Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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” ‘Supernova,’ it’s a co-write,” Hudson explained, sitting in the Beverly Hills Hotel a few days ago. “I think our head space, we kinda overlapped with similar emotions about things when we were hanging out last summer. I think we both could relate to the lyrics, so we built it together. Kanye brought in the chorus. We brought the verses up together.”
Kanye and Hudson were shooting the video for their song, which is the first single from the singer’s U.S. debut.
“What’s cool is, Kanye met my music before he met me,” Hudson said of their relationship. ” … I wouldn’t have gone up to Kanye in a club and said, ‘Here is my CD, you’ve gotta listen to it.’ That isn’t my style. I made my first album in London. It didn’t get released in the States, but somehow he got a copy, which meant that when Kanye was in London promoting Graduation, we were introduced briefly. A year later, I was in Paris on holiday. I got a call coming in to the office: ‘Here is a contract.’ ”
Last November, ‘Ye told Mixtape Monday that his new signee had the potential to be “bigger” than he is. Hudson appreciated the compliment but said it is a lot of pressure.
“Yeah, it’s really annoying, actually,” he smiled. “Now I got loads of work to do to try and live up to that.”
“Yeah, that was wack,” Kanye said of his previous statement. “I shouldn’t have said all that to try and put all that pressure on you,” ‘Ye continued, talking to Hudson. “That’s one of the problems. On one hand, when you sign with an established person, you get all the limelight, the shine. On the other hand, you’ve got all the pressure. Then you deal with some of the baggage. You buy into some of the fans and you buy into some of the enemies. I think he’ll be able to surpass all of that with his talent.”
Rapper Lil Wayne sues song's producer
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rapper Lil Wayne is suing the producer of a song he performed that allegedly sampled another singer's work without permission.
A lawsuit filed last year against Lil Wayne accuses him of copyright infringement, saying he failed to secure permission to sample folk singer Karma-Ann Swanepoel's song "Once" on his track "I Feel Like Dying."
A lawsuit filed last week by the rapper's lawyers says Rebel Rock Productions Inc., of Coconut Creek, Fla., produced "I Feel Like Dying" and was responsible for obtaining any necessary licensing agreements.
Rebel Rock hasn't responded to Lil Wayne's claims and doesn't have a lawyer named in court records. A telephone number listed for the company has been disconnected.
Last month, a federal magistrate ordered rapper Lil Wayne to turn over financial records for his Grammy-winning album, "Tha Carter III," to Urband & Lazar Music Publishing, which published "Once."
"I Feel Like Dying" isn't a track on "Tha Carter III," but a lawyer for Urband & Lazar argues that Lil Wayne promoted the album by singing that song in concert and allowing fans to download it for free on his Web site.
Lil Wayne is a New Orleans native whose real name is Dwayne Carter Jr.
Swanepoel is a native of South Africa now living in Florida.
Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Best Buy Planning To Re-stock Shelves With Vinyl
April 29th, 2009 | Author: Edwin OrtizIt’s been no secret that CD sales continue to decline in our current market. While online retailers like iTunes hold a comfortable position in consumer purchases, physical retail stores such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy are attempting to figure out new ways to offset decreased sales. With that said, Best Buy is planning on bringing back vinyl records to their shelves.
According to the New York Post, Best Buy has high hopes for the move as 100 stores across the country had successful test runs in adding vinyl merchandise to their shelves. This experiment coincides with some staggering numbers concerning a potential rebirth in vinyl sales; in 2007, vinyl purchases were up 15% from the year before, and 2008 saw an increase of 89%, or roughly 1.9 million vinyl purchases. Through April of this year, 670,000 vinyl records have reportedly been sold.
Atlanta Records CEO Craig Kallman explained that getting vinyl records back on the shelves of major retailers is a plus for the record industry. “Our goal is to occupy as much square footage as possible with music products," Kallman told the Post.
With this new move, all major records labels are also planning on re-issuing and re-mastering classic titles, such as Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies, along with its original artwork and packaging for avid vinyl collectors.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
By Ismael AbduSalaam
Former Clipse manager and nightclub owner Anthony "Geezy” Gonzalez has been charged in U.S. District Court with running a $10 million a year drug ring.
According to federal documents, Gonzalez’s 6 year drug empire has allegedly moved 100 pounds of cocaine and over a ton of marijuana through Hampton Roads, Virginia since 2003.
Authorities suspect Gonzalez imported the drugs from Panama Florida, California, and Arizona.
