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01.30
07

Wu-Tang Affiliates The Wisemen Prep Debut Album

by West ·

Hip-hop warriors and Wu-Tang affiliates, The Wisemen, are working on their debut album, Wisemen Approaching, scheduled to be released February 27.

The trio of Detroit natives Kevlaar 7, Phillie and Salute (the Kid) were brought together by producer Bronze Nazareth, who made a big splash on 2005′s Think Differently Music: “Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture.”

Guest appearances include GZA/Genius, Killah Priest, Vast Aire, Planet Asia and more, while the overall sound takes folks back to the “golden era of hip-hop.”

For more info visit: www.babygrande.net/wisemen, www.crackspace.com/wisemen, and www.babygrande.com. In the meantime, download “Iconoclasts” feat. Killah PriestT and Vast Aire (Cannibal Ox).

AUDIO: “Iconoclasts” feat. Killah PriestT and Vast Aire

01.22
07

Lil Wayne Sued By Promoters For Canceled Concert

by West ·

New Orleans rapper Lil’ Wayne is being sued by Florida promoters for allegedly canceling a show date and never rescheduling.

Citing $45,000 in damages, and more than $200,000 in lost profits, Tampa-based Nunoise Entertainment and Jahfari Promotions filed the suit Friday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court.

According to San Jose Mercury News, the promoters claim the artist also known as Lil Weezy signed a contract September 18 to perform at a Tampa nightclub on October 29, but the show never happened.

“He did miss a date, he admitted he missed a date, and he was supposed to make it up,” said the promoters’ attorney Marlowe Blake. “It’s a simple breach of contract type of matter.”

01.18
07

Nate Dogg Sues Suge Knight For $10 Million

by West ·

Ex Death Row Records rapper Nate Dogg has filed suit against Suge Knight for more than $10 million, claiming the label’s former CEO never paid him royalties.

Nate, real name Nathaniel Hale, claims that when he asked Knight for his money, he was “threatened with violence,” or lied to, according to The Smoking Gun.

Knight filed for bankruptcy last year in Los Angeles’ U.S. District Court. Nate was not listed as a creditor in the Chapter 11 petition and seeks to make it impossible for Knight to erase his debts to him.

Nate, famous for his singing approach to rap, is cousin to Snoop Dogg and a member of 213, the trio comprising the two Doggs along with childhood friend Warren G.

01.17
07

Diddy Holds Auditions For Next Big Boy Band

by West ·

Diddy recently announced open call auditions for his next installment in the popular MTV series Making The Band. With “Making The Band 4,” the Didster will scour the country for male candidates for his next venture. Last season’s “Making the Band 3,” saw the girl group, Danity Kane, rocket into pop stardom.

Auditions will be held in Los Angeles, Houston, Orlando, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and New York City beginning today, January 17th.

For those interested in auditioning but unable to travel to any of these cities, Diddy is also offering the opportunity to upload their audition video to Makingtheband.mtv.com. There viewers will vote for their favorite candidates.

Voters have until January 27th to pick their favorites. From there, 25 candidates will move on to round two, where they’ll be required to upload a dance audition.  Round Two voting ends on February 6th after which 3 finalists will win the opportunity to audition in person for Diddy.

Open call audition dates and locations are:

LOS ANGELES:
DATE:  Wednesday 1/17 – Open Call
TIME:  Line forms at 6 am, Open call begins promptly at 8 am
LOCATION: KNITTING FACTORY
7021 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

HOUSTON
DATE:  Saturday 1/20
TIME:  Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am
LOCATION: MERIDIAN
1503 Chartres St.
Houston, TX 77003

ORLANDO
DATE: Tuesday 1/23
TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am
LOCATION: CLUB PARIS
122 W. Church St.
Orlando, FL 32801

ATLANTA
DATE: Saturday 1/27
TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am
LOCATION: VERVE LOUNGE
511 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

CHICAGO
DATE: Tuesday 1/30
TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am
LOCATION: CLUB 720
720 North Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60622

DETROIT
DATE: Saturday 2/3
TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am
LOCATION: PLAN B
205 W. Congress
Detroit, MI 48226

NEW YORK
DATE: Tuesday 2/6
TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am
LOCATION: BLVD
199 Bowery (at Spring St)
New York, NY 10002

01.4
07

New Mario Movie Gives Youth A Chance To “Be Heard”

by West ·

Based on a true story, and starring R&B crooner Mario, the film “Freedom Writers” focuses on the challenges young people face every day, including peer pressure, personal inspiration, motivation, ethics, oppression, morals, tolerance, racism, youth, anti-violence and more.

