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October 31, 2000
Funny man Bernie Mac is in negotiations to star in the Warner Bros.' film Ocean's
Eleven. The film is a remake of the 1960 movie, Rat Pack, which starred Sammy
Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Peter Lawford. The new film stars Don Cheadle,
George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Matt Damon. Ocean's Eleven is scheduled to hit
theatres in December 2001. Bernie Mac is also scheduled to appear in Martin Lawrence and
Danny Devito's film, What's the Worst That Could Happen, which hits theatres in
April. He also recently signed with Fox Broadcasting to star in a family comedy series
scheduled to air next fall. He has had recurring roles on the television sitcoms Moesha
and The Wayans Bros. Bernie Mac is also part of the highly successful comedy tour
and movie, The Original Kings of Comedy, along with D.L. Hughley, Steve Harvey, and
Cedric "The Entertainer."
Bernie Mac to Star in "Ocean's Eleven"
Flesh-N-Bone Hit With Two More Years
Bone thugs-n-harmony member Stanley "Flesh-N-Bone" Howse was
sentenced to serve two more years in prison on Monday. The sentencing stems from Howse
pleading no contest as part of a plea bargain in September to the felony charge of
possessing an illegal gun. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on January 3rd
when Flesh arrived at the home of several family members allegedly carrying a shotgun. He
was arrested after he refused to leave the house and was accused of making terrorist
threats. He was also arrested because he was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
The sentence will run concurrent with his 11 year stint, which was rendered on September
The aforementioned charges stem from a December 26th incident in which the rapper
brandished an AK-47 out of a baby crib, inserted a magazine, and pointed the gun at his
"friend" Tarrance Vickers after an argument ensued between Howse and Vickers'
brother, Fred Nelson. Flesh then ordered the two to leave the house. Howse was convicted
on June 15th of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and being an ex-convict in
possession of gun. He was sentenced to ten years for assault and weapons charges and one
year for a probation violation.
After the sentence, Flesh addressed the court, stating, "I am sorry for my
wrongdoings and accept responsibility for these crimes. I understand that the nature of
these crimes makes me appear to be a violent person but I am not a violent person."
In related news, Flesh-N-Bone's sophomore album, Fifth Dog Let Loose, is currently
ranked at number 114 on Soundscan. The album's photos were taken while he was
October 30, 2000
Kimberly Mathers, the wife of rapper Eminem, was sentenced to serve 11
months probation and fined $50 after she plead guilty to disorderly conduct on Tuesday in
the 37th District Court in Warren, Michigan. The charges stem from her arrest on June 4th
when she verbally assaulted police officers as they took her husband into custody after he
allegedly assaulted a man that he witnessed kissing his wife. Kim was charged for
interfering with authorities, while a disturbing the peace charge was dropped. As part of
her probation, Mathers was ordered to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous orientation meeting
on Wednesday night and to stay away from using drugs and alcohol. Eminem has since filed
for divorce from Mathers. He was charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon
and one count of carrying a concealed weapon in the incident. Eminem is currently awaiting
trial for the two felony charges.
Kim Mathers Receives Probation
Ol' Dirty Bastard Skips Rehab
A bench warrant was issued for hip hop star Ol' Dirty Bastard of the
Wu-Tang Clan on October 17th after he ran away from a drug treatment facility. He escaped
while he was being transported from the Impact House rehabilitation facility in Pasadena,
California to the Los Angeles Criminal Courthouse to discuss his treatment program with
the judge. A "no bail" warrant was issued for the rapper whose real name is
Russell Jones. The rapper had been living at the Impact House since June after serving six
months for a probation violation. Los Angeles Deputy District Attorny said, "He's
probably looking at prison time. We're looking at whether he is suitable for probation,
and based upon his actions thus far, in my opinion, he's not. We don't have many choices
In related news, Wu-Tang Clan will release their third album, The W, on November
21st. The album features collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Redman, Nas, and Isaac Hayes.
Here is the album's tracklisting:
1. Intro (Jah World)
2. Chamber Music
3. Careful (Click, Click)
4. Hollow Bones
5. Conditioner (featuring Snoop Dogg)
6. Intermission (Jah World)
7. The Monument (featuring Busta Rhymes)
8. Do You Really (Thang, Thang)
9. One Blood (featuring Junior Reid)
10. Let My Niggas Live (featuring Nas)
11. Gravel Pit
12. Shaolin Finger Jab
13. Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)
14. Redbull (featuring Redman);
15. I Can't Go to Sleep (featuring Isaac Hayes)
October 28, 2000
Ali, the feature film based on the life of former heavyweight boxing
champion, Muhammad Ali, is up and fighting after nearly being cancelled. The film, which
will star Will Smith, exceeded its $105 million budget. Michael Mann, director of the
film, and producer Jon Peters, were in negotations last week with Sony's Columbia Pictures
to save the movie. Under the latest agreement, Columbia will now cover less than half of
the budget, while the Initial Entertainment Group will finance $65 million of the project
in exchange for foreign rights to the film. According to Daily Variety, Smith,
Mann, and Peters also agreed to cover cost overruns and cut several days of the film's
shooting in New York. Columbia Pictures issued a statement saying, "We are pleased
that we could successfully work with all involved--Will Smith, Michael Mann, Jon Peters
and our foreign partner IEG--to reach an understanding that will allow a great actor and a
talented director to team up and tell the story of one of the best-known men in the
world." The film is scheduled to start filming in January. In related news, Smith has
also signed on to star in the sequel to his blockbuster film, Men in Black.
"Ali" Recovers from Knockout Blow
Limp Bizkit Rocks Soundscan
Limp Bizkit took control of Soundscan this week as their latest album, Chocolate
Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water, debuted platinum, selling 1,054,511 copies. Ja
Rule's sophomore album, Rule 3:36, came in second, followed by Nelly's Country
Grammar. Ludacris placed fourth as his debut album, Back for the First Time,
sold 133,528 copies. The album features UGK, Pastor Troy, Foxy Brown, and Trina. Creed
closed out the top five this week with their album, Human Clay.
Baha Men's Who Let the Dogs Out came in sixth, while Mystikal's Let's Get Ready
placed seventh, selling another 110,133 units. 98º placed eighth this week with their
fourth album, Revelation, followed by Madonna's Music. 3 Doors Down closed
out Soundscan's top ten with their album, Better Life.
October 27, 2000
Director Spike Lee has signed a one-year development deal with Studios USA
to create several television programs. The agreemnt calls for Lee to develop and executive
produce drama series as well as comedies. He is also expected to direct pilot episodes of
any scripts greenlit for production. Lee's latest film, Bamboozled, harshly
criticizes the negative stereotypes of African Americans on television. He told the Daily
Variety, "I've always wanted to do television. It's a frontier I've never been
able to crack. There's a whole wide world outside of the sitcom, and it seems like
African-Americans are ghettoized in (TV sitcoms). I don't think sitcoms should be blown
off, but I'd love to go in a different direction.''
Spike Lee Set to Bamboozle Television
Lee's first project will probably be a drama. He stated that the general paucity of
black-themed dramas and black drama stars on network TV stems from a fear by network
executives that such projects won't appeal to the mainstream. "Executives in
television, and in the feature business, think that the white masses are more accepting of
black people in comedy roles than in something a little more challenging," said Lee.
"There's a vast underestimation of the audience.''
Studios USA programming president David Kissinger said he applauded Lee's stern opposition
of how African-Americans are portrayed in television. He told the Daily Variety,
"I think the criticism of our business is richly deserved. While Bamboozled
paints a portrait that's intentionally extreme and brutal, its point is well taken. What I
admire about Spike is the statement that he made upon signing with us: He's willing to put
himself in the arena and not just stand on the sidelines carping. It's no coincidence here
that Spike is very publicly turning his attention to TV right after putting out a movie
that excoriates us.''
Lee will also remain heavily involved in whatever projects that emerge from the deal.
"Anything that has my name on it I care deeply about, and I'm not going to phone it
in,'' said Lee. Kissinger added, "He knows there's an enormous amount of talent at
work in this medium. He wants to be a part of that." Studios USA is the company
behind such shows as "Law & Order'' and "Jerry Springer.''
Scary Spice Involved in Custody Dispute
Spice Girl Mel B/Scary Spice is currently engaged in a child visitation
dispute with her estranged husband Jimmy Gulzar. The couple initially agreed that Gulzar
would be allowed to visit their daughter, Phoenix Chi, every other weekend. However,
Gulzar's lawyers are now trying to obtain visitation privileges for every Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday and at all times when the singer is away. Justice Coleridge of
Britain's High Court's Family Division is expected to make a decision next week, while the
couple's divorce is scheduled to be finalized in November.
In related news, Melanie B's solo album,Hot, debuted in the U.K. this week at
number 28. The Spice Girls will also release their third album, Forever, on
November 7th. The album's lead off singles, "Holler" and "Let Love Lead the
Way," will be released next week. Here is the track listing for Forever:
2. Tell Me Why
3. Let Love Lead The Way
4. Right Back At Ya
5. Get Down With Me
6. Wasting My Time
7. Weekend Love
8. Time Goes By
9. If You Wanna Have Some Fun
October 26, 2000
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has just signed an exclusive
multi-year, multi album recording contract as a solo artist with Arista Records.
