Monthly Archives: March 2007

Daily Update 3*29*07

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.

Kanye West & Lil Wayne To Collaborate

Lil Wayne has a new management team. Hip Hop Since 1978 will partner with Bryant Management as representatives of the New Orleans rapper.

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.

Rihanna Releases New Single, “Umbrella” Feat. Jay-Z, Today At 5:00 pm EST

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.

Last week’s top seller, Musiq Soulchild slips seven spots but stays in the top 10, coming in at No. 8 this week. Philly’s favorite “Buddy” hustled 53,800 copies of Luvanmusiq, bringing the album’s tally to 203,600 units sold.

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)

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Daily Update 3*29*07

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.

Kanye West & Lil Wayne To Collaborate

Lil Wayne has a new management team. Hip Hop Since 1978 will partner with Bryant Management as representatives of the New Orleans rapper.

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.

Rihanna Releases New Single, “Umbrella” Feat. Jay-Z, Today At 5:00 pm EST

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.

Last week’s top seller, Musiq Soulchild slips seven spots but stays in the top 10, coming in at No. 8 this week. Philly’s favorite “Buddy” hustled 53,800 copies of Luvanmusiq, bringing the album’s tally to 203,600 units sold.

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)

Word on the net 3*28*07

R.KELLY: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS 2?

Remember earlier i reported that Hov and Esco were planning on doing a best of both worlds Check this earlier post. Click here

Well Apparently Word on the net is, Your boy Kellz heard and planned his own B.O.B.W. I heard that Kellz wants none other than LIL’ WAYNE to replace Jay-Z in the franchise.

From what I hear, people at Def Jam aren’t feeling this too much.

BONNIE AND HOV?

Word on the net, Jay-Z has quietly recorded a Bonnie and Hov album with his baby Boo Beyonce. Pretty interesting stuff. The cover may look like this:

this is a mixtape done by wizHoffa. go cop it at www.blocktapes.com

KIM MATHERS DOING A BOOK?

Word on the net is Kim Mathers is considering a book that would reveal all about her experiences with on Marshall Mathers aka Eminem. Kinda Like what Carmen did to Nas minus Jay-z. See what SuperHead has done???

And Speaking Of SuperHead

Word on the net is

Karrine Steffans has written another tell-all book to be release this summer called The Vixen Diaries. Its suppose to be realeased this summer. In this book she is suppose to do more snitchin on Chris Rock, Mef, and revel the identiy of Papa. I’m going to need everybody to skip over chapter 7 tho, where she talks about me. lol (I keed, I keed) holla at me Rizoh.

Its Muuuurrrrrdddeeerrr- The movie???

Word on the net is Ja Fool, oops my bad Ja, anyway dude is making a movie about his life with the sole purpose of telling his side of the story with 50 Cent. As you know, in Get Rich of Die Tryin’ 50 portrayed Ja as quite a wanksta. This is rumored to be Ja’s reply.

Presidential West???
Word on the net is L.A. Reid and Jay-Z just appointed the Platinum Rapper Kayne West The President of DEF Jam Midwest. So where is Def Jam west coast? Next thing you know Too $hort will be Def jam The Bay

Def Jam-Va????
Word on the net is After sales of their new album “Hell Hath No Fury” stalled at the starting gate, I’m hearing Clipse have turned up the heat on JIVE Records demanding that they be released from their contract. Like the L.O.X. did with Puff Back in the day. I’m also hearing that Def Jam is first in line and if Pusha T and Malice can get off JIVE.
OutKast
Word on the net is Good news: Big Boi and Andre 3000 will drop a new solo albums in the fourth quarter of 2007. And yes, it’s a Andre’s is a Rap album. Word is the material is raw and is 3000 in his finest form.

SUGE KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY

Here is a link to a Suge Knight documentary called “On The Real”. its close to an hour long so grab some popcorn and enjoy. Peep it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpOgtn1VhpE

When Getting Hyphy Goes Wrong…

Until Next time thats the Word on the net…….
(Props to illseed, freeze fiyah, M.W.)

Word on the net 3*28*07

R.KELLY: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS 2?

Remember earlier i reported that Hov and Esco were planning on doing a best of both worlds Check this earlier post. Click here

Well Apparently Word on the net is, Your boy Kellz heard and planned his own B.O.B.W. I heard that Kellz wants none other than LIL’ WAYNE to replace Jay-Z in the franchise.

From what I hear, people at Def Jam aren’t feeling this too much.

BONNIE AND HOV?

Word on the net, Jay-Z has quietly recorded a Bonnie and Hov album with his baby Boo Beyonce. Pretty interesting stuff. The cover may look like this:

this is a mixtape done by wizHoffa. go cop it at www.blocktapes.com

KIM MATHERS DOING A BOOK?

