Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Michael Jackson "This Is It" Soundtrack On Track For 300K First-Week Debut

he late Michael Jackson's This Is It soundtrack will reportedly dominate sales charts next week with nearly 300,000 projected copies in its first seven days.
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Along with Jackson, new releases from artists like Tech N9ne and Brian McKnight will reportedly chart.

The late superstar continues to bolster the record business, with the Epic release of the companion album to This Is It hitting retail to the tune of what looks now like around 300k in first-week sales. That would be more than enough for it to debut at #1. Soulbook, a collection of R&B standards featuring duets with Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson, is headed for between 80-85k. Tech N9ne (31-35k) and E1's Brian McKnight (18-22k) will also debut. (Hits Daily Double)

The album's lead single, "This Is It," landed online last week and is the first single from Jackson's This Is It film.

This is it, MJ fans -- the first posthumous single from the King of Pop, pegged to his upcoming two-disc CD and concert documentary of the 50-date London stand that he didn't live to complete. If you think the mid-tempo ballad, with its fingersnaps, soaring chorus and big-build strings, sounds like classic Michael, you'd actually be right -- the song supposedly comes from sessions for his 1991 album Dangerous. (Entertainment Weekly)

A portion of the track was found on another artist's album from 1991.

The co-author of that tune, "My Way" songwriter Paul Anka, threatened to sue Jackson's estate for proper credit and his share of royalties. The administrators of the estate quickly acknowledged Anka's claims and granted him 50% of the copyright. The song dates back to 1983, when it was known as "I Never Heard" -- a co-write between Jackson and Anka -- and intended for inclusion on an Anka album. But the pair fell out, Jackson took the master tapes and Anka got them back. The song was eventually released in 1991 after Anka placed it with a Latin singer named Sa-Fire. Both "I Never Heard" and "This Is It" share the same vocal and piano line, although the latter track boasts new overdubs from Jackson's brothers. (Billboard)

The co-writer also confirmed his role in creating the song, which has led to a 50 percent copyright.

"They realize it's a mistake, they realize it's my song, they realize it's my production of his vocal in my studio and I am getting 50 percent of the whole project, actually, which is fair," Anka said in a video. (TMZ)


Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" World Series performance will reportedly feature PG-friendly lyrics and take place tomorrow (October 29) evening from New York.
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Originally slated to hit the stage today, Hov and Keys will now treat fans to their set on Thursday.

The lyrics to Jay'z "Empire State of Mind" are sometimes as raw as New York, but it looks like the rapper will clean up that language when he performs his city anthem at the World Series. A source close to the rapper who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak on the matter says Jay-Z won't utter curses or other raw language included in his hit, which has been blasted by the New York Yankees during their playoff run. Jay-Z and fellow New Yorker Alicia Keys were due to perform "Empire" before Game 1 between the Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. But because of rainy weather, their performance will now be on Thursday. It's not clear if Game 1 will be postponed. (Associated Press)

A representative from concert promoter Live Nation also confirmed the duo being scheduled to perform tomorrow.

UPDATE: At 5:30 p.m. John Vlautin from Live Nation Worldwide, Inc., the company representing Jay-Z, told The Lantern that Jay-Z will be performing at the Schottenstein Center and that he will perform in New York on Thursday, depending on the weather. "He will be there in Columbus," Vlautin said. (Miss Info TV)

Initial confusion began to grow after it was learned that Hov was set for two events on the same day.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Jay-Z's Web site said that he will perform, as scheduled, at the World Series. The first pitch between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies is scheduled for 7:57 p.m. According to the staff at the Schottenstein Center, Jay-Z is going to perform in Columbus and is skipping the World Series. (10 TV News)

Prior to Hov, an inside MLB source confirmed the set via Twitter last week.

"Just Confirmed: Jay Z and Alicia Keys will sing Empire State of Mind at Yankee Stadium for Game 1 of the World Series @burbetto @zeke_thomas," inside source Matt Strombelline reported on Friday (October 23). "@jayzfans Yea confirmed today. My friend works at Major League Baseball and met with Hov to finalize it....Yankees back in the world series!!!!! Going back to NY for Game 1 and 2. Jay Z and Alicia Keys performing Game 1. Can't wait...Flying back home on Wednesday. New York state of mind all week. @zeke_thomas I'm sitting third base second level. Where you sitting." (Matt Strombelline's Twitter)

Who Wants A Lock Of Lady Gaga's Hair?
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From the annals of absurdity in consumerism, let us know turn our attention to the forthcoming super deluxe edition of Lady Gaga's The Fame: Monster.

What's super about it? Well, there are eight new jams included, including the new single, "Bad Romance." That would go under the definition of super, I suppose. But what's deluxe?

Oh Gaga -- who just tapped Semi Precious Weapons to open for her Monster Ball Tour, handed Adam Lambert a song for his new album, For Your Entertainment, and who'll appear on an upcoming episode of Gossip Girl -- Gaga's got deluxe. Included in the $100 package is a book (of Gaga), a Gaga paper doll, some photos, 3D glasses, and a lock of Lady Gaga's hair. Hmm. I will be super-deluxe interested to know how that works out. Gaga's got a lot of fans who are probably willing to shell out $100 for her hair. If there are enough Gaga fans out there unscathed by the credit crunch, Lady could find herself going all G.I. Jane soon. The Fame: Monster drops November 23rd.

XXL Gives Away Tickets for Snoop Dogg, Method Man & Redman Concerts

Snooop Dogg, Method Man and Redman are currently on the nationwide Wonderland High School tour and has tickets for two upcoming shows.