Babyface previously inked a deal with Arista president and longtime friend and
collaborator Antonio "L.A." Reid to form his own label, Nu America Music. L.A.
and Babyface formed the successful label, LA Face in 1989, which spawned such stars as
Toni Braxton, TLC, Usher, and OutKast. Reid expressed his happiness with the deal by
stating, "Having worked alongside Kenny for all these years, I know that an artist of
his substance comes along once in a musical generation. The successful track record he has
built up to this point is just a prelude of what's to come as he joins the Arista
Family." Babyface previously recorded on Sony's Epic Records. He released the
following statement as a reason for the departure. "The freedom to pursue my musical
interests, in whatever directions they may take me, has always been and continues to be
extremely important to me. L.A. is both an intuitive businessman and a rare executive who
understands how to nurture a comfortable and productive environment for the artists he
works with, and I have always treasured his sensitivity." In related news, the
renowned balladeer will release Babyface: Collection of His Greatest Hits: on
November 14th. The collection will be his last release on Epic Records and will include
such hits as "Whip Appeal," "Where Will You Go," and "For the
Cool in You." The album also features three new songs, "Reason for
Breathing," When Men Grow Old, and "Change the World." An accompanying DVD
of his video collection will also hit stores on December 5th. Here is the track listing
for Babyface: Collection of His Greatest Hits:
Babyface Signs to Arista Records
1. For the Cool in You
2. It's No Crime
3. Whip Appeal
4. Never Keeping Secrets
5. Every Time I Close My Eyes
6. When I Can See You
7. Reason for Breathing
8. This Is for the Lover in You -- featuring LL Cool J and former Shalamar members Harold
Hewett, Jody Watley, and Jeffrey Daniels
9. How Come, How Long -- featuring Stevie Wonder
10. Change the World -- with Eric Clapton
11. I Love You Babe
12. Soon as I Get Home
13. Where Will You Go
14. When Men Grow Old
Natalie Cole to Release Autobiography
Songstress Natalie Cole is scheduled to release her autobiography,
"Angel on My Shoulder" on November 14th. The book details the singer's life
growing up as the daughter of legendary crooner Nat King Cole and becoming a star in her
own right. It tells of the soulful singer's Grammy Award-winning accolades as well as her
triumphant overcoming of drug abuse and bankruptcy. NBC is also shooting a television
movie about the diva entitled, "The Natalie Cole Story." The movie will be based
on "Angel on My Shoulder" and is scheduled to air on December 10th. Actress
Theresa Randle will portray the younger Natalie, while Cole plays herself in the later
years. She is also executive producing the film. Diahann Carroll will play her mother and
James McDaniel plays her "Unforgettable" father. "The Natalie Cole
Story" will be directed by Robert Townsend.
October 25, 2000
Legendary radio personality Frankie Crocker died on Saturday at the age of
63 in Miami, Florida. He had been sick for several weeks and was previously diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer. Crocker, who was also known as "Hollywood," "Chief
Rocker," and the "Love Man," is credited with introducing the "urban
contemporary" format to radio by playing R&B, jazz, disco, and adult
contemporary. The veteran DJ was highly responsible for making WBLS the number one radio
station in New York during the 70s and 80s. Crocker also previously hosted the television
music programs "Solid Gold" and "Friday Night Videos." In addition, he
was one of the original VH-1 veejays and a former host at the Apollo Theatre. Crocker
appeared in several movies as well, including Cleopatra Jones and Five on the
Black Hand Side. He was working for WRKS in Miami, Florida at the time of his death.
He is survived by his mother Frances.
Radio Personality Frankie Crocker Succumbs to Cancer
T-Boz Delivers Baby Girl
TLC's Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins gave birth to her first child on
Friday. The singer married rapper Mack 10 in August. The couple named their daughter
Chase. Chase is T-Boz's first child while Mack 10 also has a son and a daughter from a
previous relationship. In related news, Mack 10's fourth album, The Paper Route, is
currently ranked at number 103 on Soundscan. The album's first single, "Tight To
Def," also features T-Boz. T-Boz also has two solo singles that are currently tearing
up the airwaves. "Wanna Take Me Back" is featured on the Backstage
soundtrack while "My Getaway" is the first single from the film soundtrack Rugrats
in Paris The Movie.
October 24, 2000
Political Activist Rev. Al Sharpton and Dave Mays, CEO of The Source
magazine, will host a hip hop summit on October 30th at the National Action Network (NAN)
Headquarters in Harlem from 9 a.m. 1p.m. The forum will be attended by hip hop
luminaries Russell Simmons, Master P, and Queen Latifah. Music executives Sylvia Rhone,
Jimmy Iovine, and Steve Rifkind will also take part in the meeting. The meeting seeks to
mend fences that were broken after violence erupted during The Source Awards in
August. According to a press release, the summit seeks to "develop a formal code of
conduct to be embraced by the global hip-hop community. Together, the participants will
establish a national initiative to address typecasting and profiling of the hip-hop
community. Organizers of the summit are concerned with the current climate of hip-hop, and
believe that media typecasting of the culture is taking away from the positive power that
hip-hop possesses to influence both social and political change."
Al Sharpton & Dave Mays to Host Hip Hop Summit
Who Else Will Capitalize on the Deaths of Pac and B.I.G.?
Jon Sheinberg and Beaux Carson are putting together a feature film on the
lives of slain hip hop legends Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. The movie is
scheduled to be called Record Wars and will be based on two books, "The
Killing of Tupac Shakur" and "The Murder of Biggie Smalls." The books were
written by Cathy Scott. The project will be developed under Sheinberg's newly formed
management, packaging, and production venture, the Machine. Carson was added to the
project as a senior partner. "The Killing of Tupac Shakur" was published by
Huntington Press, while "The Murder of Biggie Smalls" is scheduled to be
published by St. Martin's Press. The books allegedly contain extensive research into the
lives and deaths of both rap artists. Scott was an investigative reporter for the Las
Vegas Sun when Shakur was killed and covered both murders for the newspaper.
October 23, 2000
Jay-Z is gearing to release his fifth album, The Dynasty, on
Halloween. The album features production by The Neptunes, Just Blaze, Rick Rock, and
Rockwilder. With two singles from the project already commanding the airwaves, "Just
Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" and "Parking Lot Pimpin,'" Jigga recently
hollered about his latest opus. "It's one of the most personal and powerful albums
for myself," said Jay-Z. "I don't like to compare my albums, but I'd say it's a Reasonable
Doubt Part 2. It's a trip back there. Instead of one "Regrets," we got four.
The only thing that it doesn't have that Reasonable Doubt has is the pure rawness
of being directly in the street. Reasonable Doubt was told from the aspect of being
directly from the street. But this one here has better songs, better structure, and hotter
Jay-Z Prepares the World for "The Dynasty"
The Dynasty also features collaborations with Scarface, Snoop Dogg, and R. Kelly as
well as members of the "Rock La Familia," Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, and Amil.
Jay also pointed out that the album's title had nothing to do with the 80's television
show bearing the same title. "I don't want people to think because I named this album
The Dynasty, that I'm talking about Blake Carrington, a bunch of suits, and things
like that. I'm talking about having a business, a strong business that's gonna be around
for years and years to come, so my kids' kids will have something, a company left to
Here is the tentative track listing for The Dynasty:
2. Change the Game
3. Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)
4. Streets Is Talking
5. This Can't Be Life (feat. Scarface)
6. Get Your Mind Right Mami (feat. Snoop Dogg)
7. Stick 2 the Script
8. You, Me, Him and Her
9. Guilty Until Proven Innocent (feat. R. Kelly)
10. Parking Lot Pimpin'
13. The R.O.C.
14. Soon You'll Understand
15. Squeeze 1st
16. Where Have You Been
Ja Rule Murders Soundscan
The hip hop world showed its dominance over the music industry this week as
it took the top three spots on Soundscan. Ja Rule debuted at number one as his sophomore
album, Rule 3:36, sold 275,985 copies. Nelly came in second, teaching musical
courses in Country Grammar, while Mystikal placed third as Let's Get Ready,
sold another 134,210 units. Creed's Human Clay placed fourth as 98º closed out the
top five with their fourth album, Revelation.
Madonna placed sixth with her latest album, Music followed by Baha Men's Who Let
the Dogs Out. 3 Doors Down took the eighth position as their album, Better Life,
sold 94,320 copies. Eminem came in ninth with The Marshall Mathers LP, while
Radiohead closed out Soundscan's top ten with their album Kid A. E- 40, M.O.P, and
Changing Faces also made impressive debuts this week. E-40's Loyalty & Betrayal
placed at number 18 while M.O.P.'s Warriorz came in at 25. Changing Faces' Visit
Me charted at number 46.
October 21, 2000
Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali filed a lawsuit against a
New York City-based clothing company on Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles
Superior Court and claims that Active Apparel Group Inc. used his name and signature to
market and sell athletic clothing without his consent. Ali is asking for all gross profits
made by the sale of the unauthorized merchandise as well as punitive damages. He is also
asking the court to bar Active Apparel from using his name and likeness without his
approval. Ali has a licensing deal with a Michigan-based company, G.O.A.T. Inc., which is
a -co-plaintiff in the case. The lawsuit is asking for more than $1 million in damages.
Muhammad Ali Battles Clothing Company
In related news, Ali, the biopic about the former heavyweight champion was
indefinitely put on hold this week. The film, which is scheduled to star Will Smith, has
reportedly exceeded its $105 million budget. Michael Mann, director of the film, is
currently negotiating with the movie's executives to see if the film can be saved.
MP3.com Makes Amends
MP3.com is scheduled to resume its online music distribution services after
reaching a licensing agreement worth up to $30 million with the National Music Publishers'
Association and its licensing subsidiary, the Harry Fox Agency. Under the three-year
proposal, MP3.com will pay $30 million for digital access to about 80,000 compact discs
for subscribers who want to listen to their music collections while online and away from
home. MP3.com will then collect royalties of one quarter cent from customers for each song
they listen to by using the service. The customer must also pay a one-time fee per track
for each song they add to their file.
