IHH Daily Update 10*31*07
Trial Date Set For Tony Yayo’s Assault Case
After being accused of attacking the 14 year-old son of Czar Entertainment CEO Jimmy “Henchmen” Rosemond, G-Unit soldier Tony Yayo now has a date set to stand trial on the charges.
As previously reported, Yayo (born Marvin Bernard) was arrested in March after allegedly smacking the 14 year-old who was walking down the street on his way to the Czar Entertainment offices where he interns after school.
The rapper was offered a plea deal in Manhattan Criminal Court earlier this year that would have sent him back to jail for nine months, a deal which he rejected. Both the rapper and his lawyer agreed that the deal would not be in Yayo’s best interest and decided to take the case to trial. Now, a judge has set a January 10, 2008 trial date in the case, in which the Queens-bred rapper will be facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child, assault in the 3rd degree, and harassment in the 2nd degree.
“I am looking forward to a trial and it is important that justice be done,” said Cynthia Reed, the mother of the victim via a statement. “Trials bring out facts, and I know the facts will expose the cowardly act of G Unit’s member Yayo of assaulting my 14 year old son.”
The defense believes that they have a good chance of winning the case, as they have revealed they have uncovered a witness that will testify at trial to Yayo’s innocence. The witness, whose name is being withheld, has reportedly given a sworn statement saying he knows both the teen, James Rosemond, and Yayo, and that the boy was hit by a yet unidentified man. Yayo’s attorney Scott Leemon also said that he has given that information to prosecutors.
In a radio interview yesterday (Oct. 30), Dipset capo, Jim Jones spoke on his controversial alliances with 50 Cent and Dame Dash, and he aired out Jay-Z for hogging record sales.
Jones, notorious for kicking up controversy, admitted to Hot 97’s Angie Martinez that he finds himself in the middle of hip-hop squabbles so often because he does it on purpose.
He injected himself into the 50 Cent vs. Kanye West face-off when he appeared on stage at a 50 show for a surprise performance with the mogul. Fif had earlier invited him to share in the shine.
“He gave me the opportunity to start some controversy, which I love to do,” Jimmy said of 50.”
“Every interview they did with Kanye, they asked about Jim Jones … I gotta shine,” Jimmy said.
Around the same time, fellow Dipsetter Cam’ron had a televised beef with 50 Cent. The two had also traded insults on tracks. But Jimmy said his performance with 50 wasn’t about slighting Cam, and that the mogul’s beef with Jim’s label-mate wasn’t even a big deal.
“Him and Cam had a comedic battle more than anything. It wasn’t no death threats. They both was making mockeries off each other and that’s something I couldn’t get into.”
But when Hov is the subject to be mocked, Jones sings a different tune.
As previously reported, Jimmy tapped former Jay business partner Dame Dash to host his new mixtape, Harlem American Gangsta. The album is a direct shot at Jay, who’s concept disc, American Gangster — the unofficial soundtrack to the Denzel Washington flick of the same name — hits the street the same day.
“I figure some people make soundtracks to the movies about Harlem and we do soundtracks to the streets about Harlem,” Jones said.
For the movies or otherwise, Jones said he wishes Jay would just stop putting out albums altogether.
“He’s pretty much on top and he been in the game [too long], he messin’ up my grind right now,” Jones said. “He keep comin’ out and takin’ this money, like that’s my money right there, old head. I need that paper, man. Every time you come out, you mess it up for brothers like me. We need in. That’s why I do things like put out albums in one week.”
The artist, born Anthony Moses Davis, was released on $21,000 bail and is due back in court Dec. 3. Authorities say he owes about $661,000 in overdue taxes.
An arrest warrant was issued for the 35-year-old reggae last Tuesday after he failed to show up in court to explain how he planned to pay $415,000 in unpaid taxes plus $246,000 in penalties dating back to more than a decade.
Beenie Man has said that he was unaware of his unpaid taxes and blamed the oversight on the company that formerly managed his business affairs.
Ludacris has signed on to perform at former South African president Nelson Mandela’s 46664 AIDS benefit concert on December 1 in Johannesburg.
As previously reported, Mirror was first pushed back from its original September release, to November.
MurderInc-Online said the reason for this second delay is “sample clearance Issues,” but Ja said, he’d rather wait until the competition weans to release his disc.
“I was going to put the album out November 13 but I decided to wait,” Ja stated. “The new year is fresh. It’s only a couple of months away. So, since everything is fresh and new, what I’m doing, I felt, I’ma let it linger. Plus, [there’s] a lot of traffic right now. It’s that fourth quarter traffic, you know what I mean? It’s gonna be real heavy out there so I’ma let all the heavy heavys do their thing and @#!* and I’ma kick it off real fresh in the new year and splash. That’s how I’m feeling right now with the project.”
As part of an alternative marketing strategy, General Motors recently teamed with 50 Cent to spotlight several of their new Pontiac models.
The Pontiac G8 GT and G6 GXP both made appearances in 50’s “Amusement Park” video, and more recently 50 unveiled his own custom G8 at the SEMA Auto Show.
According to MotorAuthority.com, 50’s G8 was made one-of-a-kind with help from Unique Autosports. The car was treated to custom paint and exterior appointments as well as a revised interior and powertrain. The vehicle is powered by an LSX 427 engine dyno-tested to more than 500hp and assembled only with components available from the GM Performance Parts.
The engine assembly was filled out with a variety of production-based components used on the Corvette Z06’s 7.0L LS7 engine, including a forged steel crankshaft, lightweight titanium connecting rods, racing-derived aluminum cylinder heads and a complete LS7 intake/throttle body/fuel injection system.