The 82-count indictment states that Gonzalez laundered drug money through several front businesses, including the Clipse’s booking agency Soul Providers Management.
The federal document elaborates that the defendants painted “themselves out as music producers, rappers, entrepreneurs, club owners, clothing designers and other legitimate occupations in order to conceal the true source of their income.”
In addition, Gonzalez is accused of making several kingpin transactions, such as purchasing 10 kilos cocaine for $200,000, and 625 pounds of marijuana for $540,000 in 2007.
Gonzalez’s Encore Lounge nightclub was allegedly purchased in 2007 for $80,000 and 40 pounds of marijuana.
Earlier this year, the Virginia Beach nightclub closed down after a reputed 100-plus incidents of violence and drug transactions in 2008.
Six other co-conspirators were named in the 60-page document, including a police officer who allegedly tipped Gonzalez off about the coming indictment.
To date, Anthony “Geezy” Gonzalez remains at large. At press time, the Clipse could not be reached for comment.
FOX REFUSES TO AIR OBAMA PRESS CONFERENCE: President to address first 100 days Wednesday night on all broadcast channels – except for one.
(April 28, 2009)
Guess which network has decided not to air President Obama's prime time address tomorrow night? And the news-less CW doesn't count.
While ABC, NBC and CBS are giving up precious sweeps month real estate for the president's press conference marking his first 100 days, Fox announced Monday that it will instead stick to its regular programming – an episode of "Lie to Me."
The network, known for its conservative news slant, is the lone broadcast channel that turned down President Obama's request for the time.
Tomorrow night's speech will be the third prime time news conference in Obama's 100-day presidency. It also marks the first time a broadcast network has refused his request.
McLuvin Says: "Yo...What the fuck is this??? Jim Crow T.V.? He is the fucking president and can't get aired on Fox news??? Something is very wrong here.
SWIZZ BEATZ AND 'HEN ROCK' LAUNCH NEW DRINK: Hennessy taps rapper to promote limited line of cognac.
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*Rapper/producer Swizz Beatz and Hennessy V.S. are teaming to launch a new, limited line of cognac, called Hennessy Black.
The artist will perform an original song, "When I Step Into the Club," alongside the JabbaWockeez of "America's Best Dance Crew" during a launch event in New York on May 5, reports Billboard.com. An accompanying video by director Hype Williams will be revealed as well.
"Beatz is a long-time fan of the brand and approached us looking for ways we could work together. Since this product is all about having fun in the club, he suggested collaborating on a track that would be a hot dance song in the clubs," Andy Glaser, senior VP of Hennessy Business, tells Billboard.
Hennessy will launch a dance contest titled "Up/Down" on their YouTube channel, where consumers will be able to create and post their own "Up/Down" dance for a chance to be flown to LA, where Williams will film and cut them into a new version of the video to "When I Step In the Club."
Hennessy Black, the company's first major launch since 1961, will be available in 10 markets throughout the U.S. including Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, New York City, Ohio, Washington DC and Massachusetts.
The company hopes the new drink - which has a blend of Jasmine, daffodils and orange flowers mixed with citrus, honey and grapes - will take the Hennessy brand beyond the cognac category to the premium mixed spirits.
Monday, April 27, 2009
The Foreign Exchange ft. Darien Brockington - “Take Off The Blues” ( Hall Of Justus / Nicolay Music / 2009 )
Okay...Mcluvin gets a late pass on this jawn....Bang it!!!!!!!!!!
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By Chris Richburg
Rapper/actor DMX is taking a new path to overcoming his vices with a stint on the VH1 reality show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
The hit series, which will enter its third season, follows a group of celebrities as they struggle to move forward from drug and alcohol addictions by entering a treatment program run by renowned addiction medicine specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky.
Past participants include former police brutality victim Rodney King and porn star Mary Carey as well as former professional wrestler Chyna , Family Matters star Jaimee Foxworth and actors Daniel Baldwin, Brigitte Nielsen and Jeff Conaway.
News of DMX’ Celebrity Rehab appearance was revealed by the show’s resident drug counselor Bob Forrest.
Prior to taking part in the new season, the 38-year-old entertainer, (born Earl Simmons) became embroiled in a series of drug-related incidents and encounters with the law.
Over the past 10 years, Simmons amassed a lengthy rap sheet filled with various charges ranging from marijuana and cocaine possession to multiple driving infractions and identity theft.
On December 31, 2008, the rapper was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to charges of theft, drug possession and animal cruelty.
In January, Simmons’ downward spiral continued after he refused to attend scheduled work assignments and missed his medication treatment while serving his sentence.
