Left Eye solo release set for 11/11

 |  September 26, 2008
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Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of supergroup TLC passed in 2002, bringing an abrupt end to her emerging solo career. Six years later, Mass Appeal Entertainment/Koch Records has announced that Left Eye’s last solo project will be released entitled Eye-Legacy.   The album features 12 tracks of unreleased material with collaborations with Tupac Shakur, Chamillionaire, Lil Mama, and Bobby Valentino. The first single off the new album will be “Let’s Just Do It,” featuring Missy Elliot. Eye Legacy is set to come out November 11th.

Additional Reporting by Rashaan Meador

Janet off of Def Jam

 |  September 22, 2008
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Janet Jackson has announced her departure from Island Def Jam after less than two years on the label. She inked a lucrative deal July of 2007 and released her first album, Discipline in early 2008. When her sales faltered she expressed her discontent with the promotion she was receiving.  According to her publicist, she is looking forward to her new free agency status and is excited about her future. Janet is currently on tour across the U.S. with LL Cool J and Donnie Klang.

Additional reporting by Rashaan Meador

T.I. and co-owner of Grand Hustle Jason Geter will host their first annual “Takeover” weekend in Atlanta. They will be welcoming people coming to ATL for a special preview of the new upcoming album Paper Trail along with other activities. The scheduled events are set to take place Sept 26-28. The weekend festivities start with a comedy showcase featuring Lil’ Duval, a power brunch hosted by WMG executive Kevin Liles and an official pre-album release party for T.I. and Big Kuntry at Velvet Room.

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Jay-Z forms new label “StarRoc”

 |  September 18, 2008
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Jay-Z has teamed-up with producers Stargate, who are the architects behind the major hits for Ne-Yo, Beyonce and Rihanna, to officially launch the label StarRoc. Known for consistency in creating smash hit records for many in the industry, Stargate will be based out of Jay’s Roc The Mic studio in Manhattan. In addition, they also will be joining EMI Music Publishing with a new global deal.  Their work includes hits “So Sick” by Ne-Yo, “Irreplaceable” from Beyonce and Rihanna’s “Take A Bow.”

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Trick Trick dropping new album

 |  September 17, 2008
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Controversial Detroit rapper Trick Trick will return with the release of his sophomore effort and Koch Records debut, The Villain on October 28th. In addition to the majority of the production he completed himself for the album, The Villain includes beats from Eminem and Dr. Dre.   Featured artists include Royce da 5’9, Esham, Guilty Simpson, Eminem, Ice Cube, Lil’ Jon, and Kid Rock and a posthumous Proof of D12.  Looks like that Yung Berg incident came right on time!

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Nate Dogg suffers another stroke

 |  September 16, 2008
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Sources have revealed that Nate Dogg has suffered another stroke. They have also stated that the rapper is in serious condition due to the stroke, which is his second since December 2007 and that he cannot breathe on his own.  The initial stroke left him partially paralyzed on the left side of his body, although his brain didn’t suffer any major damage from incident. There were many rumors about his death that were dismissed by his management.

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Gucci Mane has been sentenced to a year in Fulton County Jail for violating probation. He pled no contest to an assault charge in 2005 and got six months with 6 1/2 years probation, and 600 community service hours. He was arrested near Atlanta on July 23rd and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana along with a DUI. According to reports, he had only done 25 community service hours and also tested positive for ecstasy, marijuana, and alcohol during a probation visit.

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The current president of entertainment for BET Reginald Hudlin has announced his resignation after helping bring the company massive success with a number of hit series.  Since joining forces in 2005, Hudlin has helped their rise in ratings by bringing popular reality shows like Lil’ Kim’s “Countdown to Lockdown” and Keyshia Cole’s “The Way It Is”. He also was instrumental in creating and building their DVD, film and news divisions. There was no reason given for him stepping down.Additional reporting by Rashaan Meador

Jay-Z and Lil’ Wayne along with Ne-Yo will be hitting the stage for a special one night only “Powerhouse” event in New Jersey hosted by NY radio station Power 105.1. The event is produced by Live Nation, Mr. S.Carter’s current employer.  He made history at this annual event by squashing his beef with Nas in 2005.  Powerhouse starts Tuesday, October 28 at East Rutherford, N.J.’s Izod Center at 7 p.m. and tickets go on sale September 12 at noon.

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MC Breed is has been in the hospital since Friday in critical condition on life support due to kidney failure. According to his manager, he was playing a game of pickup basketball when he collapsed and fell unconscious. He is in serious need of a kidney transplant and is seeking a donor to help save his life. Breed started rapping in 1991 and has made hits with Dr. Dre, Eightball & MJG, E-40, Jazzy Pha and the late Tupac Shakur.

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The Game demolished the first week sales of his enemies in G-Unit by moving an impressive 238,382 albums. According to Nielsen Soundscan, The Game’s L.A.X. debuted at the No. 2 spot on this week’s Billboard 200. Metal group SlipKnot’s album All Hope Is Gone actually took the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Album’s chart, beating L.A.X. out by only 1,134 units.  There was an error with the Soundscan numbers earlier this week that put the Compton MC at the #1 spot.

Additional reporting by Rashaan Meador

Snoop Dogg headed to Australia

 |  September 2, 2008
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Snoop Dogg has been approved to tour Australia, according to reports. Australian Immigration officials had questions about his eligibility to enter the country due to his criminal past. He will kick off a tour of New Zealand and Australia with Ice Cube and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony starting in late October.

Tour Dates:

October 27, Wellington, TSB Arena
October 29, Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
October 31, Sydney, Acer Arena
November 2, Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
November 5, Adelaide, Entertainment Centre
November 7, Perth, Burswood Dome

Additional reporting by Rashaan Meador

OVER

 |  September 2, 2008
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Yes I know, it is a really slow news day as it so often is after a holiday, but we have to give you something to read. Anyhow my sources in Atlanta tell me that Fantasia and Young Dro are no longer  couple. So much for all those reports of them being engaged. Must admit, they were quite Dro and fannya cute couple when you see them in this pic.

YAYO ATTACKED BY POLAR BEAR

 |  September 2, 2008
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I am sorry but this is just what I needed to make me chuckle today. Tony Yayo was allegedly attacked by a polar bar in Norway while being interviewed on a Norwegian TV show with DJ Whoo Kid. Not quite sure why two bears and four monkeys were part of the interview to be honest but anyhow turns out one of the bears just wasn’t feeling Tony and decided to throw him around a bit. I bet that polar bear was really Jimmy Henchman in disguise.

Like Tony Yayo doesnt get enough stick already …just waiting for the video to surface on youtube :-) The Unit are currently in Norway promoting TOS, I am sure Banks and Curtis are happy they sat that interview outYayo

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