Thursday, November 30, 2006
Be sure to email me for any throwback suggestions you may have.
A few days ago we reported about LL Cool J's beef with Def Jam and one Jay-Z.While LL has a beef with Jay-Z, he seems to be on the same page with 50 Cent, whom he's working with on his next album, his last with Def Jam. 50 is an executive producer on the album to be titled Todd Smith Pt. 2: Back To Cool. LL told MTV that he sees a lot of himself in 50.
"My man has great sensibility. He knows what I like. We're from Queens [New York City]. We're seven years apart in age. He knows what I'm into. We come from the same experience, so the music reflects that."
Yeah well I hope he keeps in mind what happened to Mase's project and how long it took for Mobb Deep's project to drop.
Meanwhile, 50 is working towards completing his next album, which is due out in the spring, next year.
"I want the music to sound like something I haven't done before, so I needed to change the guys I worked with on the last project," 50 told All Headline News. "I've been listening to a lot of Motown stuff — Smokey Robinson, a lot of older music — so I go a lot of soulful loops."
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Snoop Dogg has been arrested on weapons and drugs charges after a TV appearance in Los Angeles. Surprsise, surprise.
Snoop was stopped by police as he left the NBC studio in Burbank after recording an edition of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Authorities allegedly found marijuana, cocaine and a firearm in his car.
This latest arrest marks Snoop's third in three months following earlier incidents at two California airports.
In October police found a gun and a quantity of cannabis in the musician's car after they stopped him for parking in a loading area at Bob Hope Airport.
Earlier this month he was charged for attempting to carry a collapsible baton onto a plane at Orange County John Wayne Airport in September.
An earlier arrest at London's Heathrow Airport in April led to a police caution.
I mean what is this dude really on?
Ashanti at MTVs TRL promoting 2pac's single and album and looking gorgeous
Eve promoting MAC's new Viva Glam lipstick whose proceeds benefit HIV/AIDS victims ahead of World Aids Day
Also promoting cosmetics, Rihanna promoting the Clinique range of cosmetics at Selfridges in Manchester,UK on a break from her tour with the PCDsA very pregnant Kim Porter, Diddy's girlfriend, in New York and finally....
A rare sighting of Oprah and her boyfriend Steadman together in Hawaii on Thanksgiving.
Also spotted like everywhere was Britney Spears....but the less said about that the better!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Exciting but maybe untrue…Usher has apparently been pitched to play James Brown in a movie about the King of Soul according to his record label's website.
Although the film has not yet been commissioned the script is said to be complete. After Usher’s critically acclaimed Broadway debut in Chicago and with his natural ability to dance, this movie has the potential to be epic.
The whispers continue as Black Eyed Pea’s Fergie is said to want a piece of the action and has been put forward for the role of one of Brown's wives.
Sony BMG is reportedly terminating their urban music division and a large number of the unit's current employees are expected to be laid off.
According to label insiders and industry experts who spoke to the New York Post, the announcement of Sony Urban's dissolution will be made on December 1 or even much earlier.
The Post's sources also revealed that not all of Sony Urban's employees will be laid off; some are slated to be reassigned to other units within the label. Office departments dealing with business and legal affairs are expected to be affected the most by the label's dismantling.
Sony Urban's current artists, which include John Legend, ,DMX, Beyoncé, Three 6 Mafia and Lemar will be reassigned to Epic and Columbia, Sony BMG's two main labels.
No comment could be obtained from Sony.
With first week sales in excess of 850 000 units Jay-Z's 'Kingdom Come'CD has virtually eclipsed Snoop Doggs album 'The Blue Carpet Treatment'released on the same day last week. This not only makes it a dead cert for the #1 spot next week but also shatters this year's best debut sales record.
Not bad given the tidal wave of publicity Jay's been on prior to its release. This included a very strong and well-recieved performance at this years American Music Awards and the unprecedented "Hangar Tour," which included seven shows in less than 24 hours in Atlanta, Philadelphia, DC, New Jersey, Chicago, L.A. and Las Vegas.
Snoop's album sales are crawling in comparison with a first week sales total of around 270 000 units
I guess this will mean another soundtrack album, more premiers,more promo and more exposure for 50.
50 0n the set of 'Home of the Brave'
Monday, November 27, 2006
After more than twenty years at Def Jam, lip-licking rap legend LL Cool J will not be renewing his contract citing the record label's President, Jay-Z as the reason. LL claims that Jay-Z has put his artists' careers at risk by coming out of retirement. LL also claims he wont re-sign with Def Jam when his contract expires after one more album because it will mean he will be competing directly with the label's boss.
