By:Quibian Salazar-Moreno After producing mega-hits for the likes of The Game, Chamillionaire, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, Cool & Dre are going the label executive route. Their newly launched label, Epidemic Music, have announced a partnership with Skeleton Key Entertainment and will release the debut album of their first artist Miami emcee Joe Hound. "Joe Hound captures the Miami sound that we’ve worked hard to develop. He has the potential to be at the forefront of a musical movement for Miami," Cool said. "We believe that the industry is changing and that the best way to introduce Joe to the masses is through an independent company like Skeleton Key that understands our vision and supports what we are trying to achieve,” Dre added. Hound’s debut album will drop in early 2007 mostly produced by Cool & Dre. Also expect to hear newly produced tracks from Young Jeezy, Eve, Keyshia Cole and Chris Brown in next few months.
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ByQuibian Salazar-Moreno Spike TV announced that it will be airing “Afro Samurai” starting January 4, 2007 with a DVD dropping in the spring. The animated series is based on a graphic novel by Takashi Okazaki and tells the story of a Black samurai’s hunt for the gunman who murdered his father. Samuel L Jackson is executive producing the series as well as voicing the lead character Afro. RZA will be scoring the series. "As a fan of martial art and old Japanese Samurai movies, I have always wanted to be a part of such creativity and to have my own spice added is even better. Many hip hop artist and musicians from the late 80′s to now have been inspired by this form of entertainment, and today’s animators have been stimulated by hip hop. But, usually these two forms of expression never meet in the same realm of artistry," RZA said back in June when he joined the project. "Afro Samurai offers me the opportunity to mix the innovational world of hip hop with the visual imagination of Japanese animation. The vibe of Afro Samurai is so soulful and cool, that when I was asked to compose the series my creative juices immediately reacted. I felt it was something meant for me to do; in many ways Afro and myself share the same spirit." Actors Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Kelly Hu (X2: X-Men United) will also voice characters for the series. Gonzo, the Japanese animation company, is producing the series and recently released the trailer Here.
By: Rizoh Chicago rapper/producer Kanye West will be flying over to Hong Kong to play at a newly-launched outdoor venue there. West will perform at the new Hong Kong Drive in Wes Kowloon on November 28th, as part of his "Touch The Sky" tour. In related news, Kanye West’s hit single "Gold Digger" has been covered by Welsh-based band The Automatic and will be released as the B-side of their new single, "Raoul," November 27. Kanye West released his 2004 debut, The College Dropout, to critical acclaim. He then followed it with the platinum-selling Late Registration in 2005. The third installment in West’s college-themed series, Graduation, is due to follow next year.
By: Rizoh 50 Cent emerged victorious last Friday, as a Miami federal judge dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit accusing 50 of stealing the opening line for his 2003 smash "In Da Club" from a song by former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell. According to The Miami Herald, U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck adjudged that the disputed phrase was a "common, unoriginal, and noncopyrightable element of the song" and was not liable to copyright protection. Judge Huck also ruled that there are no real similarities between the two songs, and the phrase in question ("Go shorty, it’s your birthday") represents only eleven seconds of a three-minute song. "No reasonable jury would conclude that the compositions have substantial similarities and the average person would not confuse the two songs," the judge stated. Luke Campbell’s song, "It’s Your Birthday," was featured on his 1994 solo disc Still a Freak for Life.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though Brown Boy dropped his album, Livin’ Shady, over a year ago, his new single “Superman” is creating a buzz. The song, which Brown Boy recues abused women from their abusive partners, broke into the Billboard 100 and is making waves on California radio. The former middle school math teacher, who previously released a couple of indie chicano rap album, hopes that the success of the new single will get fans to cop the album so they can hear a message everyone needs. “I realize where I came from, kids are going to look up to me,” said Brown Boy, who grew up in rural Blythe, California. “I’m now in a position where I can encourage people to follow their own dreams like I did, but also make sure they have something to fall back on. This is an album parents can buy for their kids and listen to as well without worrying about hearing bad language. I stand strong on being positive.” The album features appearances from Lighter Shade of Brown, NB Ridaz, Nino Brown, Fingazz and Zapp. For more info, check it out here.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though Andre 3000’s much-hyped Cartoon Network series Class of 3000 doesn’t launch until November 3, the prequel to the series, Sunny Bridges: From Bankhead to Bankhead airs tonight on Cartoon Network. The story follows Sunny Bridges, a music superstar, who leaves his career at the height of his fame to teach a class at his old school, Westley School for the performing arts. "My Sunny character, he’s a little bit Andre 3000," Andre told TV.com "Not that I would stop doing music to teach kids music, but I always thought that, you know, especially rap that was a young man’s game, and the older I get I’m like, ‘okay I don’t want to be 45 years old rapping.’ So I said, ‘maybe it will be cool if I go back to school and actually be an art teacher,’ because that was like my love before I started doing music, you know, drawing and painting. So what you see in the cartoon is I guess an exaggerated example of what everybody thinks of the music industry, you know, so you’ll get used–so you’ll be familiar with it.” For Class of 3000, Andre will voice the lead character Sunny plus write and perform a new original song for every episode of the 13-episode series. To get the lowdown on all the characters, a sample of the music and a sneak peek behind the making of the show, check it out here.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The name Jim Jonsin may not be familiar to most hip-hop heads, but when they hear songs from Trick Daddy, Danity Kane, or Pretty Ricky, they can definitely identify his sound. Producer extraordinaire Jonsin was awarded BMI Songwriter of the Year at the organization’s sixth Annual Urban Awards ceremony in New York, as well as being named to its Top Urban Producers list. Three of his songs made the Most Played list: Trick Daddy’s “Let’s Go,” along with “Grind With Me” and “Your Body,” both by Pretty Ricky. “That was amazing, just crazy,” Jonsin said about being awarded for his work. “For a guy who rarely got any checks from all the writing and producing I’ve done, it’s pretty huge for me. It means a great deal.” Jonsin is now a staff producer for Atlantic Records and also has his own label, Rebel Rock Entertainment under the Atlantic umbrella. He’s now developing his recently signed artist 21 Reese and is producing tracks for Trey Songz, B5, Mario Vazqujez, Lil Wayne, Trillville, Baby Bash, Ruben Studdard, J-Shin, Tampa Tony and T-Pain.
While Immortal Technique has been busy at work on his forthcoming “Middle Passage” album, he recently took some time out to sit down with URB Magazine for his first cover story. Look for the Immortal Technique issue to hit newsstands early next month.
By: Rizoh Rapper Snoop Dogg (born Calvin Broadus) was arrested Thursday at Bob Hope Airport on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a gun and transportation of marijuana, authorities said. Airport officers stopped Snoop Dogg at about 3:45 p.m. for an alleged vehicle code violation in the passenger loading and unloading zone, according to Burbank police Sgt. Kevin Grandalski. Police said they soon discovered a gun and marijuana in Snoop’s vehicle. The 35-year old rapper was then taken to the Burbank Police Station Jail where he was booked on gun and drug charges, said Grandalski. "There was no basis for this arrest," the rapper’s attorney Donald Etra said in a statement. "We believe that once this is cleared up, all charges will be dismissed." Snoop was released on $35,000 bail. Arraignment is scheduled for Monday in Burbank Superior Court. It’s not the first time Snoop Dogg has ran into trouble at an airport this year. As we previously reported, the Dogg Pound veteran attempted to smuggle a 21" collapsible baton into an airplane last month. The baton was confiscated by airport authorities and Snoop Dogg was allowed to continue his flight.
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.
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.”
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