If the 25,000 members of the National Music Publishers' Association approve the agreement,
the deal would settle a copyright infringement lawsuit case that is pending in Manhattan
Federal court. The pact would also allow MP3.com to resume its online music service, which
was suspended in April. Edward Murphy, CEO of the National Music Publishers' Association,
said, "It's extremely important. We're hopeful that we're able to set aside the
lawsuit and set up a pattern of payment from an industry that we haven't had any payment
from with regard to this type of use."
October 20, 2000
Jive Records is scheduled to release the album, Platinum Christmas, on
November 14th. The album will feature Christmas songs sung by such artists as R. Kelly,
Britney Spears, N'SYNC, and the Backstreet Boys. The album includes such Christmas
classics as "Silent Night" sung by Christina Aguilera and "This
Christmas" by R&B sensation Joe. Original recordings include Monica's "My
Grown Up Christmas List" and N'SYNC's "I Don't Want to Spend One More Christmas
Without You." The album also features Arista Records' artists including Whitney
Houston, Pink, and Donnell Jones. Platinum Christmas also includes TLC's
"Sleighride" and Toni Braxton's "The Christmas Song," which were
previously featured on the 1993 Yuletide compilation A La Face Family Christmas. In
related news, R. Kelly is scheduled to release his fifth album, TP-2.Com, on
November 7th. Here is the track listing for Platinum Christmas: Britney Spears -
"My Only Wish (This Year)"
Jive Records to Release a "Platinum Christmas"
N'SYNC - "I Don't Want to Spend One More Christmas Without You"
Backstreet Boys - "Christmas Time"
Christina Aguilera - "Silent Night"
Whitney Houston - "Who Could Imagine a King"
TLC - "Sleighride"
Toni Braxton - "The Christmas Song"
Santana - "Posada (Pilgrimage to Bethlehem)"
Monica - "My Grown Up Christmas List"
Joe - "This Christmas"
R. Kelly - "World Christmas"
Pink - "Give Love on Christmas Day"
Dave Matthews Band - "Christmas Song"
Donell Jones - "My Gift to You"
Dido - "Christmas Day"
Steps - "Merry Christmas Everybody"
U.S. Senate Approves Work for Hire
The U.S. Senate passed the Work for Hire and Copyright Corrections Act of
2000 in a unanimous vote on Thursday. The passing of the act now removes "sound
recordings" from the list of "works made for hire" under 1976's Copyright
Musicians from various organizations including the Artist Coalition, The National Academy
of Recording Arts & Sciences, and the American Federation of Musicians, started a
campaign before Congress in May to thwart efforts to change copyright laws from allowing
them to reclaim their master recordings after 35 years. In 1999, the The Recording
Industry of America (RIAA) inserted provisions in the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement
Act passed by Congress that made sound recordings, which are classified as "works for
hire," the property of the employer (record company), instead of the employee
(artist). The artists claimed that the amendment would prevent them from reclaiming their
master tapes beginning in 2013 and would have cost them millions.
The RIAA and representatives from the various artist groups came to an agreement over the
reclaiming of ownership of master tapes in August. Both sides agreed upon "neutral
language" that will "resolve the issue without prejudice." The RIAA then
recommended that sound recordings be excluded as one of the categories in "works for
hire" or delete the original amendment all together. Since Congress has now approved
the bill, it now awaits President Clinton's signature.
October 19, 2000
Crenshaw Boulevard's Caz recently dropped his debut album, Thundadome.
The deep-voiced MC has been sparking heads with his hit single "Pop Pop," which
features fellow Los Angeles native Jayo Felony. Thundadome features collaborations
with Ice-T, Kurupt, and Layzie and Krayzie Bone among others. Caz recently spoke about his new project and working with such highly established MCs. "A lot of
artist feel as if LA is theirs', but you can't mention Crenshaw without mentioning Caz.
You can't mention South Central without mentioning Caz. I mean when you look at my album
and you see all the heads that's on there. That's Caz! Not Money! That's Caz!
Caz Brings "Hoodsterism" to the Hip Hop Game
"I wanted my first joint to shake the industry up," added Caz. "I wanted it
to be Caz and Glass House Records in partnership with Serchlite presents It wasn't
so much a Caz album the first go round, but folks are realizing this kid Caz ain't no
joke. I'm swinging with the best of them. If it's Krayzie Bone, we going word for word. If
it's Kurupt, we going word for word. I'm a new kid. You normally gotta spend a million
dollars to get all them on an album like this."
Caz's album was distributed in partnership with Warlock Records and Serchlite Records,
which is owned by MC Serch from the hip hop group 3rd Bass. Caz said, "Serch sent me
a check to do two songs. I looked at the check and was like man, somebody's smoking some
dope. I can do three albums with this. And we literally ripped a whole album in a half.
Seventeen joints mixed and mastered for two songs."
MC Serch, who is also credited for signing Nas, added, "When see you that Serchlite
imprint on the back of an album, you know that shit is quality. That candle stands for hot
wax, which is what I always try and put out."
Caz also stated that he wants to change the title of "Gangsta" rap to
"Hoodsterism." "I ain't seen no gangstas rapping," says Caz. "I
know some gangstas, but they just ain't gone platinum. I see some rappers talking about
they gangsters. Rappers use to could say we only rapping about what we live. You can't use
that no more, dog. Look, we got Eminem rapping right along with us now. You got backpack
rappers that are now gangsta rappers now cause one thing didn't work and they cut their
dreads and talking, We only spitting about what we seeing, what we know, and what we
live through.' This game has changed. News bulletin to the world. We cannot use that title
anymore. I ain't hating though. Make your money. But at the same time. If we don't get a
handle on this, there ain't gonna be no realism left."
Not one to rest on his laurels, the West Coast rider is already working on his second
project, although Thundadome was only released last month. "The first thing
we're gonna do is a compilation called Cali's Finest," said Caz. "I was
real surprised that Warlock gave me the pass right away and I ain't even sold a record
yet. Cali's Finest is strictly for the brothers born and raised here. Not if you
was born in Detroit and then you coming over here throwing up the "W." We want
some folks that's been planted here. We gonna take it up a real serious notch, not just
brothers saying whatever. We did the whole deal in a month. We did a whole album in a week
and a half with all new guest artists. So what folks should be worried about is this album
sitting in the freezer just chilling."
Thundadome is laced with 16 tracks and also features collaborations with Bad Azz,
Rappin 4-Tay, and Shade Shiest. Battlecat also laced the project by supplying production
for several tracks. Here is the track listing for the album: Intro
2. Headnockas (featuring Layzie Bone)
3. Pop Pop (featuring Jayo Felony)
4. Look Out (featuring Sticky Fingaz and Rappin 4 Tay)
5. Nobody Luvz You (featuring C-Bo)
6. Big Caz (featuring Shade Shiest)
7. Money (featuring O and Gold)
8. Bring It (featuring MFS)
9. U a Thug (featuring Layzie Bone, Ice-T, and MFS)
10. All Nite (featuring Baby S)
11. Chedda (featuring Krayzie Bone and LV)
12. Flossin (featuring Battle Cat)
13. My City
14. Talking Loud (featuring Bad Azz)
15. Ride Wit Me (featuring Kurupt)
16. Take Me Home
Madonna Wins Domain Name
U.N. arbitrators announced Monday that they awarded pop superstar Madonna
her domain name. Madonna filed the complaint in July at the Geneva-based World
Intellectual Property Organization against businessman Dan Parisi, who was the first to
register the Internet address, madonna.com. Madonna argued that the site, which initially
carried pornography that was later removed, tarnished her name. A three-member panel at
WIPO, the United Nations copyright and intellectual property agency which runs an
arbitration system that evicts cybersquatters, ordered Parisi to transfer the site to
Madonna. The panel said Parisi, who is a Web site developer, had no trademark right to the
name "Madonna" and failed to prove legitimate interest in the Internet domain
name, which he had registered, in bad faith. WIPO noted that the singer had used her name
and trademark "Madonna" professionally since 1979. WIPO also said that this was
not the first cybersquatting case involving Parisi, who had registered domain names
including wallstreetjournal.com. A Cybersquatter is a person who registers famous names as
domains in the hopes of making a lucrative profit. WIPO's fast-track arbitration system
allows firms and individuals to avoid costly lawsuits in cases when mischief is obviously
involved or large amounts of money is at stake. WIPO has received more than 1,000 cases
related to disputed domain names since its arbitration system began last year. Decisions
have been made in more than half of the cases, some 80 percent of which went in favor of
October 18, 2000
Wyclef Jean will host the 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards on November 16th at
The Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. British sensation Robbie Williams was nominated for five
awards including "Best Pop Act," "Best Video," and "Best UK &
Ireland Act." Eminem received three nominations including "Best Album" for The
Marshall Mathers LP and "Best Hip Hop Act." The Backstreet Boys, Robbie
Williams, and the Spice Girls are among the artists scheduled to perform. The Backstreet
Boys were also nominated for "Best Pop Act" and "Best Group." The 2000
MTV Europe Music Awards winners will be chosen by MTV Europe viewers. Here is the complete
list of nominees:
Wyclef to Host 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards
Best Album :
Bon Jovi - Crush
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
Macy Gray - On How Life Is
Moby - Play
Travis - The Man Who
Best New Act:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Best Hip Hop:
Melanie C featuring Lisa "Lefteye" Lopes - "Never Be the Same Again"
Madonna - "Music"
Sonique - "It Feels So Good"
Britney Spears - "Oops ... I Did It Again"
Robbie Williams - "Rock DJ"
Blink 182 - "All the Small Things"
Foo Fighters - "Learn To Fly"
Moby - "Natural Blues"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Californication"
Robbie Williams - "Rock DJ"
Best UK & Ireland Act:
Best Dutch Act:
Best French Act:
Saïan Supa Crew
Best Nordic Act:
Best German Act:
Die Toten Hosen
Fünf Sterne Deluxe
Best Italian Act:
Paola E. Chiara
Best Polish Act:
Best Spanish Act:
Limp Bizkit Debuts New Album
Limp Bizkit will release their third album on Tuesday entitled, Chocolate
Starfish and The Hot Dog Flavored Water. The new album continues to successfully fuse
the band's energetic merger of rap and rock as shown by their well-received first single,
"Rollin'." The album also includes collaborations with Xzibit, Redman, Method
Man, and DMX. In addition, the band will also appear at The Virgin Mega Store in Times
Square tomorrow to sign autographs for their eager fans. Limp Bizkit kicks off their
"Anger Management Tour" on October 19th at the Continental Airlines Arena in
East Rutherford, New Jersey. The tour will also include performances by Xzibit, Eminem,
Papa Roach, and DMX. In related news, Xzibit is scheduled to release his third album,Restless,
on December 12th. The album features appearances by Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, King Tee, and
Dr. Dre. Dr. Dre also supplied beats for the album as did DJ Quik, Erick Sermon, Mel-Man,
Battlecat, and Rockwilder. Here is the current itinerary for the "Anger Management
10/19 East Rutherford, NJ Continental Airlines Arena
10/20 Rutherford, NJ Continental Airlines Arena
10/21 Buffalo, NY HSBC
10/23 Worchester, MA Centrum Arena
10/24 Albany, NY Pepsi Arena
10/26 Toronto, Canada Skytent
10/27 Montreal, Canada Molsen Center
10/29 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
10/30 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
10/31 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
11/2 Champaign, IL Assembly Hall
11/3 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Field House
11/5 Moline, IL Mark of the Quad Cities
11/6 St. Louis, MO Kiel Center
11/8 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
11/10 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
11/13 Tacoma, WA Tacomadome
11/14 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
11/15 Vancouver, Canada Pacific Coliseum
11/17 San Francisco, CA Cow Palace
11/18 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
11/20 San Diego, CA Las Vegas Sports Arena
11/21 Anaheim, CA The Pond
October 17, 2000
James A. Prince, President and CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records, recently released
a statement responding to being under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
for over twelve years. The statement also details the reason he enlisted the services of
California Congresswoman Maxine Waters to write a letter on his behalf to Attorney General
Janet Reno to stop the investigation. According to a publicist for Prince, Texas police
have tried to set the rap mogul up on trumped up drug charges several times, which were
"laughably" thrown out of court. Prince accuses the DEA of using
"Gestapo-type methods, creating crimes, and using criminal tactics" to denigrate
his multi-million dollar empire.
