Archive for November, 2005

Jazze Pha, Cee-Lo Talk ‘Happy Hour’

November 29th, 2005 | By Administrator

Sho ‘Nuff Records CEO/producer Jazze Pha and Goodie Mob group member Cee-Lo have linked up with Capital Records to release their debut collaboration Happy Hour.

“It was inevitable that we would do a project,” Jazze Pha told AllHipHop.com. ?When we came together to do Happy Hour, we both knew exactly what the other was wanting to bring to the table, so that in itself was worth the time, to see what type of genius would come out of our minds.”

Happy Hour, which features collaborations with artists Nate Dogg, Mannie Fresh and The Pussy Cat Dolls, will be a mixture of new school Hip-Hop with old school funk.

The album also includes guest appearances by R&B veterans Keith Sweat and Aaron Hall, which was a memorable experience for Cee-Lo.

“I just feel grateful that [Keith Sweat and Aaron Hall] even wanted to do the album,” Cee-Lo said. “For them to step into the studio and record with us and even know who we are is amazing and something we will never forget.”

Besides the collaboration for Happy Hour, Cee-Lo and Jazze Pha are both staying busy with other projects.

Cee-Lo, whose daughter was featured on the hit MTV ?Sweet Sixteen,” is in talks with MTV about a new reality show starring his family.

“We are in talks right now,” Cee-Lo told AllHipHop.com. “It is definitely something that I would love to do again and something that we are working out right now.”

Cee-Lo is also working with famed producer Danger Mouse to release a new solo project entitled Gnarls Barkley, as well as an untitled Goodie Mob reunion album.

Jazze Pha, who is label head at Sho ‘Nuff Records, has a role in the upcoming film ?Jelly Beans,? which was written by Dallas Austin, Tina Chism (“Drumline”), Antwone Fisher (“Antwone Fisher”) and others.

The flick is being directed by Chris Robinson and also stars T.I.

“I play a DJ in the film,” Jazze said. “It was cool because it wasn’t some cameo where I was playing me, I was really acting. This is definitely something that I am going to take seriously. I am in the process now of taking classes and reviewing scripts, to make sure that I choose what’s right for me.”

Besides acting Jazze Pha is also preparing the upcoming sophomore effort from Ciara and his new artist, Tone Tone.

“I am firm believer that as long as you love what you do, it’s not real work,” Jazze continued. ?[With} the stuff that’s coming out of Sho ‘Nuff, people best to get ready. We aren’t holding nothing back.”

Happy Hour hits stores February 14th, 2006.

T-Bo’s No Limit Chain To Be Auctioned On eBay…

November 28th, 2005 | By Administrator

The auction will begin on Dec 10th on eBay. T-Bo will auction off his No Limit chain along with the 504 Boys Basketball Jersey that he wore on the “Tight Whips” Video. The jersey was personalized with his name on the back. S.C.C. will post the eBay item number on the Forum at SouthCoastCoalition.com once the auction begins. T-Bo states he has no need for the piece and chain, and the auction will give die hard no limit fans a chance to own it. The auction will contain several pictures of the chain, the amount of diamonds and pictures of the jersey. The piece and chain is worth thousands, but the auction will start off at $1 with a low reserve.

9th Wonder Clarifies For Bun B, Preps Solo CD

November 23rd, 2005 | By Administrator

It could have played out like another random rap beef, but Houston’s Bun B. and North Carolina’s Little Brother have no issues with each other. However, there is clarification.

In Bun B.’s recent interview with AllHipHop.com, he admitted to enjoying LB’s music, but insinuated that, with The Minstrel Show, they may be making more enemies than friends down South.

“I wonder who’s a part of the minstrel show? I know what they mean, but I think a lot of the people that they think are against them would pull for them,” Bun B told AllHipHop.com. “I really like them and I like their music and I know they are not making what everybody down South is making right now, but that don’t mean we against you.”