Word on the net is Kim Mathers is considering a book that would reveal all about her experiences with on Marshall Mathers aka Eminem. Kinda Like what Carmen did to Nas minus Jay-z. See what SuperHead has done???

And Speaking Of SuperHead

Word on the net is

Karrine Steffans has written another tell-all book to be release this summer called The Vixen Diaries. Its suppose to be realeased this summer. In this book she is suppose to do more snitchin on Chris Rock, Mef, and revel the identiy of Papa. I’m going to need everybody to skip over chapter 7 tho, where she talks about me. lol (I keed, I keed) holla at me Rizoh.

Its Muuuurrrrrdddeeerrr- The movie???

Word on the net is Ja Fool, oops my bad Ja, anyway dude is making a movie about his life with the sole purpose of telling his side of the story with 50 Cent. As you know, in Get Rich of Die Tryin’ 50 portrayed Ja as quite a wanksta. This is rumored to be Ja’s reply.

Presidential West???
Word on the net is L.A. Reid and Jay-Z just appointed the Platinum Rapper Kayne West The President of DEF Jam Midwest. So where is Def Jam west coast? Next thing you know Too $hort will be Def jam The Bay

Def Jam-Va????
Word on the net is After sales of their new album “Hell Hath No Fury” stalled at the starting gate, I’m hearing Clipse have turned up the heat on JIVE Records demanding that they be released from their contract. Like the L.O.X. did with Puff Back in the day. I’m also hearing that Def Jam is first in line and if Pusha T and Malice can get off JIVE.
OutKast
Word on the net is Good news: Big Boi and Andre 3000 will drop a new solo albums in the fourth quarter of 2007. And yes, it’s a Andre’s is a Rap album. Word is the material is raw and is 3000 in his finest form.

SUGE KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY

Here is a link to a Suge Knight documentary called “On The Real”. its close to an hour long so grab some popcorn and enjoy. Peep it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpOgtn1VhpE

When Getting Hyphy Goes Wrong…

Until Next time thats the Word on the net…….
(Props to illseed, freeze fiyah, M.W.)

Daily Update 3*28*07

EVE speaks Out on Drama with Lil’ Kim and infamous Sex Tape.

Giant magazine gets the goods from Eve in the new April/May issue. On the cusp of her new pop/rap album, “Here I Am,” the triple threat entertainer goes back to her hip hop roots after a four year sabbatical to concentrate on her self-titled UPN sitcom and fashion line, Fetish…

In a candid interview with GIANT contributor Regina Robertson, the 28 year-old self-pronounced “pitbull in a skirt” shares her thoughts on everything from MySpace to Jay-Z to sex tapes to the state of hip hop music.
Specifically, in the Giant cover issue titled “Bound to Win” you’ll find the raptress dishing …

ON THE LEAKED SEX TAPE WITH FORMER BOYFRIEND STEVIE J. “I was hurt by it. But what kept me calm was that everybody knew he was my boyfriend. Not that I wanted people to see me having sex, but it wasn’t like I was getting gangbanged – that would have been crazy.”

ON RECONNECTING WITH LIL’ KIM ” I used to roll in the car with my high school friends listening to Biggie and Kim. (But we were) not speaking, for whatever reason. When my publicist told me we would be sitting across from each other, I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ There wasn’t any real beef, but I just didn’t want any tension. But we ended up talking, like really talking, for forty-five minutes. We even exchanged numbers. I’d love to do a joint with Kim. I really want to see her come back, you know?”

ON INTERRACIAL LOVE ” I’m going to love who loves me, and if I’m attracted to a person, I’m attracted to them. I’ve had black men say to me, ‘Oh, I heard you were dating a white man.’ It’s like, ‘Have I gone out with (a white man)? Yes. Am I dating someone white? No, but if I was, it would be my choice, so stay out of my business.'”

ON THE DECLINE OF HIP HOP MUSIC “For me, it all started with (D4L’s) ‘Laffy Taffy.’ When I first heard that song on the radio, I just knew it was a joke, but then I kept hearing it. Every artist has the right to do what they want, but I don’t believe in making that kind of music. It’s disposable. Hip-hop is in cardiac arrest, but I think it’s revivable.”

REBEL- JAY-Z STOLE HIS SIGN?

Formerly signed to Roc-a-Fella Records as a member of the group Diamonds in da Ruff, REBEL is now an unsigned solo artist writing the next chapter in his life.

Since breaking away from The Roc in 2001, REBEL has formulated his own movement (S.I.B Entertainment) and established himself as a unparalleled solo artist who is a deadly combination of talent, experience, business savvy, self-confidence and an intense drive that is fueled by his deep love for the music.

REBEL’s longstanding anger at Jay for stealing his sign and running with it without so much a sign of gratitude or acknowledgment. An anger that has only intensified over the years as his diamond sign has taken on a life of it’s own.

