Daily Update 2*28*07
Cam’ron Moves Beyond 50 Cent, Attacks “Coochie Whipped” Nas & “Camel Face” Jay-Z
Cam’ron appeared on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 radio show yesterday (February 27) in New York to discuss upcoming Diplomats projects and his ongoing feud with 50 Cent and Jay-Z.
During the Q&A, the Dipset boss praised the man he claims to be pimping Jay-Z, gave his opinion on Nas’ new video and revealed that he could possibly sign with Def Jam in the near future.
As previously reported, Memphis Bleek and Tru Life took shots at Cam’ron and his Dipset affiliates on a DVD clip which surfaced on YouTube last week. When queried about the attacaks by the Roc-A-Fella artists, Cam refused to acknowledge them and began berating Jay-Z.
“Who is that?” Cam scoffed referring to Tru Life. “I don’t know who that is.”
“I ain’t never had a problem with Bleek. I don’t know why Bleek is in this,” he continued. “I got a problem with Jay-Z still, you know why? Because why are you calling a dude younger than you OG and you older than him. He’s older than Juan.”
Juan Perez, who Jay-Z refers to as “OG Juan,” formed New York City based Baseline Studios, in which various Roc-A-Fella artists, including Hov, have recorded. He is also a co-owner of the 40/40 club franchise.
“Why is he calling him OG? You don’t call somebody younger than you OG,” Cam sneered. “You don’t know him. Juan, keep that gaffle up, I’m proud of you boy. You smart, he’s from Harlem, he real smart and I know what he’s doing.”
“Juan is smart. He owns 40/40. He pimped Jay-Z’s whole budget in Baseline,” explained Cam. “He said ‘you know what you getting kinda old Jay, let’s open a club’ and pimped him for 40/40. Then he said ‘I need a label Jay, why don’t you give me Roc La Familia.’ No problem. Then he says ‘Jay, my artist [Tru Life] ain’t popping, get on this mixtape. That mixtape got more play than Jay-Z’s album.”
“Juan, you the official OG from Harlem. You know when you got a mule,” mocked Cam. “Keep him. Keep the mule. My fault, a camel, I didn’t mean a mule”.
When queried about his beef with 50 Cent which was sparked after the two argued on Angie Martinez’s Hot 97 radio show earlier this month, the Harlem bred rapper claimed that he was defending the Diplomats credibility after hearing the G-Unit boss say “he could shut down Koch Records.”
“I had never spoken to 50 before in my life. That was the first time ever talking to him,’ Cam explained. “The last year or two, when 50 mentions Koch Records he calls it a ‘graveyard’ or he says ‘if you go to Koch you wack’. We are the only popping artists on Koch. So on that day when he was talking about Koch, I felt if you are saying Koch is a graveyard, say ‘Koch is graveyard except for the Diplomats’, you know what I’m saying, you are leaving too much for speculation.”
Cam also revealed that while reporting to his probation officer after his beef with 50 became official, representatives from the New York Police Intelligence Division who were at his PO’s office told him they will be keeping an eye on the rivalry.
“The NYPD has a budget to watch Dipset and G-Unit for the next few months,” Cam stated
The Dipset honcho also disclosed that his current record contracts will be ending.
“My deals are up next month. I like this part of the year, it’s over at Koch, its one more at Asylum. Juelz is at Def Jam for four more albums, so I’ll be getting money with camel face and them for a minute,” Cam revealed. “Shout out to L.A. Reid, that’s the real CEO.”
“And another thing, Jay-Z is not the biggest selling artist on Roc-A-Fella,” he continued. “Kanye is the number one selling artists on Roc-A-Fella. He sold 800,000 on the first week and dropped 80%. I heard him on a freestyle saying he sold 700,000 in one week; it’s a brick if you drop 80%. Kanye sells more records than you and he supports all the feminists, no disrespect to him, but he’s the No. 1 artist on Roc-A-Fella.”
“The Diplomats album will drop at the end of the year, that’s my last one on Koch,” Cam’ron added. “We will be searching for a new label for The Diplomat brand with the exception of Juelz, unless we take it to Def Jam, which could be a possibility. It will make things smoother with L.A. Reid.”
“I like Def Jam a lot, I really do,” Cam said laughing. “I really like it over there, I really like Def Jam, now that the check is cut over there, they don’t BS.”
The interview wrapped up with Cam’ron premiering his latest single “Child of The Ghetto” while taking shots at Nas.
“The song is like before Nas was wack,” said Cam describing the single. “It’s like ‘Represent,’ you know before he got coochie whipped and all that. Why would you have a jump-off baby mother and then go to another celebrity who looks like she could be jumping off with whoever. I would keep my wifeys on the low after that. People wouldn’t know who my wifey is after my baby moms wrote books and all that.”
“No disrespect to him, I’m really past the Nas thing,” he added. “Congratulations to whatever he is doing but I like Illmatic and all that. I don’t like the tuxedo and pianos that I seen in his new video. He got old school ruffle jackets on with a vest and a piano. Go to Queens bridge if you wanna shoot your video, why are using a green screen? Why you got a green screen of Queensbridge? Go the middle of the projects and shoot a video.”