Little Brother lead producer 9th said that he agreed with some of Bun B’s assessments, and that he understands the misunderstanding of the group’s objective.

“He’s right: a lot of people don’t understand what we did by doing The Minstrel Show,” 9th confessed. “You can take it a million ways. People say that we’ re offended [by music out now], people say we’ re scared to say names and I don’ t think that’ s really going to solve the problem. A lot of people don’ t know what it means, and a lot of people might take it the wrong way. It was never an attack on a certain type of music. We’ re just telling people to be yourself, and don’ t mimic what you see on TV.”

Minstrel shows gained popularity between the 1830’s and 1850’s. The performances consisted of comic skits, dancing and music performed by whites dressed in outlandish costumes, with their faces completely blackened by burnt cork or greasepaint.

The shows have been symbolic of the racism that defined the era.

“The minstrel show is a very touchy topic,” 9th said. “I just wish that the same fuss would be made?and it wouldn?t be?if our album was named, I’ve Got 2 Million Guns In My Trunk,” 9th said. “Would we be having this same conversation? No. Not to knock that type of music. There?s a heaven and a hell, there?s a side to everything?we just aren?t getting both sides.”

9th Wonder said much has changed in Hip-Hop since the Houston hip-hop pioneer first emerged in the 1990?s with seminal group UGK.

“[Bun B’ s group] UGK came out at a time where hip-hop was more balanced,” said 9th, a self-professed fan of Bun B. “You could have a UGK, and A Tribe Called Called Quest, and a Roots, and a Black Rob. We had a variety of cats to choose from. It?s all one thing now.”

In related news, 9th Wonder said he intends to release a solo opus, The Dream Merchant, in early 2006.

“Just expect different types of sounds,” 9th told AllHipHop.com about the album, which he said features appearances from Mos Def, Jean Grae, Memphis Bleek, Saigon, and others. “We’ re just trying to put out good music, and get a bigger balance back in the game. This is rap music, it’ s not Calculus class where you need a long formula. It’ s just rap. Some cats will like it, some won’ t, period.”

Florida School System Bans ‘Frowning Snowman’ T-Shirt

November 23rd, 2005 | By Administrator

Atlanta, Georgia rapper Young Jeezy?s frowning snowman logo on a t-shirt has caused a stir in the United States and now the shirt has been banned from the Polk County, Florida Public School system.

Superintendent Gail McKinzie alerted principals in the school system last week about the t-shirt, which features a frowning snowman, usually followed by various references to cocaine.

McKinzie and Assistant Superintendent Bruce Tonjes became aware of the shirts after they started popping up on various campuses.

?We understood that ?snow? is a reference to cocaine,? Assistant Superintendent Bruce Tonjes told AllHipHop.com. ?If that?s what people understand the meaning of this to be, that doesn?t mean the person wearing it understands. If that?s the message it sends, we take the necessary measures to remove it from our campuses.?

Clothing that promotes drugs, alcohol or sex is banned under Polk County School Board policy.

On first offense, students will be told to turn the shirt inside-out or change shirts.

The second time, parents are called.

Earlier this month, the Snowman t-shirt drew criticism from anti-drug campaigners causing its production to be cancelled by fashion company Miskeen Originals.
According to reports, the shirt has been heavily bootlegged and sold on the black market as well.

Anti-drug campaigners and education officials are alarmed, saying the Snowman t-shirt symbolizes the white substance colloquially called snow: cocaine.

In related news, Jeezy recently announced that he?s inked a distribution deal with Jay-Z?s Rocawear clothing for his own United Streets and D Boy Apparel lines.

Ludacris Responds To Confederate Flag Flap

November 18th, 2005 | By Administrator

Ludacris has responded to the outcry that resulted after the Atlanta, Georgia rapper donned a Confederate Flag during his performance Nov. 12 at the 3rd annual Vibe Awards.

For the show’s finale, Ludacris performed the new song “Georgia” with Bobby Valentino and Field Mobb.