“When I first saw Jay throwing up the diamond sign on the cover of his Dynasty album I can’t lie, I was angry” said REBEL. “But I had temporarily given up rap so I let it rock. I guess at the time I also never imagined he’d push it so hard. When I got back in the game and had gotten all the way comfortable being a solo artist I had written a dis record and was ready to go at Jay hard but I stopped myself. I didn’t want my music to have to compete with the controversy. But In the past year or two since then, I‘ve come to some important realizations. For starters, my music is strong enough to hold it’s own against a little controversy or anything else you throw at it. Secondly, I’ve never let anyone or anything stop me from being who I am or saying or doing what I want no matter what the consequences. By my own standards I was being a clown for holding my tongue on something that I felt so strongly about.”

“You can clearly see me throwing up the diamond sign in The Streets is Watching movie in 1998. Jay didn’t begin throwing up the diamond sign until The Dynasty Album in 2000 after we (Diamonds in da Ruff) had left the label and broken up. I mean ask urself. What’s a diamond got to do with a dynasty? The diamond represents Diamonds in da Ruff – – that’s my group.”

REBEL isn’t looking to ride some anti Jay-Z wave to the top. He truly hopes that people can just appreciate the long overdue history lesson and move forward to continue to give his music the long hard listen it deserves because at the end of the day he wants to be known for his ability to make classic music.

By coming forward he has secured his due recognition for his past contributions to the game. Now he wants to set the stage for his future contributions. “Throw ur Diamonds up” is a hard hitting freestyle that is saturated with indisputable evidence.

The freestyle is intended not as a dis record but as a history lesson.

It isn’t an attack on Jay-Z.

It’s a charismatic outline of the facts and an introduction to the artist of the future.

Listen to “Throw Ur Diamonds Up”

Also check out the “Streets is Watching” clip with REBEL debuting the diamond sign. WATCH

(L note: I remember D.I.D.R. from the streets is watching, and early Roc-a-fella songs, but to keep it funky Nas Threw it up in “it aint hard to tell” video back in 94.
I wonder what Hov has to say.)

Jacob The Jeweler To Stand Trial In Detroit

Monday 3/26 a federal judge decided that celebrity jeweler “Jacob the Jeweler” should stand trial in Detroit on money laundering charges.

As previously reported, the 41-year-old gem merchant (born Jacob Arabov) filed a motion last October requesting that his case be moved to New York.

The motion, filed by Jacob’s attorney Benjamin Brafman, said it would be prejudicial to Jacob’s case if he is tried alongside accused drug dealers and that it will be too expensive for the infamous jeweler to defend himself in Detroit.

According to Associated Press reports, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn denied the motion, telling Arabov, “You should prepare yourself for a trial in the Eastern District of Michigan.”

Arabov was arrested last June, outside his flagship store in New York, on a warrant issued in Detroit by federal authorities accusing him with conspiring with others to launder money through his jewelry business. The jeweler was one of 16 people indicted by a Michigan District Attorney last May for laundering over $270 million in drug profits.

Jacob has been accused of accepting money from the multi-state drug organization known as Black Mafia Family (BMF) and giving them jewelry in return without reporting the transactions.
Last June Arabov pleaded not-guilty to the money laundering charges and was freed on $100,000 bond.

Jacob Arabov emigrated from Russia to become one of the most well-known celebrity jewelers in the U.S. Also known as the “King of Bling,” Jacob has outfitted megastars including the Notorious B.I.G., Madonna, Kanye West and Elton John with his pieces.

Chris Brown, “Coming 4 Usher” -Gonna take over 2007

R&B Newcomer Chris Brown Has taken a Que from the Bow Wow School of Publicity, By going on Hot 97 and Stating he is coming for Usher’s Crown. Click here to hear.

(Super Duper Props to WSHH)

SARA STOKES SUFFERS HOUSE FIRE

Fire officials said a Thursday house fire of former Making the Band singer Sara Stokes may be deemed suspicious.

The fire started about 3 p.m. in a second-story back bedroom said Port Huron fire Inspector Lt. Mark White. Officials have not released details about why they believe the fire may have been suspicious. The fire still is being investigated.

Lt. Mark Kern received minor injuries when he fell through a hole in the floor of the home’s second story up to his elbows. The firefighter was able to scramble out of the hole, Anderson said, and his protective gear saved him from more serious injury. Kern was treated at the scene by Tri-Hospital EMS.

Firefighter Jesse Diaz, 46, was taken to Port Huron Hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion and released at 6 p.m. He is expected to return to work today.

Port Huron Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Anderson said all of the city’s 13 firefighters on duty responded to the fire, including three engine companies and one ladder truck.

Crews had the flames under control within 15 minutes, Anderson said, but the fire was intense.

“They found a very heavy fire in the northeast upper bedroom,” he said. Neighbors said neither of the Stokes or their three children were home when the blaze started.