He told MTV, ''How am I gonna re-sign with competition? I'm not a idiot. "I can't depend on that man to promote my record while he's somewhere writing rhymes. I'm LL Cool J. I ain't doing that, B.''
It has to be noted that in October, LL again blamed Jay-Z for failing to market his album ''Todd Smith'' properly. Guess all is not well in that camp.
In other Def Jam news,Foxy Brown's woes continue as this time she is dismissed on a recent interview with Power 105 in the States.
Rapper Foxy Brown tried to direct the flow of questioning during her interview at the radio station and was given the boot for her efforts.
According to the New York Post, the Brooklyn artist refused to answer questions surrounding her rumored dismissal from Def Jam, or that label president Jay-Z had been frustrated over her lack of productivity.
"What people don't know is that I initiated Def Jam ... they could never drop me. I am a multi-platinum artist," she reportedly snapped.
We believe you, Foxy.
Beyonce & Jay-Z pictured on the weekend at a Birthday Party for NFL football player Larry Johnson pictured here on the left of the picture. From army fatigues, to bandanas, to the wrong tone stockings with dodgy heels...the look on Larry's face says it all. Hey I thought Halloween was last month?!
What's with the make up?
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Flavor Flav - Hollywood
I am a big fan of old school hip hop and a very big fan of Public Enemy, their whole movement and everything they stood for. Now, given his recent foray into the whole sad world of reality televison, can anyone honestly ever really take Flavor Flav seriously? Can anyone ever seriously walk into a record shop ignore all the good music out there and head straight for his album, let alone listen to it? Hey, I could be very wrong, for his sake i sincerely hope I am, but for me...this is one to avoid. Leave your comments let me know what ya'll think.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Intro's debut album was by far more accomplished and stood far ahead of many of the other R&B groups, like H-Town, Shai, Portrait and Silk which debuted at around the same time.
After dropping their second album 'New Life' the trio split however the group's lead Kenny Greene continued to enjoy success penning songs for artists like Mary J. Blige ('Reminisce' and 'Love No Limit'), Madonna(most of the Bedtime Stories album) and Soul for Real '(Thinking of You' and 'If Only You Knew'). Kenny later died in October 2001
Heres the video to 'Love Thang' for all the 90s cats.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Favorite Male Artist: Jamie Foxx
Favorite Female Artist: Mary J. Blige
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Album The Breakthrough - Mary J. Blige
Favorite Male Artist: Eminem
Favorite Band, Duo or Group:Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Album: Monkey Business - Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Artist: Kirk Franklin
FAVORITE NEW BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Artist:Kelly Clarkson
Favorite Male Artist: Sean Paul (go fugure)
Favorite Female Artist:Kelly Clarkson
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite Album: All the Right Reasons - Nickelback
Favorite Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite Artist: Shakira
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
In theatres on Valentines Day next year but well worth the wait. Gabrielle Union plays a very successful lawyer who falls in love with a financially challenged (ie broke) mechanic and father of three (Idris Elba) that she is representing. Also starring Malinda Williams (Soul Food), Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends)and Terri J Vaughn (who played Lovita in the Steve Harvey Show).
In the red corner...Jay-Z with 'Kingdom Come' and in the blue corner Snoop Doog with 'The Blue Carpet Treatment'. As the two hip hop super heavyweights champs release their albums in the States today, who will win the battle? Whose album will outsell the other? Leave your comments.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Incredibly this is Pac's 6th posthumous album and commemmorates the 10th anniversary of the legend's death. The album contains the hot track 'Pac's Life' featuring Ashanti and T.I. as well as collabos with Bone Thugs,Keisha Cole, Lil Scrappy and many many more.
I have no idea why this album took so long to drop. I mean the two singles 'Come Into My Room' and 'Round and Round' did the rounds and generated heat from as early as last year. A fantastic album from this young UK artiste and very well worth the wait. A definite must have for your record collection.
The eagerly anticipated sophomore album from Akon. Contains the hit single 'Smack That' featuring Eminem, the follow up 'I Wanna Love You' featuring Snoop Dogg and the very powerful 'Africa'. A very strong follow up to his 2003 multi-platnum debut 'Trouble'
Other albums dropping tomorrow:-
Tamia- Between Friends
Fat Joe- Me, Myself & I
Jibbs- Jibbs Feat Jibbs