[Listen To The Full Interview Here]
Prodigy Doesn’t “Give A Fuck About Pac”?
It’s no secret that Prodigy and 2Pac weren’t the best of friends before 2Pac’s tragic death in Las Vegas. After all, Pac talked about Prodigy’s Sickle Cell Anemia and told him and Havoc to “back the fuck up, before you get smacked the fuck up.”
So, why would Prodigy use Pac’s voice in a song now?
“I wouldn’t base any problems that me and Pac had-that wouldn’t stop me from using his voice on a sample. …It’s all about how the chorus sound-‘Oh that sh*t sound hot together-the Biggie and the Pac sample sound good-’ I don’t give a fu*k about Pac! I’m just saying that sh*t sound hot together; that’s a ill idea for a chorus. It don’t matter what Pac did or whatever…that’s not the case. The case is the sh*t sound like a good record,” he told Nobody Smiling of a song that uses Pac’s vocals in it’s chorus.
As DX reported earlier this month, Prodigy is prepping the release of his next solo effort through Koch Records. Return of the Mac is scheduled to drop March 27. It will feature production from The Alchemist.
However, this won’t be the only album Prodigy will be releasing this year. H.N.I.C. 2 is also being worked on for a 2007 release.
The track listing for Return of the Mac is slated to be as follows:
2. Return of the Mac
3. Mac 10 Handles
4. Raining Guns and Shanks
5. The Rotten Apple
6. Words From Majesty
7. Take It From The Top
9. 7th Heaven
10. Bang On Em
11. Nickel and a Nail
13. Stop Fronting
14. Stuck On You
LAPD Looking For Diddy
According to TMZ.com, Sean “Diddy” Combs is living up to his bad boy alter ego again. The website says the LAPD is currently investigating him because he’s being accused of attacking a man Sunday night at an Oscar party in Hollywood.
The story goes that Gerard Rechnitzer was with his fiancée at a post Oscar party held at Teddy’s in the Roosevelt Hotel. At around 2 AM Monday morning, Rechnitzer, 27, saw his fiancée surrounded by six men, including Combs.
After observing Combs mack his girlie down for about 5 minutes, he told her it was time to go.
At that point, reports the website, Combs allegedly told the woman he was having a party and invited her to come. Rechnitzer persisted and asked said girlfriend again to leave with him. It was at that point that Combs allegedly said hello to Rechnitzer with his fist.
Rechnitzer then called 911 and the LAPD came and took a report, but Combs was long gone. By the way, Rechnitzer declined treatment after the ambulance arrived.
TMZ is also reporting that as many at five witnesses observed the incident.
50 Cent’s New Beef: Baby Mama
50 Cent is reportedly taking steps to protect his fortune from the mother of his son, Marquise.
According to New York’s Daily News, 50 recently filed papers in Family Court to help clarify child support arrangements paid to his child’s mother. While 50 (born Curtis Jackson) has always provided financial support for his child, he and Marquise’s mother, Shaniqua Tomkins, previously lacked an official arrangement. Friends told the Daily News the recent move was prompted by Tompkins’ demanding displays of greed.
“It was just getting so out of hand. It was driven by greed. He felt it was necessary to get a court order making clear just what his responsibility is. He took matters into his own hands. It’s usually the woman who files. But he wants to do the right thing,” an unidentified friend of 50 told the Daily News. “50 has always provided for his kid. His son’s mother is now making unreasonable demands, which seem to have no limits.”
50 and Tompkins once lived together, but the couple parted ways five years ago. According to one friend, 50 purchased a home for Tompkins in Long Island “so Marquise could be in a good school district.”
“He’s paying a lot of child support. He takes [Marquise] on vacations. He just took him to L.A., where they saw Eminem together. He met Justin Timberlake and Timbaland in Miami. He took him to the NBA All-Star Game in Vegas. He sees his son very frequently. When he’s on the road, he brings him out,” 50’s friend was quoted in the Daily News.
“Curtis puts his son’s needs first. His son is well loved and taken care of. Anything else is a private family and legal matter,” said Cindi Berger, spokeswoman for 50.
Sources are currently speculating that Tompkins may seek palimony. She recently hired upscale lawyer, Raoul Lionel Felder, who told the Daily News, “Ms. Tompkins is going to get more than fifty cents, I can tell you that.”
EDDIE MURPHY’S REP ADDRESSES OSCAR NIGHT EXIT
As viewers may have noticed, the “Dreamgirls” actor and his date, Tracy Edmonds, were nowhere to be seen in audience shots following the announcement of his category. Only co-star Beyonce and director Bill Condon were seen looking on as Jennifer Hudson accepted her award for supporting actress later that evening.
“Eddie had always planned on leaving after his category was announced to spend the rest of the evening with his family,” Murphy’s rep Arnold Robinson said, according to People magazine. “He did the same thing following the Golden Globe Awards,” where Murphy actually won his supporting actor category.
Robinson was responding to the criticism received by his client from such outlets as TMZ.com and the New York Post’s Page Six, both of whom labeled Murphy ‘a sore loser’ for refusing to stick around.
