Al Sharpton & Russell Simmons Demand Action After Alleged Tony Yayo Attack
On Monday (April 2) Russell Simmons’ HSAN and Reverend Al Sharpton are scheduled to join Czar Entertainment at a public grievance and rally concerning Tony Yayo’s alleged assault on Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond’s 14 year-old son.
Cynthia Reed, the mother of James Rosemond, will also be in attendance in addition to community leaders, parents, students and religious leaders. The demonstrations will be begin with a press conference.
“We are involved to try to help mediate this problem,” HSAN President/CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis said in a statement. “In truth, every child in our community is precious. The theme of the Hip-Hop Summit is taking back responsibility. With artistic freedom comes responsibility. Therefore anytime a child in our community is harmed it is of great concern to us. We are hoping and praying that this matter can be resolved peacefully and resolutely. At the end of the day the interest of our children will be better served.”
As previously reported, Yayo (born Marvin Bernard) allegedly accosted the youth for sporting a Czar Entertainment t-shirt as he was heading to his father’s offices to intern. Initial reports claimed that 50 Cent was present at the time of the incident. Meanwhile, Fif’s lawyers asserted that the superstar wasn’t in New York state at the time of the incident. Yayo was arrested and charged for harassment as well as endangering the welfare of a child. He was later released on $5,000 bail.
The press conference is slated to take place on April 2 in Manhattan, NY. At press time the location has not yet been determined.
Foxy Brown Pleads Not Guilty
After having an arrest warrant issued after her for missing a March 22nd court date, Foxy Brown finally showed up in court to make her plea of not guilty. The charges for which Foxy had to appear in court were for simple battery and resisting arrest.
As previously reported, Foxy was arrested in Pembroke Pines, FL after allegedly threatening an employee of a beauty supply store, as well as making a mess in the store and resisting arrest.
Reports by the Associated Press say that Judge Joel Lazarus withdrew the arrest warrant. Foxy’s attorney explained that the arraignment notice that was sent out to Foxy so that she could appear in court on March 22nd was mailed to an old address, so Foxy did not receive it in time.
After appearing in court, Foxy spoke to the media outside of the courtroom: “I am going to stand up and fight and take care of this,” said the rapper, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Judge Lazarus has set a June trial date.
LEFT EYE DOCUMENTARY TO AIR ON VH1
Among the lineup of VH1’s Rock Docs specials over the next few months is “Last Days of Left Eye,” a documentary about the late TLC rapper-singer and the final days spent at her spiritual hideaway in Honduras.
Directed by Lauren Lazin (“Tupac: Resurrection”), the film uses archival material and talking-head interviews to provide background and transitions for footage shot by Left Eye during a month-long spiritual retreat in the Central American country. She was killed there in a car crash on April 25, 2002.
Left Eye, born Lisa Lopes, speaks at length in the film about her belief in astrology and numerology, and promises to “set the record straight” about her checkered past before redirecting her energies in a positive direction, according to a review in Daily Variety.
“Last Days of Left Eye” is scheduled to open the Atlanta Film Festival, an event in her hometown that will include Lopes’ family and friends making rare public appearances. A date has not yet been announced for the film’s premiere on VH1.
Gee Roberson and Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua make up the management/production firm that also represent artist Kanye West who is scheduled to provide beats for The Carter 3 album. The duo along with Wayne’s current manager Cortez Bryant in overseeing his image as far as films, music and television.
“I’m excited to bring Hip-Hop Since 1978 onto the team,” said Lil Wayne’s manager Cortez Bryant. “I’m positive their combined experience, expertise, and well-cultivated relationships will help us take Wayne’s career to the next level.”
Fans can expect The Carter 3, later this year.
Snoop Dogg May Reconcile $2 Mill Suit With Old Label Over Breach Of Contract
Attorneys representing Snoop Dogg and Priority Records are reportedly considering a mediation to settle a breach of contract lawsuit that the California bred rapper brought against his former record label.
As previously reported, Snoop (born Calvin Broadus) sued Priority Records last year for $2 million in royalties. The rapper alleged that since EMI took over Priority, the label has failed to honor contracts. Priority Records has maintained the lawsuit should be barred because Snoop waited too long to file it.
