Daily Updates 1*31*07
Juelz Santana Lands High Profile Nike Cameo, Confirms Lil Wayne Collab & New Album
Rapper Juelz Santana was recently tapped to be featured in Nike’s new marketing campaign, “The Second Coming: Our Game, Our Time,” which features NBA basketball stars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire, Rasheed Wallace, Jermaine O’Neal, Tony Parker, Paul Pierce, Shawn Marion, and Chris Paul.
The new :60 second montage was produced by Nike, Wieden & Kennedy and acclaimed music video director Dave Meyer.
Dipset member Juelz Santana and super producer Just Blaze provided the soundtrack for the commercial, which debuted last week in major markets across the country.
“The commercial is so powerful without no music behind it, I kinda had an idea once they told me what they wanted, they said ‘Juelz we just want you to do you but we want you to make that power'” Santana revealed to AHH. “And that’s what Dipset and juelz santana is known for, just making powerful music. It wasn’t hard. I sent them the first version. It was Nike, there were a couple of things I couldn’t say and I had to take out, but other than that, they loved it, they loved the energy and they loved the feel behind the song.
Here is the Commercial
On Jan. 29, Nike celebrated the new ad campaign at Niketown New York, where Juelz and Kobe Bryant were on hand to speak to local high school students and basketball fans about the importance of hard work to achieve greatness in sports.
While Bryant unveiled his newest signature basketball shoe from Nike – the Zoom Kobe II, Santana revealed details about his upcoming album with Cash Money Records’ star artist, Lil’ Wayne.
The collaboration, titled I Can’t Feel My Face, is finished, according to Santana.
Santana, who is from the Bronx, said that a recently leaked mixtape was just a taste of what he had in store with Lil Wayne, who hails from New Orleans.
“That’s done, everybody who thinks that not happening, we did a mixtape, and the mixtape leaked,” Santana told AHH. “We did the tour together and we got over 40 records, so that’s definitely going down.”
Santana said the two would select the best of the songs they recorded to produce I Can’t Feel My Face, which is due in stores this year.
“It’s something that’s never been done before, a dude from the north and a dude from the south, especially with the south being so hot, and me being one of the hottest dudes in the north,” Santana boasted. “We just gonna let the music talk. Me and Weezy just put out a single ‘Black Republicans.’ We Black Democrats running those Black Republicans out of office.”
Santana is putting the finishing touches on the follow up to his hit album What the Game’s Been Missing, which is certified platinum.
The album, Santana’s third, is titled Born To Lose, Built to Win (The Reagan Era).
Santana explained that the album’s title is reference to the time Ronald Reagan served as President of the United States (1981–1989), which is also the time period crack cocaine hit the streets of inner cities in the country like a plague.
“The Reagan era was the biggest crack era ever and I feel like I am human crack in the flesh. When I say that I don’t want people to confuse it. My music is so potent, you get addicted to it.”
Santana said that he would be finished Born To Lose, Built to Win (The Reagan Era) and would turn it in to Def Jam, Santana’s recording home.
YouTube To Pay For Videos
YouTube has become an internet main stay for wild and crazy videos and old school classics. Now, the company is getting ready to pay users for quality video.
The company has not announced just how it will split revenue with users, but some speculate that the split may be 50/50, according to a Business Week article.
“We are actively exploring a variety of ways to help the community to monetize content,” a You Tube spokesperson says of the new venture.
The proposal is not without problems. YouTube will also need to ensure that uploaded videos do not violate current copy right laws and keep a closer eye on sexually explicit material.
“I think this is somewhat of a me-too move for YouTube, and I don’t think they necessarily need to do it,” former Zuba CEO Thomas McInerney says.
“People upload content to YouTube because there is an ego in broadcasting yourself. People like the attention.”
Sticky Fingaz to Play Hip-hop Cop on NBC’s Law & Order
Former Onyx front man Sticky Fingaz will appear on the hit NBC show Law & Order: Criminal Intent on February 13. The episode revolves around a rapper, played by Fab 5 Freddy, who is gunned down as he is leaving a radio station after debuting his new song and sitting for an interview.