The hip-hop vets are set to touchdown at the House of Blues in Boston on Sunday, November 1 and the Congress Theater in Chicago on Wednesday, November 4. The first person from each city to email with the correct answer to this question along with their name and contact info will win a pair of tickets: What famous R&B singer is related to the Doggfather?

Snoop is currently gearing up for the release of his tenth studio album Malice N Wonderland. The first single from the disc is “Gangsta Luv” featuring The-Dream. —Max G

Jay-Z Wins Big, Gucci Mane Lights Up the Stage at BET Hip Hop Awards

Jay-Z and T.I. were the big winners at the 2009 BET Hip-Hop Awards, which aired last night (October 27) from the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Georgia.

Young Jeezy opened up the show—hosted by funny man MIke Epps—with his verse from “As Real As It Gets.” This eventually set the stage for Hova’s grand entrance. The Brooklyn rap legend finished the song from his Blueprint 3 album, and later walked away with three trophies for MVP of the Year, Best Live Performer and Lyricist of the Year.

Hometown hero Tip earned two trophies; one for Best Hip-Hop Collabo for “Live Your Life” with Rihanna and another for Best CD for Paper Trail. Tiny, T.I.’s wife, accepted on behalf of the incarcerated rapper, reading aloud a letter T.I. wrote from jail, thanking his fans.

Young Money MC Drake was named Rookie of the Year and took home another statue for Track of the Year for his appearance on “Every Girl.”

Ice Cube joined previous recipients Russell Simmons, Grandmaster Flash and KRS-One by receiving the I Am Hip Hop Award for his role in pioneering the West Coast rap movement in the late 80’s. Special tributes was also made to Missy Elliot and choreographer Fatima Robinson for their contributions to hip-hop. The late DJ AM who was recognized during the ceremony as DJ of the Year.

Throughout the night BET aired three seperate pre-recorded ciphers. Standouts from the lyrical showcase included Eminem, Joe Budden, Nicki Minaj, KRS-One, and Black Thought.

If there were an award for most appearances onstage for the night Gucci Mane would’ve gotten it. The ATL favorite made his way in the spotlight three separate times, performing with Plies, Mario and Soulja Boy and Shawty Lo.

Dallas rapper Dorrough also had a notable performance bringing out West Coast stars Nipsey Hussle and Snoop Dogg along with Soulja Boy and Jim Jones for his “Ice Cream Paint Job” remix.

Closing out the show with their classic “Guess Who” was the recently reunited Atlanta group

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Rihanna's back! Like she never left! And when you take a step back and think about it, you'll notice she never really did leave, did she?

Good Girl Gone Bad came out in the sepia-toned, black & white era of 2007. 2007! But, despite having last released an album almost three years ago, Ri-Ri has pretty much stayed up in our business, right? Running the proverbial town, running around assorted fashion weeks. Well, now she's officially back. Rated R is due November 23rd, and the first single, "Russian Roulette" dropped today.

Written by Ne-Yo (who had a hand in "Unfaithful" and "Take A Bow"), "Russian Roulette" is a slow building, creeping track that some have said betrays the influence of the British electronic sub-genre of Dubstep. To my ears it sounds more like mid-period Massive Attack (especially the bassline). What say you?COPY AND PASTE:

Eminem On "DJ Hero: Renegade Edition", "I'm Going To Be Better At This Game Than Jazzy Jeff" [Video]

Eminem has offered some new facts on his DJ Hero: Renegade Edition deejay-based video game and confirmed the set will feature unreleased tracks from himself and Jay-Z.
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In addition to the game's features, Slim Shady also made a playful challenge toward hip-hop pioneer DJ Jazzy Jeff.

"Well what's special about the Renegade Edition is the entire quality," Em explained in an interview. "The original one is silver and this one has gold on it so it looks dope, also it comes with two discs. One is Jay-Z's disc and one is my disc. Some of them may be songs that weren't released as singles as far as Jay's disc and my disc and there being unreleased material on it, that's never been done before. I'm going to be better at this game than Jazzy Jeff, by the way, and if ever he wants to come here and set up his turntables against me, give me about a couple years, but you know, I'm going to be better than him at this game." (DJ Hero)

The limited edition release will also be accompanied with deejay gear.

Activision today (July 29) provided details of its controller and bundle for the limited-run version of DJ Hero, now called the Renegade Edition. The special version will have a black turntable with special gold-effect sliders and other trim. A special hard case doubles as a stand for the turntable itself, bringing up the controller to standing height. CDs from Eminem and Jay-Z will also come with the bundle and offer some tracks that haven't been released before. (Electronica)

In addition to supplying fans with Jay and Em's music, the video game will also help users step in the shoes of a hip-hop deejay.

The makers of Guitar Hero introduce a new way to experience your favorite music. With DJ Hero you will be the life of the party as you scratch and mix more than 100 songs into over 90 unique mixes. Learn basic and advanced DJ Hero techniques, then spin your way through different set lists in beginner, easy, medium, hard, and expert modes. Grab your friends and start your own DJ Hero party. (Gaming Age)

Em previously spoke on the "fun" aspect behind the new release.

"I think there's a lot of kids who listen to hip-hop [and] buy video games," Em said in an interview. "A lot of the same audience. It gives the kids a chance to, kinda, get their feet wet with the deejaying experience. Obviously it's a video game so it's not the actual thing, but, it can give you a feel for what it's kinda like for kids or whatever...If this game would have came out back when I was a kid, I would have went to Target and stole it along with my pink 'Alf' shirt...I think that this is kinda a way for kids, you know with Guitar Hero it's like challenging them to be able to play the songs and this is kinda challenging the kids to become a deejay." (YouTube)

The video game is currently available in retail stores as of today (October Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jadakiss Says Diddy Offered The Lox A "One Album Deal" they are ready to roll!!! Written by: Cyrus Langhorne

D-Block's Jadakiss has revealed how close the Lox are to inking a record deal with Diddy and said the rap mogul has already placed a one-album offer on the table.
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According to Jada, a new Lox album is well over-due to the fans.