According to the Associated Press, Kenneth D. Freundlich, Snoop’s lawyer, said in court Monday (March 26) that a mediation was a good alternative to a trial, but that he must first get the rapper’s approval.
Snoop still remains overseas despite the recent cancellation of his European tour with Sean “Diddy”Combs. The rapper’s European trek was called off after British authorities refused to grant him a visa into their country, where he was scheduled to perform in various cities.
Freundlich also indicated that Snoop is willing to give a deposition to the company’s attorneys.
“We’re totally willing to make him available,” Freundlich told the court during the brief hearing.
Superior Court Judge Robert Hess ordered both sides to return to court Aug. 27 for an update. If mediation fails, a trial could be scheduled.
Youngbloodz Launch Lawsuit Against SonyBMG
Youngbloodz have sued Sony BMG Music Entertainment for $50 million in Manhattan Federal Court claiming the label breached agreement to pay royalties, specifically for downloaded tunes.
The group’s Still Grippin’ Tha Grain album was their only release on Sony, and was a “Best of” compilation that was released on Nov. 21, 2006. The Youngbloodz were originally signed to LaFace Records.
The members of Youngbloodz, Sean Paul and J-Bo, are currently pursuing solo ventures.
SUGE’S REP SAYS HE WAS NOT EVICTED
A publicist for Marion “Suge” Knight claims that the former Death Row Records CEO was not evicted from his posh West L.A. condo on Friday. Rather, he was simply moving to another home.
“I don’t understand how his move could have been misunderstood as an eviction,” Jonathan Wolfson told AHH.com. “He is currently living at an undisclosed location in Malibu.”
Wolfson’s statement, however, does not address witness accounts of policemen and detectives present at the time of the alleged move.
According to columnist Janet Charlton, “two black and white police cars plus a car with detectives” stood by as Suge’s possessions were removed and loaded into a truck in front of the building.
The countdown is on to the worldwide launch of the new single from multi-platinum international, award-winning Def Jam recording artist Rihanna, as “Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z) makes its debut today, Thursday, March 29th, at 5:00 p.m. (EST) and can be heard on www.rihanna.defjam.com “Umbrella, ” produced by C. Tricky Stewart, is the first single from Rihanna’s eagerly awaited third album (in two years), untitled as yet, set for June 5th release.
Rihanna enjoyed a tidal wave of industry acclaim in 2006 with her second album A Girl Like Me, and its back-to-back #1 hits, “S.O.S.” and “Unfaithful.” At the 2006 Billboard Music Awards on December 4th, she took away four top honors, including Female Artist of the Year, Female Hot 100 Artist of the Year, Female Pop 100 Artist of the Year, and Hot Dance Airplay Song of the Year for “S.O.S.” She finished out the year as guest performer on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve spectacular.
In June 2007, 19-year old Rihanna will be seen in her first ads as the newest CoverGirl, joining the ranks of Molly Sims, Christie Brinkley and Keri Russell. Rihanna reinforces the CoverGirl brand’s heritage in music. The long list of famous CoverGirl models (which began in 1961) also boasts Cheryl Tiegs, Rachel Hunter, Tyra Banks, and Niki Taylor. “I’ve loved makeup and dreamed of being a CoverGirl since I was a little girl,” said Rihanna. “Growing up, my mother was a makeup artist and I was fascinated watching her apply lipcolor, blush and mascara. Now I get to be surrounded by all of my favorites from CoverGirl!”
The Billboard Music Awards capped a gigantic year for Rihanna that also included:
* America’s Teen Choice Awards’ Breakthrough Female Artist and R&B Artist of the year;
* Canada’s Much Music Award as Best International Artist;
* MTV Europe Music Award as Best R&B Artist;
* The European MOBO (Musicians of Black Origin) Award as Best R&B Artist;
* Japan’s MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in A Video for last year’s “Pon de Replay”;
* The BMI Urban Awards tribute for “Pon de Replay”;
* The World Music Awards honor as the Best Selling International Artist.
Rihanna’s homeland of Barbados showered her with 8 major awards: Best Dance Single for “Pon de Replay”; Best Reggae/Dancehall Album for Music of the Sun; Album of the Year for Music of the Sun; Song of the Year for “Pon de Replay”; Best New Artist; Female Artist of the Year; Best Selling Female Artist of the Year; and Entertainer of the Year.
