In the middle of the controversy surrounding Common and Drake, Drizzy's producer 40 took time to send messages at Com Sense on Twitter.
After speculation regarding a feud between Common and Drake, Drizzy's producer has decided to enter the conversation. In a series of posts about the Chicago emcee, 40 claimed he is a fan of Common but added that he was "called a bitch" for listening to Com's music. He also said he had to argue with others who claimed Common wasn't "Hip Hop."
Drake is platinum with "Take Care." Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg make encore 2011 chart appearances while Naughty By Nature misses the Top 200 for the first time in their illustrious 20 year career.
Another collaborative album, this one a soundtrack from Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg, was the lone Hip Hop addition to the charts this week. The pair's latest work, and Snoop's first project with Atlantic Records, made a Top 30 debut. With production by Exile, Jake One and Warren G, this work was the commercial debut of Wiz's working with his latest Taylor Gang Records signee, Three 6 Mafia'sJuicy J.
Naughty By Nature Misses Charts For First Time In Career
New Jersey Hip Hop pioneers Naughty By Nature had made the charts with every album between 1991 and 2002. This year's Anthem, Inc., the trio's first album in nine years missed the charts its week after release. Treach, Vin Rock and Kaygee had not missed the charts with an album since their pre-NBN days as MCA Records' New Style.
Details are emerging on the announced death of Waka Flocka Flame's childhood friend, who appeared on "Flockavelli" and "Ferrari Boyz."
Brick Squad Monopoly rapper Slim Dunkin has been reported dead. Rappers including French Montana and Brick Squad's Wooh Da Kid have tweeted messages acknowledging the death of the Waka Flocka Flame affiliate.
Rumors circulated that Slim, who grew up with Waka, was fatally shot at a recording studio today (December 16) in Atlanta, Georgia. HipHopDX is awaiting confirmation of these details.
Slim Dunkin appeared on Gucci Mane and Waka's Ferrari Boyz album released this summer on Brick Squad 1017/Warner Brothers, as well as on Waka's studio debut, Flockaveli.
Kellz says he hopes to get the project off the ground.
Following the release of 22 chapters of his "Trapped in the Closet" series, R. Kelly says he has 32 more chapters already written and hopes to continue the saga.
Speaking with TMZ, Kellz says that he's looking for financial backing for the project, for which the first 22 chapters were released in 2007. "I've always wanted to be a movie director, so that's pretty much my movie director seeping out through my music.
"It costs a lot of money to do ... so we're actually looking for investors," he continued.
Sway: So you’re inviting Drake into battle… Common: Aye, he opened his mouth and said some things, so if that’s what he wants. All that sublimal, you might as well say it now….
The verse is about me, but when you hear some of the stuff on the chorus, you can’t help but think about dude, I guess. And that’s what he felt. So yeah. At the end of the day, you fit in that category. He already embraced it, so wear it. Common:He’s a very successful artist obviously. He’s a very talented artist too, I give credit where it’s due….but any artist can be a target…it’s just about mc-ing, when you step in there, you in the ring, baby. Especially if you say you’re the greatest. I’m on “Sweet” saying I’m the greatest too…
Oh man! Nicki is acting like a sniper and just picking LilKim apart right now. The funny thing about Nicki is this is a jokey sounding dis with a jokey sounding beat. I guess this is one of the ways to clown people. She just repeated refers to Kim as a “Stupid Hoe.” Sheesh…she calls her a “Bubbles” as in Michael Jackson’s monkey. I wonder if Kim can make a comeback with this stiletto on her neck. “Stupid hoes is my enemy…stupid hoe shoulda befriended me then she coulda probably came back…” is the most telling lyric. Nicki is silly…lol…
The diss is below but before you listen, MaryJ.Blige recently commanded this two to stop beefin! She even suggested they all get on a song together.
“Kim is my friend, and I love and respect Nicki. I just met her and got to know the young lady and she’s a sweetheart. But it’s people putting fuel in it. Everyone is just thinking so negative about it and everyone is in it, but if a bunch of people would say, ‘Yo, stop this and let’s help these girls do something together or to see the light. Maybe one day a track with all three of us will happen. I’m hoping. We just all got to think positive.” – MTV
Dr. Angelou, whose writings from the past such as Singin’ and Swingin’ and Getting Merry Like Christmas have included many racy topics, wanted to clarify her position on Common’s recent release on BET’s 106th & Park this week:
“I don’t think the word “disappointment” quite makes it. I was “surprised.” I know that Common is brilliant. He may, in fact, be close enough to be called a genius – I’m not sure. I know that we are all in process and young artists are in process. It’s important to realize that all of you – all of us – [are in process]. There was a statement made by Machiavelli in the 15th century. He said if you want to control the people, separate them, and you can rule them. Divide them and you can conquer them. I will not be divided from Common. By anybody’s imagination, he is brilliant and even genius, maybe. But certainly smarter than us to know that he’s in process. And next week, he might not even use the N-word[,] or the B-word. It may even take two or three weeks, or a month. But I’m not going to be separated from him…
“Do your best to not be divided. This doesn’t mean you are supposed to support everything anybody says. Say “I disagree, but I don’t disagree to the point where I want you dead and out of here.” You must understand that, people, we live in direct relation to the heroes and sheroes we have. Always and in always if we don’t have heroes and sheroes and keep them alive, we are nothing.“
“You wanna be startin’ something, you GOT to be startin’ something…”
So it seems that the ongoing, though mostly subliminal, war of words is continuing between rappers Common and Drake. Apparently, Drake was in Vegas over the weekend and was recorded saying something to the effect of, “I might sing, but I’m no b*tch.” Then he topped it off with something like, “If [Common] got something to say, say it to my face.”