YouTube has created a group called Be Heard that allows users to view and create their own videos related to these subjects as well as participate in discussions.

The flick opens January 12th. In the meantime, check out the links below.

Be Heard: Mario on Getting Into His Character
Be Heard: Mario on Emotions During Filming
Be Heard: What My Family Went Through

Common’s performance of “Dream” from Freedom Writers

“Freedom Writers” movie trailer:
Windows|Real|Quicktime

01.4
07

Wyclef Jean Announced As “Roving Ambassador” Of Haiti

by West ·

Wyclef Jean is finally being honored for his unceasing efforts to improve the quality of life for the youth and families in his native Haiti.

The troubled country’s president, Rene Preval, has appointed Jean as an official “roving ambassador.” The title recognizes the fact that the producer/performer has already done so much to shed light on the many challenges the poor nation faces.

“We wish we could have several Wyclefs as roving ambassadors because the country could have gained so much,” Foreign Affairs Minister Renald Clerisme told Reuters.

The nation has been plagued by rashes of kidnappings-for-ransom and Jean became a victim in a round about way recently when one of his employee,  a journalist by the name of Bidthlerson Brutus, was snatched and held for ransom.

In a demonstration of how much respect Jean’s garnered in Haiti, the employee was later released when it came to light who his boss was.

01.4
07

Unpaid Debt Forces Whitney Houston To Auction Clothes And Gear

by West ·

whitneyhoustonpubAfter losing her Atlanta home to foreclosure, Whitney Houston is facing even more money woes with the forced auction of her personal belongings.

New Jersey’s Speed of Sound storage company recently won the right to sell off Houston’s old tour equipment and other belongings in order to pay a debt. The company claims Houston’s company, Nippy Inc, owed an estimated $200,000 in unpaid bills since May 2005.

Loot includes dozens of outfits, including sequinned Dolce & Gabbana bustiers, a fake leopardskin hat and four velvet bodysuits monogrammed with the initials WH. Many of the clothes, including costumes by Versace, Bob Mackie and Giorgio Armani, have been in storage since Houston’s My Love is Your Love tour in 1999.

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12.26
06

James Brown To Lie In State At Apollo Theater, Funeral Scheduled For Saturday

by West ·

James BrownThe body of the legendary James Brown will lie in state at the “world famous” Apollo Theater in Harlem for fans to have one last look at the man who forever changed popular music.

The theater was where the music icon made his debut more than forty years ago, and is a fitting place for Brown to make his last appearance.

“His greatest thrill was always the lines around the Apollo Theater,” said Al Sharpton, a long time friend of Brown. “I felt that James Brown in all the years we talked would have wanted one last opportunity to let the people say goodbye to him and he to the people.”

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12.19
06

Bow Wow Throws Celebrity Look-a-like Contest

by West ·

To celebrate his new album, The Price of Fame, Bow Wow has gotten together with Photobucket.com for a look-a-like contest.

To enter, anyone who thinks they look like the teen rapper or any other celebrity, can send in their photo and the name of the star they look like to bowwowphotos@gmail.com.

Bow Wow will then pick the best entries and make them into a slideshow which will be featured on his MySpace.com page (www.myspace.com/bowwow.) The slideshow will be powered by Photobucket.com.

Two grand prize winners will also receive a copy of The Price of Fame, signed by Bow Wow himself. The contest will run until January 13, 2007.

As previously reported, the new album, released December 19, finds Bow talking about matters close to his heart.

“Now that I’m older, there are things that I can talk about,” said Bow. “Finally I’ve gotten the green light to talk about what I’ve wanted to talk about for so many years. It’s definitely a real rap album. I’ve stepped up lyrically. I want to become known as more of a lyricist, I want to prove I am more than a heart-throb.”

12.18
06

Will Smith Film Finds “Happyness” With $27 Million

by West ·

Actor/rapper Will Smith has proven himself, once again, to be a box office Midas with his latest movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” grabbing the No. 1 spot on the North American boxoffice and raking in an estimated $27 million.

The impressive numbers also helped parent studio, Sony, to make history. The flick took the studio to a domestic boxoffice record with year-to-date grosses exceeding $1.573 billion, more than any studio ever in a single year.

The heartwarming film is based on the true story of struggling salesman Chris Gardner (Smith) who despite being homeless along with his young son (played by real-life son Jaden), manages to overcome the odds and better their lives. Gardner, who appeared on last week’s Oprah is now a multi-millionaire.

The tear-jerker that has been nominated for two Golden Globes and is generating Oscar buzz for Smith’s performance.