By:Rizoh Will Smith will soon join fellow hip-hop artists Jay-Z and Nelly as co-owners of an NBA franchise if his bid for a stake in the Philadelphia 76ers goes through. Smith,38, is one of several investors interested in purchasing the Philadelphia 76ers from Comcast Spectacor, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Four groups are currently in the running, including one that led by Hall of Famer Julius Erving. Erving played most of his professional seasons with the Sixers before being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. Two finalists will be announced by the end of the month with the winner selected by the end of the year. The winning bid is expected to exceed $400 million.
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By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Pitbull just released his debut album, M.I.A.M.I., in 2004 but it feels like he’s been in the game for much longer than two years. Still thriving off the hit singles “Culo” and “Toma”, Pitbull is set to drop his latest album on Halloween. Leading off with a new single called “Bojangles”; Pit’s new album El Mariel feature guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Wyclef Jean, Lil Jon, Ying Yang Twins, Fat Joe, Ken Y, Rick Ross, Trick Daddy and DJ Khaled. "They have this misconception," Pitbull said about the hip-hop industry trying to classify him. "They’ll say, ‘He’s just this Latin rapper, he’s a reggaeton act, he’s crunk.’ They don’t know what to say about me. [After El Mariel] a lot of folks are gonna start saying, ‘You gotta watch out for that boy Pit.’" Production duties are being handled by Pharrell, Wyclef, Lil Jon, and Mr. Collipark. The album title, El Mariel, is named after the infamous Cuban boatlift that relocated almost 125,000 cubanos to Florida in 1980. You can also listen for Pitbull in the new video game, Scarface: The World is Yours as he voices one of Tony Montana’s henchmen.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Jay-Z agreed to be a secret character in NBA Live 07 for Xbox 360 and PS3, but if you expect to see him in the recently announced Def Jam: Icon, think again. Last week EA Games announced the development and release of Def Jam: Icon for Xbox 360 and PS3 in March 2007. Past games have featured most of Def Jam’s roster of artists like Ghostface Killa, Ludacris and Slick Rick, but never Jay-Z. And he won’t be on this one either. "Jay doesn’t do fighting games," Former Def Jam prez Kevin Liles said at an EA PS3 event in San Francisco. "He’s an avid gamer. He’s a ‘Madden’ fan. He’s a great friend of mine. But that’s not something he does. I guess it’s important to him to keep a certain cool that he has." So that dream matchup between Nas and Jigga? Not gonna happen. Apparently Hova doesn’t want people fantasizing about beating him up.
By: Rizoh Esteemed southern rap duo UGK returns with a self-titled double LP this December. It’s the first UGK longplayer since 2001′s Dirty Money. The album, Underground Kingz: Return to Trill is slated for Dec. 19 via Jive Records. It will feature 20 songs including the Jazze Pha-produced the first single, "Stop & Go." Other producers on Underground Kingz include fellow Texas great Scarface, Lil Jon, Swizz Beatz, as well as UGK’s Pimp C. Perhaps the most eye-popping collaboration is a track titled "H-Town" which features Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane, with Marley Marl on the boards. Guest rappers include Rick Ross, Slim Thug, and Sleepy Brown. UGK helped popularize southern rap with their 1988 debut, The Southern Way. Their gargantuan reputation earned them collaborations with a wide range of artists. In 2000, Bun B and Pimp C made a notable appearance on Jay-Z’s "Big Pimpin’," which peaked at No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100. In 2005, Bun B made his long-overdue solo debut with the gold-certified album, Trill. Pimp C released his own solo disc, Pimpalation, in July 2006.
By: Rizoh Producer/rapper Jermaine Dupri has confirmed widespread speculations that he has stepped down from his top executive position as head at Virgin Records. Dupri, boyfriend of Janet Jackson told The Associated Press that he has resigned as a President of Urban Music department at Jackson’s label, Virgin, amid poor sales of her new album, 20 Y.O. "Since there are so many rumors running rampant about my position at Virgin Records, I feel that it is necessary to set the record straight," Dupri said. JD also shot down rumors that he was given the boot as opposed to leaving on his own. "I was not forced out of the company, I made a decision that it was in my best interest to leave." Janet Jackson’s new album was outsold by Ludacris’ Release Therapy in the opening week. According to sales figures, Jackson’s currently occupies the No. 28 position with a total of 443,076 scans. It has not been established yet if Jermaine Dupri will also move the distribution of his label, So So Def, from Virgin.
By:Quibian Salazar-Moreno What started off as just a mixtape has evolved into a full-fledged compilation album featuring the Shady Records roster. The Re-Up mixtape was initially supposed to get the spotlight on new Shady artists Stat Quo, Ca$his and Bobby Creekwater, but Eminem wanted to take it a step further. “What happened is that the material was so good and the tracks were getting produced like a regular album,” Eminem said.“Instead of putting it out there rough and unfinished, I thought we should add some other new tracks, make it a real album, and put it in the record stores to give these new artists a real boost.” The album was executive produced by Em and he also produced most of the tracks along with The Alchemist. The album is set to drop on December 5 and features not only the new cats previously mentioned but also Eminem, 50 Cent, Obie Trice, Lloyd Banks, D12, and Akon. The rumor of unreleased Proof and D12 music to be on the compilation is false, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t coming. “The D12 album and those unreleased songs with Proof are coming,” Eminem said.“But The Re-Up is about these new artists and these new songs.It isn’t fair to them or to the memory of Proof to mix them up.”
