Archive for August, 2006


News Bits: Russell Simmons, Jay-Z And Foxy Brown

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Russell SimmonsFollowing the lead of Matthew Knowles who released a staggeringly long statement in defense of his daughter Beyonce, Russell Simmons has released a statement defending his choice for a cross-party political endorsement.Jay-Z’s so-called “comeback video” will be directed by Hype Williams, who told Billboard Hova’s one of his favorite artists to work with.

The New York Post offers a timeline that details how Foxy Brown became the mess she is today. Thanks to EUR for posting this.

Hardcore vet Chino XL drops a new single, “Don’t Run From Me” featuring Snoop Dog and Dre.

And finally, the Dunkadelic Era is being brought to the masses in a time-line booklet written by dunkedelic scholar Derrick E. Vaughan. The self-dubbed “basketball and hip-hop Guru” also offers enlightening info about 1984, the era’s birth-year: “Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin form Def Jam Records, RUN-DMC releases their debut album “RUN-DMC”, Kurtis Blow releases the hit rap song “Basketball,” the “Fresh Fests” [were the] first major hip-hop concert tour in America, Michael Jordan is drafted by the Chicago Bulls and signs with Nike to produce the “Air Jordan” sneakers and, LeBron James (December 30) and Carmelo Anthony (May 29) were both born in 1984.”


Dirty Brass Band Releases “What’s Going On” On Katrina Anniversary

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From Spike Lee and HBO to news outlets and bloggers, numerous people have been helping us re-visit the tragedy that is still unfolding in the Gulf Coast.

New Orleans’ funky brass band extraordinairre, the Dirty Brass Band, joins the cause with a timely reinterpretation of Marvin Gaye’s uber-classic What’s Going On.

Artists include Bettye LaVette, Chuck D, Ivan Neville, Guru, G. Love and more, with part of the proceeds heading towards the Tipitina’s Foundation, benefiting the devastated city’s worthy music community.

Check out the Chuck D title track and tell us what you think.
What’s Going On E-Card

“What’s Going On” (feat. Chuck D) Quicktime|Windows
Official Site
What’s Going On Track Listing:
1. “What’s Going On” – featuring Chuck D
2. “What’s Happening Brother” – featuring Bettye LaVette
3. “Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky)” – instrumental
4. “Save The Children” – instrumental
5. “God Is Love” – featuring Ivan Neville
6. “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” – featuring G. Love
7. “Right On” – instrumental
8. “Wholy Holy” – instrumental
9. “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” – featuring Guru


Diddy’s New Album Logo

by MWord ·

For all you Diddy freakazoids out there, here’s a first look at the official logo for his upcoming album.

DiddyGenius, isn’t it? Wonder how long it took to design… As previously posted, Diddy will be singing on this one, so obviously we have a lot to look forward to with this release. Says Diddy:

“I represent all of the shower singers out there. I’m not the greatest singer, but I have a lot of emotion in my voice.”
Check below for some more Diddy swag.


Diddy – “Come To Me” Windows|Real|Quicktime

Diddy’s Video Blog (YouTube)


Bad Boy website

Official Diddy Site


New Releases: Sam Moore, Tamar Davis, Method Man And The Roots

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Sam MooreSoul legend Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) dropped an amazing release today called Sam Moore: Overnight Sensational. Not only does the “soul man” join with some of today’s biggest stars (Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, Fantasia, Van Hunt and many more) for hot covers of classic soul tracks, the set also serves as the final recording for the late, “fifth Beatle” Billy Preston.

Sam Moore: Overnight Sensational Listening Party: Windows|Real
Also new is Milk & Honey, the debut from Prince protege Tamar Davis who not only used to be a member of teen group Girls Tyme before it became Destiny’s Child, but is also (strangely) rumored to be the reason of the split between Prince and ex-wife Manuela.

Don’t forget Method Man‘s dropping his latest solo, Method Man, 4:21…the Day After, and appearing at Union Square’s Virgin Megastore later this evening. There’s a lot of hopeful hype surrounding this set in light of his flagging career and feud with Wendy Williams, among other things.

And of course The Roots release their long-awaited 9th album, Game Theory. Get more info at their label’s site and their real site.

More new rap/hip-hop and R&B/soul releases


The Official “Chicken Noodle Soup” Video

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Chicken noodle soupYou may have seen a ton of videos with dudes and dudettes letting it rain and clearing it out, but none of these are the official clip for the song that’s inspired the Harlem dance craze.