Rap-A-Lot President Speaks out Against the DEA
Further fueling the standoff between Prince and the DEA, Waters' letter caused Agent Jack
Schumacher, the lead investigator of Prince's case, to be demoted to a desk job for using
questionable procedures. In addition, Prince's letter states that the agent has killed at
least six people in the "line of duty." Most of the victims were people that
Schumacher was investigating, which causes Prince to fear for his life also.
Hip hop veteran Scarface who records for the label, further infuriated the DEA when he
mentioned several agents' names on his latest album, Last of a Dying Breed. He
proceeds to talk about the investigation on the track, "Look Into My Eyes."
Excerpts from the song read, : "But I can't get no peace / '40;Cause Schumacher's
been chasin' me / Tryin' to set me up, bustin' down my streets / Lockin' up my dog, to
see if he can catch me / But I don't sell no dope / Fuck the DEA / Fuck these
undercover that lock me up for weed / You can search me all you want to / But you won't
find no seeds / And I ain't fitting to snitch / Cause I don't know a thing / Don't ask
me shit about Steve / Don't ask me shit about J / I know you crackers pissed off / I can
see it in your eyes / I'm down with Rap-A-Lot till the day that I die."
Scarface also spits, "But now I must expose you / Tell my boys the truth / Listen up
my niggas / The FBI's been watching you / Especially if you Black and try to leave the
streets / And get off in the music / You see the way they doing me."
Last of a Dying Breed debuted at seventh on Soundscan last week and is believed to
be Scarface's retirement album. The album features collaborations with UGK, Too Short,
Daz, Kurupt, Jay-Z, Redman, and Devin The Dude. It is also believed that the issue made
its way into the press by law enforcement officials to hinder the sales of the album.
Scarface also recently became President of Def Jam South. Here are the letters written by
Prince and Waters:
STATEMENT BY JAMES A. PRINCE FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND CEO
James Prince, owner and president of the Houston's Rap-A-Lot Records, has issued the
following statement in response to the fact that law enforcement officers have recently
contacted members of the media for the purpose of attacking Mr. Prince and Congresswoman
Maxine Waters (Dem. CA). Among their claims, the officers say they are concerned that the
morale of all police officers in Houston is being negatively effected as the result of
their allegation that they have been forced to stop investigating Mr. Prince. In their
media campaign, the officers also are expressing anger, as they allege that one of their
own, Agent Jack Schumacher, was transferred from heading an investigation of Mr. Prince to
a lower-ranking desk job.
I would like to begin this statement by saying to the DEA agents who have integrity, not
those who are gangsters, that if there is one thing we have in common it's that we both
hate drugs that harm people. But I do not hate people who have fallen prey to drugs. My
God won't allow that kind of hatred in my heart.
As you know, after twelve years of investigating me, I am a successful black business man,
and far from a fool. I will be damned if I'll start dealing drugs, which would jeopardize
my family, business and embarrass my church. I have worked hard, sometimes two and three
days straight, with no sleep, for years to accomplish what I have. So don't hate on me
for what I drive, or how I live, hate on God because he afforded me these blessings.
Once again, I ask all people to use their common sense. I have more money than I can spend
in my lifetime, so I have no motivation to be affiliated with drugs. I support the war on
drugs with both my money and my time. I have built a million-dollar facility in Houston's
Fifth Ward to uplift my community where drug rehabilitation meetings are held daily. As
you know, I hire ex-drug users and ex-dealers who are sincere about making a positive
change in their lives and taking care of their families.
Over at least a twelve year period, law enforcement officials have investigated me and
subpoenaed all my financial records on at least two occasions. After such extensive
review, they have found nothing inappropriate and can only resort to producing innuendo
and propaganda. How much of the taxpayers' money has been wasted over this twelve-year
period? Were they motivated to set up crimes and create situations to entice individuals
to break the law in order to justify their lack of progress in the war against drugs? In
the real business world, they would simply be fired or asked to resign. They would not be
allowed to hide behind red tape, bureaucracy and manufactured progress to maintain their
taxpayer-financed jobs. We must stop this fleecing of citizens' taxpayer dollars. Law
enforcement must be held accountable for real progress in the war against drugs.
The facts, which law enforcement agencies well know, are that I pay millions of dollars in
taxes each year, and I have contributed millions to numerous community and charitable
organizations. So why do they continue to harass me? What is their motive? If this is not
another investigation that is motivated by racial profiling, then what kind of
investigation is it? Many companies have former employees who were involved in illegal
activities. Should their actions condemn the entire company? By the way, have any members
of the DEA or the Houston police department been arrested for committing crimes concerning
drugs? As numerous media reports have concluded, the obvious answer is an overwhelming
"yes." Does this mean that the entire DEA and HPD should be condemned for the
actions of a few rogue officers?
I thank God for Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who was not afraid to alert the United States
Justice Department about information relayed to her about the wickedness and corruption in
high places. Records clearly show that Agent Jack Schumacher has killed six people and is
suspected by former high ranking law enforcement officials of having killed even more. It
is highly unusual to have an officer or agent to justify killing this many American
citizens. I firmly believe that we have a man in Agent Schumacher who has no respect for
the rights of individuals, and who also feels he is above the laws of the Constitution of
the United States of America. Once again, I am thankful for Congresswoman Waters, who did
not turn her back on me when I felt Agent Schumacher was setting me up to be murdered.
God has allowed me the opportunity to achieve the American dream and be a positive example
to black youth about what is right in our country. But, the specter of racism perpetrated
by extremist individuals negates progress and racially divides our country. This
infectious disease must be uprooted and eradicated so that all American citizens have an
equal opportunity to pursue the American dream.
I am living right, and I have no fear of extreme elements or of any investigation. The
problem begins when those investigating me are not held accountable for run-away
expenditures, employing Gestapo-type methods, creating crimes and using criminal tactics.
I know that God is for me and that no evil can stand against me. This includes rogue
officers in the DEA, HPD, IRS and all other criminals.
The following is the text of the letter that was sent by
Congresswoman Maxine Waters to Janet Reno on August 20, 1999.
August 20, 1999
Ms. Janet F. Reno
U.S. Department of Justice
Constitution Avenue & 10th St, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530
Dear Attorney General Reno,
Pursuant to our telephone conversation this morning, I am writing to request your
assistance on what I believe to be an urgent matter. Mr. James Prince, owner of Rap A-Lot
Records, believes his life to be in danger at the hands of rogue officers from the Drug
Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Houston, Texas.
James Prince is a 34 year old, African-American entrepreneur who has created a very
successful business producing and managing rap artists. It is my understanding that Mr.
