Archive for November, 2006

11.30
06

The Game Teams Up With Travis Barker For AOL Sessions

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The Game and Travis BarkerHe may not have the No. 1 album anymore, but The Game is still forging ahead by teaming up with former Blink 182 member Travis Barker for a hot AOL Music Session (see 60 second preview here).

Barker, with one fractured arm in a sling, acts as the music powerhouse behind Game’s Doctor’s Advocate lyrics as the two reinterpret the tunes from the set that opened at No. 1 last week. Ironically, well at least slightly, Barker’s new band +44 also bowed their new set, When Your Heart Stops Beating, at No. 10 last week as well.

Barker, currently on tour with his band, broke his arm wile shooting the lead video for the new release.

The Sessions performance is set to premiere December 1st on AOL. An audio version will also be available exclusively on iTunes on December 28th.

In related news, The Game, who has dubbed himself “the face of Los Angeles” is gearing up for a European tour set to kick off in Manchester on December 4 and hit other yet-to-be-confirmed major cities throughout the month.

Thanks to Matt Conway for the goods.

Photo courtesy AOL music 

11.30
06

Suge Knight Says Snoop Dogg Is A Narc

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Snoop DoggThe love affair between Suge Knight and Snoop Dogg rages on with the former calling Snoop out as a narc in the wake of yet another Snoop arrest for drugs and guns.

When asked his opinion why the rapper continues to avoid jail despite numerous arrests, the washed up mogul told the New York Post he believes Snoop is a police informant.

“Snoop is a rat,” Knight told Page Six. “He’s a police informer. This is the only guy who never goes to jail no matter what. I don’t like rats.”

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11.30
06

New Music: Nas, Ghostface, Danity Kane & More

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NasNasHip-Hop Is Dead will drop on December 19, but today you can check out its latest single “Black Republican” feat Jay-Z. Nas is promising to turn the hip-hop world on its head with this one… what else is new?
“Black Republican” feat Jay-Z.
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“Hip-Hop Is Dead”
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nas.defjam.com
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From Ghostface‘s upcoming More Fish comes  “You Know I’m No Good” featuring Amy Winehouse. …Fish, also released on Def Jam, will fry on December 12 and, as previously reported, follows up Fishscale, released earlier this year.

“You Know I’m No Good” featuring Amy Winehouse
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ghostface.defjam.com
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Danity Kane have officially released the latest single “Ride For You.”

http://streamos.atlrec.com/real/atlantic/danitykane/audio/rideforyou.ram

http://streamos.atlrec.com/wmedia/atlantic/danitykane/audio/rideforyou.wax

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From Planet Asia comes his latest single, “Thick Ropes,”  produced by Dilated People’s Evidence from Asia’s current album, The Medicine.

Planet Asia – “Thick Ropes”

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Also peep the VIDEO
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Coming to a store near you next week is the latest from Project Pat. Crook By The Book: The Fed Story is due December 5 and features Three 6 Mafia in the production booth, plus guest appearances from Beanie Sigel, Pimp C, Lyfe Jennings and Young Jeezy.

Project Pat – “Raised in the Projects”
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ProjectPat.net
MySpace.com/ProjectPat
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After the hype surrounding their banned hit “Vans,” the Bay Area’s The Pack are dropping an EP called Skateboards 2 Scrapers. The set includes the catchy single as well as their new track “I’m Shining.” No date set for the release of their debut album yet, but guests on the album include Too $hort, Keak da Sneak, Mr. F.A.B., Jody Breeze, and The Team. The hyphy teens are signed to Too $hort’s new label Up All Nite Music. The Pack – “I’m Shinin”

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http://www.thepackonline.com/

http://www.myspace.com/wolfpackmusik

http://www.upallnitemusic.com/

http://www.myspace.com/upallnitemusic

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Ever wondered how veteran parody genius Weird Al goes about making his thigh slapping videos? Check out the “Making of Weird Al’s White & Nerdy,” his hilarious parody of Chamillionaire’s “Ridin’ Dirty.”

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11.29
06

UGK Pushes Back “Kingz,” Lupe Fiasco Pushes Back Free Show

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UGKRap fans will have to wait a little longer for their mega-dose of UGK grime now that the southern rap pioneers have officially pushed back the release of their seventh album to February 27, 2007. The double set, U.G.K. Underground Kingz, was originally slated for a December 19, 2006 date.

The Houston duo of Bun B and Pimp C offers 26 new tracks on this one along with the live instrumentation that has helped make their sound legendary. Uber producers include Pimp C as well as Swizz Beatz, Scarface, Jazzy Pha and Lil Jon. Guests range from T.I., Rick Ross and Slim Thug to Sleepy Brown, Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane and more. The lead single, “The Game Belongs To Me,” was produced by Pimp C and will have an accompanying video released at the top of ’07.
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And speaking of free concerts, Lupe Fiasco, like Young Buck, has also hooked up with Cingular for the Flash Concerts 2006 series. Rescheduled from October, the concert will take place Thursday, December 7 at 8:30pm.

Fans can register to “Get in and Win” by sending the text message city code “PHI” to “FLASH” (35274). Registrants will receive alerts which will give them including: event details, exclusive free concert invites, VIP access, meet & greets and prizes. Text “PHI” to “FLASH” or visit your local Cingular Wireless store for more details.

11.28
06

DJ Clue Returns With “The Professional, Pt. 3″

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Almost six years have gone under the bridge since his last official album release, and now DJ Clue is returning with his follow-up to 2001′s The Professional, Pt. 2.

