Eminem is fighting a civil lawsuit over the Shady Ltd. name that is featured on his new clothing line. Shady Inc., a small Nevada based company, filed the lawsuit in Nevada federal court, claiming that they have been using the name since for their clothing since late 1999. Shady Inc. did not register the trademark until 2001. Shady Inc. targets the sports apparel market, selling T-Shirts and hats in Nevada stores and through the Internet and mail order. Eminem's lawyers contend that the Shady name is associated with Eminem so frequently, that it should have never been granted to the Nevada company in the first place. "We were first and we used it in good faith," co-owner Thomas Hession told the Detroit Free Press. "We did not know at the time that Eminem was planning clothes." Eminem's lawyer, Manny Pokotilow, said that Eminem has been using the name since 1999 on record and that the rapper registered the Slim Shady trademark in 1999.Next Eminem should also tell 50 Cent's DJ Whoo Kid to stop using a name that sounds like his.
"Me and Dre, we about to do full-steam on it, [and] hopefully we should have a single out towards the end of the summer and the album will follow shortly after that," Rakim said two weeks ago at the BET Awards. "We finally got everything on track like we wanted." Rakim has logged 16 songs with the producer and hopes to finish seven moreThis project is three years old which shouldn't be considered that long. The hip-hop audience has been spoiled with the DMX's and the Jay-z's dropping a complete album every year. My advice to Ra- take your time and craft a classic. The older heads will appreciate it.
Contra wets down with a powerful stylized portrait of one of the world's greatest leaders in history that strove for the equality of all races.. Martin Luther King, Jr. The back features one of MLK's quotes embracing his principles of brotherhood and unity. "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." Truer than ever. Support the movement.
Clear your calendar! This is the New York hip-hop event I wait for every year! Here's a list of the events:
JULY 24th THURSDAY Event: Celebrity Benefit Basketball Game Time: 11:00AM - 3:00PM Location: The Cage. 6th Avenue on the corner of 4th Street (NYC) Admission: Free Teams: Rock Steady Crew, TATâs Cru and more to be announced! Event: End Of The Weak MC Challenge Time: 9:00PM - 2:00AM Location: S.O.B's 204 Varick Street at West Houston. Directions 212.243.4940 or www.sobs.com Admission: $15.00 in Advance $20.00 at the door! WWW.GROOVETICKETS.COM JULY 25thFRIDAY Event: H20 Film Festival Time: 1:00PM - 5:00PM Location: 410 West 16th Street. Between 9th & 10th Ave. Directions: 212.242.6555 Admission: $7.00 Donation. All Proceeds will go to the Greenwich Village Youth Council. WWW.GROOVETICKETS.COM Event: Lipton Brisk Flava Styles b-boy/girl Battle. 2 on 2 invitational. ''Punk Rock Rap Fashion Show''. Time: 3:00PM - 5:00PM Location: 311 West 34th Street between 8th & 9th Ave. Directions: 212.242.6555 Admission: $20.00 in advance $25.00 at the door. Artist: STIFFED WWW.GROOVETICKETS.COM "Brisk Flava Styles Breakinâ 2 on 2 Battle" Contestants. Bebe & Boo Rok. Ground Zero, Miami Ajax & Buckingham. Flexible Flave, Tango & Longshot. Bag Of Trix, Toronto Nemesis & Kom 3. Breaks Cru, New York City Macho & Bebo. Ground FX, Mass Vee & Omen. Problems Cru, Conn Naytron & DÃ©jÃ vu. Head Hunters, San Jose Ms. Mighty & Blazin'. Shebang! Crew, Toronto Waka & Evol. Brickhedz, Chicago Popeye & Image, Cypher Designs, Conn Mega & Feenix, Flava Fematicks, New York City 4 more to be announced!! The Rock Steady Crew 26th Anniversary marks the introduction of its first ever fashion show titled âPunk Rock Rapâ?. This is an event that recognizes the fusion of street and skate culture and celebrates their unity under the banner of hip-hop. Highly acclaimed set designer and graffiti artist, Ernie Vales, has designed a stage that visually conveys and represents authentic hip-hop style and street flavor. Models will include B-boy/girls and street skaters. JULY 26th SATURDAY Event: Outdoor Concert Time: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM Location: Pier 54 14th Street, Westside Highway NYC, NY Admission: FREE!!!!! ARTISTS: M.O.P FREDDIE FOXXX CANNIBUS Q-UNIQUE NON-PHIXION IMMORTAL TECK JEDI MIND TRICKS SOUL PURPOSE EVIL D TONY TOUCH I.T.F REGINALS JULY 27th SUNDAY Event: Concert B-boy/girl Battle finals Time: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM Location: Manhattan Center 311 West 34th Street between 8th & 9th Ave. ARTISTS: RAHZEL & DJ JS1 CRAIG G JUST ICE SPECTAC 5TH PLATOON DJ RED ALERT 2 ON 2 FINALS Admission: $25.00 in advance $30.00 at the door. WWW.GROOVETICKETS.COM
...Israeli hip-hop cuts across lines of ethnicity not only between Arabs and Jews, but within the Jewish community itself -- featuring artists from Ethiopian, Mizrahi (Middle Eastern/North African), Sephardic (Spanish-Portuguese and Latin), and Ashkenazi (Central/Eastern European) backgrounds. And though Israeli rappers are overwhelmingly male, young women are beginning to take center stage, such as MC Shiri, who performed at the event. "It's very exciting to see female rappers," gushes sixteen-year-old Alma Ne'eman, who attended the concert with her gal pals. "It really got us going to see MC Shiri up on stage." Among artists performing were three Arab hip-hop groups, MWR (standing for Mahmoud, Waseem and Richard), Dam and Tammer, who sang in a mix of Hebrew and Arabic. "We talk about our problems," Mahmoud says of MWR's message. "As Israeli Arabs, we get it from all sides. To Arabs outside Israel, we're traitors. To Israeli Jews, we're dangerous Arabs. We're stuck between a rock and a hard place. Everyone hates us." Hip-hop concerts, these artists feel, provide a place where they can be recognized for who they are. "When we come, and the audience sees artists standing before them," Richard says, "they see the positive side of being Arabs." "Hip-hop is a great tool for building bridges between Jews and Arabs," agree Gabby Baruch and Shani Alder, two young women who attended the concert. "We hear each other's music and message, and we feel closer to each other." ...