Prince has amassed sizeable assets from his business which is operating out of Houston,
Texas. Mr. Prince believes that he is being harassed and intimidated by the DEA officials
in his hometown of Houston because of their assumption regarding the legitimacy of his
Mr. Prince alleges that the DEA has accused him of earning the profits from his business
illegally. In addition, he alleges that he has been subjected to racial slurs, the illegal
search of his automobile and that his customers are stopped and questioned without
provocation by the DEA. Mr. Prince also has raised concerns about the interference in his
right to travel and he has been stopped numerous times on dark stretches of Texas
highways. Simply put, Mr. Prince believes strongly that the Department of Justice must
intercede into the questionable practices of the DEA and provide him with the necessary
protection to ensure that his life and livelihood are not subjected to ongoing harassment
and intimidation. Attorney General Reno, Mr. Prince has contacted me out of desperation.
While in Houston, Texas, I had the opportunity to visit Mr. Prince's buildings and I
spoke to his workers.
After listening to Mr. Prince's concerns and that of his customers, I suggested that he
document his torments at the hands of DEA agents and send it to you for your perusal.
Please understand that Mr. Prince has asked me to assist him because of my work
surrounding the intelligence community, police harassment and brutality, and the reported
incidents of "driving while black/brown."
I am often contacted by African Americans who feel helpless when confronted with the
incidents as described by Mr. Prince. The harrowing details of Mr. Prince's allegations
and my reputation in vigorously pursuing such matters warrants that I assist him to the
best of my capabilities. Will you please give this matter your immediate attention? I
anxiously await your response.
Member of Congress
"The Ladies Man" Opens at the Box Office
The Ladies Man starring Tim Meadows hits theatres this weekend.
Meadows plays "Leon Phelps," a horny, politically incorrect host of a late-night
love advice TV show. After being fired from his job for one too many vulgar and
inappropriate comments, Leon unsuccessfully seeks employment from every radio station in
Chicago. Out of options, he receives a mysterious letter from his "true love"
asking him to return to her - and her money! However, Leon has to figure out who she is.
While he actively back tracks through his book of ladies, a posse of scorned husbands band
together to hunt down the mysterious lover of their wives. The movie is based on a series
of sketches featured on Saturday Night Live starring Meadows. The film also stars Karyn
Parsons and John Witherspoon.
October 16, 2000
Columbia Records cut the musical career of basketball star Kobe Bryant
short yesterday as the label dropped the hoopster from their roster. Kobe's debut album
was titled Visions and was scheduled to be released in June. It featured
appearances by Destiny's Child, Nas, Black Thought of the Roots, 50 Cent, and Beanie
Sigel. The Trackmasters also supplied beats for the project.
Kobe Bryant Gets Benched by Columbia Records
The first single "K.O.B.E.," was released in January and never quite lived up to
the hype. The song also featured the vocals of supermodel Tyra Banks. His fellow L.A.
Laker teammate Shaquille O'Neal recently announced that he was retiring from the hip hop
game also. Shaq, however, released four semi-successful albums. Columbia Records also
dropped singer Pat Benatar from their roster.
TLC's Chili to Co-Star in "A Christmas Carol"
Chili, of the R&B group TLC, has been added to the cast of VH-1's
adaptation of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. R&B singer and former
Miss America Vanessa Williams was cast in the leading role. Williams will star as Ebony, a
former member of a girl group, who is also a female version of Ebenezer Scrooge. Chili
will play Marli Jacob, Ebony's former singing partner, and the female version of Jacob
Marley. John Taylor, of the legendary rock group Duran Duran, has also been added to the
cast as the "Ghost of Christmas Present." Brian McNamara has been cast as
"Bob Cratchit" and Kathy Griffin will play the "Ghost of Christmas
Past." Williams will also perform several songs in the movie, which is scheduled to
air in December. VH-1's A Christmas Carol is currently being filmed in Montreal,
October 15, 2000
Sean"Puffy" Combs was hit with another lawsuit on Wednesday
relating to the shooting that occurred last year on December 27th. Michael Bergos, owner
of Club New York, filed the $1.8 million suit against the record mogul and three other
men, claiming that the negative publicity caused attendance to drop and corporate clients
to cancel events. Bergos said, "I'm just disgusted. There were damages to the club,
but the main thing is my name."
Puffy Hit With Another Lawsuit
The alleged shooting occurred when a man allegedly insulted the rap mogul and threw money
in his face. Bad Boy Records rapper Shyne, whose real name is Jamal Barrows, then
allegedly opened fire hitting three innocent victims. The entourage, which included
Puffy's girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, bodyguard Anthony "Wolf" Jones, and
limousine driver Wardel Fenderson, then fled the scene. Bergos' lawsuit also names
Barrow, Jones, Fenderson, and Bad Boy Entertainment.
A spokesperson for Puffy released the following statement regarding his latest lawsuit.
"It is unfortunate that a great many people are looking to unjustly capitalize on Mr.
Combs' wealth and celebrity status in an attempt to falsely link him to an incident that
everyone knows Mr. Combs had nothing to do with. Mr. Combs will respond to this latest
groundless lawsuit as aggressively as he intends to defend all other baseless charges that
have arisen since the episode at Club NY. If Mr. Bergos and everyone else has honestly
looked at the facts they know full well Mr. Combs did not cause the incident at Club New
York, he was not armed with any weapons and [is] in no way responsible for the events that
Fenderson also filed a $3 million lawsuit against the rap mogul. Fenderson's suit claims
that Jones forced him to drive through red lights after the shootout last year and disobey
police orders to pull over.
Puffy previously plead not guilty to charges of criminal possession of a weapon in the
second and third degree and bribing a witness for his involvement in the meleé. Shyne was
charged with attempted murder in the incident. According to New York District Attorney
Matthew Bogdanos, Puffy's bribery charge stemmed from the rapper offering Fenderson a
pinky ring, estimated to be worth between $40,000-$50,000, as collateral to take the
charge. The incident is alleged to have happened in the squad room of a police precinct
surrounded by officers. The gun charges stem from Puffy and Jones allegedly trying to
stash guns in a hidden compartment that they couldn't open when Combs tossed the guns out
of the window. A trial date for Puffy, Shyne, and Wolf is set for January 2, 2001, at
which time jury selections will also begin.
Arista Set to Release DVD Singles
Arista Records will release its first batch of DVD singles on November
21st. Artists featured include OutKast, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, and Pink. The DVDs
will feature videos as well as interview, concert, and backstage footage. OutKast's DVD
will feature their current hit "B.O.B" and "Ms. Jackson" as well as
concert footage from their recent performance at S.O.B.'s in New York. DVD's by Usher,
Dream, and Joy Enriquez will be released in the following months. The discs will be sold
for $9.98. In related news, OutKast will release their fourth album, Stankonia on
October 14, 2000
Ray Benzino of the hip hop group Made Men was sentenced to 30 days in jail
last Thursday after being convicted of disorderly conduct precluding a one-day trail.
Judge Mark Coven gave the rapper the option to avoid jail time by serving probation for a
year and undergoing anger management therapy, but the rapper, whose real name is Raymond
Scott, chose instead to serve his stint in the Dedham House of Correction in
Massachusetts. According to Scott's lawyer Martin Leppo, the MC chose jail because the
probation conditions would have hindered his ability to travel at sudden notice for
concert appearances. The charges stem from Scott being accused of assaulting a bouncer at
a nightclub after he had been asked to stop drinking champagne while on the dancefloor.
According to the Boston Herald, Scott took the stand in his own defense and denied
hitting the bouncer. Two other defense witnesses backed his story in contradiction to the
testimony of Randolph police officer Alfred Handy, who was working a paid detail at the
club. Coven stated that the prosecution did not prove its case on the assault-and-battery
charge, but he found Scott guilty of disorderly conduct. The 30-day sentence will run
concurrent with a 10-day sentence Scott received on Thursday for driving with a suspended
license in 1997.
Ray Benzino Sentenced to 40 Day Jail Stint
Master P & Snoop Sentenced to "OZ"
Avatar Records will release the soundtrack to HBO's prison drama OZ
on January 9th. The soundtrack will feature performances by Master P, Method Man, Snoop
Dogg, Cypress Hill, and Kurupt. The Goodie MOb, Trick Daddy, the LOX, and Devin the Dude
are also scheduled to record new tracks for the album. A portion of the proceeds from the
album's sales will be donated to the Innocence Project. The Innocence Project is a
prisoner's rights organization that works to free wrongfully accused prisoners through
DNA testing. It was founded by criminal defense attorney Barry Sheck. OZ kicks off
its fourth season on January 7th. Method Man and Master P are also scheduled to appear on
the show this year.
October 13, 2000
The Teddy Pendergrass Alliance will hold its First Annual Celebrity Gala on
October 14th at the Grand Hyatt in New York. The Teddy Pendergrass Alliance is a
non-profit organization founded by the R&B legend to help individuals with spinal
chord injuries enhance the quality of their lives. Pendergrass was paralyzed in 1982 after
an automobile accident. The organization's goal is to assist individuals with spinal chord
injuries and maximize their career and education through specially designed outreach and
scholarship programs. The black tie affair will include a private VIP reception, general
reception, and banquet. A silent auction will also be held featuring items donated by
Pendergrass and other celebrities. Acclaimed soul duo Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson
will serve as Honorary Chairs of the Gala alongside Pendergrass. For tickets to The Teddy
Pendergrass Alliance First Annual Celebrity Gala or more information on spinal chord
injuries, call (410) 255-3257.