Due December 19 on Def Jam, The Professional, Pt. 3 boasts an impressive guest list that includes Juelz Santana, the Game, Mobb Deep, Remy Ma, Beanie Sigel, Snoop Dogg, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Jadakiss, Mike Jones and Paul Wall, Fat Joe, M.O.P., and more.

The set’s first single, “Like This” was co-written and produced by Kanye West, and features Kanye along with recent Def Jam signee Fabolous. The latter appeared on Clue’s Desert Storm imprint on two albums; 2003′s Street Dreams and 200′s Real Talk.

11.27
06

Beyonce To Perform In Princess Diana Tribute Concert

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BeyonceBeyonce is among a select group of entertainers who have been invited by the United Kingdom’s Princes William and Harry to mark the 10th anniversary of their mother Princess Diana’s death with a pop concert at London’s new Wembley Stadium.

Also on the list of performers is rock legend Sir Elton John, along with George Michael and Kylie Minogue.

Local performers as well as additional international superstars will be invited to take part.

The concert is rumored to be just one event to mark Diana’s passing, but nothing else has been confirmed yet.

An official announcement is slated for December 12.

Beyonce’s latest film, Dreamgirls, is slated to open December 25th, and will be promoted with an old-fashioned road show during mid December.

11.27
06

Big Boi Shoots Film, Guest Stars On “Girlfriends”

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Big BoiAfter turning in a solid performance in “Idlewild,” Outkast’s Big Boi is gearing up to hit both the big and small screens again.

The Atlanta emcee is currently shooting a starring role in the indie flick “Who’s Your Caddy?.”

In it Big Boi plays a rap mogul trying to join a conservative country club, and getting opposition from the board president.

Boi’s also slated to appear in three episodes of the popular sitcom “Girlfriends,” where he’ll play himself collaborating with Lynn (as played by Persia White) who writes a song he will perform. The show will air today (November 27) on the CW network.

11.27
06

Unarmed Groom, 23, Gunned Down In Hail Of NYPD Fire, Protests Ensue

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Sean BellThe Thanksgiving weekend was horribly marred by what many are calling an act of extreme police brutality. What should have been a holiday leading up to a joyous marriage turned into a tragedy for a Queens, New York family.

At 4 a.m. Saturday, Sean Bell, 23, was shot and killed in a hail of over 50 police bullets, witnesses and the authorities said. The murder happened outside the Kalua Cabaret, a strip club where Bell’s bachelor party was held. Bell was to marry his highschool sweetheart, Nicole Paultre, 22, that same day.

Two other men who were with Bell were also injured. Joseph Guzman, 31, was shot at least 11 times, and Trent Benefield, 23, who was hit three times. Both men were later handcuffed to their hospital beds despite the fact none of the three men were armed.

A number of protests and press conferences have been scheduled in the wake of this tragedy. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has called the incident “inexplicable.”

“Clearly they were victims, and at the moment, from what I know, there is no evidence whatsoever that they were doing anything wrong,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “Period.”

On Sunday Reverend Al Sharpton led a protest with a grief-stricken Paultre by his side, right outside the Mary Immaculate Hospital in Queens where the survivors struggled for their lives. Hundreds of angry mourners demanded justice, many counting to 50, the number of bullets that struck Bell.

Bell and Paultre have two daughters, 3 years old and 5 months old.

“We are here because this could have been us,” Sharpton said. “We’ve got to understand that all of us were in that car.”

11.27
06

News Bits: Jay-Z, Ruth Brown & Eminem

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Jay-Z wrapped up the promo blitz for his comeback album Kingdom Come while continuing to raise awareness of the water crisis in poor countries. Check out Sunday night’s “H 2 the IzzO” show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. Proceeds from the show go to PlayPumps International, which provides clean water to impoverished African neighborhoods.
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Grammy and Tony Award winning R&B pioneer Ruth Brown passed away recently (November 17.) in her Las Vegas home at the age of 78. The icon’s pioneering work helped establish Atlantic Records in the 50s and later she charmed millions with her work on Broadway. A memorial service will be held tommorrow (November 28) in Portsmouth, Virginia, and a public memorial concert is being planned for January 22 at New York City’s Town Hall.
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MTV.com’s The Leak is featuring Eminem‘s mixtape Eminem Presents: The Re-Up
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Check out AOL’s stream of Gwen Stefani‘s entire album, The Sweet Escape. Guests include Akon on the bananas title track.

http://www.gwenstefani.com/

http://www.myspace.com/gwenstefani

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Singer/songwriter Johnta Austin will headline an intimate concert at New York’s City’s Crash Mansion along with Chrisette Michele, Black Buddafly, and J Records‘ Emily King on Wednesday November 29. The show comes courtesy Singersroom Live! and will be taped and webcast on Singersroom.com’s SingTV. During the live taping, fans will have a chance to get up close and personal with the stars by engaging in conversation with the artists. For tickets/info on Singersroom Live! visit www.Singersroom.com/live.
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G-Unit’s Young Buck is slated to treat Miami fans to a free show on December 1 at The Mansion. Sponsored by Cingular Wireless, folks can register to “Get in and Win” by sending the text message city code “MIA” to “FLASH” (35274). Registrants will receive alerts which will give them including: event details, exclusive free concert invites, VIP access, meet & greets and prizes. Text “MIA” to “FLASH” or visit your local Cingular Wireless store for more details.

11.22
06

The Game Goes To No. 1

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The Game bigged up the West Coast on last night’s American Music Awards and this morning woke up to a No. 1 album.

The sophomore offering sold a healthy 358,000 copies.

Doctor’s Advocate is officially the week’s top selling album amidst stiff competition from huge names.

“Out of every musician here I’m number one this week, so that’s big for me,” he said.