I had to walk to work from 18th Street because there was some type of anthrax scare on the train. Then at lunch time I couldn't walk back to work because they shut down half of the Brooklyn Bridge and had a barracade that stopped foot traffic over Chambers Street. Welcome to New York City.
Though scoring a small victory in his fight against the Rockerfeller Drug Laws weeks ago, Russell Simmons now faces a criminal probe into alleged illegal gifts made to powerful state politicians in conjunction with his lobbying for their support in Albany to eliminate the harsh and biased law. The probe was launched after The NY Post disclosed yesterday that secretary of state Randy Daniels flew to Albany for a drug-law meeting with NY Governor Pataki and legislative leaders on a helicopter chartered by Simmons. The investigation of the helicopter ride, valued at more than the maximum $75 gift donation allowed by lobbyist, comes 24 hours after the Commission commenced a "formal investigation" on Simmons over whether he should have been officially registered as a lobbyist for the high profile campaign. Simmons would have to cough up to $100,000 if found guilty of violating the lobbying law, which requires anyone spending more than $2,000 to persuade a state legistlator to register as a "lobbyist." Daniels states that no ethical mandate was broken as the ride was not a gift and Simmons would be reimbursed. Lobbying law forbids registered lobbyists from offering gifts worth more than $75 to senior state officials, whether they provide reimbursement or not. "If it is determined that Mr. Simmons should have registered as a lobbyist then a trip like this would constitute an illegal gift under the Lobbying Act and would subject Mr. Simmons to a fine of up to $25,000 and a possible conviction for a Class A misdemeanor," said Commission Executive Director David Grandeau.
I'm sure this type of illegal lobbying happens all of the time. Russell just needs to become as shrewd as the White folks in covering it up.
The world's top-selling rapper delighted fans yesterday when he emerged on the balcony of his hotel suite in Glasgow, Scotland, holding a blond-haired baby doll over the balcony wall and gleefully tossing it into the air. Then, catching the lifelike infant by the head, Eminem, wearing a Jacko-like surgical mask, dramatically pumped his fist in the air and retreated back into his room with doll in tow. It was a sick but funny parody of the Gloved One's bizarre appearance on a Berlin hotel balcony in November, when he dangled infant son Prince Michael II over the edge as horrified fans watched from below. Eminem's Jacko joke came before playing a show in Glasgow during his European tour.
So the Cleveland Cavaliers will more than likely be drafting high school phenom Lebron James on June 26th. Good for them. Ever since Brad Dougherty left and Shawn Kemp became a crackhead, things haven't been the same in Cleveland.
A lot of people have a lot of things to say about Mr. James. No one doubts his skills on the court, but a fair amount of people have questioned his maturity and ability to play the NBA game after having his head pumped up full of hype. Some people are altogether opposed to basketball players skipping college, saying that the additional schooling is necessary to build maturity and add experience.
The funny thing is, other athletes slip right past the radar on this issue. Teenagers are often drafted into the National Hockey League and granted multi-million dollar contracts, and there's rarely a complaint. Tennis, soccer and golf players regularly go pro before their 16th birthdays, and no one seems to care. So why should the NBA be any different?
The maturity argument needs to be squashed as well. When Kevin Garnett became the first high school athlete to declare for the NBA draft since Moses Malone in the 70's, a lot of people questioned his maturity level. Same with Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady... and currently, all 3 are not only stars in the league, but are examples of upstanding human beings, as well. Meanwhile, Allen Iverson, Rasheed Wallace, Ron Artest, and Kenyon Martin, considered the NBA's "all-thug" squad, all attended college.
Lebron James didn't ask the media to hype him... he didn't call ESPN and request that they broadcast his high school games. What he did is show a tremendous amount of talent, which was then touted by NBA scouts, sportscasters, and fans alike. The ironic part about this is that should James become a 12 point per game scorer in his rookie year, he'll be labeled a disappointment by the same media that set the bar so high for him (see Harold Miner aka "Baby Jordan" for more on that). I'd hate to see this kid, who seems like he's kept a pretty level head, get pumped up only to be deflated and used as a punchline (see Harold Miner, Bo Kimble, Yinka Dare, Sam Bowie, Ed O'Bannon, Pervis Ellison, ad nauseum, ad infinitum).
