By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Through all the label drama, and the constant pushbacks, The Clipse highly-anticipated follow-up to their 2002 debut, Lord Willin, has finally been set for w November 28 release date. The album, Hell Hath No Fury, was entirely produced by The Neptunes and is said to have the production duo’s edgiest beats hip-hop has ever heard. "The moving up of the date is purely off the demand of the consumer and the Clipse fan," Pusha T and Malice said in a statement. "That’s who we doing this for right now. This album is about the fans that kept us relevant. They’ve helped us carve out our path, and we’re very prepared to go against the grain in putting out these releases. We had that confidence that not one conglomerate is gonna hold us back. We just wanna be responsible for putting out the hip-hop that we and our peers listen to, and that’s lyric-driven hip-hop. We wanna be known as the guys who brought a balance back to hip-hop in general. The album is a documentary. This is the life of the Clipse, what we’re going through, and us spillin’ our guts, and letting the world know it ain’t been all gravy with us. This album, if it says nothing else, says struggle. It represents struggle.” According to hip-hop magazine, XXL, the album lives up to the hype. In the current November issue the album was awarded the coveted XXL rating, a rating that has only been given to four other albums in the magazine’s eight-year existence.
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By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Tupac Shakur died 10 years ago and has released more albums in death than when he was alive. Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, took over his estate when he died and has been giving fans collections of his vast library of unreleased music. The new album, Pac’s Life, is another collection of unreleased materials that includes contributions from Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Keyshia Cole, T.I., Ashanti, Young Buck, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Outlawz, and Lil Scrappy. "I say it every time, that Tupac left us the blueprints to follow, and without the amazing contributions made by everyone of these artists, producers, musicians, everyone, I do not know how I would get this great task accomplished," said Afeni Shakur. "I believe whole-heartedly that Tupac sends the people he wants to these projects." The album is produced by LT Hutton, Sha Money XL, Swizz Beatz among others and will drop on November 21.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno EA Sports has had success with the Def Jam fighting game franchise and will continue to develop titles for the new generation of game consoles. Def Jam: Icon for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 is currently in development and scheduled to hit stores in March 2007. “Music is the cornerstone of hip-hop culture so we wanted to incorporate music and rhythm into the actual gameplay mechanics,” said Kudo Tsunoda, executive producer and General Manager of EA Chicago. “In Def Jam: Icon, we are changing the way fighting games are played! We are completely innovating the role of the environments in the games, moving from the typical lifeless arenas the hip-hop celebrities are fighting in to environments that play an instrumental part in the fight where they will react to the music and interact with both characters like a third fighter.” EA said that the music will effect how players fight in each venue and environmental interactions and hazards will become a key strategy to staying alive. Most of the artists that were in past games will be in the new titles including Ludacris, T.I., and Big Boi. “We have worked very closely with the team to ensure that authentic hip-hop culture and lifestyle permeates through every part of the product. Def Jam: Icon will guarantee the ultimate combination of a real hip-hop experience and revolutionary fighting gameplay,” added Lauren Wirtzer, VP Marketing, Def Jam Enterprises.
By: Rizoh Fabolous, 28, is back on the streets, after his manager posted a $15,000 bail. The Brooklyn rapper was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and possession of a defaced firearm on Tuesday morning, just hours after he was struck in the right thigh during an ambush in New York. Standing near an armed court officer, Fabolous’ financial manager took advantage of the publicity surrounding the Tuesday shooting–and announced that the rapper’s next album will be released in February, according to the New York Daily News. "I’m shameful for saying this, but you got to take advantage," Kevin Webb revealed before sliding 15 piles of $100 bills under the cashier’s window. Fab was less friendly as he limped out of Manhattan Criminal Court and hopped into a Mercedes. Before driving off, the rapper said he did not see the shooter who ambushed him in a parking lot near Diddy’s restaurant Justin’s on W. 21st St. near Fifth Ave. "I have no idea," Fabolous said, his right thigh bandaged. His cell mate, Rashad Ray Stancil, disclosed that the rapper was quiet while in custody. "His legs were killing him pretty bad," Stancil said. Fabolous, real name John Jackson, was fleeing from the scene of the shooting on his way to the hospital. Prosecutors said a witness who heard gunshots outside the restaurant wrote down the make and license plate of a vehicle leaving the scene. Cops then stopped the Dodge Magnum blocks away and found Fabolous bleeding inside. They also found two weapons—a .380 semiautomatic and a .40 caliber firearm—stashed in the front compartment. Cops were investigating whether Tuesday’s incidence was related to the mugging of Boston Celtics point guard Sebastian Telfair, who told cops his $50,000 chain was snatched from his neck outside Justin’s. Telfair, also from Brooklyn, reportedly looked at a lineup of four men, including Fabolous, but failed to identify the thief. Fabolous is due back in court on October 27.