Archive for March, 2006

B.G.’s New Album Lands On Top Of Billboard Chart

March 29th, 2006 | By Administrator

Chopper City/KOCH Records artist B.G. debuted at #1 on the Billboard Independent Chart with his new album, The Heart of tha Streetz Vol. 2 (I Am What I Am).

Powered by the single “Move Around” featuring Mannie Fresh, Heart of tha Streetz enjoyed sales of over 62,000 for the first week.

The album also debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200.

“This album is a dedicated to my fans, my family, Chopper City Records staff, and all the people who stuck with me through the highs and the lows,” B.G. said. “We gotta keep representing this music for New Orleans and I’m glad that people love the album. This is only the beginning for the comeback kid.”

With sales of over 7 million albums to his credit, the New Orleans rapper released a string of albums, including True Story (1993), Chopper City (1997), and 1997’s It’s All On U (Volumes 1 and 2) while signed to Cash Money.

After releasing his sixth solo album, Checkmate, B.G. walked away from Ca$h Money and launched his own imprint, Chopper City Records, with the help of his aunt and co-CEO, Carol Dorsey.

“We’re so excited for B.G. and this is a great achievement for Chopper City Records and for B.G. considering how far he’s come,” Dorsey added. “B.G. has been drug-free for three years and is completely focused on maintaining his position at the top. We’ve propelled Chopper City from the ground-up, maintained a presence in the streets with his core fanbase, and as usual the people have chosen. We’re gonna continue to grind so this records stays high on the charts.”

Rape Charges Against Trillville Rapper Don P Dropped

March 29th, 2006 | By Administrator

Rape charges against Trillville rapper Don P have been dismissed by the Dekalb County District Attorney’s office due to lack of evidence.

The rapper (born Donnell Prince) had been charged with rape and two counts of aggravated sodomy, stemming from an alleged Dec. 16 assault. Dekalb County police had accused Don P and another man of assaulting and raping a 16-year-old girl, an accusation that he flatly denied.

Attorneys for Don P. confirmed with AllHipHop.com that the charges were dismissed, after the District Attorney’s office acknowledged that they could not show probable cause that the incident had occurred.

“I just want to let everyone know that the case was dismissed because the DA had lack of evidence and they didn’t there was no probable cause,” Don P told AllHipHop.com. “It was too many people on the street saying that the girl wanted money. I guess she told people she wanted to get money from me.”

“Once they started investigating, witnesses from the party came forward to give their story of what happened,” Don P continued. “The guy who brought her to the party said that on the way over the girl was like ‘I love Don P, he’s my favorite one out the group?I wanna have sex with him.'”

Don P said the case was dismissed over a month ago, on Feb. 24.

“Sorry for not letting everybody know right when it happened, but I’ve been working the whole time that the case was going on and not really thinking about it,” he said. “In the end, everything worked out like it was supposed too.”

Trillville is best known for their hits “Neva Eva” and “Some Cut.”

Don P. also revealed that he was working on a DVD similar to Girls Gone Wild.

“[The DVD] was gonna be a hardcore porn at first, but now it’s gonna be like Girls Gone Wild. All the s**t on the road, in the hotel room. It’s like in the middle [of production]. We got girls from city to city to city coming to the hotel. It’s gonna make everybody wanna be a rapper.”

A new album, Trillville Reloaded is scheduled to hit stores this spring.

Three 6 Mafia Working With Paris Hilton, Memphis Hosts Three 6 Mafia Day

March 29th, 2006 | By Administrator

Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia is hitting the studio to produce and record tracks with socialite Paris Hilton for her debut album. The collaboration sprang from a recent meeting between Hilton and the Oscar-winning group.

“We ran into her at a William Morris Agency party and she said she liked our song ‘Stay Fly’ and asked could we work with her,” Jordan ‘Juicy J’ Houston told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “We let her listen to a dance track and she really liked it and plans to record it.”