Teddy Pendergrass Hosts Spinal Chord Injury Fundraiser
Denzel Leads the Titans
Denzel Washington's latest film, Remember the Titans, hit theatres
this past weekend. Washington stars in the true story that tells how coach Herman Boone
led one of the first integrated football teams, in Alexandria, Virginia in 1971, to
victory. Boone became coach of the football team when three high schools (two black and
one white) were integrated. When the former coach, who was white, stepped down, Boone took
over much to the chagrin of many local people with lingering racist tendencies. Under the
leadership of Boone, the team rallied against its adversities and went on to achieve great
success. Critics are already saying Washington turned in an Oscar-worthy performance. The
film also stars Will Patton, Nicole Ari Parker, and Kate Bosworth. The soundtrack for Remember
the Titans features such classics by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terreil, Cat Stevens, Ike
and Tina Turner, WAR, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Here is the complete track listing
for the soundtrack:
1. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terreil
2. Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
3. Peace Train - Cat Stevens
4. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
5. Long Cool Woman ( In a Black Dress) - The Hollies
6. I Want to Take You Higher - Ike and Tina Turner
7. Up Around the Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival
8. Spill the Wine - Eric Burdon & WAR
9. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall - Leon Russell
10. Act Naturally - Buck Owens
11. Express Yourself - Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
12. Titans Spirit (Score) - Trevor Rabin
October 12, 2000
According to the Detroit Free Press, Kid Rock and his former
girlfriend, Kelley South Russell, have reached a tentative agreement regarding their
dispute over their 7-year-old son. Russell, who is an autoworker at Ford Motor Company,
will now pay Rock $25 a week in child support payments and provide medical coverage for
her son through her benefits package. Rock, born
Robert Ritchie, was awarded full custody of the boy, while Russell is only allowed to
spend four weeks during the summer with him. Under the agreement, Russell is required to
give Rock 30 days notice prior to arranging a visit with their son. Russell will now be
allowed to spend more time with her son, also. Macomb Country Circuit Judge Donald Miller
previously ordered the parents to produce a satisfactory visitation time schedule before
he intervened. He stated, "There's no question in my mind that both parents love this
little guy and both parents deserve time with this little guybut you're going to
have to communicate back and forth. I don't want to get involved in this." Kid Rock's
last album History of Rock was released in May and is currently ranked at number 71
Kid Rock Custody Battle Levels Off
Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child Injured Backstage
Kelly Rowland of the R&B group Destiny's Child recently suffered two
broken toes on October 5th. The incident occurred backstage during the group's concert
with Christina Aguilera at Denver's Magness Arena. According the group's manager Mathew
Knowles, the singer was struggling to change in the dark when she fell over a ramp and
broke the second and third toes of her right foot. As their tour slowly wraps up, Rowland
will perform on the remaining dates sitting in a chair. Solange Knowles, the 14-year-old
sister of fellow group member Beyonce, and daughter of Matthew, will step on stage for
Rowland during their choreographed dance moves. Destiny's Child will not perform on the
last two remaining dates of the tour.
Destiny's Child's sophomore album,The Writing's on the Wall, is already six-times
platinum and is currently ranked at number 22 on Soundscan. Their current single,
"Independent Woman Part 1" is featured on the Charlie's Angels
soundtrack. The group is also scheduled to perform at the 2000 VH-1/Vogue Fashion Awards
on October 20th at the Madison Square Garden Theatre in New York. Here is the remaining
itinerary of Christina Aguilera and Destiny's Child's tour:
10/10 - Chula Vista, CA - Coors Amphitheatre
10/11 - Universal City, CA - Universal Amphitheatre
10/12 - Universal City, CA - Universal Amphitheatre
10/14 - Marysville, CA - Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre
10/15 - Concord, CA - Chronicle Pavilion @ Concord
10/18 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena
10/19 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena at Seattle Center (w/o Destiny's Child)
10/21 - Honolulu, HI - Blaisdell Arena (w/o Destiny's Child)
October 11, 2000
Hip hop star Busta Rhymes was sentenced to five years probation on Friday
by a Manhattan Supreme Court judge. The charges stem from a December 1998 incident, in
which the rapper and his manger Gerald Odom, were pulled over for driving erratically.
During the incident, police searched the vehicle and found an unregistered, loaded .45
caliber pistol, after which they arrested the rapper. Busta, whose real name is Trevor
Smith, previously plead guilty to the gun possession charge in May 1999, but sentencing
was postponed for a year to allow him time to resolve an alleged protective order
violation involving his former girlfriend Joanne Wood. Wood is also the mother of his
7-year-old son, T'ziah. Busta could have been sentenced for up to seven years in prison if
he had been tried and convicted of the gun possession charge. He stated that he carried
the gun because he had been robbed twice. Judge Herbert Adlerberg agreed with the rapper's
reasoning as he said the case involved "very strong mitigating factors."
Busta Rhymes Gets Five Years Probation
Time Warner & EMI Deal Axed
The proposed merger between EMI and Time Warner was terminated by the
companies today after the speculated fear that the European Commission would veto the
deal. The $20 million merger would have created the world's largest record company. The
deal would have brought Virgin, Capitol, EMI, and the Warner Music Group under one
umbrella. Regulators were fearful that the combined music companies, along with the
America Online merger, would create a monopoly on the online music business. America
Online is scheduled to purchase Time Warner for a proposed $150 billion.
The companies are still, however, trying to find a solution to appease European and U.S.
regulators. Eric Nicoli, Chairman of EMI, said in a statement, "The withdrawal of our
application allows additional time to reassess regulators' concerns and to pursue
solutions simultaneously in Europe and the U.S. We have been, and will continue to be,
flexible in responding to the European Commission's concerns."
Richard Parsons, Chairman of Time Warner, added, "Our proposed joint venture with EMI
would bring together two of the most creative and complementary organizations in the
worldwide music industry. We will continue to explore ways to structure a combination that
will make sense for the two companies and be acceptable to the Commission."
October 10, 2000
Wardel Fenderson, Sean "Puffy" Combs former limousine driver, has
filed a $3 million lawsuit against the rap mogul. Fenderson's suit claims that another one
of Puffy's employees, Anthony "Wolf" Jones, forced him to drive through red
lights after a shootout in a New York nightclub last December. The suit states that Wolf
screamed at him "not to stop and to continue driving" despite the fact the
police had ordered them to pull over.
Puffy's Limousine Driver Files Lawsuit
Puffy pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal possession of a weapon in the second and
third degree and bribing a witness. The charges stem from the shootout, which left three
people wounded. Bad Boy rapper Shyne, whose real name is Jamal Barrows, was charged with
attempted murder in the incident. Puffy, Wolf, and Jennifer Lopez fled the scene after the
shooting, though charges were dropped against her.
According to New York District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos, Puffy's bribery charge stemmed
from the rapper offering Wardel a pinky ring, estimated to be worth between
$40,000-$50,000, as collateral to take the charge. The incident is alleged to have
happened in the squad room of a police precinct surrounded by officers. The gun charges
stem from Puffy and Wolf allegedly trying to stash guns in a hidden compartment that they
couldn't open when Combs tossed the guns out of the window. A trial date for Puffy, Shyne,
and Wolf is set for January 2, 2001, at which time jury selections will also begin.
OutKast Disappointed Over Leak of "Stankonia"
OutKast is said to be furious over the internet leakage of the their new
album, Stankonia. The group recently released the following statement about the
unauthorized released of their new album: "As artists, we appreciate the anticipation
our fans have for our music, however it is also very important for us to present the music
in a creative format that is representative of our personalities, as our fans expect
nothing less. We should have control over how our music is presented to our fans, and we
feel that it is a creative invasion to spread our unfinished album over the net, without
our knowledge. We feel musically and personally offended." Stankonia's
official release date is scheduled for October 31st. OutKast and their turntabilist, Mr. D.J., recently launched Aquemini Records with Elektra.
Slimm Calhoun, the label's first artist, will drop his debut album, The Skinny, on
November 7th. Slimm's first single, "It's O.K.," also features Dre from OutKast.
Here is the tentative track listing for Stankonia:
2. "Gasoline Dreams" - featuring Khujo Goodie from Goodie Mob
3. "So Fresh, So Clean"
4. "Ms. Jackson"
5. "Snappin' & Trappin' featuring Killer Mike & J-Sweet"
6. "Spaghetti Junction"
7. "I'll Call Before I Come featuring Gangsta Boo & Eco"
9. "Xplosion" - featuring B-Real
10. "We Luv Deez Hoez"- featuring BackBone & Big Gipp from Goodie Mob
11. "Humble Mumble" - featuring Erykah Badu
12. "Red Velvet"
13 . "Gangsta Sh*t featuring Slimm Calhoun, C-Bone & T-Mo Goodie from Goodie Mob
14. "Toilet Tisha "
15. "Slum Beautiful" - featuring Cee-Lo Goodie from Goodie Mob
16. "Stankonia (Stanklove)" - featuring Big Rube & Sleepy Brown
October 9, 2000
Hip hop star Coolio, whose real name is Artis Ivey, was hit with a $1
million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday. Dominic Aldridge, Coolio's former
producer, filed the breach of contract lawsuit, claiming that the rapper is withholding
fees and royalties based on production work on three songs, "Wild Wild West,"
"Money," and "The Winner." Aldridge claims that they had oral
contracts in which he was to be paid $7,500 for "Wild Wild West," and $10,000
each for "Money" and "The Winner." He also claimed that he was
supposed to receive a percentage from the album sales, which contained the songs, as well
as royalties for promotional merchandise and foreign sales.
Coolio Hit with $1 Million Lawsuit
The suit reads, in part, "Each of the aforementioned agreements also provide that
Ivey will render an accounting to [Aldridge], in the form of a royalty payment, and pay
any royalties, as described in the agreements to [Aldridge] as reasonable twice per year.
Ivey is obligated to render said accounting and royalties to [Aldridge] within 90 days
after June 30 and December 31 of each year during which units embodying the master
recordings are sold, or within 30 days of Ivey's receipt from Tommy Boy Records, Priority
Records, or Atlantic Records of its accounting statement."