"Our main focus right now is that Lox album," Jada stressed in an interview. "It might be coming out through Diddy, it might be coming out through some other people, but it's going down. Yeah, Diddy just did a new deal with Interscope as y'all know with his Dirty Money and all his other stuff, he put an offer out there for a one album deal over there, so you know, we thinking about making it. If it don't make dollars, it could make cents and we'll do it again. It's about the evolution, it's about growing. We came into the business with him, despite our differences [because] of our lack of knowledge in the game and other sh*t and what so, we still learned a lot from him and to work all them things out and make a full 360 and possibly work again with him after ten years -- that would be incredible. It shows maturity as artists, it shows respect as men and it's good for the outside far as what he can do for us and what we can do for him." (Power 99)

Diddy recently spoke on the chances of bringing The Lox back to Bad Boy Entertainment.

"I would definitely love to do the next Lox album," Diddy said in an interview. "I would love to collaborate with them. I think it's important just to do...I would look forward to it...We been talking about it. We have to sit down and have a real meeting about it...To be honest, I don't know what the future holds for Bad Boy [and] Interscope. I wanna take it day by day and get acquainted." (MTV)

Despite contractual issues in the past, Sheek Louch described how the group's age and experience will now play a role in a business venture with Puff.

"We're grown now," Sheek said in an interview last June. "No man can do anything to me if I don't let it happen. Whatever happens, I have to put blame on myself first before I blame anyone else. And not saying that he's going to do that or anything like that. We're all in a better space now and I want to learn to make that big money and do it real big. So he'll be dealing with us with this album. He wants to put the project out and add his part on to things but we're going to do what we do and deliver that fire. Sh*t, we all come too far not to be able to do what we do." (Hip Hop DX)

Jada previously spoke on re-joining Diddy and complimented his former boss' business habits.

"Around Christmas time," Kiss told Miss Info referring to the group's new album release date. "We six, seven songs in. We got a meeting actually with Puffy in a couple of weeks I think. We got a sit-down dinner. I just got that news delivered to me...At the end of the day, if it's beneficial for both parties on a financial end and on just good vibes, it could always work. The big wigs do it, the billionaires do it everyday...It started off with him just throwing it out there as a joke but I guess when he thought about it, how huge it could be with us linking back with him after ten years, all the marketing he could put around it, Ciroc ads, he's one of the smartest business gangsters that ever touched this industry. And he knows everything that we went through, so the checks are gonna have to be nice." (Miss Info)

The new Lox album is reportedly scheduled to land in stores winter 2010.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Jay-Z Talks “Empire State Of Mind” Performance At World Series This Wednesday

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys have reportedly been chosen to perform their joint record "Empire State of Mind" during Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series this week in New York.

Jay Z and Alicia Keys will sing Empire State of Mind at Yankee Stadium for Game 1 of the World Series @burbetto @zeke_thomas," inside source Matt Strombelline reported on Friday (October 23). "@jayzfans Yea confirmed today. My friend works at Major League Baseball and met with Hov to finalize it....Yankees back in the world series!!!!! Going back to NY for Game 1 and 2. Jay Z and Alicia Keys performing Game 1. Can't wait...Flying back home on Wednesday. New York state of mind all week. @zeke_thomas I'm sitting third base second level. Where you sitting." (Matt Strombelline's Twitter)



Thursday, October 22, 2009





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About DJ Lindsey
Lindsey Caldwell, aka DJ Lindsey, has high standards, both for herself and for the songs she plays. The one question she asks of music is “Does it hold up to all these classics that I love?” Nostalgia is a handy tool, especially when prompted by her mix of standards and more obscure tracks, but it’s too dull of a concept around which to base a DJ set. Lindsey has an intergenre naturalism, blending styles and eras effortlessly to create a flow of songs that is beholden not strictly to one sect of the musical spectrum, but that bind smartly by mood and unaffrontable goodness. Her long running Negroclash night at APT—at which she shared the decks with the likes of Afrika Baambaata, Mantronix and Larry Heard, along with her partners Duane and DJ Language—was the foundation for this logical mix, emerging in the sad wake of electroclash and coming to life alongside early residencies of Metro Area and James Murphy, the night “evolved into a celebration of the African-American contribution to electronic music,” Lindsey says. Her definition of electronic, of course, was ever-expanding, including early house music, 80s New Wave, Pop, R&B and golden era hip-hop. She’s been exploring that era of rap, ’88 to ’98 at her current weekly night, with her husband DJ Myles, The Hump. The Hump was recently awarded People's Choice: Best Party by Paper Magazine. From time to time she is even called on by Prince to DJ private events and most recently a charity concert. Parallel to her DJ career’s growth, Lindsey worked for places like Rockstar Games, Girlie Action PR and FADER magazine, participating in all facets of musical creation and business. She has sung back up vocals for the Rapture and Beans, and released a 12-inch single with DJ Language. She is a resident at Tribeca Grand, has played PS1’s Warm Up alongside Lovebug Starski and has been featured in Lucky, Italian Vogue and The New York Times. She currently works with old friends at Opening Ceremony, and was recently counted amongst’s “Women of Style,” a perfection reflection of her refined but playful sensibilities, musical and—like all well-rounded DJs—otherwise.


Lil Wayne pleads guilty in gun case

Rap superstar Lil Wayne is prison-bound after taking a surprise -- and surprisingly docile -- gun possession guilty plea this morning in return for a promise of one year behind bars.