Well, it might be the 4th grade version (LOL), but where we’re from, that’s still called fighting words! And while Common might be considered a “conscious” rapper…getting invites to the White House and spitting about stuff that matters and whatnot, we still say he’s gotta a little of that “O.G. scrappy” in him!
Check the clip of Common laughing last week when AllHipHop.com brings up Drake’s name and Common’s possible shots fired on his track, “Sweet”:
Says Drake on “Headlines,” “You gon’ hype me up and make me catch a body like that.” Ummm, Drake. Are you sure you wanna go at Common?
The troubled dancehall star has been ordered to pay a promoter for failure to show up at a scheduled appearance in 2009.
Jamaican star Vybz Kartel has been ordered to pay $15 million to a promoter after failing to make a scheduled performance at the Turks and Caicos Islands in August 2009.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was ordered by the Supreme Court to pay Jamaican promoter Alton Salmon for breach of contract. Salmon, who promotes under Abuka Entertainment, said that there was a riot at the venue on August 14, 2009 after Kartel failed to appear and suffered significant losses.
For loss of profit, Salmon was awarded $127,736 in addition to the pending $15 million from Kartel, who is currently incarcerated on two murder charges. He was recently granted bail for $3 million, but it is unclear if he will be released from prison.
This is surely not “news” to anyone who follows the recent obsession Hollywood has with remaking every movie they possibly can, and unfortunately, Brian De Palma’s 1983 “classic” Scarface is next in line. Now before you go getting all upset, the 1983 version is in fact a remake itself of a 1932 film, so Scarface being remade is not entirely a new idea.
BUT, here is the small hope that the film has going for it: David Ayer is writing the remake. The same David Ayer who wrote Training Day. You’ve got to find the small positives in every negative situation, people, and this seems to be the only positive thing going for the film at this time. The new Scarface is also said to not be a direct remake of the Pacino version, but will use the familiar and basic premise ”of an immigrant working his way up in the United States.”
Thoughts on the remake, and any ideas on who should play the new incarnation of the iconic “Tony Montana” character?
Fort Myers, Florida, rapper Plies discussed yesterday’s verdict against him in regards to a shooting that occurred in July of 2006.
Plies was hit with a civil lawsuit over the shooting, which occurred in a Gainesville, Florida nightclub during a dispute with a promoter over performance time.
Plies, born Algernod Lanier Washington, his brother Ronell “Big Gates” LeVatte and members of their entourage were accused of firing into the crowd and injuring at least seven people.
After an eight day trial, a jury deliberated for eight hours and ruled against Plies and his brother.
“People with guns who started a fight were the cause of this incident,” Plies told AllHipHop.com. “Obviously, I’m not happy that it happened as this caused a lot of concerns that I didn’t want or need. Unfortunately, people took this as an opportunity to try to attack me and make money that they did not deserve, rather than asking for fair compensation for their injuries.”
Plies was sentenced to probation over the shooting, while his brother was sent to prison for three years over the incident.
Although Plies was irritated by the entire ordeal, the rapper, his brother and his attorney were more than satisfied with the verdict.
The total amount of damages against Plies resulted in $35,705.00, while Big Gates’ total damages were $49,575.00.
The rapper and his brother also said they offered to pay each victims medical bills directly after the shooting, but the plaintiffs were “uncooperative.”
Plies’ attorney Robert A. Rush said that they had offered to settle for a much larger amount, prior to the $10 million lawsuit heading to trial.
“We offered the plaintiffs a much larger monetary amount than the final verdicts in an attempt to settle this case so as to avoid the litigation costs, attorneys’ fees, time needed to go to trial. However, the plaintiffs’ attorney Christopher Chestnut refused all offers we made,” stated Plies’ defense attorney, Robert A. Rush of the law firm of Rush & Glassman.
Big Gates was represented by Carl B. Schwait of the firm of Dell Graham,while all five plaintiffs were represented by Gainesville attorney, Christopher Chestnut of The Chestnut Law Firm and the law firm of Spohrer and Dodd in Jacksonville, FL.
The Roots may have made a potential modern classic, but the charts don't exactly reflect it. T-Pain and Robin Thicke debut, as Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch The Throne" still shines on.
Philadelphia Hip Hop mainstay The Roots were the lone Hip Hop addition to the charts this week. Their latest album, undun, received the highest praise possible from HipHopDX - a perfect rating. Meanwhile, clean-cut crooner Robin Thicke brought out a Top 25 release for Interscope which features Lil Wayne, as T-Pain's rEVOLVEr released from RCA/Sony Records also featuring Weezy, along with Wiz Khalifa and Pitbull.
The Roots' undun Gets Major Acclaim, Misses Top 10
The 11th studio album by The Roots was driven by concept. The Def Jam band brought in Big K.R.I.T. and Sufjan Stevens, along with veteran affiliates Dice Raw and Phonte to craft a 14 track effort that clocked in at just under 40 minutes. The work debuted at #16, eight spots lower than last year's How I Got Over. One of the more impressive works of 2011 sold just under 50,000 units.