Lil Eazy-E Remakes “Boyz-N-Tha-Hood”

It’s been quiet around Lil Eazy-E, but this might just be the silence before the storm… Because Lil E has been grinding hard, and his debut solo album “Prince Of Compton”, which is set to hit stores this summer, is shaping up to be a monster.

I had the pleasure of hearing several of the songs recorded for the album at the studio, and Eazy, with the help of grammy-winning producer Chink Santana, mostly known for his platinum work for Murder Inc, is definitely not to be slept on.

The son of the Godfather of Gangsta Rap is bringing some straight gangsta music to the fans who have been eagerly waiting for him.

Until the first single drops, we have a new track for ya’ll, a remake of “Boyz-N-Tha-Hood”, produced by Chink Santana. Get it below

Lil Eazy-E – Boyz-N-Tha-Hood (2007)

Young Jeezy The Snowman Announces A Cold Summer

The forecast for the summer just got a whole lot chillier, as the Snowman has just announced a May 22nd release date for the first release from his Corporate Thugz Entertainment (CTE) label, Young Jeezy Presents USDA: Cold Summer.

“It’s crazy,” Jeezy recently told MTV News. “I wanted to do it mixtape-style ’cause I wanted it to be something for the streets. It’s like Trap or Die on steroids. I love that. It’s a street album, just raw.”

Young Jeezy Presents USDA: Cold Summer is a certified street banger from top to bottom, featuring production work from CTE’s stable of up-and-coming producers like Sanchez, Nazty, Midnight Black and Drumma Boy, who produced the group’s first 808-heavy single “White Girl.”

Jeezy is currently out on the road headlining the national “Street Dream” tour and has brought the members of USDA – ATL spitter Slick Pulla and Panama City’s Blood Raw – with him. Built into Jeezy’s set is a segment highlighting USDA, including “White Girl,” which is already starting to buzz in the south. And starting today, fans will be able to check out exclusive footage of the group on the road on USDA TV, a YouTube channel set up by CTE.

It’s an exciting time for Young Jeezy: he has just launched his Rocawear-distributed clothing line, Eighty Seven Thirty Two (8732). His sophomore album The Inspiration has pushed past platinum status and is out-selling nearly every rap album on the charts. The smash second single “Go Getta” (featuring R. Kelly) has hit #1 on BET’s 106 & Park, Big 10 on MTV, and is a Top 5 urban radio hit, with over 50 million in audience. “Dreamin'” featuring Keyshia Cole is set to be The Inspiration’s third single, and will ship out to radio and video channels in mid-to-late April.

Nas Joins Wu, Others For Rock The Bells Tour

Nas will be joining Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, The Roots and a host of other artists during this summer’s Rock The Bells festival series, which will feature some of hip-hop’s most notable names.

The Queensbridge emcee, who is gearing up his own North American tour for the spring, has signed on to co-headline 15 of the tour’s 18 dates. Meanwhile, Wu-Tang is scheduled for all performance dates.

Other acts slated to perform in select cities include Mos Def, Jedi Mind Tricks, MF Doom, Immortal Technique, Cypress Hill, Mr. Lif, The Coup, Rage Against The Machine, Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, Cage, Hangar 18, Brother Ali, Sage Francis, and Murs.

For more info, visit http://www.rockthebells.net/.

Kim Mathers Reneges On Court Decision, Criticizes Eminem on Hot 97

The truce between rapper Eminem and his ex-wife Kim Mathers has dissolved.

Just one day after the couple agreed not to criticize each other in public for the sake of their 11-year-old daughter Hailie, Kim Mathers spoke negatively about Eminem during an interview Tuesday (Mar. 27) morning on New York’s Hot 97 radio station, during Miss Jones’ morning show.

“How many songs has he done about me?” Mathers asked Miss Jones. “How many interviews has he done where he’s talking about freedom of speech? … I do a couple of interviews and he’s crying like a little girl.”

The interview is a reversal of the decision Eminem and Mathers made on Monday (Mar. 26) following a court hearing.

The couple declared that insulting each other and making slanderous comments in the media could prove harmful by having an adverse effect on Hailie.

Their relationship has been the subject of many of Eminem’s songs, including songs like “Just The Two of Us,” “Kim,” and “Mockingbird.”

Despite the agreement, Mathers expressed her views about Eminem’s recent legal action to stop her from speaking about their relationship and accused the 34-year-old lyricist of being “disconnected from reality” during the interview.

She also revealed that she has no contact with Eminem, despite living a mile away.

As for any chance of reconciliation between the twice-divorced couple, Mathers summed it up by saying, “We don’t work good together. It’s not good for the kids.”

Representatives for Eminem refused to comment on the matter.

Timbaland Remaking Popular Song

Timbaland will produce a remake of the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell song “You’re All I Need to Get By,” according to hnnlive. Timbaland’s version will feature Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. The song was a Motown hit in 1968 and then remade in the 90s by Method Man, with Mary J. Blige on the hook.