Oh, and here's to hoping the Lakers don't draft another Mark Madsen!
Well, Jigga now we got fashion. But can we please take over the book industry?
Indie hip-hop's dream team drops their own gem of unreleased songs and remakes of mainstream hits. Peep: The Weathermen "The Conspiracy"
Made You Shit Your Pants - Copywrite, Yak & Cage
Missy Done Justice - El-P & Camu Tao
10 Times - Copywrite
React Shun - Jakki, Copywrite & Tame One
What Happened To Dat Toy - Cage & Tame One
Volume - Yak
Mhz Over Megahertz - Copywrite, Jakki & Camu Tao
Slick Talkin - Tame One (feat. Breeze Brewin)
Where I Wanna Be - Yak & Camu Tao
Columbus - Jakki & Copywrite
Beverly Crabs - Cage
Chris Lighty - Vast Aire (feat. Camu Tao)
Come To Daddy - Cage (feat. Camu Tao)
Concerto - Tame One
Gangster - S.A. Smash
Fried Fish - Breeze Brewin, Tame One & Cage
5 Left In The Clip (RJD2 Remix) - Copywrite, Yak, Tame One, Cage & Breezly Brewin
Every Rapper In The House Shut The Fuck Up - Copywrite, Cage & Yak
It seems that only other Black people have noticed (and appreciated) how the Matrix Reloaded sports a cast that is mostly people of color. Jay of hiphopmusic.com points out that “there are an astonishing number of people of color, for a sci-fi movie.” CalendarLive.com noted, “People of color outnumber whites in the world's population” so it only makes sense that “In the city of Zion, most citizens are people of color and many of the movie's leading actors are black (Laurence Fishburne, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nona Gaye, Harry Lennix, Harold Perrineau Jr. and the late Gloria Foster.)” In that article they interview Cornel West, the famous Black intellectual who counts the Wachowski brothers as fans of his work asked him to make a cameo in the film. West further explains that the great thing about the multiracial casting that “It's not just the representation in numbers but the humanity displayed.” For myself it was refreshing to see Black actors cast in roles that were not necessarily tailored as a Black character. The film falls short of reversing the taboo of Black sexuality that is deeply ingrained in Hollywood. This is strange since Cornel West has been the foremost critic of this form of racism, especially in his book “Race Matters.” West himself has condemned the movie industry for setting a sexual double standard- while Whites are able to have sex scenes in movies that are loving, Black sex has an air of pornography. The Wachowski brothers wrote a beautiful love scene for Neo and Trinity yet in contrast to that, when Link (the ship operator) came home he coarsely greeted his wife with “Where’s my (explicitive)!” Of course this wasn’t written like that on purpose, but if the taboos West have written about truly are as persistent as he claims, it will take a deliberate effort to correct it. So, with the concern of diversity let’s appreciate and praise the Matrix series for what it has done and hope that other movies follow suit and go even further.
Just as Joe Budden’s success has soared with his single “Pump It Up,” “Focus” and his upcoming self-titled set on Def Jam Records, the rapper has hit a sudden obstacle, he charges. “I’m having voice problems. I have a polyp on my right vocal cord,” Budden told AllHipHop.com. “I’m not even supposed to rap.” A polyp is a non-cancerous tumor that protrudes from the lining of an organ.. Budden said a doctor has recommended that he stop spitting his popular rhymes to allow his throat time to repair and, still, he may have to go under a surgeon’s knife to mend the damage. “I might have to get surgery to get my voice back. I got some swelling going on back there. It just comes from a lot of acid. I drink a lot of acidy sh*t. You’ll never see me without a beverage,” he said. “Even now, my voice is a whole lot deeper than normal. You can hear something is going on.”I said a prayer for you, homie. Get well.
I predicted almost a year ago that Joe Budden would be the next big thing in hip-hop. So far he's not disappionting me.
Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and the Mothers of the NY Disappeared are putting pressure on the city of New York, setting a June 4th deadline demanding the repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws.
The coalition hopes to set a precedent for the repeal of similar laws that have been established in other states since Nelson Rockefeller proposed the laws in 1973. The laws require mandatory prison terms, up to life, for possession or sale of small amounts of drugs. "Do you know how important this is to hip-hop?" Simmons asked Allhip-hop.com. "We are going to shut the city down." Simmons said 'The Countdown to Fairness' is the broadest coalition ever assembled on the issue of the drug laws. "The hip-hop community's active involvement will help Governor Pataki and other state officials to see and feel the will of the people as we demand the repeal of these wack laws," he said. The countdown has already garnered the support of a wide ranging group of political activists and entertainers. US Senators Hilary Clinton and Chuck Schumer, US Congressman Charles Rangel, Elijah Cummings, John Conyers, Gregory Meeks, Ed Towns, Major Owens, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Former Senator Carol Mosley Braun are among the political heavyweights that support repealing the laws. "I don't think it's fair that a young person coming up could make a simple mistake and it can affect their entire lives, preventing them from evolving and moving forward," said Damon Dash, CEO of Roc-A-Fella Records. "It's also unfair that minorities are the main people who suffer in these situations. We need to repeal these laws so we can become better people and grow instead of locking these people up and throwing away the key." The Diplomats and Ghost Face have all pledged support and are now doing public service announcements on radio and television on this issue. "We intend to involve thousands of concerned youth on this vital issue," said Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President of the hip-hop Summit Action Network. "The momentum will build everyday through the 'Countdown To Fairness.' hip-hop culture has already shown that the energy, vitality and voice of the young will not be silenced as we move to put an end to these dumb laws."