The Grammy-winning superstar has performed across the globe, pulling in tens of millions per tour. But he'll be spending most of 2010 in an upstate cage -- thanks to the .40-caliber Springfield Armory semi-automatic cops confiscated from his pot-smoke-infused tour bus after a concert two years ago at the Beacon Theater.

For all his violence-laden lyrics, his guilty plea -- taken shortly after 10 a.m. by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon -- was utterly well-mannered, peppered with polite "Yes, sir's" and "No, sir's."
Lil Wayne enters a Manhattan court.
Lil Wayne enters a Manhattan court.

Wearing jeans, a puffy, hooded down jacket and his trademark dreads -- the hip hop sensation admitted today only to attempted possession.

Had he risked going to trial and been convicted of the original top charge of outright possession, he'd have been hit with the mandatory minimum of 3 1/2 years prison under New York's stringent gun laws.

Lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said her office agreed to let Lil Wayne plead down to attempted possession after considering the "mitigating circumstances" of the case.

The prosecutor didn't elaborate. But celebrity defense lawyer Stacey Richman has repeatedly complained that the gun actually belonged to another, uncharged associate of the rapper who was on the bus and was willing to accept responsibilty for it.

Lil Wayne appeared to still be sensitive on the topic of taking the rap for a gun he insists wasn't his own.

Asked by the judge if he was voluntarily pleading to having "exercised dominion or control" over the unlicensed weapon, the rapper paused.

"Yes, I did," he said. "Dominion."

The judge pressed the rapper. "Did you have dominion or control over this weapon -- and that's really what possession is."

"Yes, sir," came the rapper's grudging, but polite, reply.

Lil Wayne's lawyer has also complained that prosecuotrs used faulty forensics in linking Wayne to the gun.

A tiny handful of cells -- anywhere from two to 16, visible only via microscope, all presumably sloughed off skin cells -- were swabbed off the grip and trigger and matched to Lil Wayne's own genetic profile.

In fact, before taking his surprise plea, Lil Wayne had been slated to spend today and tomorrow before the same judge, listening to both sides argue over whether such a small sample of genetic material can be accurately amplified for testing -- and whether loose skin cells on a particular surface prove anything anyway.


You've heard of the “jitterbug,” “mambo,” and the “running-man” dance styles. Now, you might want to make a mental note of a fairly new dance called “flexing.”

This bone-splintering style that was nationally featured on "America’s Best Dance Crew" may look like something out of "Ripley’s Believe It Or Not." But it has been a part of the Battle Fest Dance League since the performance platform was created three years ago in the heart of Brooklyn by a couple of youngsters who say their hometown gave birth to the style.

Spectators describe Battle Fest as a competition where “flex” dancing is taken to another level and a place where one can watch brand new dance moves. Battle Fest contenders compete one on one, showcasing their skills and emotions in an arena where they may wow a crowd of judges or fall to skepticism.
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According to the league founder Kirsha McIntrye, 21, the participants incorporate flexing with contemporary dance, poppin’ & lockin,' electric boogaloo, Egyptian tutting (the same moves seen in Michael Jackson’s "Remember the Time" music video) and other styles.

But the league's co-founder, who goes by the name Reem, 25, says, “the biggest misconception is that flexing or our style came from hip hop, and it didn’t. It actually came from reggae. It came from ‘bruk up.’”

The “bruk up” is a Jamaican dance that is difficult to find in the typical mainstream dance bible. It’s more of a dance that's seen on DVDs purchased along with a small dinner order of jerk chicken, plantain, rice and peas.

Bruk up involves sporadic movements accompanied by contorted facial expressions, as highlighted in the music video for Busta Rhymes' “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See.”


October 22, 2009. Here’s what learned that pop singer Tiffany Evans posted online about Rihanna, and her new album Russian Roulette:

Russian Roulette= Suicidal Rate gon sky rocket!

You gotta watch what u say. Because there are a lot of weak people in the world. They are susceptible to anything so anything you say or do some people actually do listen. So make sure its nothing bad. Its okay to be deep,but not murder deep.

Man! I really wish I could tell you guys what the industry really is and what stars are apart of destroying this world. The stars who worship satan,and those who have killed to get the respect they have now. You’d be verrrry surprise. Some of your favorite people pretend to worship God but they only do that to save face. Or seem innocent.

Satan was head of music in heaven. He uses influential people…to help influence the world. Think about that. Once u make a certain amount of money. Just know that that’s when they ask u to join. To get in you have accept the beast, worship. Once you join they assist u with ur career.make u huge.only if u agree and obey to destroy Gods word.and his children.

Ppl listen and pay attention. Its a war going on right now between Good and Evil. Evil will rule this world for a min. The people that have this power are the people that RULE the whole world. I’m done I won’t say anymore before I get in trouble.

Blink . . . Blink . . . STARE . . .

Well moving right along!!!

TLC held Clive Davis at Gun Point

While on the Monique Show, T-Boz got into some intimate details about when TLC was going through bankruptcy. She said that they received only $50,000 each off the album Crazy Sexy Cool which sold more than 15 milllion. Damn… and that’s all they got?!?

Well, Left Eye was Gangsta but didn’t know T-Boz and Chilli had a little hood in them.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Posterized Club Hitz features the hottest clubs in Atlanta, hosted by Hot 107.9's DJ J1 The Posterchild. In this edition we was rocking hard from club life in Buckhead.