Drake's Take Care Possibly A Week From Platinum
Drake's Take Care sits just below 970,000 units sold. As early as next week, the former Degrassi actor on pace to have two platinum studio albums and a gold mixtape. The Cash Money/Young Money release features Birdman, Nicki and Rick Ross. The fourth single, "Take Care" featuring Rihanna, is at radio now.
Look what I found on Vibe Vixen! Poor T-Boz from TLC has had to file for BKO! Good luck, hon. This Christmasseason is a doozie.
Looks like T-Boz will have to stop “chasing waterfalls” before she ends up penniless. The former raspy voiced member of the highly successful group TLC which dominated the 90’s music scene with strings of melodious hits, filed for bankruptcy last month.
T-Boz whose real name is Tionne Watkins, was forced to bite the bullet and file once it became clear that she was unable to keep up with her mortgage payments for her $1.2 million abode. She now owes creditors about $768,642.99 according to court documents but interestingly enough there is no evidence of the kind of excessive spending that typically inspires celebs to embrace this particular option. The details of her spending habits and living expenses paint a reasonable picture. She rakes in about $11, 700 a month and spends about $8,821 monthly.
It’s also worth noting that despite numerous top ten singles and four platinum albums, T-Boz remarkably only gets $1,200 a month in royalties.
Perhaps a reality show could save the day? There seems to be plenty of green paper flying around in that arena.
Rumor has it, Rocsi has a new guy friend. I think this one may be enough to get Webbie to shut up. Why? According to thejasminebrand.com, Rocz and J. Prince are now an item. Yeah, J. Prince, the pioneering street mogul at Rap-A-Lot. He’s also 100% official in the streets…and some may say he’s a real gangster.
Nevertheless, here is what they said:
Friday evening, while we were all minding our own business (partying, sleep, or cupcakin’), sources shared that Rocsi Diaz (the co-host of BET’s 106 & Park) was spotted cupcakin’ with a new potential boo. As you know, Rocsi tries to keep her romantic life a bit private, as she should, especially after the ugly spat between her and LisaRaye over her Michael Misick (LisaRaye’s husband at the time).
Rocsi has also been romantically linked to BrunoMars recently (although we think that’s a bit far fetched…who knows?). Anywho, who’s her new boo? It is none other than J.Prince. Who the eff is he? He’s actually the CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records. The two were spotted at D.C.’s Stadium nightclub, and we were told, “She was all over J.Prince.”
Well, this isn’t going to shock most people. But, I guess I will say it anyway. Sources close to and outside of the Aftermath Camp are saying that Dr. Dre’s 10-plus year waiting a$$ album, Detox, will never see the light of day. I was actually just looking at a car commercial. I guess, extending the life of the allure of the album has been very profitable. I suppose if it flops, the freaking whole ship sinks. Anyway….yeah. The sky is blue. Fire is hot. Water is wet. Gucci Mane is crazy. Detox is never coming out (according to rumors). What’s new?
Pour out some spring water for the album.
Just an FYI. Dr. Dre recently announced he was taking a “break” from music. And his people swore this had nothing to do with Detox and that it was still on the way. Just letting you know, the actual people around him proclaim this Detox album is coming out.”
Hova explained that he's ecstatic that Cole received a Grammy nomination this early in his career. He said that even if Cole doesn't bring home the award, he's already won it in his mind for his accomplishments with his debut album. Jay even added that his "Mr. Nice Watch" partner's determination and growth as an artist is worthy of respect within the world of Hip Hop.
"I think it's great for him, because I'm sure it's a dream of his," he said. "We grew up seeing Michael Jackson, and I'm sure he grew up seeing whatever moment stuck in his mind, so I know it's great for him to do that. I think he's already won Best New Artist, to me. His journey is what I'm really excited about...whether he was nominated or not, he was the best new artist to me; sold 200-and-something-thousand records in his first week; he was the best new artist. I'm sure it's great for him."
He added, "The person he is today is not who he was when he first walked in. He got a chance to really go out, see what worked, see what people connect to, figure out how he was gonna tell his story...that artist-development thing, I think we need more of it. We need to ensure that this thing is around for future generations. This thing that fed our kids and our family and took us to these heights needs to be held intact by the people who are doing it."
Oh oh…it looks like Frank Lucas isn’t still an American Gangster…or an American Prankster. I don’t know. The word on the street…or in the Offices of Social Security is that the former drug mogul has been charged with theft by deception for misleading the U.S. Treasury. The king of Harlem, who now lives in Newark, NJ, apparently told the Social Security people that he lost a check or two. They they replaced it. And he cashed both. Now he is trying to keep his 80-something butt out of jail.
Waka Flocka caused quite a stir when she jumped on the Kay Slay’s Shade 45 radio show to send a couple shots to WizKhalifa. During a conversation about rappers who think think are strictly hype, Waka brought up Wiz Khalifa’s name.
“Hey Slay, how you feel about these rap n****s with all this hype?,” asked Waka. “They ain’t got no swag, they really hype. They hype their way to the top.”
Kay Slay replied back and said, “You name a name, I’ll name a name.”
Tip took to Twitter to announce the release of a new mixtape on New Year's Day.