The suit also claims that Coolio hasn't paid Aldridge any royalty payments. Aldridge
worked with Coolio on 1995's Gangsta's Paradise and 1997's My Soul.
Coolio recently severed ties with his former label Tommy Boy Records. He is scheduled to
release his fourth album, Coolio.Com, later this year on Crystal Dragon
Ray Charles Celebrates His 70th Birthday
Ray Charles celebrated his 70th birthday on Monday at the House of Blues in
West Hollywood, California. Several artists paid tribute to Charles including Ashford
& Simpson, Willie Nelson, and Billy Preston. Charles also received a Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Blues Foundation at the banquet. Producer Quincy Jones, who has
known Charles since they were children growing up in Seattle, Washington, said, "I
cherish my relationship with Ray more than anything I've ever done in my life. We got to
do every dream we dreamed about."
Charles replied saying, "I think he likes me. The things he said to you is very
true." The Blues Foundation is a non-profit group that aims to promote and preserve
blues music around the world. Country and Western singer Willie Nelson was also honored at
the banquet for his work with the charity organization, Farm Aid. Charles' actual birthday
was on September 23rd.
October 7, 2000
According to the Associated Press, Southern hip hop legend Scarface
has infuriated the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency. The agency claims that Scarface taunts
them on his new album, The Last of a Dying Breed, and mentions several DEA agents
by name. The album peeked the FDA's interest because it will be released on Rap-ALot
Records. The agency has been investigating the label's owner, James A. Prince, on drug
trafficking allegations. The Dallas Morning News also claimed that California
Congresswoman Maxine Waters sent a letter on behalf of Prince to Attorney General Janet
Reno to stop the investigation. However, Waters told The Associated Press that she
made no such attempt to stop the investigation.
Scarface Does Battle with DEA
Last of a Dying Breed was released on Tuesday. The album features appearances by
UGK, Too Short, Daz, and Kurupt. Jay-Z, Redman, and Devin the Dude also collaborate with
the O.G. of southern hip hop. Eric Sermon, Mike Dean, and N.O. Joe laid down some of the
beats for the album. Scarface also recently signed on as President of the recording label
Def Jam South. Here is the track listing for Last of a Dying Breed.
1. 110970 (Intro)
2. Last of A Dying Breed / Visiting the Shrink (Skit)
3. Look Into My Eyes
4. It Ain't Shit to Me
5. Down With Us
6. Sorry 4 What?
7. O.G. 2 Me
8. The Gangsta Shit/ The Snitch
9. Conspiracy Theory
10. Watch Ya Step
11. Get Out
12. In & Out
13. And Yo
14. In my Time
Mystikal Brings Catastrophe & Destruction
New Orleans' hip hop pioneer Mystikal took Soundscan by storm this week
as his long-awaited fourth album Let's Get Ready fought its way to number one. The
hard-hitting album features collaborations with OutKast and Da Brat. Mystikal recently
talked about the new album and working with the Neptunes and OutKast on some of the
production. "Working with the Neptunes was a "creative catastrophe," said
Mystikal. "They coming with it, I'm coming with it. I just sound real good over their
tracks. They bring it out in an artist."
As far as OutKast goes, the braided up pimp stated, "I went and got my hot sauce from
them. I'm already cayenne pepper and jalapeno, but I went and got that hot sauce from
them. That fire, fire. It was a mixture of different flavors and we came out with
something delicious. It's was beautiful." Mystikal did three songs with Dre and Big
Boi while The Neptunes supplied the beat to his number one single "Shake Ya
Mystikal also said that he loved the comparison to James Brown and described Ready to
Rumble as bringing "destruction and danger." He also talked about being on a
pop label like Jive whose roster includes Britney Spears, N'SYNC, and the Backstreet Boys.
He said, "I'll be the black Backstreet Boys rapping. That don't mean I'm gonna
compromise my style, so if I can get them kind of numbers doing what I'm doing by being
over here, so be it."
As many know, the Louisiana native was recently released from No Limit Records and is now
signed strictly to Jive Records. Mystikal spoke on the separation, saying, "P and
them still gone do their thing regardless. It was real cool of him to let me go as easy as
it was because I didn't even know I wasn't on No Limit no more. He called me up and was
like, 'Man, go ahead and sign these papers so you can go ahead and get your roll on dog.
Get your hustle on. I done showed you all this stuff. You don't owe me nothing. We done
succeeded. We knocked out everything that we even attempted to do. It's time for you to
stand up like a man.'"
"It was stuff going on between him and Jive and he (Master P) wasn't about all that.
So to make that better, it would be easy for me to go ahead and do my thing and cut all
ties of that. But it didn't matter cause I'm still gon' work with him (Master P) anyway.
You still gonna hear me on No Limit shit. See me in movies and shit and doing things cause
it's like that. You feel me? I still wear my tank charm and rings. They my championship
October 6, 2000
Hip Hop star DMX recently signed a deal with Harper Entertainment for the
rights to his autobiography, tentatively titled, A Dog's Life. The book will
chronicle young Earl Simmons' troubled youth growing up in a Yonkers, New York housing
project, which included several arrests and bouncing around to various group homes, to his
rise as a multi-platinum rap superstar, DMX. DMX will co-write the book with Smokey D.
Fontaine, a former music editor of The Source magazine. The book will also include
poems written by DMX and is expected to hit stores next fall.
DMX Sells Life Story
In related news, Dark Man of the Unknown, is currently in Toronto, Canada shooting a film
with Steven Seagal. DMX will play Seagal's sidekick as they rid a police precinct of
corrupt cops. The film will be directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak, who also directed Romeo
Must Die, in which DMX was featured. Exit Wounds is expected to be released in
Quincy Jones Brings South Central to South Africa
The Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation recently awarded $25,000 endowments
to five South Central Los Angeles youth organizations. The donations were made last
Wednesday at the Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills, California. The endowments were
made in the names of five teens Martha Gonzalez, Je Juana Johnson, Megan Yaleh Meaway,
Hector Sanchez, and Omari Trice. The five teens recently traveled to the Orange Farm
Township, outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, to build homes for three South African
families as part of "The From South Central to South Africa Project." The
township is one of the country's poorest communities. "The From South Central to
South Africa Project" was part of the commitment Jones made to former South African
President Nelson Mandela to build 100 homes for disadvantaged citizens of the country. The
Listen Up Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports projects to further the
welfare of children and inspire youth to reach their full potential. The endowments were
made to the following organizations on their behalf: A Place Called Home, the Community
Self Determination Institute, Kaos Network, the Community Coalition, and St. Elmo's
October 5, 2000
Bone thugs-n-harmony member Stanley "Flesh-N-Bone" Howse was
sentenced to serve 11 years in prison on Friday. The charges stem from a December 26th
incident in which the rapper brandished an AK-47 out of a baby crib, inserted a magazine,
and pointed the gun at his "friend" Tarrance Vickers after an argument ensued
between House and Vickers' brother, Fred Nelson. Flesh then ordered the two to leave the
house. During court proceedings, Vickers denied nearly everything he initially told the
police including seeing the gun. He also stated that he and Flesh got into a scuffle and
both ran when the police came. However, Nelson testified that the rapper did indeed pull
the gun during the dispute over Flesh's girlfriend.
Flesh-N-Bone Hit With 11-Year Bid
Howse was convicted on June 15th of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and being an
ex-convict in possession of gun. A judge in a Los Angeles Superior Court in the suburb of
Van Nuys, California sentenced Flesh on Friday to ten years for assault and weapons
charges and one year for a probation violation. Flesh is also scheduled to appear back in
court for another sentencing on October 24th. That sentencing stems from Howse pleading no
contest as part of a plea bargain earlier this month to the felony charge of possessing an
illegal gun. The charges stem from a separate incident that occurred on January 3rd when
Flesh arrived at the home of several family members allegedly carrying a shotgun. He was
arrested after he refused to leave the house and was accused of making terrorist threats.
He was also arrested because he was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Mexican Artists Turn Down Latin Grammys
Three Mexican recording artists refused the Latin Grammy Awards they won
last month claiming that the awards were biased and against traditional Mexican music. Los
Tigres del Norte ("Best Norteno Performance"), Los Temerarios ("Best Group
Performance"), and Los Palominos ("Best Mexican Performance") were the
groups who turned down the awards on Friday. The 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards were held
on September 13th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The awards were hosted
by Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Andy Garcia, and Jimmy Smits and were televised in more
than 100 countries. The Latin Grammys established 40 categories for Latin Music expanding
on the seven that are only offered in the traditional Grammys. All three artists currently
record for the Spanish label Fonovisa Records. Guillermo Santisa, president of Fonovisa
Records, said in a statement, "We support our artists in this decision. We firmly
believe that these awards should not exist because they segregate Latin music."
Other winners at the 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards included Carlos Santana who was
honored with three awards. Santana won "Record of the Year" and "Best Rock
Performance by a Duo or Group" for his collaboration with Mexican rock band Mana on
the hit single "Corazon Espinado" and "Best Pop Instrumental
Performance" for his hit "El Farol." Colombian pop singer Shakira won
"Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" for "Ojos As" and "Best
Female Rock Performance" for "Octavo D'a." while Marc Anthony won the
"Song of the Year Award" for "D'Melo (I Need to Know)." The Latin
Grammys also paid tribute to mambo legend Tito Puente who died in June. Puente also won
"Best Tropical Performance" for his last album, Mamo Birdland. For the
complete list of winners, log on to www.grammy.com.