A month later, the rap star was re-booked on suspicion of aggravated following allegations he threw a dinner tray at a corrections officer.
The incident has resulted in a possible extension of Simmons’ sentence as well as his probation being revoked.
Producer Says B.I.G. Inspired Production For Rick Ross
April 27th, 2009 | Author: Slava KupersteinProducer Colione of the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League recently spoke to Vibe Magazine about the impact The Notorious B.I.G. had on the production for Rick Ross' latest album, Deeper Than Rap [click to read].
"We actually went to the theaters and saw the Notorious," said Colion when prompted about the inspiration for Ross' song "Magnificent" [click to listen]. "When we got home, we were inspired to work with B.I.G. So we started making tracks for him and 'Magnificent' was one of the beats that came out. We were like, 'Yo, if Biggie was alive today what would he rap to?' We were actually doing it for ourselves. Actually, our management sent that to Ross."
In a his interview with HipHopDX [click to read], Rick Ross spoke about Biggie's influence on his style.
"A lot of people make those references, and it would be natural for me to emulate Biggie in some form or fashion – me being a diehard fan of his," said Ross of the late emcee. "And most definitely there needs to be a little class, a little dress-up sometimes to give people that energy and that vibe."
In related news, Rick Ross is expected to capture the number one spot on the album charts this week with the debut of Deeper Than Rap.
SNOOP'S CIVIL BEATING TRIAL BEGINS: Opening statements took place Friday in lawsuit filed by man claiming rapper beat him on stage.
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*Opening statements began Friday in the civil trial against Snoop Dogg, who is accused of severely beating up a man during a 2005 concert in Seattle.
Richard Monroe, Jr. sued the rapper claiming he suffered serious injuries at the hands of Snoop and his entourage after jumping onstage during their show. Monroe seeks $22 million in damages and punitive penalties against the artist, whose real name is Calvin Broadus.
According to the Associated Press, Monroe's suit states he thought he had permission to join Snoop onstage during a performance of "Gin and Juice," but was beaten and robbed by the performer and members of his entourage.
The star of E! reality show "Snoop Dogg's Father Hood" attended one day of jury selection earlier this week, and was present in court as a tape of the incident was shown to jurors during opening statements by Monroe's attorneys
Thursday, April 23, 2009
To read my latest entry of "On The Corner" w/Funk Mcluvin, Click on "On The Corner" with Funk McLuvin Vol. 3 on www.beatdynasty.com" Located above.
This week features Buckwild, Jim Jonsin,88 keys,Ryan Leslie, and The Inkredibles
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Like I said...dude is the truth...You can tell how good you are by the amount of haters that come out the wood work on you...Keep doin the damn thing Drake...McLuvin!!!!!!
by Cyrus Langhorne
Wed, 22 Apr 2009 06:00:00
Lil Wayne's request to stop the release of the QD3 Entertainment documentary The Carter has been denied by a state court judge, who allowed the films release.
As a result of the ruling, the documentary can now be released globally.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael S. Mink denied Wayne's request for a preliminary injunction this week. QD3 executive Quincy Jones III said the ruling frees his company to seek distribution of the film. "We're very pleased with the court's decision," Jones said. "We made a great film, which was incredibly well received at Sundance, and showcases Lil Wayne's extraordinary talent." (Variety)
Weezy filed the lawsuit earlier this month regarding a "scandalous portrayal" of himself in the Sundance documentary.
The suit charges that Bernie Madoff's movie production company promised to give Lil Wayne approval over the final cut, but they didn't. And instead they presented an attempted scandalous "documentary" at Sundance. And to get into all of this, Wayne's lawyers decided to lead their complaint with Bernie Madoff, drawing some bizarre connection that we now live in the age of people conning other people. Probably the most interesting thing is that one of the defendants is Quincy Jones' son, Quincy Delight Jones III. The papers also state he uses the pseudonym QD3. (Radar Online)
While financial damages never emerged, he did cite breach of contract.
Wayne allowed Digerati Holdings and QD3 Entertainment to shoot a docu-film about him. The movie company, in turn, promised to give him approval over the final cut. In early December last year, the companies screened the film for Lil Wayne's manager, who advised them to remove objectionable content from the film. They sent another clip in January to the manager for review and approval. The manager once more demanded that all objectionable content be removed. Instead of doing so, they allegedly presented a "scandalous portrayal" of the rapper at Sundance without his approval. (All Headline News)
In other legal news, Weezy was forced to turn over financial information on his latest album Tha Carter III to a folk singer who had accused him of copyright infringement.