Although T.I. has only been out of jail for a few months, the King of the South has been hitting the studio hard, dropping acclaimed tracks like "I'm Flexin'" and "Pyro," as well as lending his talents to the remix of Yelawolf's single "Hard White." Now, the Grand Hustle impresario has announced that he's planning to drop a new mixtape new year.
Tip took to Twitter earlier today to announce that he'll be dropping a new mixtape titled Fuck Da City Up at the top of the year. The ATL rapper explained that Fuck Da City Up will be dropping at midnight on New Year's Day.
We’re not even going to question the level of bipolarity that Canibus is dealing with, because clearly, this has to be one of thee worst attempts at generating publicity and awareness for an album ever seen. Let’s be real, that’s this cheap shot was, man! Want to know more about Canibus’ album? That’s what Google is for, people.
What is going on? I am hearing buzzing that the ladies of Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj are working on peacing the beef. Honestly, this could just be jibber jabber chatter. I don’t know. At any rate, you know Nicki just released another “Roman” song where she is seemingly dissing Kim again. Anyway, on the flip side, Kim has a 5-song EP later in the month, a Christmas gift for the fans. I don’t know that she is going to be going at Nicki…with the talk of peace…we’ll see.
Rapper Snoop Dogg will make his first appearance on “The Price Is Right” in January, during the show’s first-ever celebrity week special.
Snoop Dogg will join co-host Drew Carey and other celebrities, who will take on contestants for good causes.
The proceeds from the celebrity edition of “The Price Is Right,” which is the longest-running game show in TV history, will go to the celebs’ favorite charities.
Snoop, who also gets to spin the wheel during the show, may have faired better than his opponents, according to the show’s producer.
“It was a lot of fun to watch these celebs play our iconic games,” Executive Producer Mike Richards told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “Each one had their own unique strategy to win. Let’s just say Snoop knows more about the price of grocery items than you might think!”
Other celebs who will compete during “The Price is Right’s” first ever celebrity week include Jenny McCarthy, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Daughtry and supermodel Heidi Klum.
Snoop is playing to raise funds for his Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) non-profit, which teaches children the importance of teamwork, camaraderie, and education through football.
Monday, January 2 — Snoop Dogg playing for Snoop Youth Football Leagu
Tuesday, January 3 — Jenny McCarthy playing for Generation Rescue
Wednesday, January 4 — Neil Patrick Harris playing for The Noreen Fraser
Thursday, January 5 — Chris Daughtry playing for Alzheimer’s Association
The veteran lyricist says that Cole hasn't properly been "paying homage" despite naming him as an influence.
Canibus took to Facebook earlier this weekend to explain his beef with J. Cole, soon releasing a diss track titled "J. Clone" as a takedown of the Roc Nation rapper.
In a post on Facebook (via DDot Omen), Canibus writes that the Jay-Z protege bigs him up in interviews as one of his favorite rappers and plays his older material, but then says that because Cole doesn't support his more recent material.
"Cole might say he does this to pay homage, but in reality, by him playing my older material owned by my former label dating back to 1998, subsequently overlooking my current works and contributions which directly benefit me now, he is treating me less like an artist that has, and continues to contribute, influence, and inspire an even younger generation of MC’s coming up, and more like an artist that has physically passed on already(i.e. Tupac, B.I.G., Big L, Heavy D, Eyeda [sic]): you get the point I’m trying to make," he wrote. "I can’t help but to think that he is not nearly as sincere or genuine as he would like real hip hop heads to think he is because he speaks about me like I am dead. What he is doing is underhanded and disingenuous and whether it is his idea or not, I don’t agree with his tactic and I have something to say about it."
Rip the Jacker then released a diss track titled "J. Clone," which includes clips from Cole interviews where he calls Can his favorite rapper. "If it ain’t a threat, then it must be a promise / You said my name so much they think you’re being honest / It’s more than that, we could’ve recorded the track / You could give me a stack for a verse just like that,” he raps.
“Nicki’s coming out…Tyga, Twist, Bow Wow, myself, Kevin Rudolph, Jay Sean,” Williams told AllHipHop.com. “Wayne got another album, everybody. I mean, we’re gonna drop 10 to 14 albums in the first six months of the year, so everybody’s cocked and loaded.”
Other notables on Billboard’s top R&B/Hip-Hop year end list includes Chris Brown, Miguel and Wiz Khalifa.
Representatives for director/rapper iceCube have confirmed that a new “Friday” is in the works with actor Chris Tucker.
TMZ.com spoke to a member of IceCube’s production company Cube Vision, who confirmed that the project was in the works.
“Absolutely yes the studio is in the process of getting the entire original cast to do another ‘Friday.’ [Ice Cube] is very excited about this and has every intention to make it happen,” the rep stated.
Ice Cube released the first of the three “Friday” franchise films in 1995.
The original “Friday,” which starred ChrisTucker, grossed a total of $28 million.
The sequel to the film, “Next Friday” was released in 2000 and starred Mike Epps. The film grossed over $59 million.
The last installment, “Friday After Next,” hit theaters in 2002 and grossed a total of $33 million at the box office.
Ricky Rozay calls his duet with Hov "our biggest collaboration yet."
Rick Ross previously revealed that he netted a collaboration with Jay-Z for his upcoming album God Forgives, I Don’t, which he claims is “our biggest collaboration ever.” Speaking with Sucker Free’s DJ Envy, Ricky Rozay discussed the duet and confirmed it will appear on his 2012 LP.