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Back in 2003, Slick Rick and his family thought that his legal troubles with immigration and the government were over. Now the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is bringing his name back to the courts to try and get him deported to England, his place of birth. The debacle started in 1990 when Rick was convicted for shooting his cousin and a bystander, accusing his cousin of extortion. He served his time and was released in 1994. In 1996, however, there was a law passed that called for non-U.S. citizens who have been convicted of a felony to be deported to their country of origin and this law became even more enforced after 9/11. So after Rick did a show on a Caribbean cruise ship in June 2002, he was arrested by the INS (now DHS) when he reentered the U.S. in Florida. He was told because he was a British citizen and a convicted felon that he would be deported. He was detained in Florida for 17 months while the INS tried to get him deported, but their request was denied by U.S. courts and Rick was freed in November of 2003. Now the DHS has revived Rick’s case and hopes to reverse the decision from 2003 within Florida’s 11th Circuit. In the mean time, the government has removed Rick’s permanent resident status and his right to leave the country. There’s no word on when Rick will go back to court but he and his wife Mandy Aragones have contacted the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) for support. "With all of the real and present threats to American society from terrorism, why is the government chasing this rapper?” Dr. Ben Chavis, co-chairman of HSAN said. “It’s an obscene misuse of scarce resources. The government is conducting a vendetta against Rick and we’re not going to stand for it.” Chavis and the HSAN will hold a press conference on the sidewalk in front of Worth Street entrance to the Federal Court Building at 500 Pearl Street in New York City on Tuesday, October 24 at 11 a.m.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Diddy isn’t the only one pulling out all the stops to promote his new album. Jay-Z and Anheuser-Busch have just announced a partnership naming Jigga as co-brand director for Budweiser Select. Jay will collaborate with the beer company on strategic marketing programs and creative ad development. "Collaborating with Jay-Z on marketing our Budweiser Select brand presents an opportunity to work with one of the world’s great entrepreneurs and draws upon his expertise with pop culture, music and business," said Marlene Coulis, vice president of Brand Management, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. "His approach to reaching people in creative, groundbreaking ways that transcend cultural boundaries makes this alliance particularly exciting." The first ad for the relationship aired during Monday Night Football on ESPN and is scheduled to air during the National League Championships Series on Fox. The ads are basically clips from Jay’s video for “Show Me What You Got” which debuted on Tuesday and not only promotes Budweiser Select but also has a closing graphic saying, “Jay-Z is back, coming Nov. 21”, promoting his upcoming album, Kingdom Come.
By: Rizoh The war against online pirating just took an interesting turn. Universal Music Group is suing online video sites likeBolt and Grouper for allowing their users to share copyrighted music videos. The company seeks damages up to $150,000 for each incident of copyright infringement plus costs. The suits accuse Grouper Network Inc and Bolt of engendering the infringement by copying, reformatting, distributing and creating derivative works from Universal\’s artists.
By: Rizoh Armand de Brignac (also known as "Ace of Spades" or "Gold Bottles"), the high-end champagne featured in Jay-Z’s new video for "Show Me What You Got," is making its debut in the U.S. this year. Armand, manufactured in France, is being imported into North America for distribution by the Manhattan-based company of the same name. Even though, the company did not enter into any official agreement to place the product in Jay-Z’s video, Armand CEO/President Brett Berish was quick to express his enthusiasm. "We’re delighted to have someone of Jay-Z’s stature include Armand de Brignac in the first video for his new album," said Brett Berish in a press statement. "Jay-Z has always demonstrated the highest standards and finest taste, and we’re honored to see Armand make an appearance in "Show Me What You Got." Armand’s unmatched taste and package are a perfect fit for the video." The video reaffirms Jay-Z’s decision to boycott Louis Rodere Cristal brand of champagne back in June, following some disparaging comments by Cristal boss Frédéric Rouzaud. In the video for "Show Me What You Got," Jay-Z is offered a bottle of Cristal, a brand he had endorsed on previous songs and videos. Jay motions for the bottle to be sent back, and a waiter returns with a silver briefcase. It’s opened to reveal the Armand de Brignac gold bottle. Jay-Z’s Kingdom Come is slated for release on November 21.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After taking home three Grammys for his debut album, Get Lifted, earlier this year, R&B sensation John Legend is at it again with his new album, Once Again. Set to drop on October 24, the new album features production and appearances from will.i.am; Kanye West; Raphael Saadiq; Craig Street; Sa-Ra and others. And for fans in the New York area, Legend will make an in-store appearance at the Virgin Megastore (Union Square — 54 East 14th Street) at 6pm and sign copies of his album and perform a mini-set of some of the songs for the album. Fans who buy his album earlier in the day will get a wristband that will give them admittance into the in-store event. Here’s the tracklisting for Once Again: Save Room Heaven Stereo Show Me Each Day Gets Better P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care) Slow Dance Again Maxine Where Did My Baby Go Maxine’s Interlude Another Again Coming Home
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The term “bling, bling” might be played out by now (usually when soccer moms start saying it, we’ve moved on), but the Gameologist Group felt like they could stretch it a little further with their hood-inspired board game. The game, “Bling, Bling 2002: The Takeover Part 1”, is a 2-8 eight player competition for money, property and respect. The game play is based on c-lo (yes, that three dice game you used to play on the corner), which moves you across the board in an effort to buy property, erect city projects, gamble, save your cash and put you in a tight situation in the wrong hood. The most successful player will be crowned the “Ultimate Hustler.” The game is available at here for $29.99. But you can get a sneak preview on November 28 at Sports City in Atlantic City at 12pm.