1,000 MCs face off and you pick the winner Watch the elimination battles on Direct Effect starting Wednesday May 14 at 7:00 p.m. Final MTV MC Battle airs Live on Saturday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m. ET Hosted by Carson Daly, La La, DJ Clue, Sway and the legendary DJ Kid Capri on the turntables, MTV's MC Battle finale will turn the spotlight on 8 MC finalists as they battle for $25,000, a Def Jam recording contract, a spot on the Def Jam Vendetta Summer Tour, and their own character in the upcoming Def Jam "Vendetta 2" video game. The final MTV MC Battle on May 17 will feature performances by Ludacris and Joe Budden, plus appearances by Method Man, Cam'ron, Nore and Keith Murry. The winner will be decided by viewers on MTV.com as they vote during the live finale.
Intro (feat. Big Brother Tune & 00 da Silent Emcee
Everything (feat. Bridge)
Life Time Bid
We Don't Spend
Get It Poppin'
Street Talk (feat. Ryan Perfect & Wordsworth)
Barb Wire Fences
A.W.O.L. (feat. M-1)
Sun Rise Setting
TIME Magazine Reviels the Secrets of the New Matrix. Here's the plot...don't read it if you don't want to know what happens.
Reloaded begins as The Matrix did, with green computer code drizzling down a black screen and Trinity kicking beaucoup booty as the Agents pursue her over and off rooftops. She demolishes several drone Guards with a virtuosic fury: fabulous helmet smashes and back-leg extensions. Soon she is hurtling streetward as an Agent blasts away at her. Thwock! One bad-guy bullet hits home. Trinity falls onto a parked car, terminally smashing it and her. Neo is jolted awake from this dream, or prophecy, as Trinity sleeps next to him. The Nebuchadnezzar, Morpheus' ship, heads for Zion, the one city on Earth whose humans are not under the spell of The Matrix. Except for Neo's fight with three upgrade-generation Agents, the film's first hour is spent on political wrangling among the Zion elite. Morpheus tangles with his rival Lock (Harry Lennix) and realigns with lost love Niobe (Pinkett Smith). If you thought the Jedi Council debates were the high points of the Star Wars films, you'll love this part of Reloaded. The red-meat brigade will have to wait a bit for their action satisfaction. Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), Neo's nemesis, has been busy. At the end of the first film, he thought he had killed Neo; in fact, he was witness to the birth of the hero. Now that Neo has learned to fly, Smith has acquired a trick of his own: this computer virus can invade any form, human or Agent, and take it over. After invading Bane, a Zionite, Smith cuts a gash in his hand. He's fascinated by the humanity he has assumed—by the blood, the vulnerability, the pain. Smith was always more warped than we gave him credit for Neo is summoned by the Oracle and realizes that she's "a program from the machine world." She gives Neo a quest: find the door to the Source. To do so, he must find the Key Maker (Randall Duk Kim), imprisoned by a desiccated French dandy, the Merovingian (Lambert Wilson). First, Neo has a date with Mr. Smith—a lot of him—in a courtyard. Neo fights eight, then two dozen, then 100 Smiths. (He's a twist on an Austin Powers villain, the Many-Me.) In the "Burly Brawl," as the filmmakers call this sequence, numerical size doesn't matter. Neo deflects his assailants with his superior pole fighting or by swinging a spare Smith like an Olympic hammer to knock over many others. Flanked by Trinity and Morpheus, Neo meets the Merovingian and his luscious wife Persephone (Monica Bellucci). The Merovingian is a Frenchman out of the Bush Administration bestiary: cruel, supercilious, with a love of cursing in French—which he describes as like "wiping your ass with silk." He refuses to release the Key Maker. Persephone, livid at her husband's infidelities, tells Neo she will help him—at the price of a passionate kiss. Reluctantly, he gives her one, and she leads the Zion Three to the Key Maker. They are set upon by eight of the Merovingian's goons, including those fierce wraiths, the Twins. Neo grabs some ancient weapons and bests the bunch. Trinity and Morpheus depart for their wild ride with the Key Maker. Having survived their freeway adventure, Neo, Morpheus and the Key Maker enter a skyscraper—the building in Neo's Trinity dream. Neo insists Trinity remain behind, to stay alive. "One door leads to the Source," the Key Maker says; he adds that the door will be accessible for exactly 314 seconds. Eventually, after more fighting, Neo finds the right door and walks into a room where an old man (Helmut Bakaitis) sits."I am the Architect," he says. "I created The Matrix. I've been waiting for you." Watching the first film, skeptical viewers had to wonder: In a world where nothing was as it seemed, were Morpheus and his band the only realists, or were they the victims of a monstrous delusion? The Architect tells Neo he is a dupe: a false hope that springs among the tiny group of rebels who believe in a superman, a One, as their salvation. The coming of Neo and his five predecessors—for this is the sixth version of The Matrix, the sixth revolt of Zion—was programmed by "the mother of The Matrix." The Oracle. The Matrix Reloaded is sure to fuel avid speculation. Scholars will note that the Merovingians were a European tribe from the Dark Ages, and that Morpheus paraphrases King Nebuchadnezzar in the Book of Daniel. That strange number, 314: Could it refer to pi (3.14); or to Cerebral Cortex 314, the website for the Commander Keen computer game; or to the lifetime batting average of White Sox outfielder Bibb Falk? As for the Architect's apparently crushing revelation: Couldn't this be another lie—the biggest?