“You know, whenever me and the homie come together to collaborate, we gotta make it something special for Hip Hop,” he said. “We always make sure we have fun with it, but this record right here, this is our biggest collaboration ever. It will be featured on God Forgives, I Don’t.”
He also reflected on his health scare and pair of seizures, explaining that he’s trying to get his life in order and take it easier. The MMG boss says that he couldn’t wait to get back to the studio after getting out of the hospital and now has a clean bill of heath.
“Coming out the hospital, you be ready to get back to work. I’m a grinder, I’m a hustler. That’s the next order of business. You’re so used to moving at 80 miles per hour. I gotta get rest now. Well, I’m supposed to. I try to. That’s what it was. I’m blessed, man. I went in and had my MRI and everything came back straight. It was just a case of me being overly exhausted.”
Diddy and French Montana reveal French's singing to Bad Boy Records.
“I represent New York for the fullest,” Diddy told the host, crowd and television audience. “For real for real, can’t nothing move in this city without us being a part of it. We the Yankees of this whole thing! It’s time for us to get what we supposed to get. [French] got them pinstripes on and he ready to hit it out the park.”
French, who reps the Bronx, said he welcomes playing for the home team.
“I really feel real good that’s why I kept it here in New York,” French explained. “Why would I take my talent to South Beach? When I met with Puff and sat down and really spoke, he told me a couple of things and [he] never lied to me about nothing and always kept his word. It is what it is. It’s New York. I want to bring it back to New York.”
There is no longer cause for speculation: French Montana has signed with Bad Boy Records.
French joined Diddy on BET's "106 & Park" this week to make the announcement.
“For real for real, can’t nothing move in this city without us being a part of it. We the Yankees of this whole thing! It’s time for us to get what we supposed to get," said Diddy of the signing.
"[French] got them pinstripes on and he ready to hit it out the park,” he said of the Bronx native.
French explained that he was happy to keep his basis of operations on the East Coast. “I really feel real good that’s why I kept it here in New York."
“Why would I take my talent to South Beach? When I met with Puff and sat down and really spoke, he told me a couple of things and [he] never lied to me about nothing and always kept his word. It is what it is. It’s New York. I want to bring it back to New York.”
With a little help from his “little brother,” Kanye West, Mr. Shawn Carter has just accomplished a huge feat. With “N*ggas In Paris” officially cracking the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hottest Singles Charts at #8, Jigga Man has officially had his 18th, yeah 18th, Top 10 single. Where do your other favorite rappers stand? Lil Wayne and Ludacris are tied one below Jay with 17, while Kanye just got to his 14th Top 10 hit with “Paris.” Now do you get why they’re performing the song at least seven times a night on the “Watch The Throne” tour? No? Read on…
In Other Jay-Z News…Hov “Lives United”!
We hear that Jay-Z is set to make a big announcement this morning (December 8th) at Carnegie Hall. It seems that Jigga wants to spread a little cheer and charity by working with United Way of New York City, in partnership with his Shawn Carter Foundation, which he put his mom, Gloria Carter, in charge of a while back. The foundation has been doing some great stuff lately, including hosting fundraising events like “Making The Ordinary Extraordinary” which raised over $1 million for kids in need via a carnival on NYC’s Pier 54 in late September. We can’t wait to hear what he has in store for United Way, the largest charity fundraising organization in the world!!!
They are also accused of hiring bodyguards, who are also accused of participating in the shooting.
“The plaintiffs’ claims against my client continue to be without merit, we look forward to having this resolved in a court of justice,” Plies’ defense attorney, Robert A. Rush of the lawfirm of Rush & Glassman in Gainesville, told AllHipHop.com.
Ronell “Big Gates” LeVatte is represented by attorney Carl Schwait of the law firm of Dell Graham in Gainesville.
The five plaintiffs are represented by Gainesville attorney, Christopher Chestnut of The Chestnut Law Firm; Chad Roberts and Helen Spohrer of the law firm of Spohrer and Dodd in Jacksonville, FL.
Hip-Hop trio The BeastieBoys will officially be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, the organization announced today (December 7).
The legendary rap trio, which began their recording career on Def Jam Recordings, will be inducted along with a number of other famous groups.
In addition to The Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, Laura Nyro, The Small Faces, Cosimo Matassa, Don Kirshner, Freddie King, Donovan, Glyn Johns and legendary engineer Tom Dowd are being inducted.
TheRock and Roll Hall of Fame foundation was founded in 1983, to recognize the contributions of artists executives and engineers who have helped the evolution of the music business.
Artists must have released an album at least 25 years prior to the year of their induction, while demonstrating “unquestionable musical excellence.”
Over 500 Rock and Roll Historians and music experts make up the nominating committee, which decides what artists will be inducted each year.
The Beastie Boys and the other musicians will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Cleveland, on April 14.
Teddy P says that the duo recorded eight or nine songs for the scrapped album.
T-Pain and Lil Wayne previously collaborated on several cuts with the promise of releasing a full album under the name T-Wayne. But after the project never surfaced, Teddy P has spoken on what happened with the project and why it probably won’t see the light of day.
“When [Wayne] got into his litte trouble, that was right at the peak of when we was like, ‘OK, let’s go. Let’s do this now.’ He finally had time, then he went to jail,” said Pain, who has about eight or nine songs in the vault. “Things happen and I’m pretty sure he’s over the whole idea now. I don’t even be bringing it up to him no more. I’m pretty sure he’s way past that right now. He’s doing big things.”
