Archive for April, 2007

04.30
07

Aretha Franklin To Hold Auditions For Her Autobiographical Stage Musical

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We usually don’t do posts like these, but hey it’s the Queen of Soul… if you’re looking for your big break, see the press below.

Aretha Franklin has announced the final call for auditions to be held for a
musical production based on her autobiography, “Aretha From These Roots.”
Open calls are scheduled to take place in her hometown of Detroit on May 1, May 2 and May 3, from 12 noon to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express located at 25100 Northwestern Highway (at Evergreen) in Southfield, Michigan. The production is tentatively planned to kick off in her hometown on March 2008.

The Queen of Soul will be involved in the casting process, choosing the
performers that will play herself at varying ages, (more…)

04.30
07

New Music: Diddy – “Last Night” Remix feat. Lil Kim & Busta Rhymes

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Diddy’s “Last Night” featuring Keyshia Cole has now been remixed with none other than Diddy’s old stomping buddy Lil Kim.

“The success of ‘Last Night’ has truly been a blessing,” says Diddy. “And you know I had to do a remix.”

Bussa Bus is also on the mix. If you haven’t heard it already check it out below.

AUDIO: Diddy “Last Night” feat. Lil Kim and Busta Rhymes Windows|Real 

04.26
07

Eve Gets Arrested For Drunken Driving

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Eve drummed up some publicity for her upcoming album by getting arrested for possibly driving under the influence.

The rapper-turned-semi actress crashed a Maserati on Hollywood Boulevard early this morning around  2:45 a.m.

Although she submitted to testing to determine her blood alcohol level, test results weren’t immediately available.

Booked on misdemeanor drunken driving and out on $30,000 bail, the Philly artist is scheduled for a May 17 court date.

Eve’s first album in five years is due in August.

04.26
07

Snoop Dogg Gets Rejected By Australia

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Dissed by yet another country, Snoop Dogg has been denied entry into Australia due to his mile long criminal record. Earlier this year, Dogg was forced to cancel gigs for his double headliner tour with Diddy when Britain refused to let him in the country.

The Doggfather was scheduled to co-host the MTV Australia Video Music Awards this week. However immigration officials canceled his visa in light of his numerous criminal convictions.

“He doesn’t seem the sort of bloke we want in this country,” Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews said.

Throughout the last year, the rapper has been arrested for a variety of offenses. Earlier this month, the Long Beach, California native was sentenced to five years’ probation and 800 hours of community service after pleading no contest to felony gun and drug charges.

04.25
07

New Rap/Hip-hop: Snoop Dogg, Alchemist, More

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Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg‘s The Big Squeeze drops this week and marks the first time Doggfather takes control of the production of an entire album. Working under the moniker Niggaracchi, the vet hosts fellow West Coast acts old and new.

Also new this week is the latest from Alchemist, an instrumental set called Rappers’s Best Friend. Alchemist’s fellow DJs should love this set which features previously unreleased tracks as well as work done for Mobb Deep, Jadakiss, Tony Yayo, Dilated Peoples and more.

Check for more April rap/hip-hop releases

04.24
07

New Video: Baby Boy da Prince “Naw Meen” feat. Mannie Fresh

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New Orleans gets repped on Baby Boy da Prince’s new video “Naw Meen” featuring Mannie Fresh.

The track comes from the album Across The Water which is in stores and legal download sites now.

VIDEO: “Naw Meen”

04.23
07

Simmons Calls For “Bitch,” “Ho” And “Ni**er” Ban From Rap Songs

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Russell Simmons has decided to jump on the Imus bandwagon and “recommended” the following words to be voluntarily removed from rap songs: bitch, ho, and ni**er.

As quoted in the Hollywood Reporter: “These three words should be considered with the same objections to obscenity as extreme curse words.”

This lame move comes decades too late in an industry he helped to build. Read the whole article.

04.23
07

New Music: Eve – “Tambourine”

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EveHere I Am is the upcoming album from rapper turned actress Eve. The rapper’s fourth album will be the long-awaited follow-up to her 2002 set Eve-Olution.

Due August 7th the set features production from Timbaland, Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz, Cool & Dre, Pharrell and Sean Paul.

Check out the lead single “Tambourine” produced by Swizz Beat. It’s catchy and strangely evocative of Will Smith’s “Switch.” What do you think?

AUDIO:
Eve – “Tambourine” Windows|Real

http://www.myspace.com/eve

04.20
07

An Interview With Brick And Lace

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Jamaican songstresses, Nyanda and Nailah Tharbourne, make up Brick and Lace. They are the first artists signed to Akon’s new label Kon Live but have been involved in music for years.

Nyanda and Nailah have written music for Paris Hilton, Nicole Sherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, and Janet Jackson and, recently, have sung backup for Lauryn Hill’s long-awaited second album. 

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04.19
07

Chris Brown Gives Us The “Exclusive,” Opens For Beyonce

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This Fall has been designated by Chris Brown as the best time to unleash his sophomore effort.

The 18 year-old enjoyed immense success with his self-titled 2005 debut, and is looking forward to even more with the upcoming Exclusive. The set’s high-powered production features contributions from will.i.am, the Underdogs, Scott Storch.

While waiting for the new album, fans can check Chris out in a new basketball flick called “Phenom” where he’ll play a high-school basketball star who competes against his father’s pro team in the NBA play-offs.

Brown will also open for Beyonce’s world tour starting April 21st in Australia.