A Girl Like Me was the follow-up to Music Of the Sun, Rihanna’s debut album of 2005, featuring her #1 Dance hit “Pon De Replay,” a traffic-stopper in the U.S. and Europe that was certified a triple-platinum digital download by the RIAA. With its infectious taste of “Tainted Love” (the Soft Cell classic), “S.O.S.” became Rihanna’s second world wide phenomenon – hitting #1 in the U.S. and Canada, the Japanese International chart, the Australian singles chart, and European airplay chart.
JOSS STONE DISSES CHRISTINA MILIAN IN MAGAZINE
In the media blitz promoting last week’s release of her new CD “Introducing Joss Stone,” which debuts at No. 2 this week on the Billboard 200 album chart, the 19-year-old British soul singer had some interesting things to say in the new issue of Giant magazine.
While Stone had some harsh criticism for today’s crop of R&B singers, her most scathing words were saved specifically for singer-actress Christina Milian, who just so happens to be the ex-girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend, Beau Dozier.
Stone describes most singers today as “just highly paid strippers.” When told she may have just insulted a large swath of singers, she cocked her head to the side, flashed an innocent smile and said, “What? It’s not like I’m not telling the truth.”
When Christina Milian’s name came up in conversation, Stone, according to writer Aliya S. King, “doesn’t bother to hide her disdain for the woman who Dozier, now Stone’s ex-boyfriend, once dated.”
Stone told King: “I could tell you some stories about her… ,” then launched into a “profanity-laced tirade against the pop star.”
King writes: “After I point to my tape recorder, reminding her that she’s on record, Stone doesn’t quit. Instead, she continues to go off on Milian and, even worse, Milian’s mother. ‘I’m just honest,’ Stone concludes with a shrug.”
“Christina has never met Joss,” Milan’s publicist responds. “She can’t imagine what this is all about.”
Dave Chappelle Returning To Television As Producer On HBO Pilot
Dave Chappelle will return to television as a producer for a pilot on HBO called “Judge Mooney” starring comedian Paul Mooney. The show will have Mooney reenacting actual court cases that have already been decided but in a Paul Mooney style.
“Whatever I say goes,” Mooney told the L.A. Daily News. “I’ve also got a little dog that sits on my judge’s desk, and I ask the little dog’s opinion. If the dog barks, I say, ‘Well, the dog says you have to go.’ It’s real crazy.”
Mooney is known for his many appearances on “Chappelle’s Show” as Negrodamus and on the comedy club circuit.
Recently, Paul Mooney announced that he would no longer use the “N-word” in his stand-up performances.
“Using the word, we were trying to defuse it, trying to desensitize people to it … take the power out of it,” Mooney said. “But the word is an equal-opportunity word now, with Latin kids and white kids saying it, and what it conjures up is all these demons. I watched
the Michael Richards meltdown over and over, and I had an ‘N’-exorcism. And I don’t care how you spell it, with an ‘a’ or an ‘er,’ if you sauté or barbecue a goat, it’s still a goat. But I was married to the word then — now I’m divorced from the word.”
Joss Stone “Reintroduces” Herself, Marques Houston Proves He’s a Vet, Baby Boy Da Prince Gets Crowned
In this week’s Hip-Hop and R&B charts, Joss Stone makes an impressive debut, Marques Houston scores in the top 5 and Akon continues to dominate.
Debuting at No. 2 this week is sultry songstress Joss Stone. Riding the success of her single, “Tell Me ‘Bout It,” her Introducing Joss Stone disc, which features collaborations with Raphael Saadiq and Common, moved 118,000 copies.
Coming in at No.5 is former Immature front man Marques Houston with his latest offering Veteran. Proving that he’s paid his dues in the game, the album pushed 68,600 units in its first week on the charts.
In a testament to staying power, Akon refuses to relinquish his stranglehold on the charts, dropping only one spot, coming in at No. 6 this week. In it’s 19th week on the charts, Konvicted racked up 68,500 discs and is flirting with double-platinum status, bringing its total to 1,932,000 records sold.