Jay Z is married man seen talking with co-worker, it doesn't mean he's cheating

Jay-Z was spotted taking shots back with this young banger last night. Who the hell is she…cause she sure ain’t Bey Bey. Pop the top to find out and get a closer look.
Jay-Z was seen at Fortune nightclub in Vancouver, BC Canada after his concert the other night with this woman Bridget Kelly, a singer for the rapper. We all know Bey Bey has Camel on lock, but Bridget is a banger and if Jay won’t chop her down, we know someone who will

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


By DeVaughn Douglas
The top 10 this week has the same amount of Hip Hop that it had on it last week. Jay-Z’s eleventh studio album, The Blueprint 3, holds the number five spot. This week the Marcy MC managed to move up one spot in the rank and sell another 64,000 copies of his latest disc.
I know she’s not totally Hip Hop but you can’t deny that the music has a heavy influence on her albums. Mariah Carey is right behind Jay-Z with her 12th studio album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. She sells 53,000 copies of The Dream and Tricky Stewart produced disc but takes a drop from the third spot to sixth.

Moving above the top ten we have The Black Eyed Peas at the 23rd position. Their latest album The E.N.D continues to move units selling 25,000 copies this week.

Next we come to Drake at the 30th spot with his mixtape-turned-album So Far Gone. This is a rerelease of the mixtape released almost a year earlier and containing five out of the original 18 songs. This week Drake “Drizzy” Rogers manages to sell 19,000 more copies of the EP. So far the Canadian MC has managed to sell a little over 140,000 copies of an album that was already released and has less than half the original songs. If that’s any indication of how his debut album will sell then it looks like CashMoney/YoungMoney will have a good year.

Kid Cudi falls from 32 to 48 but still manages to sell 12,000 copies of his debut Man On The Moon: The End Of Day. So far the G.O.O.D Music artist has sold over 150,000 copies of his first disc and has been pretty competitive on the charts. Fat Joe and Ghostface sold under 10,000 units. of Ghostface Killah's Ghostdini: The Wizard Of Poetry In The Emerald City pushed 7,200. 73. Fat Joe Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 sold 8,300

Let’s move on to “Dropping” and see if any of the artists are going to help Jay and Mariah hold it down for Hip Hop next week.

Dropping This Week

We have a lot of duo and compilation albums coming from some well respected individuals in Hip Hop this week.

First up in “Dropping” we have members from a well known group that has worked with artist like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G, Swizz Beatz, and Mariah Carey. Bone-Ified appears to be mainly Bizzy Bone and Layzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The new album, Thug Smoke Out, features the duo plus two songs by Krayzie Bone. I’m not sure if this is official or not but I’m sure someone in the comment section will let me know. Any BTNH fans out there?

Next up we have another duo consisting of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & Tame One. The West Coast MC and the New Jersey native get together to release Parallel Uni-Verses. Tame One has been a part of the Artifacts and The Weathermen while Del has worked with everyone from Ice Cube to the Gorillaz. This album should definitely be a display in lyricism from two well respected underground MC’s.

Keeping it underground we come to D.I.T.C which is short for Diggin’ In The Crates. The 90’s crew consisted of Showbiz & A.G. (Andre the Giant), Lord Finesse, Diamond D, Fat Joe, O.C., Buckwild, and the late great Big L. Each one of these individuals has separately gone on to achieve success in the rap game in some form or another, but in the nineties they displayed their serious lyrical skill as a group. Those that aren’t in the know and want to hear some of their favorite MC’s earlier works may want to pick up Rare and Unreleased, Vol. II or Rare Breaks: Stack Two.
Here’s another underground group that had its debut in the nineties and has been making lyrical music ever since. People Under the Stairs returns with their seventh studio album, Carried Away. The Los Angeles duo rap over hard hitting underground production which should please any Hip Hop head…if you’re into that sort of thing. P.U.T.S is usually a consistent group so you may want to give this album a shot.

R.A the Rugged Man has been rapping since the mid nineties and is now releasing Legendary Classics, vol. 1. The Long Island MC is also an accomplished writer, contributing to books and magazines directed at the Hip Hop audience. This album is a collection of…legendary classics. Get a sense of history and pick up a copy.

Moving back to the present we have DJ Khaled and E-Class who drop DJ Khaled and E-Class Present From the 305. The album features Billy Blue, Red Eyezz, Bizzle, Piccalo (ya’ll remember when Tupac played Piccalo in that episode of A Different World? This is only the second time in life I have seen someone named Piccalo), and Flo Rida. This should be a typical DJ Khaled/Florida affair so if you’re into the sound then pick it up.

You may know him as Lil’ Sci’ but on this album he goes by John Robinson. Sometime last year he made an album that was entirely produce by MF Doom and now he returns with J. Rawls, an underground producer best known for his work on Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Blackstar. Together Rawls and Robinson are known as Jay Are (get it….J Rawls and J Robinson…J Are…I like stuff like that..moving on) and are releasing a new album The 1960’s Jazz Revolution Again. The duo summarizes the album as “an education of the past that is relevant to our present times, while giving ode to a period that flourished in political activism, progressive social movements, and cultural creativity.” It’s always nice to see creative projects like this so if you get a chance give it a listen.

Ruff Dog entertainment gets a mention this week for having a….I believe I call it an interesting…album cover. The Package. That’s it for them.

That’s it for Dropping This Week. They are selling cd’s for five dollars at places like Wal Mart and on Itunes. That’s bootleg prices. Go pick up an album or two.


Governor Schwarzenegger signed the Donda West Bill yesterday protecting people who aren't physically fit to undergo cosmetic surgery ... 'Ye says they are trying to push the bill in New York, Illinois and Oklahoma.