So here it is, the official “Chicken Noodle Soup” video:

VIDEO: Webstar feat Young B  – Chicken Noodle Soup 

Do you like?

This single’s off the upcoming set from DJ Webstar called Caught in the Web and due in stores September 26.


Method Man To Appear Tomorrow In Union Square

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Method Man 4:21......the Day AfterIf your mama lets you out of the house, head to Manhattan where Wu Tang vet Method Man will be signing copies of his upcoming album 4:21……the Day After at the Virgin Mega Store in New York’s Union Square.

Even though the ever-complex Iron Lung, aka Tical, aka Wu Brother #1, aka Johnny Blaze will make his appearance at 6 p.m., fans need to drop by at 9 a.m. EST tomorrow morning to get a wristband that will secure a guaranteed spot in queue.

The album drops tomorrow as well and features special guest appearances from the usual Wu Tang crew member such as RZA, the late ODB, Raekwon and Inspectah Deck, as well as La the Darkman, Streetlife, Fat Joe, Styles P, Megan Rochell, Ginuwine and Redman. Production is offered by RZA, Erick Sermon, Scott Storch, Havoc, Kwame, Allah Mathematics and Denaun Porter.

The Virgin Mega Store Union Square is located at 14th and Broadway and if you still haven’t heard the set’s lead single “Say” featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, take a listen now.

Read more about the album
AUDIO: “Say” featuring Lauryn Hill Windows|Real


New And Upcoming Rap/R&B: Outkast, Rhymefest, John Legend, The Roots

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IdlewildCheck out listings of new rap/hip-hop and R&B/soul releases for the month of August.

Some of our current faves include the uber-eclectic Idlewild from Outkast, Kelis‘ new joint and the debut from indie soulster Randevyn. There’s a bunch of new CDs on the horizon including stuff from Frankie J, Reuben Studdard (whose new “Change Me” sounds strangely like “Sorry 2004″), John Legend, whose “Save Room” sounds like nothing he’s released so far, The Roots‘ Game Theoryand new Lionel Richie, who by the way thinks most contemporary American music sucks, as well as some remastered classic stuff from Smokey Robinson, Prince and Luther Vandross.

Speaking of new classics, a lot of folks love Rhymefest‘s recent Blue Collar although it may seem that it hasn’t really been pushed too much on the marketing tip. Well, now the blue collar emcee gives all the haters the finger as he’s the official opening act for legendary, yet shaky A Tribe Called Quest. As previously reported, the tour jumps off in September.

Rhymefest dates with A Tribe Called Quest:
9/1 – Detroit, MI – Chene Park
9/8 – Las Vegas, NV – Red Rock Beach
9/9 – Berkeley, CA – Berkeley Community Theatre
9/10 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern LG
9/13 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
9/15 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
9/16 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
9/17 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
9/20 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
9/22 – Washington DC – Love Nightclub
9/23 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
9/24 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
9/25 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
9/28 – Atlantic City, NJ – House Of Blues
9/29 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
10/1 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom


Ludacris Hits The Road For “Release Therapy”

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LucacrisLudacris has announced his official tour dates in preparation for the release of his upcoming album Release Therapy. The Mouf of the South will hit the road in September, starting off at New Orleans’ Tulane University and running through to wrap up in Florida by mid-October.

Guests artists such as Juelz Santana, Yung Joc, Shareefa and Bobby Valentino are scheuled to appear on select dates.

Release Therapy is scheduled to drop September 26 and features the lead single “Money Maker.”

Ludacris Official Site 

AUDIO: “Money Maker” Windows|Real

Ludacris official tour dates:

9/1/06 – New Orleans, LA – Tulane University
9/7/06 – Arlington, TX – Maverick Stadium (with Shareefa)
9/15/06 – Washington, DC – Love Nightclub
9/16/06 – Hampton, GA – Atlanta Motor Speedway
9/17/06 – St. John’s, NF – Mile One Stadium (with Juelz Santana)
9/22/06 – Champaign, IL – Assembly Hall – U of IL (with Yung Joc)
9/29/06 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
10/5/06 – Clemson, SC – Little John Coliseum (with Yung Joc)
10/6/06 – Pleasantville, NY – Pace University
10/7/06 – Winston-Salem, NC – LVJM Coliseum (with Yung Joc)
10/13/06 – Orlando, FL – TD Waterhouse Centre (with Bobby Valentino & Shareefa)