Major Case Squad Detectives Logan and Wheeler question Sticky’s character who is the sole witness to the crime. Sticky’s character reveals that he is actually an undercover cop working on a task force that specializes in crimes within the hip-hop world.
Detectives on the show become suspicious of the undercover cop when witnesses begin to turn up dead. The show’s plot seems to be loosely based on occurrences at New York’s Hot 97 radio station in recent years, and the rumors of an NYPD task force dubbed the “hip-hop police” who have been accused of racially profiling high profile rap artists.
Nuthin’ But “Dogg Chit” For Tha Dogg Pound
KOCH Records announces the release of Dogg Chit, the new studio album from Tha Dogg Pound, on March 27th , 2007.In July of 2006, Tha Dogg Pound quietly released their comeback album Cali Iz Active through Snoop’s Doggystyle Records.
The under-the-radar project spawned an incredible West Coast peace offering in the album’s title track and ground breaking video, along with a slew of other dynamic comeback tracks.
Universally praised by the music press, this whetted the appetite of West Coast rap fans everywhere.Now, less than a year later, Tha Dogg Pound is back with an even stronger effort titled Dogg Chit.
Fans of the classic West Coast G-Funk sound will absolutely love this album.The first single from Dogg Chit will be “Vibe With A Pimp” featuring Snoop Dogg. It’s already begun receiving airplay on Power 106/Los Angeles. The track will be serviced everywhere shortly.
Daz Dillinger says, “We got a new album coming out March 27th, first Dogg Pound album entirely produced by us since Dogg Food nawwhatImean? We doin’ it again, we ready. First single is ‘Vibe With A Pimp’ with Snoop.”
It was over ten years ago that Tha Dogg Pound laced the music world with their multi-platinum-selling debut album, Dogg Food. Since then, the group has released numerous hits that define the G-Funk sound.
Daz Dillinger is also world-renowned for having produced some of the biggest hits of the Death Row era for artists like 2Pac and countless others
A Tentative track listing for Dogg Chit is as follows:
1. Get Out My Way
2. I’ll Bury Ya
4. Anybody Killa Featuring The Game
5. Mo’ Murder
6. Vibe With A Pimp Featuring Snoop Dogg
7. Can’t Get Enuff Featuring Too $hort
8. Dat Ain’t My Baby
9. Thiz Gangsta Chit Iz Our’z
10. 1 N 1 Out
11. Where U From Featuring Bad Azz
12. Throw Ya Hood Up
13. It’s A Good Azz Day
14. Pull Ya Drawz Down Featuring Snoop Dogg
15. Blast On’ Em Featuring Brotha Lynch Hung
16. Bucc’m Featuring Snoop Dogg & RBX
17. Blaze It Up Featuring G.Malone, Jayo Felony, B.G Knoccout, Dresta
Jim Jones, Trick Daddy and Rich Boy to Participate In Gridiron Celebrity Hoops Charity Game
Jim Jones and Rich Boy are scheduled to participate in the Ninth Annual Super Bowl Gridiron Celebrity Hoops basketball game on February 3 in Miami. The game, which is officially sanctioned by the NFL, will raise funds for Junior Achievers Motivated to Succeed USA, a charity which strives to enrich the quality of life of today’s abused, abandoned and neglected youths who have been placed within the foster care system.
Also participating in the game will be Miami rapper Trick Daddy, and NFL players Terrell Owens and Vince Young. Model and actress Melyssa Ford and BET personality Rocsi will serve as coaches of the opposing teams. In addition to the game, performances are expected from Jim Jones, Rich Boy and Mr. A.P. and artist on Vince Young’s Next Level Entertainment record label.
The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the University of Miami’s Bank United Center.
Mekhi Phifer To Produce Rap Album
Actor Mekhi Phifer (ER, 8 Mile, Clockers,) has collaborated with writer Ronnie Warner to form two separate production companies, Facilitator Films and Facilitator Music.Facilitator Music has teamed up with producer Todd Mushaw to release Face, a rapper from Reston, Va., who has gained regional recognition with the mixtape Face’N Tha Streetz Vol. 1.
In addition, the film company will executive produce This Christmas, a family movie starring Delroy Lindo, Regina King, Loretta Devine, R&B heartthrob Chris Brown and Idris Elba (Daddy’s Little Girls,The Wire), which began filming Jan. 8.