?uestlove: damn...so i revised my list somewhat. y'all reminded me of some folks i forogt about. this is what i sent to jay: the black album by jay z (@@@@1/2 stars everywhere--cause lets face it @@@@@s get ridiculed to death) 1. INTRO-bring back PAIN IN DA ASS (that mofo shoulda been screming on "blueprint2" btw.) track produced by PRIMO you spit 200 bars no hook no nothing. straight bk shit. 2. PRIMO one two punch. he will give you A game. shoulda gave u the NYGs beat he made earlier this year. 3. JUST BLAZE track. FIRST SINGLE. 4. BEATNUTS track. they will give you A game everytime. every nuts record got 3 classic looped joints that scream NYC on it. and they need shine, and u need to shock us. 5. rope a dope punch. get back with SKI. assuming he got A game in him. make him submit 20 tracks--pick best one. this is it 6. THE KAYNE WEST second single comes here. make it some GET BY shit....by far his banger of 2003. some shit a backpacker/street nigga/stripper jawn can get down to. 7. NEPTUNES never mad at them single 3. i wish you had "beautiful" for B2 8.JAY DEE (the ummah/soulquarians) is the questlove blessed GOAT for beatmaking. he producer's producer (dream can vouch, he is from the D)--his worst beat is A game. so he will bring his AAA. 9. the shocker of all shockers DJ QUIK. need i say more? the nigga is so slept on. but i can't recall a quik joint i ever fronted on. i want this record guest free (is it still black album? no guest, cover? credits?)--but you and FREEWAY got something going on. so i designate him as lone guest---however! if you must shock the world? this would be the song the world been waiting for: the olive branch song with you know who (mr. kelis rodgers). 10. INSURANCE SONGS (in case dame/hip hop/or whoever has your ear bitches) DRE (and his minions---insist scott storch be present) beat must be single material. here you can get your 50 on. 11. nother NEPTUNES CLUB BANGER. cant go wrong again. 12. you save the sentimental stuff for last--eff that----leave like you came in spitting over MEGAHERTZ banger. some gutter street shit. 12 songs. little to no guests. short classic. all hip hop classics are short: criminal minded, great adventures, paid in full, illmatic, long live the kane)---this is my wishlist. JAY RESPONDS Were on the same page(almost) here's my list: Primo.(intro and first song) Just Blaze Kanye West Neptunes Dre Timbaland Rick Rubin(just think Run) Ski Quik(just added.haaa-thanx) Marley Marl. last song????????..I'll have Beatnuts,Jay Dee(who I love), fight this one out!
I tried to get the S. Carter Collection Mixtape at Harlem Music Hut but it was sold out. Tapekingz seems to have it though. I heard some of the tracks on Clue's new tape so that has me open to hear the whole thing.
It's the Original Hip Hop Cultural Sightseeing Tour bus, and on board, DJ Red Alert - who used to spin records for Afrika Bambaataa's Zulu Nation and currently reigns on hip-hop station 105.1 - points to the site of Harlem World on 116th St., the club famous for its emcee and B-boy battles and $3 parties. A Met Food supermarket stands there now. The story told on the trip organized by Hush Tours seems as important to the guides as the visitors, who are given Kangol hats and gold chains to get in the mood. As the bus passes the apartment where Public Enemy's Flava Flav grew up, Grandmaster Caz - the uncredited writer behind the hit single "Rapper's Delight" - calls to say hi.Dope!
One suspect has been arrested and another one remains at large in connection with the shooting of Diplomat member Freaky Zeeky and the killing of his friend, Eric Mangrum. On Tuesday, Chauncey Dillon, 29, of Brooklyn was charged with second-degree murder stemming from an incident on April 25. Police are also looking for another man, John K. Mingo, who they say was also involved.
The man behind Roc-a-Fella riffs on his own hip-hop empire in his satirical directorial debut. A young white reporter attempts to uncover the truth about Roc-a-Fella records and gets accepted into the dynasty's inner circle…or so he thinks. This hilarious take on the hip-hop world plays with public perceptions of the players and the game. Featuring cameos by Jay-Z, Carson Daly, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Lorraine Bracco, Run-D.M.C., and many, many more.I'll review it for you guys later.