Luda said he wore the flag to make a statement and spark discussion.

“This flag represents the oppression that we as African Americans have endured for years; this is a symbol of segregation and the racism that reigned not only throughout the South but throughout the entire United States,” said Ludacris in a statement. “I wore it to represent where we came from, to remind people that Ray Charles’ original ‘Georgia’ was written because of that racism.”

Charles’ version of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind” was named the Georgia state song in 1979.

Luda pointed out that he later discarded the flag, stomped on it, and brought a different flag bearing the traditional African colors?red, black, and green.

“It is a representation and my interpretation of where we were and where we need to go. Racism is just as prevalent now and if we are not constantly mindful of our history and take charge of it, history is destined to repeat itself because of ignorance.

“In order to move forward, we must never forget where we were,” Luda continued. “I hope people continue to question and challenge authority, media and themselves because questioning and challenging can only lead to enlightenment.”

2 Live Crew Member Files Lawsuit Against Jay-Z & Ice-T Over ’99 Problems’

November 16th, 2005 | By Administrator

Mark ?Brother Marquis? Ross, formerly of pioneering Miami, Florida rap group 2 Live Crew, hit Ice-T and Jay-Z with a lawsuit over the lyrics to Jay-Z?s hit song ?99 Problems.?

The original version of the song was featured on Ice-T?s classic 1993 album Home Invasion, with a cameo from Brother Marquis.

In his lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan Federal Court, Brother Marquis claims he?s been paid just $10,000 in royalties, despite being prominently featured on the original version.

Furthermore, Brother Marquis claims that Jay-Z owes him royalties after recording an updated version of ?99 Problems,? which was produced by Rick Rubin and featured on Jay-Z?s blockbuster, The Black Album.

Jay-Z also shot a critically acclaimed video for the song, which was shot by veteran director Mark Romanek.

After leaving 2 Live Crew around 1996, Brother Marquis had a spiritual awakening and entered the church, but still tours with a reincarnation of the group.

Chamillionaire Auctions Day On eBay

November 13th, 2005 | By Administrator

With his major-label debut The Sound Of Revenge set for release on Universal Records, Chamillionaire is offering a fan a chance to spend his debut album release day with him.

Universal Records, in conjunction with eBay, is offering the auction winner and one (1) guest to accompany Chamillionaire as he promotes his new CD across the city of Houston, Texas.

The promotional events include a brief lunch with Chamillionaire on 11/21/05, as well as, escorting the Houston native to several in-store signings on 11/21/05 and 11/22/05.

The winner will also help Chamillionaire celebrate The Sound Of Revenge at his album release party at a surprise location on 11/22/05.

An ex-member of Houston’s legendary Swishahouse, Chamillionaire and former friend Paul Wall, started a group known as the Color Changin Click.

Their first album, Get Ya Mind Correct, was nominated for Indie Album of the Year in The Source Magazine.

The acclaimed release went on to sell over 100,000 copies independently.

Known as the Mixtape Messiah, Chamillionaire recently made national news when he remixed his Scott Storch produced single, ?Turn It Up? to pay homage to the Astros and their first World Series appearance.

The remix, “Turn It Up Astros,” was quickly placed into heavy rotation at the Astrodome and became a top requested song in Houston.

The Sound Of Revenge features Bun B, Scarface, Lil’ Wayne, Lil’ Flip, and Krayzie Bone, with production from Mannie Fresh and Cool & Dre among others.

Chamillionaire’s The Sound Of Revenge is due in stores November 22.

For more information on ?Spend the Day with Chamillionaire? log onto eBay.com.

Lil’ Flip Talks New Album, Signs Sqad Up

November 11th, 2005 | By Administrator

Houston’s Lil’ Flip recently released his new single “What It Do” from his forthcoming album, I Need Mine.

The new single is produced by former Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh, who concocted a unique track that Flip feels will be another sure-fire hit.