October 4, 2000
A group of white parents in Hamilton, Georgia recently requested that a ban
be placed on the clothing brand FUBU, which is designed by African-Americans. The call for
the ban stemmed after parents of several eighth grade girls at Carver Middle School became
angry when their children were suspended for wearing shirts with the Confederate flag. The
children were previously warned not to wear the shirts, but defied the warning. They even
bought additional shirts for other students to wear. Susan Andrews, Harris County
Superintendent, stated, "It was enough to cause a disruption. They were suspended for
White Parents Compare FUBU to the Confederate Flag
The parents then claimed that if white students were not allowed to wear the shirts with
the Confederate flag emblem, then African-American students shouldn't be permitted to wear
the FUBU brand because it stands "For Us, By Us." On Friday, Andrews banned both
clothing apparels, but after meeting on Monday with a group of peeved African-American
parents who were unhappy with the ban, she agreed to let students wear FUBU after this
week if it didn't cause a disturbance. No problems have been reported yet and Andrews
stated that she didn't consider the FUBU brand comparable to the Confederate flag, but
decided to ban both to help ease tensions. Harris County, which is located near Columbus,
has a 30 percent African-American population. FUBU was launched in 1992 and is endorsed by
rapper LL Cool J.
T-Boz Addresses Rumors on "BET Tonight With Tavis Smiley"
T-Boz, lead singer of the R&B group TLC, will be the featured guest on
"BET Tonight With Tavis Smiley" on Tuesday, October 3rd. She will discuss the
group's future and her recent marriage to rapper Mack 10. The TLC member will also address
the rumors about her pending retirement from concert performances, her pregnancy, and her
recent solo stints. Her recent solo efforts include "Wanna Take Me Back," which
can be heard on the soundtrack to the concert documentary Backstage, and "My
Getaway," the first single from the soundtrack to the forthcoming animated film Rugrats
in Paris. T-Boz is also featured on "Tight to Def," the first single from
Mack 10's fourth album, The Paper Route. Rugrats in Paris, the movie and the
soundtrack, are both scheduled to be released in November. Mack 10's album was released in
September and is currently ranked at number 59 on Soundscan. "BET Tonight With Tavis
Smiley" airs Monday through Friday at 11:30 p.m. EST/PST.
October 3, 2000
Arista Records is denying rumors that T-Boz of the R&B group TLC will
cease touring with the group in the future. According to The Associated Press, the singer
stated that she would stop touring because of health problems related to her blood disease
sickle cell anemia. Although the group is currently on hiatus, all three members are
working on various solo projects. T-Boz's most recent solo effort, "Wanna Take Me
Back," can be heard on the soundtrack to the concert documentary, Backstage.
She also recorded the first single, "My Getaway," for the soundtrack to the
forthcoming animated film Rugrats in Paris. The movie and the soundtrack are both
scheduled to be released in November. T-Boz recently married rapper Mack 10 on August
19th. The couple is expecting a baby in November.
Arista Denies T-Boz Tour Rumor
Destiny's Child to Perform Concert for Breast Cancer
Destiny's Child will perform for LIFETIME Television's "Women Rock!:
Girls & Guitars" on Thursday, October 12th in Los Angeles, California at the
Wiltern Theatre. The concert will be an awareness and fundraising event benefiting the
National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO) and the National Breast Cancer
Coalition (NBCC). The concert will also feature Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Amy Grant,
Heart, Cyndi Lauper and Wynonna. The concert is scheduled to air as a two-hour telecast on
LIFETIME Television on Sunday, October 22 at 8 PM (ET/PT). Destiny's Child's
multi-platinum sophomore album, The Writing's on the Wall, is currently ranked at
number 19 on Soundscan. The album's current single, "Jumpin, Jumpin," features
Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, and Lil' Bow Wow. The ladies are also tearing up the radio with
their single, "Independent Woman, Pt. 1," which is featured on the soundtrack to
the forthcoming movie, Charlie's Angels.
October 2, 2000
Manhattan police put an end to two bootleg CD operations last month with
the help of the anti-piracy unit of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Fifteen arrests were made and nearly 60,000 counterfeit CDs were confiscated on August 30
and 31. The locations were used as a distribution center and source of counterfeit CD-Rs
to street vendors throughout New York City and the surrounding area. The seized materials
contained performances of artists such as Whitney Houston, Enrique Iglesias, Mariah Carey,
and Ricky Martin. All 15 defendants were charged with Failure to Disclose the Origin of a
Recording in the 1st Degree and Trademark Counterfeiting in the 1st Degree. Both crimes
are considered felonies and can carry a maximum penalty of up to seven years imprisonment.
Frank Creighton, senior vice president the RIAA Anti-Piracy Unit, said, "We were
pleased to work with the New York City authorities to shut down these substantial
distribution points of counterfeit compact discs."
NYPD Crack Down on Bootleggers
Nelly Makes Acting Debut
Hip Hop's reigning prince, Nelly, is preparing to star in his first
feature film, Snipes. In the film, Nelly will portray a "Prolifik," a
rising rap star who is kidnapped as part of a business dispute involving his record label.
The movie will also star Dean Winters (O'Riley on Oz), and rap veterans Fat Joe, Schooly
D, and Kool Moe Dee. Snipes will be directed by video director Rich Murray. The
film will be produced by Chris Schwartz through his Ruff Nation Films company. Schwartz
first gained notoriety as co-founder of Ruff House Records along with Joe Nicolo, which
launched such careers as The Fugees, Cypress Hill, and Kris Kross. Snipes is
scheduled to begin shooting in Philadelphia on October 2nd and is expected to hit theatres
sometimes next year pending Ruff Nation locking down a distribution deal.
October 1, 2000
Prodigy of Mobb Deep was recovering in the hospital after suffering another
sickle cell crisis. Sickle Cell is blood disease that affects many
African- Americans. T-Boz of TLC also suffers from the disease. Prodigy even addresses the
subject on the track "You Could Never Feel My Pain" from his forthcoming solo
album, H.N.I.C. He also spoke to one of his fans recently who also has the disease.
An excerpt taken from Mobb Deep's website, infamousstores.com, reads:
Prodigy Suffers Another Sickle Cell Crisis
"Listen. First off, you're body is not supposed to digest meats. We are not
carnivorous people. That means we are not meat eating people, our teeth are flat and are
made to eat vegetables, not sharp like animals who's teeth are made to tear flesh. Threw
the years we have been misguided from our original way of living, diet, etc.
Secondly, things like white bread, white sugar, soda, candy, milk, and cooking oils. Are
filled up with chemicals, and substances that will eventually destroy your body, and mind.
That's why people die of heart attacks, cancer, and other diseases. These substances can
also give you colds, cavities, blood problems, skin problems, and many other things.
When you change your diet you will feel the difference in your energy, and the way you
think. It makes you a sharper, more alert individual.
You're a young buck so I don't know how you're gonna take all this shit I'm telling' you,
but I want you to know all of this while you're still young and got a chance to avoid
Most of the problems that I spoke of won't come over night, they will hit you 20- 30 years
later. Please just try the diet shit for me.
Then once you do that you will think it is stupid to smoke and drink, cause why would you
do all that diet shit then go use drugs and alcohol? It wouldn't make sense. Believe me,
fuck what your friends is doing, you gotta be a man and do your own shit. If they don't
understand, then that's they problem. It don't mean they can't still be you're friends.
Like me, all my niggas drink and smoke heavily. Yo my niggas wake up in the mornin' and go
get drunk and high, no lie. And I be wit them every day. But just because I'm there wit
them don't mean I do what they do. Understand? One love." H.N.I.C. is expected to be
released in November. For more information on sickle cell anemia, log on to www.emory.edu/peds/sickle.
Phife Dawg Ventilates on New LP
With the success of Q-Tip's solo album, Amplified and Ali Shaheed
Muhammad's project with Lucy Pearl, Phife Dawg, the third member of the critically
acclaimed hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, is gearing to release his solo album, Ventilation:
Da LP. The album includes production by Pete Rock and D.J. Hi-Tek. Phife addressed the
current state of hip hop on the album with the single "Flawless." He said,
"Flawless" is talking about the state of hip hop and why I ain't fucking with
Jive and that type of shit. Hip hop is a circus right now. Everyone is taking the easy way
out, cloning, duplicating, and bitingAnd there's only one issue that everyone is
talking about, which is materialism. And my whole take is that there's more to life than
just materialism. A lot of people smoke blunts, love clothes, and jewelry, but at the same
time, there's a lot of people that go to the library everyday and try to learn different
things. That's also a part of life. It's more to life than that little simplistic
Phife also stated that his new album is filled with "conscious, battle, and party
lyrics." I didn't reach to go commercial or get radio play," said Phife.
"By me going the other route, if I get street credibility off of it, that'll be cool.
My street credibility and the work I put in should speak for itself. Everybody's being the
same. I want to come different and prove that you don't have to be a follower and can come
with something different. It's already unfortunate that kids would rather listen to us
kick something in a verse than their own teachers at school, but being that is the case,
we need to use our own voices to the best of our abilities. I just want people to know
after they listen to this album that there are real MCs as well as artists still out there
who care about their work."
Phife's new album will be released on the overseas label Groove Attack
Productions/Superrappin. Phife sated that he chose the overseas label because he was tired
of the "bullshit" and " because I'm impatient. On the last two Tribe Called
Quest albums, Jive showed their ass by not caring. They was preparing for Britney Spears,
N'SYNC, and the Backstreet Boys. But by the time that they get to their fourth and fifth
albums, they'll see the same shit." He also said that Groove Attack
Productions/Superrappin, "told me that they would release the album this year and
drop it simultaneously overseas and in the states. Plus they gave me freedom."
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