01 Intro 02 Ryan Banks (Street Team) - Street Wars 7 Freestyle 03 Ja Rule – War is On (Dissin Eminem, 50 Cent, Dre, Busta, Lil Mo) 04 Eminem, 50 Cent, Busta – Hail Mary (Dissin Jarule, Irv Gotti, & Murda Inc) 05 Ja Rule – Guess Who Shot Ya (Dissin 50 Cent) 06 50 Cent Speaks vs. Black Child, Cadillac Tah 07 Black Child f/ Jarule – Bang Bang Bang (Dissin 50 Cent) 08 50 Cent f/ 2Pac – Realest Killas (Dissin Ja Rule) 09 Benzino – Fallen Down (Dissin 50 Cent, Eminem) 10 Eminem f/ D-12, Obie Trice – Doe Ray Me (Dissin Benzino & Murda Inc) 11 G-Unit - Eye For An Eye 12 Hammerz - Freestyle (Dissin Shellz) 13 Lil Kim – Queen Bee Radio (Dissin Foxy Brown) 14 Foxy Brown - Freestyle (Dissin Lil Kim) 15 Agony aka Rookie - Freestyle (Dissin Foxy Brown) 16 D-12 – Smackdown (Dissin Royce 59) 17 Royce 59 f/ Tre Little, Kaz – Beat Yo Ass (Dissin D-12, Eminem) 18 Hard Money (Street Team) - Street Wars 7 Freestyle 19 Jay-Z - Freestyle (Dissin P. Diddy) 20 Scarface f/ UGK – Bitch Nigga (Dissin 50 Cent) 21 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks speaks vs. Charlie Baltimore, Ashanti 22 Charlie Baltimore – Get At Me Dawgs (Dissin 50 Cent, G-Unit) 23 Irv Gotti speaks vs. Eminem 24 Eminem f/ 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo – Bump Heads (Dissin Ja Rule, Irv Gotti) 25 KD - Freestyle (Dissin Petey Pablo) 26 Street Wars Freestyle Battle: (Veteran) “Jay-Z” aka Hova
Among the festival's more than 200 offerings are several that explore and celebrate hip-hop culture. "With Madonna rapping in her new music and suburban kids embracing the genre, hip hop is obviously a huge part of the mainstream," says David Kwok, a festival programmer. "[The festival's] hip-hop artists present original and quality stories that people might not be able to see at any other times." The roster includes "Death of a Dynasty," a satire of the hip-hop business directed by Roc-A-Fella Records founder Damon Dash; "Just Another Story," a musical set in Rego Park, and "Paper Chasers," a documentary about hip-hop entrepreneurs. The movies show a different community from the decadent, violent and oversexed version usually seen on screen.I really want to see Paper Chasers and Death of a Dynasty. When I get the times and prices I'll share it with you. And if I'm not too lazy I'll review it to.
Pick up PUDGEE P & ENVY - DEADLY COMBINATION at TapeKingz.com. Here's the tracklisting: PUDGEE-P SIDE 1. Intro 2. Lil Mo - The Realest / Answer Back To Ja Rule 3. Joe Buddens - Walk With Me 4. Ludacris - Act A Fool 5. 50 Cent - Many Men ( Pudgee-P Mix ) 6. Busta Rhymes & Keith Murray - Smash 7. Jay-Z & Oscino & Sparks - Loving My Niggaz 8. Foxy Brown - Dirty 9. Nas - I Can ( Pudgee-P Rmx ) 10. Jadakiss & Infa Red - Do Ya Thing 11. Drag-On - Dirty Funk 12. Frankie Cruches - Freestyle DJ ENVY SIDE 13. Intro 14. Cocaine & Young News - Blok Freestyle 15. Benzino - I Donít Like / Dissin 50 Cent 16. Ja Rule - Who Shot Ya / Diss #2 17. Eminem, 50 Cent, G-Unit - Hailmary 18. Bone Crusher & Camron - Never Scared RMX (!!!) 19. Green Lantern & D-Block - Everywhere We Go 20. Rah Digga & Loyd Banks - Party Over Here 21. Lil Kim, Mobb Deep, Mr Cheeks - Jump Off RMX 22. BONUS TRACK - ASHANTI - AWW BABY
But good news just came in. Last night New York Legislators started to pursue a budget that reverses cuts:
Defying Gov. George E. Pataki, state lawmakers began passing a state budget tonight that restores most of the cuts to education and Medicaid that the governor had proposed. The plan would raise both the sales tax and income taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to pay for it. Legislative leaders also promised to provide more than $1 billion in new revenue for New York City, though they had not agreed on specifics. Along with the restorations of school aid and Medicaid money, the plan would provide Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg with almost all of the assistance he had sought from Albany to help close the city's budget gap, the leaders said. But Mr. Pataki defiantly vowed to veto the Legislature's budget plan and to punish politically any lawmaker who went along with it.Can we get rid of this guy?
While certainly I believe an artist has the right, and if moved, the duty, to utilize his or her music to educate and persuade, base one’s work or reputation solely upon this mechanism is disappointingly incomplete. Truly great artist, be it in sights, sounds, images, or words, should reflect the human condition, a condition that goes beyond any single dimension. If we are to criticize gangster rappers for their singled focus on a certain lifestyle, should we not point similar attention towards politically oriented groups?It's unfair for Andy to compare the gangsta rap glut to political hip-hop. Gangsta rap has been overdone and exhausted, so it's reasonable to expect artists to be more versatile in their lyrics than just hustling and gun clapping. However, the "conscious" side of our music is seriously understaffed and it's a disservice to critisize a group like P.E. for sticking to what they do best when what they do has been helpful to hip-hop year after year.