06 Charts, Top Songs And UK Top 10

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Lyfe JenningsOn our Hip-hop/R&B Charts summary this week, Lyfe Jennings rises to the top, Christina Aguilera pulls double duty, Obie Trice needs a drink and Cherish gets some love. Get the scoop…

And for our Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs list, pick-of-the-week props go to Sean Paul, Corinne Bailey Rae, Snoop Dogg, Psalm One, Randevyn, Angela Johnson, Jiva, Lyfe Jennings and more. More…

We especially like the UK’s Top 10 according to Funkbase Playlist:

  1. Next – Just Tonight
  2. Baby James ft Yunsta – Posted
  3. Rihanna – Happy Day
  4. Johnta Austin ft Jadakiss – Turn It Up (Remix)
  5. Joy Denalane ft Lupe Fiasco – Change
  6. A West – Grown & Sexy
  7. Mic Little ft Neyo – Put It In A Letter
  8. Boyz II Men – Boo’d Up
  9. Solange – Bring It On Home
  10. Brick & Lace – Get That Clear

Also, check out extensive chart info.

Special thanks to Wayne C McDonald for the Funkbase list!


Beyonce’s Daddy Responds To B’Day Rumors

by MWord ·

BeyonceMatthew Knowles, father and manager to Beyonce recently came out in defense of his daughter and the rampant rumors regarding lackluster response to her new album, B’Day, alleged beef with Barbadian upandcomer Rihanna and an online petition.

“It is apparent that there is a consistent plan by some to create chaos around Beyonce’s B’Day album release on Sept 5 in the US,” pappa bear growled in a widely released statement. “First, it was a petition against the single, “Deja Vu”, then a rumor regarding conflict between Beyonce and Rihanna, seizures caused by the “Ring the Alarm” video, putting out a single to compete with LeToya’s album and now to add to all the ridiculous rumors, is my plan to postpone the release of her B’Day album. What will be next? Beyonce’s cut off all her hair? Dyed it green? Maybe she’s singing the songs in reverse with some hidden subliminal message!

Knowles then attacked the Internet as a haven of unfounded rumors, gossip and straight out lies. Duh. Some people think this is a strange waste of energy seeing as Beyonce is an international megaster. Can’t she be a woman and speak for herself? We think there’s much more to this… that these rumors have touched a nerve and unfortunately Beyonce can’t take the heat so her daddy had to step in. Here’s the rest of this bizarro statement.

“Unfortunately what it shows is that anyone can go on the internet and create rumors and the media in some cases will pick up these stories and run with them which influence the consumer’s perception.

Beyonce has sold over a 140 million records as an artist. Over half sold outside of America. 2500 responses for a petition on the internet (which really represents often the same people responding 2-3 times) go online with a petition regarding “Deja V u”, and it’s national news? Think about that for a minute. 140 million records sold versus 2500 responses about a video. Does that really equate to a major concern? The answer is No!

I couldn’t be happier with where “Deja Vu” is on the charts. It’s a Top 10 song on Billboard 100 and #1 on this week’s R&B charts. Mid week numbers in the UK is trending at #1 for the “Deja Vu” single for this week. Records have broken in Japan regarding ringtone sales of “Deja Vu.” It is one of the most ever streamed videos at Yahoo. “Ring The Alarm” was added to TRL on its first day of airing and it is on the R&B charts this week which gives Beyonce two singles on the charts at the same time.

Our plan is to have three singles on the charts together. For this album we have a unique strategy. Rather than concern ourselves with purely chart positioning we are focusing on the combine audiences who are listening and are aware of the singles on the album. That strategy is based on the combine belief of Beyonce, SonyBMG and Music World. This is unique, creative body of work on B’Day (spelling corrected B’Day) and every song is a potential single.

After all what do we know? Some weeklies reviewed “Independent Women” and gave it a “D-” and Beyonce’s first album “Dangerously in Love,” a “D”.

And just for the record, Beyonce’s success or failure for me is not based on the number of records she sells. For me it’s based on how proud I am that she is a genuine good person (Ask anyone who’s worked with her). That she always has a kind word for others. That she is respectful and honest. That she gives back to her community and that she has so much love for her family. That she has grown to be such a leader. And lastly, she has the confidence not to be bothered by these planned distractions.”

Thanks to Langston over at Think Tank for the heads up.