Remember when Weezy was upset with Eminem for not doing a track with him?? Well he's not the only one. Madonna wanted to collaborate with Slim Shady but he wasn't with it...she recently said..."I wanted to work with Eminem. I don't think he wanted to work with me. Maybe he's shy."...hmmmm I doubt it was because he's shy...remember Madonna isn't always honest about why people dont like her like how she claims her and Michael drifted apart when he actually thought she was a rude whore and didnt want anything to do with her.


I heard DJ Envy talk about this on the radio and saw a few blogs report Soulja Boy was having financial trouble and I figured he was getting ready to go down like MC Hammer...until I got the details. Apparently Soulja Boy's building landlord isn't happy with the young man claiming his 10 cars take up all of the visitor parking, he's too loud and he has too many guests roaming the halls at all hours of the night (he's only allowed 2 at a time). He also owes $10,000 in back rent, which is probably one month (two at the most). Sounds like an 18 year old millionaire is disturbing his neighbors and somebody didn't pay a bill nothing more nothing less. Soulja Boy turned to Twitter to discredit claims of his financial ruin posting ANOTHER video where he gives us a tour of his cash and jewel reserves.


Kanye was planning to follow in big bro Hov's footsteps and release a clothing line called Pastelle. He was taking it pretty seriously immersing himself in the fashion world and even spent some time interning at The Gap to help develop his skills as a designer. I was looking forward to seeing how quick the stans would jump on this (i.e. Air Yeezys) but apparently the line will never see the light of day aside from Kanye wearing it at events. Don't worry though word is he will be releasing a different line under his own name.


So the rumors that Soulja Boy was engaged to video model/stretching guru Rosa Acosta turned out to be false. Now he's linked to one of Miamis finest Trina. The two were spotted having some fun in Jamaica, where Soulja Boy is set to perform.

Lauryn Hill The Hold Up For Fugees Reunion !! Interview


“For me, I’m comfortable in my skin and I know what my gift is. That’s why I’m able to do it over and over again for a whole lot of different artists, because I love producing. I’m a fan of artists. You gotta understand when I met Lauryn she was 14. Til today I’ve worked with a whole lot of women in the studio…her talent surpasses talent. She’s the best rapper, she’s the best singer. It’s all equal. It’s not like she’s gonna sing a song and when she rhymes she’s gonna slack on it.”

“The Fugees getting back together, the magic of it would have been the trust factor. They gotta be willing to put their career in my hands and I’ve got them. Which means like if I’m like do this in the studio you used to do it before, so why you don’t wanna do it now? So to me they’re great and they’re gonna always be great but the Fugees, it’s better that it leaves the myth vibe. Like the score is a myth when you hear it it’s a myth. It was done in the basement. Like you don’t wanna go from there to do a sequel and you’ve destroyed your complete myth.”

Sunday, October 18, 2009



TMZ has learned Kourtney Kardashian's home has been burglarized.

Law enforcement tells TMZ Kourtney returned to her Calabasas townhome Saturday night at about 8:30 PM and discovered the break-in.

We're told hundreds of thousands of dollars of jewelry was reportedly taken. The home is in a gated community.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department responded and they are on scene.

We're also told among the items missing -- Kourtney's Cartier watch worth around $30,000, an expensive Rolex owned by her boyfriend, multiple diamonds including diamond hoops. And, worst of all, she's missing some vintage jewelry her dad, Robert Kardashian, left her.

We're told Kourtney had left with her boyfriend at around 7 PM for dinner, returned and discovered the break-in. They found many of the drawers open.

Saturday, October 17, 2009



The Tallahassee hero arrived in a hearse, regaling all in attendance with Jay-Z's “Death of Autotune”, a song that has recently caused friction between himself and the “Greatest Rapper Alive.”

Shortly after parking, the rapper turned singer unloaded a coffin in which a skeleton rested, wearing nothing but a white tee, jeans, and Pain legendary chain.


During a performance on 106 &Park, Mr. Combs, while making it rain with a mix of fake and real cash, accidently made it hail on one lucky audience member when his diamond ring flew off his hand into the crowd. When the audience found out that Diddy had real cash mixed in the fakes ones, they went bananas, like any teenager would.

"The audience went wild," said BET spokeswoman Marcy Polanco. "We were like, 'Oh, my God!' " The 20,000 dollar ring was announced missing when the cameras got cut and that's when Diddy called on the goons (Security).

Immediately following the taping, security started frisking all the kids who were on their knees searching for the ring and the cash. The search included metal detectors and body frisking. However, after searching everyone, the ring did not come up and Diddy had lost it to the “finders keepers rule.”

Diddy reportedly even went as far as to rip up about half the set trying to find it, but still had no luck in his search. During Diddy's hostage rampage, a lot of the audience members were upset and understandably offended by the frisking.


Just a few short weeks after the “Fame Kills Tour” with Lady Gaga and Kanye West was unexpectedly axed, the' lady of the house' is announcing that the show must go on and is tapping one of Hip-Hop's biggest newcomers to help. Kid Cudi's set to replace the head of G.O.O.D. Music and has been added as the opening act for the British songstress' “The Monster Ball” tour.

Described as a “multimedia artistic experience in the style of the first-ever pop electro opera”, the tour features Gaga and Cudi touching down in over 20 cities in intimate concert venues.

The MC will join Gaga when it kicks off November 27 in Montreal, Canada.

Cudi will keep busy until then preparing an acceptance speech in case he wins an American Music Award for ‘Best Breakthrough Artist' on November 22.