Sources say Timbaland, Spears and Timberlake will record the duet some time this week in Los Angeles. The song is slated to appear on Spears’ new album.

The song is reportedly a result of Timbaland pleading with Timberlake to help propel Spears back to the top of the charts.

“Britney was extremely touched that Justin had been in contact. Going to the studio is Justin’s way of helping her get better,” said sources.
Spears checked out of rehab last week.

Miss Jones dissing Lupe; offers a break to aspiring MCs

Controversial NY radio host, Miss Jones is at it again. The on air personality briefly made a statement planning to rally against Lupe Fiasco’s feature on Musiq Soulchild’s currently circulating “Buddy (remix)” and claimed that the heads at Def Jam will be hearing about her boycott. On the Miss Jones show, while the song was on air, Jonesy cut through the song’s ending, where Lupe’s verse was and asked, “Who is this person bringing down the quality of this song?” After being informed from a colleague that it was Lupe Fiasco, she then stated that she couldn’t take it and went on to state that his verses absolutely made no sense at all and was completely irrelevant to the song’s content.

After the Hot97 jock ordered for the song to be taken back to the beginning, Miss Jones and her team began to break down and chastize Lupe’s lyrics, where he says, “No, I don’t want your number, nor your name, nor a dance/ I don’t want your time, or your sign, or a chance/ because I’m so cooool, I’m so straight, Look I ain’t tryna hit, and I don’t want no date/look this point in time, currently on my grind, and I don’t want no distractions…” The morning crew pointed out that his verses completely defied what the song was about and made no sense at all, especially since the whole song is about chasing after a female.

With the whole team nodding in agreeance, one of the crew members jokingly said that Lupe would prefer skating, then to want all those things. Additional jokes from the staff about the skateboard mc included his adlibs and his overall presence on the song.

The shock jock then went on to announce that any aspiring rappers that are looking to get put on and or looking for a break can add themselves to the song in place of Lupe Fiasco and can start by uploading it on youtube. No official announcement was made if this was an official contests or not, but she promised to play a remix of the song featuring an aspiring rapper every morning on Hot97 over the Lupe Fiasco version. For more details, you can email the morning team at morningshow@hot97.com.

Although controversial, upcoming rappers should definitely cease the opportunity as Miss Jones can be very influential on the nationwide playlists. The shock jock played a major role in breaking Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without You” record as probably one of the first to expose the record on urban radio, which is now across national urban radio across the country.

Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo Arrested For Marijuana Possession
Black Eyed Peas member Taboo was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence outside of Los Angeles, CA early Tuesday morning (Mar. 27).

Taboo, born Jaime Luis Gomez, was arrested after he was involved in a minor collision.

Police cited the Grammy Award winning rapper for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of a prescribed medication without a prescription, and DUI.

He was released and must appear in court at an undisclosed time and date.

In related BEP news, group member Fergie has singed on to design two new handbag collections starting in 2007 for Kipling North America.

The collection, which marks Fergie’s first foray into handbag designs, is due in stores starting Sept. 1 at select retailers.

Fergie’s Kipling designed collections will be supported with advertising, in-store signing events and personal appearances by Fergie.

Tha Dogg Pound – Vibe With A Pimp (Feat. Snoop Dogg)
http://videos.onsmash.com/e/utnRXunCPz1XSJjj

Redman Rap City Freestyle (3-27-2007)
http://videos.onsmash.com/e/QZjte6CweMCIB5lG

Daily Update 3*28*07

EVE speaks Out on Drama with Lil’ Kim and infamous Sex Tape.

Giant magazine gets the goods from Eve in the new April/May issue. On the cusp of her new pop/rap album, “Here I Am,” the triple threat entertainer goes back to her hip hop roots after a four year sabbatical to concentrate on her self-titled UPN sitcom and fashion line, Fetish…

In a candid interview with GIANT contributor Regina Robertson, the 28 year-old self-pronounced “pitbull in a skirt” shares her thoughts on everything from MySpace to Jay-Z to sex tapes to the state of hip hop music.
Specifically, in the Giant cover issue titled “Bound to Win” you’ll find the raptress dishing …

ON THE LEAKED SEX TAPE WITH FORMER BOYFRIEND STEVIE J. “I was hurt by it. But what kept me calm was that everybody knew he was my boyfriend. Not that I wanted people to see me having sex, but it wasn’t like I was getting gangbanged – that would have been crazy.”

ON RECONNECTING WITH LIL’ KIM ” I used to roll in the car with my high school friends listening to Biggie and Kim. (But we were) not speaking, for whatever reason. When my publicist told me we would be sitting across from each other, I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ There wasn’t any real beef, but I just didn’t want any tension. But we ended up talking, like really talking, for forty-five minutes. We even exchanged numbers. I’d love to do a joint with Kim. I really want to see her come back, you know?”