After debuting at No.2 last week, pretty boy thug Lloyd drops five spots to land at No. 7. With the singles “You” and “Shawty” still going strong, the young crooner managed to move 55,500 copies of his latest effort Street Love, pushing his two-week total to 200,100 discs scanned.
The lone hip-hop artist to break the top 10, Alabama’s own Rich Boy falls six spots from last week before claiming the No. 9 position. His self-titled CD moved 48,700 CDs this week, a 56% drop from last week, to bring the album’s grand total to 161,000 LP’s sold.
UK soul sensation Amy Winehouse continues to intoxicate fans with her Back To Black disc. Coming in this week at No.10 and possibly receiving an extra push from her song, “You Know I’m No Good,” the British bombshell shoved off 47,700 more copies, rounding out her total sales at 99,000 units.
Blue-eyed soul is alive and well this week with both Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke coming in at No. 11 and 12 respectively. In exactly the same spots they enjoyed on last week’s charts, JT’s FutureSex/Love Sounds is being fueled by his latest single “What Goes Around” which helped him to move 41,900 records. That pushes his total album sales to an impressive 3,001,600 units after a 28 week run on the charts. Robin Thicke is continuing to show the industry why they’d be lost without him, too. His Evolution Of Robin Thicke reels in an extra 40,100 discs and continues its campaign for platinum status with a total of 852,700 albums sold.
Still living the “Glamorous” life is Fergie, landing exactly where she was last week at the No.13 spot. Already having a platinum plaque under her belt, Dutchess pushed an additional 39,700 CDs to bring the diva’s total to 1,642,300 records sold in 27 weeks on the charts.
Songbird Corinne Bailey Rae fell a couple of spots from No. 20 to No. 22 as her self-titled and critically acclaimed album Corinne Bailey Rae quietly pushed an extra 32,300 records this week, which moves her total to 1,329,500 units moved.
New Orleans’ own Baby Boy Da Prince entered the charts this week at No. 26 with his album Across The Water. The album’s single, “The Way I Live” has received moderate airplay and helped the newcomer pull 25,700 discs off the shelf this week.
Legendary Southern rap duo 8Ball & MJG managed to grab hold of the No. 28 spot after a strong debut last week. Falling 20 spots from the previous week, fans rode off with 25,000 copies of Ridin High, bringing their total to 76,000 units sold.
The Notorious B.I.G.’s posthumous release, Greatest Hits, found a home this week at No. 29, moving an additional 25,000 records and an overall 163,200 units with Houston-bred Devin The Dude right behind with 24,900 copies sold of his latest, Waitin’ To Inhale, as it debuts at No. 30 this week.
The rowdy Crime Mob bunch also debuted on the charts this week at No. 31 with their sophomore set, Hated On Mostly. While the single “Rock Yo Hips” is still enjoying both radio and video play, the crew only managed to move 22,100 copies in its first week.
Young Jeezy’s Inspiration: Thug Motivation continues to chart, nearing the platinum mark and racking up another 18,500 albums to reach the No. 37 spot this week. Rounding off its total numbers at 968,000 units, the trap star is hoping that his R. Kelly-assisted single “Go Getta” will push him over the million mark.
Rounding out the charts this week, Gerald Levert’s In My Songs lands at No. 42 with 15,600 copies sold, bringing its total to 314,000 records moved. Ciara’s Evolution, on the heels of her “Like A Boy” single saw 15,000 more discs leave the shelves leaving her at the No. 45 spot, taking her total to 1,072,400 LPs scanned.
At No. 54, Beyonce’s B Day is still making some noise, pushing 14,000 more albums and upping her total to 2,360,800 units while Diddy and Birdman & Lil’ Wayne barely make the top 100. Diddy’s Press Play moved 9,500 more copies taking him to No. 90, bringing his total to 583,900 records sold, while the Cash Money collective got off 9,400 more copies of Like Father Like Son, coming in at No.92 and rounding off their total at 678,200 records sold.
Next week, look for a strong showing from G-Unit’s Young Buck and Prodigy, veteran MC Redman, newcomer MIMS and The Dogg Pound.
Paul Wall – I’m Throwed (Feat. Jermaine Durpi)