The “Monster Ball” tour dates are listed below:

* Nov 27 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada at The Bell Center
* Nov 28 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada at Air Canada Center
* Nov 29 - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada at Scotiabank Place
* Dec 01 - Boston, MA at Wang Center
* Dec 02 - Boston, MA at Wang Center
* Dec 03 - Camden, NJ at Susquehanna
* Dec 09 - Vancouver, BC, Canada at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
* Dec 10 - Vancouver, BC, Canada at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
* Dec 13 - San Francisco, CA at Bill Graham Civic
* Dec 18 - Las Vegas, NV at TBD
* Dec 19 - San Diego, CA at San Diego Sports Arena
* Dec 21 - Los Angeles, CA at Nokia Theatre
* Dec 29 - Atlanta, GA at Fox Theater
* Dec 31 - Miami, FL at Knight Center
* Jan 03 - Orlando, FL at The Hard Rock
* Jan 07 - St. Louis, MO at The Fox
* Jan 08 - Chicago, IL at Chicago Theatre
* Jan 09 - Chicago, IL at Chicago Theatre
* Jan 12 - Detroit, MI at Fox Theater
* Jan 16 - Atlantic City , NJ at Borgata
* Jan 20 - New York, NY at Radio City Music Hall
* Jan 21 - New York, NY at Radio City Music Hall

Friday, October 16, 2009


This is a sample of various scenes. All footage shot with GH1 720p at 60fps. Color graded by Looks.

GH1-Super Hustle Sample from Monte C. Wilson on Vimeo.


As the impeccable pop icon Fonzworth Bentley, visual/musical artist and writer, Derek Watkins is bridging the worlds of high- fashion and hip-hop with his sartorial class and dedication to fantastic urban grooves. Bentley, the first gentleman of hip-hop, caught the world's attention a few years ago as the flawlessly-dressed personal assistant hoisting a white umbrella over P. Diddy's head in St. Tropez. With two soon to be releases, CoolOutrageousLoversofUniquelyRawStyle (C.O.L.O.U.R.S.), his eagerly-awaited debut album, and his highly anticipated book, Advance Your Swagger: How to Use Manners, Confidence and Style to Get Ahead, which will be published by Villard Books, a division of Random House, Fonzworth Bentley is completing his transformation from Puffy's assistant to immaculate overall entertainer. The Atlanta native's journey has been full of improbable twists and turns. Though stepping in front of the microphone was not part of Derek's master plan, his Fonzworth Bentley personae rapidly grew too large to restrict to photo-ops and fashion spreads. "Bentley is what hip-hop is about," Kanye West exclaims. "When everyone's rapping one way, he comes with an original style all the way from his patterns-on-beats to his fashion sensibility. What's known need not be said, but Bentley is a motherf**** star!" And his stardom was completely revealed when he performed, “Shock Therapy” on the stage of Elton John’s 2006 Fashion Rocks. "Music has been in Derek's blood since birth," says his mother, Harriette Watkins. His uncle, a band director, played him Beethoven's 5th Symphony at 18 months and, by the time Derek was 2-1/2 years old, he was learning to play violin via the Suzuki method. He would later become concert master in his high school orchestra. It was in Atlanta during his formative years where Derek became conscious of the combination of sartorial splendor and flowing footwork thriving on the city's dance floors. During his junior year at Morehouse College, he won an on-campus comedy competition, was befriended by Bill Cosby's daughter, and found himself being mentored on the fine points of entertainment by Cosby himself. The entertainment bug was firmly planted in his blood. After graduating from Morehouse, with a bachelor of science degree, he took a job at a local Polo store in Atlanta where his customers included his childhood friend Andre 3000 and future employer Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. When offered a job at The Polo Mansion, Derek relocated to the Big Apple. Working retail by day and networking by night, he periodically ran into Diddy in the clubs. Leaving Polo, Derek became an apprentice for the famous designer, Alan Flusser. And, later became maitre d' at one of New York’s finest restaurants to help support his dream. One day, Bentley knew it was time to move from his safe and secure job as maitre d’ and return to his dream of being an entertainer, so he reached out to Diddy and asked for a job. After passing the hazing process, he was hired as Diddy’s personal assistant. After working for Diddy for almost two years, Bentley took another leap of faith. In 2002, he opened his Bible, prayed, resigned from his assistant gig and headed for Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Couch-surfing between the homes of friends, including Andre Harrell and Macy Gray, Bentley landed a small role in the film "Honey" before receiving a call to join Diddy's MTV reality series "Making The Band 2." Then Andre 3000 and Big Boy gave Bentley guest spots in two OutKast videos, "I Like the Way You Move" and "Roses." "I think music is something that I've been running away from and never dealt with it," Bentley admits. His debut album is the sound of an artist finding his true voice and soul. It was important for Bentley to make his album with people he was familiar and comfortable with. So he teamed up with Kanye West, Andre 3000, Tony DeNiro, C.A.S.H., Faith Evans and others. Miri Ben Ari wrote the violin solo played by Bentley on the one of his tracks. " I'm an artist, a violinist, a singer, a dancer. I'm an MC. As an MC, you gotta be able to rock the party. Some have called me the hip-hop Sammy Davis, Jr. Now that’s an incredible role model to live up to?”. Bentley’s book, Advance Your Swagger: How to Use Manners, Confidence and Style to Get Ahead, is designed to bring his generation back to the grace and dignity of their ancestors. A time when ‘Please and thank you’ were common words in our vocabulary. "I want people to know a lot more about Derek Watkins and to know a lot more about my world," he says. "At the end of the day whether you like my music or my book, whether you like me or not, you're gonna learn something.” That’s what it’s all about…helping others as much as I’ve been helped. "I think that Derek not only has an incredible opportunity, but a responsibility," says his mom. "It's time to show you can be smart, you can dress appropriately, you can be articulate and be hip. Fred and Harriette Watkins set the example and Derek/Bentley walks confidently in that path. "It's about making sure you're the best individual you can be so that when the opportunity presents itself, you are prepared," he states. "I have a degree, but I am not better than anyone, that's not what I'm selling, but I am selling get an education.” With CoolOutrageousLoversofUniquelyRawStyle (C.O.L.O.U.R.S.) and his soon to be released book, Advance Your Swagger as his curriculum, Fonzworth Bentley is showing everybody how to matriculate with style and humility. Sit up straight, class is in session!