By: Rizoh Sean "Diddy" Combs is ready to take on the world in the New Year. In his first global tour since 2000, the Bad Boy CEO plans to bring his music to low-key venues around the world. Diddy, whose new album Press Play is in stores today (October 17), says he will be taking a live band on the road when he kicks off his world tour. Although, no dates have yet been set, the 36-year old mogul claims that it will be an "up close and personal" experience in "smaller types of venues." He told Billboard: "I’m gonna tour in a way that you’ve never seen me before – with a band. It’ll be a fusion between analog and live music and two turntables. It’ll be a total fusion. I pride myself on being an entertainer. It’ll be something that’ll be refreshing for hip-hop. I look forward to that."
By: Rizoh A member of Nelly’s St. Lunatics crew, Ali Jones, was stunned with a Taser by a St. Louis police officer and arrested for driving with expired license and tags over the weekend, reports the Associated Press. Ali, 34, claims police brutalized him by stunning him 46 times with a 50,000 volt taser gun. The rapper said he was handcuffed in the back seat of the squad and was threatened by the arresting officer. "He gets out, opens the backdoor and he tases me over and over," Ali told a local TV station. "I was afraid. I had a bowel movement on myself, he tased me so long. Ali also claimed that the officer, who is white, made several racist comments during the incident. The Hazelwood Police Department, on the other hand, said in a statement that Jones resisted arrest and kicked the arresting officer. Ali denies the Hazelwood police’s account that said he resisted arrest, damaged the patrol car and kicked the arresting officer. "There is no way that I could kick him from the back seat." Ali was charged with resisting arrest, third degree assault on a police officer, and property damage to a police car. He was later released on $1500 bond.
By: Rizoh It’s tough being a Def Jam artist these days. With eagerly-awaited releases by Jay-Z and Nas due in November and December respectively, Young Jeezy could easily get lost in the shuffle. But the 29-year old rapper is not backing down from competition. The guest list for Jeezy’s forthcoming sophomore set, The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102, reads like a hit-making factory: Ludacris, T.I., Timbaland, Young Buck, and many others. Jeezy disclosed to Billboard.com that he recorded a sweeping 114 songs, but only 14 will make the final cut. "I did this in case anything ever happens to me, so I’ve got a couple of albums left. You never know these days," he told Billboard. "I Luv It," a DJ Toomp-produced street smash is the lead single from The Inspiration. Other songs expected to appear on the album include "Dreamin’," "Child of God (Bury Me a G)," "Bitch I’m Jeezy," and "I Do This." The Inspiration, which follows the double-platinum selling Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, is expected to drop on December 12, 2006.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno For more than a decade Mobb Deep has been representing Queens Borough harder than any group since Run-DMC so its fitting that their best tracks be recognized along with a collection of their videos. The collection, Life of The Infamous: The Best of Mobb Deep, is set to hit stores on October 31 along with a DVD Life of the Infamous: The Videos featuring every video from the groups career. Here’s the tracklisting: 1. Hit It From The Back 2. Survival Of the Fittest 3. Shook Ones Pt.II 4. Temperature’s Rising 5. Get Deal With 6. Quiet Storm (remix Featuring Lil’ Kim) 7. Keep It Thoro 8. G.O.D Part III 9. Hell On Earth (Front Lines) 10. Hey Luv (Anything) – featuring 112 11. Get Away 12. The Learning (Burn) – featuring Big Noyd 13. Got It Twisted 14. Real Gangstarz – featuring Lil’ Jon 15. Win Or Lose 16. Blood Money (previously unreleased bonus track) 17. Go Head (previously unreleased bonus track The list for the DVD has yet to be released but will include everything from “Shook Ones” and “Quiet Storm” to rarely seen joints like “Back At You” and “L.A., L.A.”
By: Rizoh Def Jam Rapper Fabolous was shot in the thigh early Tuesday in front of a Manhattan parking garage, according to reports. Fabolous (born John Jackson) was shot in the leg, and later placed under arrest. The shooting stemmed from a fight at Justin’s Restaurant, owned by Sean "Diddy" Combs. Shots were fired in a parking lot outside the restaurant, police said.Three friends pulled Fabolous into a car and they sped off to take the 28-year old rapper to the hospital. Cops pulled the speeding vehicle over at the intersection of East 22nd Street and Third Avenue for zooming through several red lights. Two loaded weapons, a 9mm and a .40 caliber handgun, were found in the vehicle, both of which were allegedly unlicensed. All four men were arrested, and charges were pending. Police did not reveal the identities of the other three men, Fabolous recently took part in the taping of the VH1 Hip Hop Honors, which airs today at 9:00 p.m. ET. He recently began recording on his forthcoming album, From Nothing to Something, scheduled to drop in February, 2007.
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