While the couple may have bolted from the auditorium, witnesses tell People that “the pair was spotted just outside the theater doors in heavy conversation – and in a group-hug – with studio head Harvey Weinstein.”
According to Daily Variety, Cube (born O’Shea Jackson) will play one of two men who bungle an attempt to rob a church. The two culprits take its parishioners hostage but the churchgoers end up convincing the robbers to see the error of their ways.
The film, which will be released to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, will begin production on May 14 in Los Angeles and Baltimore.
In related news, Cube recently completed filming “Are We Done Yet?” the Steve Carr-directed sequel to his hit comedy “Are We There Yet?” The flick will open in theatres this spring.
Young Jeezy Headlines First Tour, Planning USDA Album
Roughly three months after the release of his platinum-certified album, The Inspiration, Atlanta’s trapper turned rapper Young Jeezy will soon hit the road for the Street Dream Tour and release a new album.
The two month long tour will feature appearances by a number of Hip-Hop heavies including Jim Jones, Baby, Lil’ Wayne and Fat Joe on various dates.
The Street Dream Tour also will be Young Jeezy’s first time headlining his own major national tour.
Along with the Street Dream Tour, Young Jeezy also has plans to release the first album by his group USDA, United Streets D-Boys of America, early this spring.
USDA consists of Young Jeezy, Atlanta’s Slick Pulla, and Panama City’s Blood Raw.
The group has yet to name the label that the album will be released on. The first single from the group, “Check,” will hit radio later this week.
Young Jeezy’s newest single “Go Getta” featuring R. Kelly has steadily climbed the charts, entering the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Airplay earlier this week.
The “Go Getta” video was recently featured on Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) Access Granted and 106 & Park.
Young Jeezy also made an appearance at BET’s first annual Hip-Hop Awards where he was a part of three different performances.
BLAIR UNDERWOOD TO DIRECT VING RHAMES
Actor Blair Underwood will step behind the camera to direct “The Bridge to Nowhere,” an indie drama starring Ving Rhames in the story of four blue-collar men who team with a destitute prostitute to create a high-priced escort service.
Underwood’s feature directing debut is scheduled to begin next month in Pittsburgh with Kristoff St. John of the CBS soap “The Young and the Restless” as one of the film’s producers. The project is under Smithfield Street Productions, headed by Mike Wittlin and Brian Hartman.
Underwood has previously directed five music videos and a short called, “The Second Coming.” He’s producing and starring in supernatural thriller “My Soul to Keep” for Fox Searchlight and producing the TLC series “Easy Money” with his partner Tommy Morgan Jr. for their company, Intrepid Inc.
Underwood’s currently in CBS’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and is slated to star in the upcoming HBO series “In Treatment.”
Project Pat Leaves Sony Records
Memphis, Tennessee rapper Project Pat has recently left Sony Records.
The platinum selling rapper, who is responsible for the hit song “Chickenhead,” left the label he’s called home since 1998.
“He’s still a Hypnotize Minds artist, but is seeking that major push from a label/distributor that can handle ‘gangsta rap,'” DJ Paul said in a statement released to BallerStatus.com “Now Project Pat is really free.
“Pat, who is the stand third member of Oscar winning group Three 6 Mafia and brother of member Juicy J, is most known for his albums, Ghetty Green and Mista Don’t Play: Everythangs Workin’.
His latest effort, Crook By Da Book: The Fed Story, is his first album since being released from prison in July of 2005, after serving four years on two counts of firearm possession as a felon.
In addition to music, Pat will be one of the stars of Three 6 Mafia’s upcoming MTV reality show “Adventures In Hollyhood,” which is slated to air April 5.
He will also play the role of Big Pat in Three 6 Mafia’s upcoming film, “Choices 3: The Return of Big Pat,” the third installment of Three Six Mafia’s film series, “Choices.”
Snoop wants Puff
Snoop Dogg and Diddy begin their European tour next month, playing under the “stupidest” name they could come up with.
The pair of hip hop stars have lined-up a series of shows across the continent, including a string of dates in the UK.
The tour, which commences in Oslo, Norway, on March 12, has been given the title “Snoop Pass The Puff”.
An ‘insider’ commented: “They wanted the stupidest name for the gigs. They plan lots of surprises.”
The tour is as follows
March 200712 Oslo, Norway, Spektrum
13 Copenhagen, Denmark, The Forum
14 Berlin, Germany, Max Schmelling Halle
15 Stuttgart, Germany, Schleyerhalle
16 Hamburg, Germany, Sporthalle
17 Frankfurt, Germany, Festhalle
18 Munich, Germany, Olympiahalle
19 Zurich, Switzerland, Hallenstadion
21 Paris, France, Bercy
23 Dusseldorf, Germany, Philipshalle
24 Brussels, Belgium, Forest National
25 Amsterdam, Holland, Heineken Music Hall
27 London, UK, Wembley Arena28 Cardiff, UK, Cardiff International Arena
29 Manchester, UK, MEN Arena
30 Glasgow, UK, SECC
31 Dublin, Ireland, The PointApril
01 Dublin, Ireland, The Point
02 Nottingham, UK, Nottingham Arena
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