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Admit it; the melody has been stuck in your head for months. It’s probably because Jibbs hit single, “Chain Hang Low” has sold more than one million ring tones, the second artist to ever do so (the other was Rick Ross). The jewelry praising song is the first single off of Jibbs debut album, Jibbs feat. Jibbs, which dropped this week. Jibbs also announced that he will be joing the Scream Tour alongside Yung Joc, Omarion, Ne-Yo, Pretty Ricky, Sammie and One Chance starting in November. Here’s the itinerary: Wednesday, November 22nd Miami, FL American Airlines Arena Friday, November 24th Greensboro, NC Coliseum Saturday, November 25th Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena Sunday, November 26th Atlanta, GA Philips Arena Friday, December 1st Memphis, TN Fedex Forum Saturday, December 2nd St. Louis, MO Savvis Center Sunday, December 3rd Kansas City, MO Kemper Arena Friday, December 8th Oakland, CA Coliseum Sunday, December 10th Los Angeles, CA Forum Thursday, December 21st Hampton, VA Coliseum Friday, December 22nd Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center Saturday, December 23rd New York, NY Madison Square Garden Tuesday, December 26th Detroit, MI Joe Lewis Arena Thursday, December 28th Chicago, IL Allstate Arena Friday, December 29th Cleveland, OH CSU Wolstein Center Saturday, December 30th Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena Sunday, December 31st Washington DC Verizon Center
By: Rizoh Rapper C-Miller (born Cory Miller), currently under house arrest, has been barred from giving interviews to promote his new album, says the judge overseeing his case. The Louisiana rapper, formerly known as C-Murder, is awaiting a retrial for the murder of teenager Steve Thomas in Louisiana in 2002. "I guess the music will have to speak for itself," said Louisiana District Judge Martha Sassone. C-Miller, 35, was jailed for life in 2003, but won a retrial because prosecutors withheld information about witnesses. Miller’s current house arrest is part of a condition of his $500,000 bail. He had requested permission to give promotional interviews for his upcoming album, but prosecutors argued that he had only been given bail to help prepare for his retrial. "Capitol Records will have to find another way to advertise it," said Ms Sassone. "There’ll be no interviews, no music videos." The good news, however, is that Miller will be allowed to have his photograph taken, and the judge also agreed to let him into his back yard to play with his children. "I would like for him to spend time with his kids," she said. C-Miller recently appeared alongside Ludacris, Beanie Sigel and Pimp C on a 5-minute track titled "Do Your Time," from Luda’s Release Therapy. Miller’s retrial is scheduled for February 2007. His album drops the same month.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno She stole the show with “I’ll Be Around” on the Disturbing The Peace compilation and now Shareefa finally dropped her debut album and is gearing up to hit the road with Lyfe Jennings. The album, Point of No Return, features appearances from Ludacris and Bobby Valentino with production from Chucky Thompson, Rodney Jerkins and Salaam Remi. Her tour with Lyfe Jennings, who is promoting his recently released album The Phoenix, begins this week and runs until November 22. Here’s the itinerary for the tour: Oct 26 2006 8:00P BB Kings New York, NY Oct 27 2006 10:00P Rams Head Baltimore, Maryland Oct 28 2006 8:00P Norva Norfolk Oct 29 2006 8:00P House of Blues N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Oct 31 2006 8:00P Tabernacle Atlanta, Georgia Nov 2 2006 8:00P Gypsy Tea Room Dallas, Texas Nov 4 2006 8:00P The Fox Boulder, Colorado Nov 6 2006 8:00P Marquee Tempe, AZ Nov 8 2006 8:00P House of Blues San Diego, California Nov 9 2006 10:15P House of Blues Los Angeles, California Nov 10 2006 8:00P House of Blues Anaheim Nov 11 2006 8:00P House of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 13 2006 8:00P Crest Theater Sacramento, California Nov 14 2006 8:00P Filmore San Francisco, California Nov 16 2006 8:00P Showbox Seattle, Washington Nov 19 2006 11:30P Trocados Minneapolis, Minnesota Nov 20 2006 9:00P House of Blues Chicago Nov 21 2006 8:00P Pageant St Louis, Minnesota Nov 22 2006 8:00P Bogarts Cincinnati, Ohio
By: Rizoh Fabolous has hired private investigators to look into his shooting and arrest, as well as the robbery of Boston Celtics guard Sebastian Telfair. As we reported earlier, Fabolous was shot and wounded in his right thigh Tuesday morning (October 17), after an altercation near Justin’s Restaurant in Manhattan, NY . According to reports, surveillance video captured two members of Fabolous’ entourage robbing Telfair for his chain outside Justin’s shortly before the Brooklyn rapper was struck. Sources claimed Telfair saw the men inside Justin’s and made a cell phone call. The security camera also allegedly caught Fabolous’ shooter fleeing in a gray car. Fabolous’ lawyer, Alberto Ebanks, told The New York Post that Fabo’s decision to hire private investigators is an attempt to clear the weapons-possession charges leveled against the rapper. "He was shot," said Ebanks. "I think that’s the classic definition of a victim."