For the interior, standard leather seats were re-trimmed with perforated red leather inserts and matching trim was used for the door inserts and armrests. The car was also outfitted with an 800-watt JBL audio system with amps and a subwoofer.
50’s not the only one helping GM market their cars; the company had extensive product placements in the Transformers film, and the Chevrolet Camaro Concept recently appeared in a T.I. video.
The Game Wants To Be 50 Cent For H’ween, “He’s Scary”
West Coast rapper The Game attended a pretrial hearing earlier today (October 31) on weapons charges in association with an incident that happened during a pick-up game of b-ball in February.
As previously reported, Game is being accused of making criminal threats, possessing a firearm in a school zone, and exhibiting a firearm in the presence of an officer; all the result of of an incident that took place at South L.A.’s Rita Walters Educational Learning Complex on February 24. The Game pled guilty to all charges last month.
Despite the serious charges, the rapper was in good spirits after yesterday’s five minute hearing, and spent about a half an hour talking to TMZ cameras about all things pop culture.
Game’s fantasies of the actress Lindsay Lohan – known most recently for her back-and-forth stints in rehab – involve her knocking on his door, “with a long trench coat on and Fredericks under the coat,” he told cameras.
He also announced a proposition for fallen pop princess, Britney Spears.
“I’ll shampoo your hair, rub your feet, watch your kids [and] be your body guard for some …”
Lohan and Spears, aside, the rapper claims to prefer big women.
“I love big women,” he said. “I don’t like big women I love big women. All you gotta do is … lift the love handle up, put four fingers in and just tickle it.”
For Halloween, Game said he was considering dressing up as his former boss.
“I was thinking of being a gangster rapper,” he said. “50 Cent. He’s scary. Muahahahaha!”
In between rambling, Game even did the Kid-N-Play dance move for the cameras.
Game’s trial is set for mid November.
According to a statement released by the former D-Block affiliate, J-Hood is prepping his debut album The Hood Is Back for release on November 6th.
Hood recently made news after leaving D-Block, when he appeared on stage with former rival 50 Cent and released a video dragging his former crew’s chain down the sidewalk.
Rapper Pitbull is prepping the release of his third studio album, The Boatlift, for a November release.
The new album sees the Cuban rapper alongside a star-studded crew of guests and producers including Grammy Award winning duo Play-N-Skillz (Chamillionaire’s “Ridin,” Kia Shine’s” So Krispy”) on his first single, “Secret Admirer,” featuring R&B singer Lloyd.
A video was shot and directed by David Russeau and features cameos by Fat Joe and Steven Bauer who starred as Manolo Ribera in the cult classic, “Scarface.”
The Boatlift showcases Pitbull’s lyrical prowess as he crusades through 18 tracks penning clever and captivating visuals on each song. He fuses a diverse array of music genres together ranging from R&B influenced sounds with his first single to techno/dance inspired tracks like “The Anthem,” as well as songs like “Midnight” that are heavily mainstream/pop influenced and down South inspired tracks like “Dookie.”
Guest appearances include Trina, Jim Jones, Don Omar, Twista, Lloyd, Frankie J, Yung Berg, Trick Daddy, and Fabo of D4L, among others. Producers include Lil Jon, and Mr. Collipark.
The album’s title, however, has a deeper meaning, explains Pitbull, who says it relates to his heritage and their journey to American.
“Most immigrants that came to this country came through some type of boat lift,” explained the rapper. “This is my way of taking everybody on a ride through my eyes; this is my boatlift — my way of bringing them to freedom through the universal language of music. Now let’s ride.”
Pitbull’s last album, El Mariel, produced numerous radio hit singles such as the club anthem “Bojangles,” and the hit rap single, “Ay Chico.”
In 2004, he surpassed gold status for more than 600,000 copies sold of his debut album, M.I.A.M.I.: Money Is A Major Issue, in the U.S. It gave Pitbull the biggest-selling bilingual hip-hop debut since Cypress Hill’s 1991 self-titled debut, and put him in the rare category of Latino rappers who have achieved major success at English-language radio.
The Boatlift is slated for release November 27.
After his highly publicized departure from Disturbing Tha Peace, Chingy surprised fans everywhere by returning to Ludacris’ label in August.
“I don’t think Capitol really knew how to work urban artists,” told Chingy to Billboard.com in August. “They’re really stuck on pop and they didn’t know how to market me. I ain’t knocking them because that’s where I started, but I think that’s why they fired a lot of people in the L.A. offices recently. I’m glad I’m off the label.”
Now, the rapper who has spawned such hits as Right Thurr and Holidae Inn is getting down to work immediately. He plans to release his next album on DTP titled Hate It or Love It.
The album, which is slated to drop December 11, features appearances from Amerie, Ludacris, Bobby Valentino, Anthony Hamilton, Rick Ross and Huey, among others.
It was a slow week for Hip-Hop on the album charts as Hurricane Chris’ debut album “51/50 Ratchet” managed to move only 26,000 copies entering the Billboard Top 200 at #24.
Also debuting this week were Little Brother with their new album “Getback” featuring Lil’ Wayne on the song “Breakin’ My Heart.” The album debuted at #89 with 9,600 copies sold. The album is the duos first without 9th Wonder.
Houston’s Trae enters the Top 200 at #104 with his new album “Life Goes On” selling 7,500 copies.
The week’s #1 album was from Country artist Carrie Underwood who sold 527,000 copies of her new album “Carnival Ride.”
According to Billboard.com, album sales are up 5.2% from last week at 8.34 million units and down 16.8% from the same week in 2006 (10.03 million).