ON INTERRACIAL LOVE ” I’m going to love who loves me, and if I’m attracted to a person, I’m attracted to them. I’ve had black men say to me, ‘Oh, I heard you were dating a white man.’ It’s like, ‘Have I gone out with (a white man)? Yes. Am I dating someone white? No, but if I was, it would be my choice, so stay out of my business.'”

ON THE DECLINE OF HIP HOP MUSIC “For me, it all started with (D4L’s) ‘Laffy Taffy.’ When I first heard that song on the radio, I just knew it was a joke, but then I kept hearing it. Every artist has the right to do what they want, but I don’t believe in making that kind of music. It’s disposable. Hip-hop is in cardiac arrest, but I think it’s revivable.”

REBEL- JAY-Z STOLE HIS SIGN?

Formerly signed to Roc-a-Fella Records as a member of the group Diamonds in da Ruff, REBEL is now an unsigned solo artist writing the next chapter in his life.

Since breaking away from The Roc in 2001, REBEL has formulated his own movement (S.I.B Entertainment) and established himself as a unparalleled solo artist who is a deadly combination of talent, experience, business savvy, self-confidence and an intense drive that is fueled by his deep love for the music.

REBEL’s longstanding anger at Jay for stealing his sign and running with it without so much a sign of gratitude or acknowledgment. An anger that has only intensified over the years as his diamond sign has taken on a life of it’s own.

“When I first saw Jay throwing up the diamond sign on the cover of his Dynasty album I can’t lie, I was angry” said REBEL. “But I had temporarily given up rap so I let it rock. I guess at the time I also never imagined he’d push it so hard. When I got back in the game and had gotten all the way comfortable being a solo artist I had written a dis record and was ready to go at Jay hard but I stopped myself. I didn’t want my music to have to compete with the controversy. But In the past year or two since then, I‘ve come to some important realizations. For starters, my music is strong enough to hold it’s own against a little controversy or anything else you throw at it. Secondly, I’ve never let anyone or anything stop me from being who I am or saying or doing what I want no matter what the consequences. By my own standards I was being a clown for holding my tongue on something that I felt so strongly about.”

“You can clearly see me throwing up the diamond sign in The Streets is Watching movie in 1998. Jay didn’t begin throwing up the diamond sign until The Dynasty Album in 2000 after we (Diamonds in da Ruff) had left the label and broken up. I mean ask urself. What’s a diamond got to do with a dynasty? The diamond represents Diamonds in da Ruff – – that’s my group.”

REBEL isn’t looking to ride some anti Jay-Z wave to the top. He truly hopes that people can just appreciate the long overdue history lesson and move forward to continue to give his music the long hard listen it deserves because at the end of the day he wants to be known for his ability to make classic music.

By coming forward he has secured his due recognition for his past contributions to the game. Now he wants to set the stage for his future contributions. “Throw ur Diamonds up” is a hard hitting freestyle that is saturated with indisputable evidence.

The freestyle is intended not as a dis record but as a history lesson.

It isn’t an attack on Jay-Z.

It’s a charismatic outline of the facts and an introduction to the artist of the future.

Listen to “Throw Ur Diamonds Up”

Also check out the “Streets is Watching” clip with REBEL debuting the diamond sign. WATCH

(L note: I remember D.I.D.R. from the streets is watching, and early Roc-a-fella songs, but to keep it funky Nas Threw it up in “it aint hard to tell” video back in 94.
I wonder what Hov has to say.)

Jacob The Jeweler To Stand Trial In Detroit

Monday 3/26 a federal judge decided that celebrity jeweler “Jacob the Jeweler” should stand trial in Detroit on money laundering charges.

As previously reported, the 41-year-old gem merchant (born Jacob Arabov) filed a motion last October requesting that his case be moved to New York.

The motion, filed by Jacob’s attorney Benjamin Brafman, said it would be prejudicial to Jacob’s case if he is tried alongside accused drug dealers and that it will be too expensive for the infamous jeweler to defend himself in Detroit.

According to Associated Press reports, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn denied the motion, telling Arabov, “You should prepare yourself for a trial in the Eastern District of Michigan.”

Arabov was arrested last June, outside his flagship store in New York, on a warrant issued in Detroit by federal authorities accusing him with conspiring with others to launder money through his jewelry business. The jeweler was one of 16 people indicted by a Michigan District Attorney last May for laundering over $270 million in drug profits.

Jacob has been accused of accepting money from the multi-state drug organization known as Black Mafia Family (BMF) and giving them jewelry in return without reporting the transactions.
Last June Arabov pleaded not-guilty to the money laundering charges and was freed on $100,000 bond.

Jacob Arabov emigrated from Russia to become one of the most well-known celebrity jewelers in the U.S. Also known as the “King of Bling,” Jacob has outfitted megastars including the Notorious B.I.G., Madonna, Kanye West and Elton John with his pieces.