As many expected, Antonio Margarito's damaged right eye was unable to sustain a full 12 rounds of his fight against Miguel Cotto, as the fight was stopped three seconds into the 10th round after the fight was dominated by Cotto.
Margarito's eye almost prevented the fight from happening, but doctors who analyzed his eye gave the fighter the green light to fight tonight—something that may not happen again going forward.
Although Margarito's (38-7, 37 KOs) face did not look as bad as it did in his fight last November against Manny Pacquiao, Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) inflicted enough damage to the eye to cause the doctors to say "no mas" for Margarito, as he could no longer see out his right eye.
As far as Margarito's career in the ring, there is a huge question mark over whether or not he will be able to fight again, as his right eye doesn't appear to be able to take a full fight any longer.
Margarito was still putting up a fight, and even had one of his better rounds in Round 9, but the doctors wouldn't allow him to take any more damage to the eye, a smart move on their part.
Cotto got the revenge he wanted so badly after losing their first fight back in 2008 at the suspected illegally-wrapped hands of Margarito that night.
Cotto can now look forward to a big fight on the horizon, as he has proven himself worthy of a top-five, pound-for-pound ranking.
If Floyd Mayweather Jr. is unable to get a fight with Pacquiao set up once again, I think Mayweather vs. Cotto will be the next biggest fight, as Cotto showed tonight that he can draw a crowd on his own, as the majority of the sold-out Madison Square Garden was pro-Cotto.
Mayweather and Cotto have been linked to a possible fight over the past few years, without one ever coming to fruition.
The outcome of the fight has Margarito looking at an apparent road block in his career and Cotto on the fast track to a huge payday in the future.
Usher's ex-wife Tameka Raymond is freaking out that testing the singer for drugs will soon be useless -- because the more time that passes, the more time Usher has to cleanse his system of illicit substances.
In case you haven't been following -- Tameka demanded Usher take a drug test recently because she thinks the singer is popping pills and who-knows-what-else around their kids.
Usher refused on grounds Tameka's demands were "frivolous and unfounded" and only intended to “harass and embarrass” the singer. But now, Tameka's lawyers are taking her case back to the judge in the ex-couple's custody war, pleading with the court to force Usher to take the test despite his refusal.
And according to the docs, Tameka wants the court to make it snappy -- claiming, any further delay will allow Usher to "cleanse" any evidence of drugs from his system.
Veteran hip-hop/R&B producer TeddyRiley has filed a lawsuit against former members of Blackstreet, accusing the estranged members of illegally using the group’s name.
Teddy Riley and group member Chauncey Hannibal filed the lawsuit against former group members Mark Middleton and Eric Williams on December 1, in theUnitedStates District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.
According to the lawsuit, Teddy Riley is half of the owner of the Blackstreet trademark, while long time associate Chauncey Hannibal owns the other half.
The pair have held the rights to the name since 1992, prior to the release of any Blackstreet albums.
The lawsuit claims that from 2003 until present, Mark Middleton and Eric Williams have booked themselves as Blackstreet for performances, without the proper permission or consent.
Lawyers for Teddy Riley and Chauncey Hannibal claim that the two men have ignored several cease and desist letters, but still continue to book shows as Blackstreet.
The lawsuit claims that as recently as November of 2011 the pair have claimed that they were Blackstreet.
The confusion has scared away several booking agents, which resulted in the cancellation of an official Blackstreet tour of Europe.
To make matters worse, the two men went on Jenny Boom Boom’s show on Hot 93.7 in Hartford, to discuss the matter.
During the interview, the men admitted to having issues with Teddy Riley and Chauncey Hannibal.
They also claimed that there were two “different sets” of Blackstreet because Teddy Riley and Chauncey Hannibal have refused to share proceeds.
Blackstreet was formed in 1991.
The group’s debut album was released in 1994, with members Teddy Riley, Dave Hollister, Chauncey Black and Levi Little.
Middleton and Williams did not join the group until 1996, when Blackstreet hit big with the Dr. Dre-assisted single “No Diggity,” from their album Another Level.
According to Teddy Riley and Chauncey Hannibal, Mark Middleton and Eric Williams signed contracts which stipulated that they were works for hire, meaning they have no rights to use the Blackstreet name.
“Defendants have used the name and mark Blackstreet in such a manner as to create actual confusion and likelihood of confusion among prospective customers and/or purchasers of the services provided by plaintiffs,” the lawsuit reads.
“Defendants have harmed the goodwill of plaintiffs in the name and mark Blackstreet, causing immediate and irreparable harm to plaintiffs.”
Nasty Nas auctioned off his first painting for charity.
During a performance at Ricochet Lounge in Miami, Florida for Art Basel Miami 2011, Nas painted his first-ever picture, stopping the performance to auction off the work for $14,000.
The Queensbridge rapper picked up a brush during "Made You Look" and tested his artistic hand, resulting in a portrait of a man smoking a joint. After the performance, Esco auctioned the piece for charity, with the winning bid coming in at $14,000.
Drizzy says that he's still with the team, contrary to rumors circulating this week.
Rumors started flying earlier this week that with his departure from one of his management teams, Drake was also considering leaving Young Money. During a performance in Hartford, Connecticut, Drizzy denied the rumors, confirming that he’s still with the squad.