As the commercial realm of hip-hop grows larger, the underground, creative aspects of rap are sorely overlooked, but one independent movement hopes to change things. PhilaFlava presents...A League of Our Own, an independent CD, has released a mixtape album that offers a distinct, exclusive medley of hip-hop. “We are what [Rawkus Records Soundbombing] should have been,” said Jason Gloss, co-executive producer and partner of the project. Unlike other mixtapes, Abby O’Neil, the other partner, stated that this effort differs from others because it doesn’t attempt to compete with other street DJ’s. A League of Our Own offers songs never heard elsewhere. “Its all exclusive material with several songs custom made for me and this tape in particular,” she said. “There’s only a few joints on there will be released. We have a good diversified mix of styles, ranging from gangsta WC to Dirty South’s Devin Da Dude.”
Dope t-shirts from the Writer's Bench (sold by Digital Gravel).
The embarrassingly secular nature of the government was summarized in another Los Angeles Times story on the status of women: "For decades, Iraqi women – at least those living in Baghdad and some other big cities – have enjoyed a degree of personal liberty undreamed of by women in neighboring nations such as Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf emirates." Those freedoms – to drive, study in coeducational colleges and to advance in the professions – are now threatened by the fundamentalist forces unleashed by the invasion. The former U.S. general now governing Iraq has stated that he will not accept a reversal of those freedoms, but our long history of cozy relationships with the oppressive Gulf regimes can't be reassuring to Iraq's women.
"any attempt to make people to pay for downloads will always end in disappointment."I slightly disagree. I commented on his post- "People may be willing to pay for downloads but certainly not 99 cents per song! That's 15 bucks for a 15 track album...and that's without the inserts and stuff. What they should do is offer a flat rate like $10 per month and allow unlimited downloads. The money will be shared by artists."
By the way, David Hinckley is very hip-hop.
...then Puff Daddy wears a throwback jersey at the 2002 American Music Awards. And Mitchell and Ness' sales jump from $2.8 million (in 2000) to $25 million (2002).They need to cut Puff a check from that.
PANJABI MC FEATURING JAY-Z: `BEWARE OF THE BOYS (JAY-Z REMIX)' (Sequence) A few months ago, this song was a surprise hit single in Europe. It was called ``Mundian to Bach Ke,'' and it mixed bhangra with a sample from the ``Knight Rider'' theme and a loping hip-hop beat, while a guy from Coventry delivered a sermon (sung in Punjabi, naturally) on female modesty. This new remix adds a couple of deft verses by Jay-Z, who never met a beat he couldn't sweet-talk. He's in a cosmopolitan mood, segueing from hotel-room boasting to anti-war rabble-rousing: ``Checking in daily, under aliases/We rebellious/We back home/Screaming, `Leave Iraq alone.'''
...Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, announced the launch of the national voter registration and education program entitled, "Hip-Hop Team Vote." The goal of the program is to register 20 million new voters, four million per year over the next five years, primarily from the 18-30 year old age group, throughout the United States.
Among the young, hip-hop has given black Latinos the confidence to express a black racial identity, said Raquel Z. Rivera, author of the just-released "New York Ricans From the Hip Hop Zone" (Palgrave Macmillan), which documents the Puerto Rican roots of hip-hop, particularly in the dancing. Some performers have even branched out from hip-hop to reclaim African rhythms of their parents' countries, rhythms like bomba, a Puerto Rican music form that has become popular among Puerto Ricans in their 20's and 30's in the last five years, Ms. Rivera said. Will Jones, a 26-year-old black Latino of Panamanian descent, said that when he was a teenager, hip-hop gave him a platform to rap about racial matters and bond with African-Americans who shared his urban experiences. "When hip-hop began, most people thought it was just black people, but it was really blacks and Latinos and it became the middle ground both groups could feel part of," he said.
...there are many philanthropists and large foundations out there scratching their heads trying to figure out how to fund movements of social change at the street or grassroots level. The problem is that because of invisible barriers like age, race, and class, the philanthropic world has been historically cut off from the underground world of hip-hop, a situation that hurts both the activists and the funders. "The people who are giving out the funding tend to be pretty conservative," said James Kass, founder of YouthSpeaks. "Once they’re set in their ways, it takes some time for them to change. There is a gap between the foundations and the organizations they want to support."Word up.
Blackalicious at SOB's. I will be there!!
Finally, someone in hip-hop is taking a break from battling another rapper and is attaking the government instead. Public Enemy targets Bush with their new cd. It's a two-disc CD/DVD single called "Son of a Bush." Check for it on May 6 or die.