Chris Brown, “Coming 4 Usher” -Gonna take over 2007

R&B Newcomer Chris Brown Has taken a Que from the Bow Wow School of Publicity, By going on Hot 97 and Stating he is coming for Usher’s Crown. Click here to hear.

(Super Duper Props to WSHH)

SARA STOKES SUFFERS HOUSE FIRE

Fire officials said a Thursday house fire of former Making the Band singer Sara Stokes may be deemed suspicious.

The fire started about 3 p.m. in a second-story back bedroom said Port Huron fire Inspector Lt. Mark White. Officials have not released details about why they believe the fire may have been suspicious. The fire still is being investigated.

Lt. Mark Kern received minor injuries when he fell through a hole in the floor of the home’s second story up to his elbows. The firefighter was able to scramble out of the hole, Anderson said, and his protective gear saved him from more serious injury. Kern was treated at the scene by Tri-Hospital EMS.

Firefighter Jesse Diaz, 46, was taken to Port Huron Hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion and released at 6 p.m. He is expected to return to work today.

Port Huron Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Anderson said all of the city’s 13 firefighters on duty responded to the fire, including three engine companies and one ladder truck.

Crews had the flames under control within 15 minutes, Anderson said, but the fire was intense.

“They found a very heavy fire in the northeast upper bedroom,” he said. Neighbors said neither of the Stokes or their three children were home when the blaze started.

Lil Eazy-E Remakes “Boyz-N-Tha-Hood”

It’s been quiet around Lil Eazy-E, but this might just be the silence before the storm… Because Lil E has been grinding hard, and his debut solo album “Prince Of Compton”, which is set to hit stores this summer, is shaping up to be a monster.

I had the pleasure of hearing several of the songs recorded for the album at the studio, and Eazy, with the help of grammy-winning producer Chink Santana, mostly known for his platinum work for Murder Inc, is definitely not to be slept on.

The son of the Godfather of Gangsta Rap is bringing some straight gangsta music to the fans who have been eagerly waiting for him.

Until the first single drops, we have a new track for ya’ll, a remake of “Boyz-N-Tha-Hood”, produced by Chink Santana. Get it below

Lil Eazy-E – Boyz-N-Tha-Hood (2007)

Young Jeezy The Snowman Announces A Cold Summer

The forecast for the summer just got a whole lot chillier, as the Snowman has just announced a May 22nd release date for the first release from his Corporate Thugz Entertainment (CTE) label, Young Jeezy Presents USDA: Cold Summer.

“It’s crazy,” Jeezy recently told MTV News. “I wanted to do it mixtape-style ’cause I wanted it to be something for the streets. It’s like Trap or Die on steroids. I love that. It’s a street album, just raw.”

Young Jeezy Presents USDA: Cold Summer is a certified street banger from top to bottom, featuring production work from CTE’s stable of up-and-coming producers like Sanchez, Nazty, Midnight Black and Drumma Boy, who produced the group’s first 808-heavy single “White Girl.”

Jeezy is currently out on the road headlining the national “Street Dream” tour and has brought the members of USDA – ATL spitter Slick Pulla and Panama City’s Blood Raw – with him. Built into Jeezy’s set is a segment highlighting USDA, including “White Girl,” which is already starting to buzz in the south. And starting today, fans will be able to check out exclusive footage of the group on the road on USDA TV, a YouTube channel set up by CTE.

It’s an exciting time for Young Jeezy: he has just launched his Rocawear-distributed clothing line, Eighty Seven Thirty Two (8732). His sophomore album The Inspiration has pushed past platinum status and is out-selling nearly every rap album on the charts. The smash second single “Go Getta” (featuring R. Kelly) has hit #1 on BET’s 106 & Park, Big 10 on MTV, and is a Top 5 urban radio hit, with over 50 million in audience. “Dreamin'” featuring Keyshia Cole is set to be The Inspiration’s third single, and will ship out to radio and video channels in mid-to-late April.

Nas Joins Wu, Others For Rock The Bells Tour

Nas will be joining Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, The Roots and a host of other artists during this summer’s Rock The Bells festival series, which will feature some of hip-hop’s most notable names.

The Queensbridge emcee, who is gearing up his own North American tour for the spring, has signed on to co-headline 15 of the tour’s 18 dates. Meanwhile, Wu-Tang is scheduled for all performance dates.

Other acts slated to perform in select cities include Mos Def, Jedi Mind Tricks, MF Doom, Immortal Technique, Cypress Hill, Mr. Lif, The Coup, Rage Against The Machine, Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, Cage, Hangar 18, Brother Ali, Sage Francis, and Murs.

For more info, visit http://www.rockthebells.net/.

Kim Mathers Reneges On Court Decision, Criticizes Eminem on Hot 97

The truce between rapper Eminem and his ex-wife Kim Mathers has dissolved.