“I’ll tell you if you wake up in the morning and you think Young Money ain’t my team, you out of your motherfucking mind,” he said. “My brother Lil Wayne is all the way in Australia right now, but I got my camera on in the back and I just want to let him know how much me and Hartford got for him. So if you got love for Lil Wayne, make some noise!”
"I learned how to edit for the last DVD...I make all my selects, I sit in the chair...I am an editor as well. I have great editors, thank God," she said in a 20/20 interview with Katie Couric.
"It is a lot of work. Especially when I'm trying to tell stories that are from so many moments of my life.
Beyonce also discussed how it felt revealing to the world that she was pregnant. "I felt so liberated. I felt like I could breathe and be happy. It was a beautiful feeling. I went straight off the stage and just cried, hugged my mom, hugged Jay."
While on the topic of pregnancy, Bey addressed rumors that it was a fake. "There are certain things that are so far, that it doesn't even upset you. My mother, she's like, 'Nobody's talking about my grandbaby! My grandbaby's not even here yet!' I'm like, 'Calm down, Mom. It's okay. It's really silly.'"
"I'm cool. It's ridiculous. It's so over-the-top."
Chilli and T-Boz have signed on as consultants and executive producers for the flick.
VH1 has announced plans to release a scripted series of biopics, the first of which will be a film on the history of TLC.
Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins have signed on to serve as consultants and executive producers for the made-for-TV flick, which will “chronicle the trio's sadder moments, including Lopes' burning down the home of her then-boyfriend, the group's financial woes as well as Lopes' untimely death in 2002.”
Writer Kate Lanier (What’s Love Got to Do With It) will pen the script, with plans for Bill Diggins and Maggie Malina to executive produce with the surviving TLC members.
“With the tremendous success of our scripted series Single Ladies, we now know that viewers will come to VH1 for quality scripted projects. We’re eager to expand on that success with this biopic franchise that will allow us to explore our music, pop culture, and authentic storytelling strengths in yet another format,” said Jeff Olde, exec vp original programming and production at VH1. “We’re honored to collaborate with Chilli, Tionne and Bill Diggins in sharing their own personal story and TLC’s record-breaking legacy with VH1 viewers.”
Though he was granted bail, it doesn't necessarily mean he'll be a free man.
Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel has been granted $3 million bail in the Jamaican Supreme Court earlier today for his alleged murder of Barrington "Bossie" Bryan earlier this year.
Though the singer was granted bail, it does not necessarily mean that Kartel will be released from prison, as he is currently facing another murder charge. He will appear with three others suspected in the murder in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court to make bail applications.
While visiting MTV’s RapFix Live to talk about his upcoming fourth solo album, Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition, Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy explained that although there were subliminal and apparent friction between Rick Ross and him, there was never actual beef.
“With rap, it’s a funny thing. You can say things, and people can take ‘em the way they wanna take ‘em,” Jeezy said, addressing “Death B4 Dishonor,” the 2010 cover of Rick Ross’ “B.M.F.” track that is noted for including subliminal jabs towards the Miami rapper.
“But in my mind, in my heart, I just killed the verse. If I killed the verse and you took it personally, then that’s on you.”
Rick Ross also took offense to the video clip that went viral, where there more perceived jabs at the rapper.
“I feel like the whole started thing from a clip on WorldStarHipHop, and my thing was, if I’m a boss and you a boss, let’s sit down and be bosses,” he said.
“You take a clip that somebody edited and run with that? What part of the game is that? If you felt like that, hit me up, let’s chop it up, we bosses.”
After coming into contact with Ross at the BET Hip Hop Awards, Jeezy said he didn’t take the Miami rapper’s decline to exchange words personal.
“I felt like it was about selling records,” Jeezy said. “It’ not about you about me. We could’ve stepped in the corner and chopped it up. So right then and there, I knew it was about records, so I was cool with it.”
Toronto, Canada based rapper Drake has split with his American management team Hip Hop Since 1978, and has hired the William Morris Agency to represent him.
The rap star, who is still signed to Cash Money Records, also fired his booking agents International Creative Management due to a difference in opinion on various business matters.
A source told theNew York Postthat Drake cleaned house for a number of reasons.
“Drake just felt like there were too many hands in his pockets,” the source told The Post. “He was getting pulled in too many different directions.”
Hip Hop Since 1978 is a management company comprised of some of the industry’s top managers and employs veterans like Al Branch, Cortez Bryant, Kinky “B” Ellerbee and Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua and Gee Roberson.
The company manages a number of superstar rappers, including Young Jeezy, T.I., Lil Wayne, Just Blaze and Kanye West.
According to rumors, Drake and KanyeWest are at odds, which could explain the Canadian rapper’s departure from the Hip Hop Since 1978 camp, although neither artist has substantiated the reports.
On a night where supermodels in expensive thongs and bras were the main event, Hip Hop took center stage.
Nearly a month after the initial event took place, CBS aired the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion show Tuesday night. Pop/Rock outfit Maroon 5 joined in on the festivities, but by and large, those present at New York’s Lexington Avenue Armory were treated to a Hip Hop show. In a year highlighted by the contrast between the rich and poor, a collection of lingerie that included pieces in the $2 million range was displayed on models catwalking to tracks from one of 2011’s most opulent albums—Watch The Throne?