This follows their first project, the stoner comedy Puff Puff Pass, which Phifer also directed.”Being able to develop projects for film, television and music has always been a passion and goal of mine so I am thrilled to be launching Facilitator,” said Phifer via his publicist. “Both Ronnie and I share a creative vision and drive to create a variety of diverse projects across the entertainment spectrum.”
OC Returns With “Hidden Gems”; Works On New Studio Album
Next Mill Entertainment, LLC announces the release of “Hidden Gems”, a collection of rare, classic and never heard before songs from OC. U.S release date March 27th Coming off the heels of 2005’s “Smoke and Mirrors” album released on Hiero Imperium OC returns with “Hidden Gems” a collection of rare, remixed, 12″ only records and a few new songs.
Hidden Gems features such artist as Jay-Z, Organized Konfusion, The late Great Big L, DITC, Jeru the Damaja, Sadat X, Da Ranjahz and a host of great producers.
Whenever people talk about slept-on emcees, the name OC is always mentioned. Omar Cradle’s history of under-promoted albums and sample clearance issues is familiar to anyone who knows their hip-hop history.
In 1994 his classic debut album Word…Life knocked the wind out of people’s chests and put the Bushwick, Brooklyn emcee on the map. But somehow after 13 years, 5 solo albums, 1 group album and a dozen movie soundtrack inclusions, OC has remained largely unnoticed by the masses.
Throughout his career OC has giving the world; Word…Life, Jewelz, Bon Appetit, Star Child, Smoke and Mirrors and collaborated with his DITC crew on the Diggin’ In The Crates self titled album amongst several 12″ singles. Through ever album process there was tracks that didn’t make the album some became 12″ singles and other never seen the light of day or got remixed.
To hold his fans over til the next album and give all the die hards a chance to complete their OC collection OC’s Mushine Inc and Next Mill Entertainment created “Hidden Gems”.
Hidden Gems shows the evolution of the artist known to us as OC, from the first to last track is vintage OC that you fell in love with from Fudge Pudge. Hidden Gems is packed with unreleased songs, rare 12″ songs, and a few new joints exclusively for your listening pleasure.
The first single “The Inventor” b/w “Yes Sir” f/ Sadat X, impacting at radio February 7th and hitting shelves February 27th.
“Hidden Gems” Tracklisting
1. Snakes – (Unreleased) – Producer Unknown
2. Ozone (Original Unreleased Version) Producer Unknown
3. Word…Life Remix
4. Stronjay (Original Unreleased Version) – Produced by Ogee
5. Crooklyn 2 f/ Chubb Rock & Jeru the Damaja – Produced by Dj Premier
6. You Won’t Go Far f/ Organized Konfusion – Produced by Medicine Men
7. Day One f/ DITC – Produced by Show
8. Get Yours Rmx f/ Big L – Produced by Show
9. King of N.Y. Produced by J .Love
10. Bonafide f/ Jay- Z – Produced by Buckwild
11. Wordplay f/ Ranjahz – Produced by Buckwild
12. U-N-I – Produced by Buckwild
13. Half Good Half Sinner – Produced by Buckwild
14. Emotions Rmx f/ Ja Shawn – Produced by Keon
15. The Inventor (New) – Produced by Ogee
16. Yes Sir f/ Sadat X(New) – Produced by OgeeExpect
a new studio album from OC entitled “My Soul 2 Keep” dropping fall of 07′ featuring production by Frequency, B-Money, Locsmif, Madlib, Ogee, Marco Polo and Quincy Tones.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Concert Ends Early After Brawl Breaks Out
A Bone Thugs-N-Harmony concert in Los Angeles came to an abrupt end on Friday night (January 26) after several fights broke out, leaving one person injured and another under arrest.
According to the Associated Press, one unidentified man was hit in the head with a barstool and beaten unconscious during the melee at the historic Warner Grand Theater, located in the San Pedro area of the city.
When the fighting started, police in riot gear attempted to disperse the crowd of about 1500 people, however many concertgoers refused to leave and tried to reenter the venue. One man who swung at a police officer was arrested and charged with resisting arrest.
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