Just one day after the couple agreed not to criticize each other in public for the sake of their 11-year-old daughter Hailie, Kim Mathers spoke negatively about Eminem during an interview Tuesday (Mar. 27) morning on New York’s Hot 97 radio station, during Miss Jones’ morning show.

“How many songs has he done about me?” Mathers asked Miss Jones. “How many interviews has he done where he’s talking about freedom of speech? … I do a couple of interviews and he’s crying like a little girl.”

The interview is a reversal of the decision Eminem and Mathers made on Monday (Mar. 26) following a court hearing.

The couple declared that insulting each other and making slanderous comments in the media could prove harmful by having an adverse effect on Hailie.

Their relationship has been the subject of many of Eminem’s songs, including songs like “Just The Two of Us,” “Kim,” and “Mockingbird.”

Despite the agreement, Mathers expressed her views about Eminem’s recent legal action to stop her from speaking about their relationship and accused the 34-year-old lyricist of being “disconnected from reality” during the interview.

She also revealed that she has no contact with Eminem, despite living a mile away.

As for any chance of reconciliation between the twice-divorced couple, Mathers summed it up by saying, “We don’t work good together. It’s not good for the kids.”

Representatives for Eminem refused to comment on the matter.

Timbaland Remaking Popular Song

Timbaland will produce a remake of the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell song “You’re All I Need to Get By,” according to hnnlive. Timbaland’s version will feature Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. The song was a Motown hit in 1968 and then remade in the 90s by Method Man, with Mary J. Blige on the hook.

Sources say Timbaland, Spears and Timberlake will record the duet some time this week in Los Angeles. The song is slated to appear on Spears’ new album.

The song is reportedly a result of Timbaland pleading with Timberlake to help propel Spears back to the top of the charts.

“Britney was extremely touched that Justin had been in contact. Going to the studio is Justin’s way of helping her get better,” said sources.
Spears checked out of rehab last week.

Miss Jones dissing Lupe; offers a break to aspiring MCs

Controversial NY radio host, Miss Jones is at it again. The on air personality briefly made a statement planning to rally against Lupe Fiasco’s feature on Musiq Soulchild’s currently circulating “Buddy (remix)” and claimed that the heads at Def Jam will be hearing about her boycott. On the Miss Jones show, while the song was on air, Jonesy cut through the song’s ending, where Lupe’s verse was and asked, “Who is this person bringing down the quality of this song?” After being informed from a colleague that it was Lupe Fiasco, she then stated that she couldn’t take it and went on to state that his verses absolutely made no sense at all and was completely irrelevant to the song’s content.

After the Hot97 jock ordered for the song to be taken back to the beginning, Miss Jones and her team began to break down and chastize Lupe’s lyrics, where he says, “No, I don’t want your number, nor your name, nor a dance/ I don’t want your time, or your sign, or a chance/ because I’m so cooool, I’m so straight, Look I ain’t tryna hit, and I don’t want no date/look this point in time, currently on my grind, and I don’t want no distractions…” The morning crew pointed out that his verses completely defied what the song was about and made no sense at all, especially since the whole song is about chasing after a female.

With the whole team nodding in agreeance, one of the crew members jokingly said that Lupe would prefer skating, then to want all those things. Additional jokes from the staff about the skateboard mc included his adlibs and his overall presence on the song.

The shock jock then went on to announce that any aspiring rappers that are looking to get put on and or looking for a break can add themselves to the song in place of Lupe Fiasco and can start by uploading it on youtube. No official announcement was made if this was an official contests or not, but she promised to play a remix of the song featuring an aspiring rapper every morning on Hot97 over the Lupe Fiasco version. For more details, you can email the morning team at morningshow@hot97.com.

Although controversial, upcoming rappers should definitely cease the opportunity as Miss Jones can be very influential on the nationwide playlists. The shock jock played a major role in breaking Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without You” record as probably one of the first to expose the record on urban radio, which is now across national urban radio across the country.

Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo Arrested For Marijuana Possession
Black Eyed Peas member Taboo was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence outside of Los Angeles, CA early Tuesday morning (Mar. 27).

Taboo, born Jaime Luis Gomez, was arrested after he was involved in a minor collision.

Police cited the Grammy Award winning rapper for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of a prescribed medication without a prescription, and DUI.

He was released and must appear in court at an undisclosed time and date.

In related BEP news, group member Fergie has singed on to design two new handbag collections starting in 2007 for Kipling North America.

The collection, which marks Fergie’s first foray into handbag designs, is due in stores starting Sept. 1 at select retailers.

Fergie’s Kipling designed collections will be supported with advertising, in-store signing events and personal appearances by Fergie.

Tha Dogg Pound – Vibe With A Pimp (Feat. Snoop Dogg)

Redman Rap City Freestyle (3-27-2007)

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