Kanye West and Jay-Z took center stage with their certified platinum-selling single, “N*ggas In Paris.” And while the cameras often panned to an expecting Beyonce, Jay-Z pointed to the runway and joked, “We’re here…we might as well walk it.”
The Throne’s performance was sandwiched between a decidedly more weighty solo set by West and an upbeat closing act by Young Money’s Nicki Minaj respectively. West informed the crowd that he was also originally scheduled to perform during the 2007 show before tragedy struck.
Can Yelawolf continue the recent chart-topping trends seen by Drake, Mac Miller and Wale? Mobb Deep's first release in five years hits the charts, and Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" doubles last week sales.
After powerful debut chart appearances as of late from Mac Miller, Wale and Drake albums, Yelawolf battled the Black Friday sales-rush and found different results. Mobb Deep also self-released their first studio release, an EP, in over five years. However, with many stores having sales on CDs and two R&B/Pop princesses releasing, there was a lot going in the holiday week.
Yelawolf's Radioactive Misses A Top 25 Debut
Dxnext alum Yelawolf's studio debut, Radioactive debuted at #27, selling over 40,000 units. The Gasden, Alabama emcee signed to Shady Records in the last year after an Interscope deal had already been announced. Still with Ghet-O-Vision, the release featured Killer Mike, Gangsta Boo and Lil Jon, along with Kid Rock and Eminem.
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV Gains 10 Spots Back Into Top 15
It was 2011's best-selling Rap album, Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV that really astonished charts last week. The Cash Money/Universal Motown Records release climbed 10 spots in a holiday season to reach #15. The former #1 album better-than-doubled its sales as compared to last week. Wayne's ninth solo album features Tech N9ne, Andre 3000, Nas as well as his label-mates and Young Money proteges.
The Chi-town rapper addresses suspicions that he insulted Drizzy on his new cut.
On his cut “Sweet,” Common takes aimless shots at “soft” rappers, rhyming, “Y’all niggas man, y'all soft motherfuckers / Singing all around me man, la la la / You ain't motherfucking Frank Sinatra / Uh, lil' bitch / Sweet ass motherfucker.”
While many believed this was a diss directed at Drake, Common recently spoke with V103 Atlanta’s The Frank and Wanda Morning Show where he clarified the lyrics.
“Some people have been saying that, but on that song, I’m just talking about whoever the cap fits. I’m talking about rappers out there that’s soft and doing the same thing. So if the cap fits, then that’s who it is,” he said “That’s all it is. It’s whoever the cap fits, then let ‘em wear it. I think it’s a lot of creative artists out there. I think Drake makes some good music.”
Naming Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Lil Wayne as contemporaries whose music he enjoys, Com said anyone who catches feelings from the cut are the ones he’s dissing. “On the song ‘Sweet’ - which we did the video for, too, in Haiti, we just put that out - a lot of rappers may feel it. And if they feel it, then that’s who I’m talking about.”
Additional nominees include Jay-Z, Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa and more.
The nominations for the 2012 Grammy Awards were announced earlier this evening, with Kanye West leading the pack with seven nods.
Songstress Adele nabbed the most prestigious nominations, garnering six for her album 21 and its subsequent singles. Her four-times platinum sophomore album will go up against Rihanna's Loud in the Album of the Year category, while her smash "Rolling in the Deep" will compete against Kanye's "All of the Lights," Mumford & Sons' "The Cave," Bon Iver's "Holocene" and Bruno Mars' "Grenade."
Nicki Minaj earned two nods: one for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Drake for "Moment 4 Life" and Best New Artist, where she's up against The Band Perry, J. Cole, Skrillex and Bon Iver.
LMAO! Look what MediaTakeOut is reporting…that Kanye and Drake have beef. Get this: Kanye is the one that got Drake’s album pushed back, a move that supposedly cost Drizzy millions. Now, I have to say, I don’t believe this mess, but this is what they are saying. Drake is definitely on top these days, but I am hearing that sample clearances were the real reason his album was bumped back…BUT, they are saying those samples WERE Kanye WEST samples. They also said that Ye is mad that Drake is stealing his style and making a mint off of it. Let me find out Commander Kanye has gone 50Cent on the young generation!
Last but not least, MTO says there is a KanyeWest diss track directed to Drake. I can’t think of the last time Ye had beef. Never!
Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons is the first hip-hop artist to receive his own stamp, via a new campaign with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Russell Simmons’ mug will appear on one of 20 stamps dedicated to the most famous vegetarians of all time, in an effort to stamp out animal abuse.
Other celebrities that are featured in PETA’s latest campaign include Woody Harrelson, Cesar Chevez, Gandhi, Bob Barker of “The Price is Right,” Gandhi, Paul McCartney, Ellen DeGeneres and others.
During the campaign, the celebrities will offer tips on healthy living, in addition to doling out wisdom on the importance of being a vegetarian.
“The consumption of animals causes more harm to the environment than all the forms of transportation put together,” Russell Simmons told CNN in 2008, while discussing why he chose to be a vegan.
“When they said dominion over the animals, I don’t think they meant the abusive 10 billion farm animals every year, which is what we do here in America,” Simmons continued. “I feel better, I look better, so it’s a big change for me. You have more clarity and I think that all of us want to be more clear. I wanted to look younger and feel better and wanted to be a greater contributor to the good on the planet.”
The limited edition stamps are on sale from December until January, depending on the demand.