By: Rizoh Prosecutors are contemplating charges against Snoop Dogg after authorities found a 21-inch collapsible baton in his laptop case as he boarded a New York-bound flight on September 27, 2006. Snoop, born Calvin Broadus, told sheriff’s deputies that the baton was a prop for a movie he was filming in New York, said sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino. "He had a collapsible baton and it is classified as a dangerous weapon," Amormino said, adding that the stick collapsed to eight inches. District attorney spokeswoman Susan Kang Schroeder said her office received the sheriff’s report on Monday. She said prosecutors had not yet decided whether to press charges Snoop Dogg, who was not arrested. It’s not the first time Snoop, 35, has had problems at an airport. Earlier in May, the veteran emcee accepted responsibility for using "threatening words" in a brawl at Heathrow Airport, London. Snoop and five others were arrested on charges of violent disorder after some members of his entourage were denied entry to British Airways’ first-class lounge. Consequently, Snoop Dogg was banned from all travels on the British Airways airline.
ByQuibian Salazar-Moreno After blowing up last year with his reunification with Jermaine Dupri on Wanted, Bow Wow is quickly coming back this year with a new album, The Price of Fame. Set to drop on December 19, the album’s first single, “Shortie Like Mine” featuring Chris Brown is already getting play nationwide. The video for the song debuts this week on BET: Access Granted. Bow Wow is also getting his acting on as well. After appearing in flicks like Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, Roll Bounce and Johnson Family Vacation is the past few years, Bow Wow will be making a cameo in an upcoming episode of Smallville. There’s no word on the air date or what character Bow Wow will be playing. He will also star in the film Mr. Prez, due out next year. Bow Wow plays a Philadelphia teenager whose life is turned upside down after he becomes president for a day after winning an essay contest. For more up-to-date info on Bow Wow, check out his website here .
By: Rizoh Lil’ Wayne (aka Dwayne Michael Carter) may face criminal charges for his recent performance at Morgan State University. The homecoming concert went off-course after someone, allegedly a member of the rapper’s entourage, tossed $20, $10, $5 and $1 bills into the crowd of college students. In a bid to fetch some of the falling notes, three women sustained injuries and another fainted in the rush. Two of the injured women were treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The third lady declined medical treatment, according to The Baltimore Sun. "We’re evaluating it from a public safety standpoint and a criminal standpoint," Morgan State University Police Chief Adrian Wiggins told the Baltimore Sun. Morgan State University Spokesman Clinton R. Coleman compared the incident to "standing in a crowded movie theater and shouting fire." "It is something we regret that he did," Coleman said. "We regret the injuries that were caused. And we’re happy that most of the people in the crowd acted responsibly." The event, which also featured Busta Rhymes, was held at the university’s Hill Field House, which holds about 4,000 people. Students paid $25 to $30 to attend the concert. Lil’ Wayne will not be invited back to the campus, university officials said.
ByQuibian Salazar-Moreno Jewelry has always been a showpiece for the rich and famous and for the most part represented how successful an individual has been. In hip-hop culture, individuals took it to the max with fat gold chains in the 80’s to diamond studded grills that are found covering rappers’ teeth. In the new book, ‘Bling: The Hip-Hop Jewelry Book’, co-authors Reggie Ossie and Gabriel Tolliver tell the story of the development of jewelry in hip-hop through photographs of some of the best gold and platinum joints we’ve ever scene. From $100,000 gold and diamond covered pistols to jewel encrusted pimp cups, it’s all captured in the book. The book begins in the early stages of hip-hop and its possible historical influence from Liberace and King Louis XIV. Also included are commentaries from jewelry designers and little factual tid bits and about different artists’ jewelry. The book is set to hit shelves in November. Check it out here for more information.
By: Rizoh Chicago rapper Rhymefest (born Ché Smith) recently joined Conservative U.K. leader David Cameron for a cup of tea at the House of Commons. Rhymefest was on a mission to convince the Tory Party chieftain that hip-hop entails much more than guns and knives. In June, Cameron blasted rap music by saying that it "encourages people to carry guns and knives." Rhymefest then wrote to the Tory leader, and requested to discuss hip-hop with him over a cup of tea. After the meeting, ‘Fest had some kind words for Cameron: "David told me what his issues were and I told him what my issues were with what could be perceived in what he was saying and we came to what I believe was an understanding." Similarly, Mr Cameron echoed the favorable outcome of the meeting. "I had a very positive meeting with Rhymefest and Sony BMG today and I am keen to work with them in developing the idea of a project which harnesses the tremendous cultural power of artists and the music industry to support community radio and local music projects around the country," he said. Homegrown opinion on the meeting wasn’t purely positive. British rapper Braintax told BBC News: "Rhymefest is from Chicago. Surely David Cameron should be talking to people from this country." Earlier in July, Rhymefest released his major label debut, Blue Collar, via Allido/J Records
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