01/19/07 Hartford, CT Hartford Civic Center 01/21/07 Washington, DC Verizon Center 01/22/07 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena 01/25/07 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center 01/26/07 Buffalo, NY Shea’s Perf. Arts Ctr. 01/27/07 Syracuse, NY Landmark Theatre 01/28/07 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena 01/31/07 Jacksonville, FL Moran Theatre 02/01/07 Orlando, FL TD Waterhouse Centre 02/08/07 Columbus, OH Veterans Memorial Auditorium 02/10/07 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena 02/15/07 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center 02/16/07 Las Vegas, NV Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Resort 03/01/07 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre 03/03/07 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena 03/08/07 Houston, TX Toyota Center 03/10/07 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre 03/11/07 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center 03/15/07 Memphis, TN FedExForum 03/16/07 Nashville, TN Andrew Jackson Hall 03/17/07 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum 03/18/07 Columbia, SC Township Auditorium 03/23/07 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Bobcats Arena 04/05/07 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
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