“I wanted a song with energy, the way ?Game Over? has mad energy and the crowd goes crazy,” said Flip. “Fresh laced it up like he does, we did the hook and I did my thing. This track is like Magnolia meets H-Town. Some real hood to hood type shit.”

According to Sandy Lal aka ?The Synphony? (Flip’s advisor, manager and producer), the pairing of Manny Fresh and Lil? Flip is a monumental event.

“The whole Texas/New Orleans connection is strong, but nobody has actually ever done it on a large scale,? Lal stated. ?The king of Houston hooked up with the king of N.O. and it’s nothing short of great.”

I Need Mine will feature guests like Nate Dogg, Lyfe Jennings as well as production from the likes of Scott Storch, Salaam Remi, Mannie Fresh and others.

Lil? Flip has also made waves with his recent signing of New Orleans rappers Sqad Up to his Clover G Records, and the launch of his own beverage line called Lucky Nites.

For everything Lil’ Flip related visit www.lilfliponline.com. I Need Mine hits stores Dec. 27.

Jermaine Dupri, Nelly, Destiny’s Child Honored By HSAN

November 10th, 2005 | By Administrator

The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is honoring Jermaine Dupri, Destinys Child, Nelly and Chrysler Financial for their work in the community at annual awards benefit.

The 3rd Annual Action Awards Benefit Dinner is an exclusive fundraising celebration that will help support HSAN work to utilize the power of Hip- Hop for positive social change.

“I’m very grateful to be honored by HSAN,” Dupri told AllHipHop.com. “Things like this really make me feel like all my hard work is worth it because I’m sure there’s so many other people they could have picked. I’m excited and can’t wait.”

Previous honorees honored include Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Ludacris and The Ludacris Foundation, Pepsi-Cola North America President Dawn Hudson, Tommy Hilfiger and MTV’s Choose or Lose Campaign.

In addition to the awards, Honorary Chair and Warner Music Group President Kevin Liles is scheduled to give a keynote speech.

The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network was created in 2001 and aims to raise the level of public education and literacy, voter education, economic advancement and youth leadership development.

The 3rd Annual Actions Award Benefit Dinner is scheduled to take place November 16, 2005, at The Lighthouse in New York City, NY the event starts at 7:30 pm.

Master P. Launches Distribution Company, Preparing Three New Releases

November 9th, 2005 | By Administrator

Mogul and rapper Master P. has launched his own distribution company, Gutter Music Records and Distribution.

According to Miller, the new distribution company will also distribute releases from his No Limit label.

The first release to be distributed by Gutter Music Records and Distribution will be Hurricane Katrina by the 504 Boyz, which features group members Master P., Silkk the Shocker, Krazy, Hallelujah and Playa.

In addition to handling the distribution of the record, which hits stores Nov. 8, the New Orleans native said 100% of the records proceeds will be donated to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

?Record companies are spending too much money and, as a result, the artists are barely surviving,? says Master P. ?The whole industry is changing, radio stations are constantly firing DJ?s? the industry is all visual now. Gutter Music will start small of then build – the Independent way.?

The next release will be Young Ballers from Lil? Romeo featuring The Rich Boyz, which hits stores on Nov. 22.

The Rich Boyz are a family group that features P?s other son Vercy Miller (Young V.) and cousins and group members C-Los, Big Doug and Lil’ D.

?The Rich Boyz are the future of the streets, the way the 504 Boyz and TRU were the future when I was coming up,? Master P. said of the group.

Next through Gutter Music will be Master P.’s own Living Legends, the follow up to his album Ghetto Bill: The Best Hustler in the Game.

Ghetto Bill was recently released through a distribution deal with Koch and debuted at #1 on Billboard?s at #1 independent albums chart.

Living Legends by Master P. hits stores Nov. 29 and features P?s latest single, ?Cookie Money.?

?The streets are ours and we ain?t going nowhere. You can?t beat us, [so] join us.”

Master P. is also working on a new movie, titled ?Get Money? which had no release date as of press time.

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