U.S. Magistrate Daniel Knowles III ordered the New Orleans rapper to hand over records about the sale of 2008's Tha Carter III. Karma-Ann Swanepoel claims in a federal lawsuit filed in May that Lil Wayne didn't have permission to sample her song "Once" in the track "I Feel Like Dying." The lawsuit says Lil Wayne's record label, Cash Money Records, failed to negotiate a license to use Swanepoel's song before millions of people downloaded "I Feel Like Dying." (Associated Press)
LAURYN HILL TO HEADLINE STOCKHOLM JAZZ FEST: Singer books performance at five-day event as part of European tour.
(April 22, 2009)
The Stockholm Jazz Festival, one of Sweden's biggest music events, has announced that Lauryn Hill will return as headline act for its 2009 concert in July.
Festival spokesman Gunnar Lagerman says the R&B singer will perform at the five-day event as part of a 10-stop European tour, reports the Associated Press, and mark the second time the former Fugees singer has headlined the festival.
Other artists lined up for the July 15-19 event include tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins and Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil.
The Stockholm Jazz Festival celebrates its 26th anniversary this year and is expected to attract up to 30,000 people. Previous performers include Mary J. Blige, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Speaking of the Native Tounges...my man Ryan Proctor @ http://oldtothenew.wordpress.com hit me off with this recent interview with Mike G of the Jungle Brothers...
Got this from Ian over at the Kitchen... The inside scoop on the Making of De La Soul's Landmark Classic Debut LP 3 Feet High and Rising. To read the article,
Click on "THE MAGIC NUMBER:Behind the Making of De La Soul's 3 Feet High & Rising"
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*Rapper KRS One and former Public Enemy member Professor Griff speak out against the nation's first black president in the new documentary, "The Obama Deception." [Scroll down to view trailer.]
According to Redding News Review, KRS believes corporate elites continue to control the White House, no matter who is in the Oval Office.
"If they controlled it before, what makes you think they're not controlling it now," the rapper says in the new DVD from talk radio host Alex Jones. "The country was on the verge of revolution [and] they threw a black man up, now we like this."
"They put a black face on the New World Order and now we all happy," he continued. "KRS ain't buying it."
Professor Griff said in the film: "Obama has been given a pass by the bluebloods. He has been given the okay by certain secret societies for them to let him in. I truly believe imperialism and fascism needs a facelift and the facelift is going to have to be black."
"The Obama Deception" is critical of the president and questions Obama's ties to Wall Street and his ability to keep promises, reports Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.
KRS's current view of the president differs from his stance last year, when he said that Obama's White House run was "great for America." Griff, however, has made it clear that he was never an Obama supporter. He supported Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney.
"The Obama Deception" Trailer
Monday, April 20, 2009
cool little concept clip from Rhymefest... Big Daddy Kane is one of my Idols anyway so...Bang it!!!!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
By Peter Foreman
Producer Scott Storch is no stranger to money problems. In 2008, the producer had his 10 million dollar estate foreclosed and was also hit for back child support payments by his child's mother. The woes continued when Storch was charged with Grand Theft Auto for allegedly failing to return a leased Bentley to the dealer.
Storch posted bail shortly after being arrested. According to reports, the Bentley was supposed to be returned to the owner in 2008, thus violating the terms. Atlas leasing company said that the producer's failure to return the vehicle caused them 65,000 dollars in revenue and during the period in contention, Storch was not paying for the car either.
In a statement Scott's lawyer Bradford M. Cohen said, "We are disappointed in the decision to take a civil dispute and file it as a criminal charge. There are many facts, that when revealed, will clearly demonstrate that there was no criminal wrong doing on behalf of my client."
No comments were made by Storch
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got this from tampahiphop.com...apparently Gunfire broke out @ a recent Rick Ross Concert in Brooklyn...
Okay...i couldn't wait till the video dropped...This is the Official artwork for my next single " Vintage Futuristic ". I shoot the Video may 1st and 2nd...will be released to the public May 21st. This will be the first day of summer jumpoff!
Believe it... McLuvin!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big shout outs to Noble Art in Chicago and Ranmecca in Tampa for combining on this cover.
Hahaha...no doubt King... " I ain't a computer Guy" yeah, but you sell millions of records... I aint mad at cha playboy. McLuvin!!!!
Uh oh...They are Back! New Joint from Talib Kweli and Hi-tek's Reflection Eternal. Bang it!!!!!!!!!!
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