Oct 16 2009 8:00P Oxford Arts Factory Sydney, Australia
Oct 17 2009 8:00P Shape Bar Perth, Australia
Oct 22 2009 8:00P Empire Brisbane, Australia
Oct 23 2009 8:00P Ruby Tramp Gold Coast, Australia
Oct 24 2009 8:00P Eurotrash Melbourne, Australia
Oct 24 2009 8:00P Spring Break Fest Adelaide, Australia
Oct 30 2009 8:00P The Grand Wollongong, Australia
Oct 31 2009 8:00P Liquid Byron Bay, Australia
Nov 11 2009 8:00P LIV Miami, Florida
Dec 12 2009 8:00P Rocket Milan, Italy
Dec 18 2009 8:00P Crux Munich, Germany
Dec 25 2009 8:00P Bonsoir Bern, Switzerland



Santigold is a survivor of a half century worth of living along musical evolution’s most cutting edges. The only live act that can boast of having out-aged Barbara Bush, having outlived Mr. Miyagi and out styled Liberace, Santigold is here with future flavor.

Already receiving weighty club rotation and airplay in urban Afghanistan and downtown Beirut, Santigold is the first act of the century to boast a post-war following on the International Space Station Mir. Following a live performance broadcast from three thousand miles off the Cape of Good Hope last June, inmates at Leavenworth Penitentiary received Santigold with a celebratory confetti parade. Just another first for the modern super group that knows no bound.

Composed of absolutely no members, Santigold is also the first musical outfit capable of claiming the planet’s broiling collective consciousness as their front woman. Longtime collaborator, singer and songwriter Santi White says of her work with Santigold, “We began trying to write pop songs to sell, which made us depressed, so we started writing songs for ourselves instead.” The results of that self centered conceit is the songwriting work heard for the first time on the full length self-titled Santigold album, released in 2008 on Downtown/Lizard King (US) and Atlantic (UK).
As unmastered tracks leaked over the internet this past November, the request lines of radio stations from Miami to Hanoi began freezing with a flood of calls from listeners eager to hear the new Santigold sound over their frequencies. From his radio show in the United Arab Emirates capital city of Abu Dhabi, Michael Jackson (the King of Pop) played what Santigold snippets he had been able to pirate from a bootleg MySpace page dedicated to the group. Days later, BBC Radio One reported that the unreleased Santigold debut was heard blasting from the iPod shuffle of Libyan ruler Moammar Qaddafi as he entered an international summit in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Recognizing the urgent need to address the uproarious buzz, Santigold released the following statement through their label reps : “The response to our unmastered songs has been both premature and phenomenal! We were happy to hear that the children of Darfur have found hope in our melodic interpretation of life on the battlefield of love! We’re hoping that each and every 20-something from downtown San Francisco to central Mumbai will also learn something from our work! And to the people dropping no-knock fire on old ladies in Atlanta: shame on you! Santigold ain’t with that shit!”

The trajectory of such early successes leading to newfound political clout is nothing new for Santigold, whose debut album, though half a century in the making, is sure to rock glass pipes from the Lincoln Memorial to Buckingham palace. The flavor of the gold is guaranteed: Santigold!

JAY-Z and Memphis Bleek performing @ PENN STATE


Lil Scrappy & Ludacris Perform "Addicted To Money" At The BET Awards

Thursday, October 15, 2009




Wednesday, October 14, 2009


The Game has apparently drafted Diddy to contribute to his upcoming album R.E.D. Diddy just signed with Game’s label, Interscope Records. The Game announced the Diddy team-up by writing on Twitter: “Shout out to my new label mate Diddy! Welcome to the Ice House homie. Good lookin for your contribution to R.E.D.” Game also tweeted that he would have R.E.D. finished within 30 days.

Snoop Dogg says he’s responsible for brining The Game back together with his former mentor, Dr. Dre. Game recently tweeted that he had been in the studio with Dre working on the long-awaited Detox album. Game even posted a snap of himself with Dre and Snoop chillin’ in front of the mixing board. Snoop says he brought Dre and Game together with a phone call. Snoop said, “They needed me to get in contact with Game. I had the number in my phone… Once he got there him and Dre hollered … They got a great relationship.”


Usher 911 Call -- 'My Car Has Been Keyed'

Oct 14th 2009 6:30PM
Usher was cool, calm and collected when he called 911 back in September -- accusing his "ex wife" Tameka Raymond of vandalizing his truck.
Usher 911 Call
During the call, Usher explains to the operator that he had called cops the night before to file "a complaint because of potential domestic violence between me and my ex wife."

He then tells the operator that when he woke up the following morning, a person who was fixing a flat tire on his truck noticed that it had been keyed up on the side. During the call, Usher never directly accuses Tameka -- but insinuates that the scratch occurred as a result of the incident the night before.

As TMZ first reported, cops investigated the situation, but determined there wasn't enough evidence to make an arrest.




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I started this project in August 2006, when I got back from a trip to Viet Nam, the land of my grandparents. As a vinyl junky, I really couldn't come back to France without bringing back some wax. After hours spent riding on a motorbike in Saigon streets, a taxi finally helped me find some old Asian records. I was feeling like an explorer discovering a forgotten treasure. I bought almost 30 vinyls, most of them in poor condition, went back to the crib, and started making beats with some material that I wasn't used to.



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