On last year's "Eminem Show" album, the world's most popular rapper rhymed a snide prediction: "A concept that works/20 million other white rappers emerge." He may be off a bit in his math, but Eminem's forecast of a white rap invasion seems to be coming true. Thirteen years after the thawing of Vanilla Ice, and three years after Eminem himself became the most famous rapper in hip-hop history, a new wave of caucasian emcees is swelling. True, there have long been isolated pockets of palefaced rappers - from the Beastie Boys and Third Base to Bubba Sparxxx and Haystak. But the next few months will see the largest wave to date, including Stagga Lee, Poverty, K-Mo, DF Dub and the first white female rapper, Sarai (promoted by her label as "Feminem"). At the same time, other white rappers are busy trying to land solo deals, including the Italian MC JoJo Pellegrino (who has been aligned with the respected rap management company Violator), Kain (an associate of Puff Daddy), and the Jewish rapper Reuven Ben Menachem (a one-time collaborator with the Wu-Tang Clan). The most obvious impetus for all this is the nearly boundless success of Eminem. "If a label can sell even half of what he has with one of these artists, they're going to do more than okay," understates Mike Saunders, program director of the New York hip-hop station Power 105. But Poverty (né Tom Ferris), 23, believes Eminem's success has made it harder for caucasian rhymers. "If you're white and you rap, people see you as just another Emimen, no matter what you do," he says. As The Source's music editor Jerry Barrow puts it, "Eminem has set the record so high in terms of sales and skills, it's unfortunate for any of these other guys." On other other hand, Vibe music editor Erik Parker thinks non-black rappers have an advantage, since "it's still different enough. But they would have to be really exceptional to be taken seriously." In general, observers feel there's no longer the level of suspicion toward white rappers who came in the wake of Vanilla Ice and Marky Mark (who has since turned to serious acting under his real name, Mark Wahlberg). Their less-than-credible work in the early '90s hampered the efforts of white artists for years. Even now, you have a movie like "Malibu's Most Wanted" (opening tomorrow), which counts on the audience's belief in white hip-hoppers as hacks for its laughs. Still, Saunders says that in the real world "there's no racial barrier - there's a talent barrier. You can be the blackest of black rappers and have no skill, or the whitest of white rappers and sell a million." Poverty feels such open-mindedness extends more often to black audiences than to white. "I get more love from black people. I think white people are scared of liking what they do when it comes to rap. They wait for blacks to like it first. When Vanilla Ice came, white people liked him and then when he got no respect from black people, they felt tricked." The rapper says his label didn't realize he was white when he submitted his demo tape. When they found out, he says, they had to consider that in their marketing. "It's harder to prove your credibility," Poverty says. "When you're in the rap game, people check out where you're from and what you've been through." Which explains why Poverty's promoters have played up his history as a homeless child who grew up with little parental supervision, surrounded by drugs and prostitution in Portland, Maine. "Rappers still need to be authentic in their stories," says Parker. They also need to bring fresh influences to the fold. Parker thinks white rappers "can tell stories to white kids that black artists can't." But he also says it's a mistake for white rappers to make too many specific references to their skin color. "They should focus on delivery and lines," he says. Poverty agrees. "I talk about my life situation, not my race." Regardless, there lingers some muted worry in the hip-hop community that white rappers could change the complexion of the genre. "The danger comes if people accept white rappers without knowing the history of the form," Barrow says. But Parker feels it's unlikely hip hop will ever suffer the fate of rock 'n' roll, which often ignored its black pioneers to become identified as an overwhelmingly white art form. "Hip hop's history is too welldocumented for that." In fact, Barrow believes the form is now established enough to absorb as many different points of view as possible. "No one person - or even a group of people - can speak for the totality of hip hop," he says. "It's way bigger than race. Now, it can be anything."
Ja Rule??? Ahead of Gang Starr? Kool Moe Dee?? Lil Kim and Master P ahead of MC Lyte and the Biz??????? DMX ahead of Ice Cube??!!? Puffy ahead of Nas AND RAKIM!!
I'm surprised that I like the new album from Cam'ron's Diplomats. It's a low priced double cd so I bought it without a second thought. One disc is all new music, the other is a greatest hits style collection from the four mixtapes they put out last year. It's funny because disc two sounds like a polished album, while disc one has that street level mixtape feel. And that's not a bad thing. The Diplomats play on their strengths- their infectious hooks and energetic overdubs shadow the shortfalls in lyricism. So don't listen to Dip Set hoping to find the cure for cancer. Instead, turn it up loud in your truck and roll through Harlem's 125th Street really slow. Only then will you understand. There are two highlights to this album for me. It is packed with incredible Roc-A-Fella style production even though most of the tracks were produced by the Heatmakers, with few by Just Blaze and none by Kanye West. Also, Cam'ron has a slew of funny adlibs that he spits on many of the songs- especially "This is What I Do" and the intro "Un Casa" Harlem stand up!
At least they're actually admitting there is SARS in New York now. Before they kept saying "suspected cases."
"Style Wars" debuted on public television back in 1983, when Ed Koch was mayor of NYC and subways were a fertile battleground for "art crimes" and spectacular visual expression. Though never officially released on video by a major studio, independently distributed copies have been circulated for many years to generations of aspiring artists as well as general hip-hop fans. Now available in digital format for the first time ever, this deluxe double DVD set includes the original 70 minute film in its entirety, plus 23 minutes of original outtake footage, feature commentary from the filmmakers themselves, and a remastered Dolby 5.1 soundtrack of all time hip-hop classics by Grandmaster Flash, Treacherous Three, Trouble Funk, Fearless Four, Rammelzee & K-Rob and more. Then on disc #2, get ready for an additional 3-1/2 hours of previously unreleased material. 32 artist galleries and interviews with some of the all-time graffiti and b-boy masters like Daze, Dondi White, Duro, Crazy Legs, Kase 2, Ken Swift, Pink, Seen TC5, Shy 147, Zephyr and many more. Guest interviews with living legends like Fab 5 Freddy, Goldie, Guru of Gang Starr, DJ Red Alert, and photographer Martha Cooper. New music from Definitive Jux recording artists El-P, RJD2 and Aesop Rock. And the incredible "Destroy All Lines" video featuring over 200 entire cars and burners looped in full motion for over 30 minutes.