Overall, the trio looks forward to working with Hilton.

“We’re just getting in the studio and putting together some more tracks for her.” “From there, we’ll see, but it will be a blast working with Paris Hilton. I mean she is Paris Hilton.”

Three 6 Mafia have been on a role since winning the Oscar for Best Original Song for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from the movie Hustle & Flow. The group will be honored in Memphis Saturday (April 1) as a part of the city’s Three 6 Mafia Day.

“Things are big for us right now and this day only makes it bigger,” said Houston.

Three 6 Mafia will receive the key to the city during the event, which will be sponsored by the City of Memphis, Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission, Memphis Music Foundation, Memphis and Shelby County Film Commission and Memphis Grammy Chapter.

“Three 6 Mafia has chosen to remain a part of the Memphis music community for the past 15 years,” said Rey Flemings, president of the Memphis Music Foundation. “They thanked Memphis when they accepted their Oscar and now it is Memphis’ turn to thank them.”

Three 6 Mafia Day takes place Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at the Memphis Rock ‘N’ Soul.

Tonto: Man Down

March 28th, 2006 | By Administrator

The former Chamilitary capo exposes the Mixtape Messiah and reveals weaknesses in the Color Changin? Army?
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Celebrities Support T.I.’s ‘ATL’ ; T.I., Director Chris Robinson Speak

March 28th, 2006 | By Administrator

Last night (March 27), a number of tastemakers, artists and label executives gathered at The Bombay Sapphire Lounge at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City for the red carpet premiere of T.I.’s debut film ATL.

The Chris Robinson-directed film tells the story of four teenage friends growing up on Atlanta’s south side while going through various trials and tribulations.

“To me the film is about dreams and that anything is possible,” Chris Robinson told AllHipHop.com. “You can stray from your path or you can not want to know what you gonna do but as long as you stay focused anything is possible.”

“It was a great script. The script came to me— it had a lot of heart and soul in it,” Robinson continued. “It just crushed me in that way where I felt like I went through this experience and I wanted to make people feel something. I wanted to tell a story and create characters that really touched people.”

The film also shows the versatility and growth that the self-proclaimed King of the South has experienced. Warner Music Group president, Kevin Liles told AllHipHop.com, “The movie did a good job of representing the T.I. brand and Grand Hustle brand. Chris Robinson is one of the greatest directors out there and I wish him the best of luck.”

Queen Latifah, Usher, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, DJ Drama, T.I.’s group the P$C, Avery Storm, Tisha Campbell and Duane Martin were among the attendees at the premiere.

“I appreciate all of the love and support; I appreciate the warm welcome into the film industry. I appreciate the opportunity to be involved with such a film of this magnitude,” T.I. told AllHipHop.com. “This really helps my movement and if anybody follows my career they know how important it is for me to lead than to follow. Warner Bros., Chris Robinson and the cast made this possible for me and I really appreciate it. I done did everything, now I just got to sit back and let it go.”

ATL hits theaters nationwide on Friday (March 31).

In related news, T.I. released his fourth solo effort, King, today. The album features cameos by Young Jeezy, Jamie Foxx, UGK, BG, Young Dro and more, as well as production from Just Blaze, DJ Toomp, Neptunes and others.

Master P, Lil’ Romeo Head To Germany To Support U.S. Troops

March 24th, 2006 | By Administrator

Master P and his son Lil’ Romeo will head to Germany later this month to perform at a “welcome home” celebration for soldiers.

The father and son combo will join R&B vocalist Michael Warren at Rose Barracks in Vilseck on March 29.

The performance is for members of the 18th Corps Support Battalion and the 94th Engineer Combat Battalion, who are returning from Iraq.

Soldiers will be presented with entertainment, games, a magic-show and carnival rides.

The event is sponsored by the USO, a 65-year-old non-profit organization that provides morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military personnel and their families.

Roy Jones Jr. Signs Atlanta Rapper Bone Crusher, New Projects From Trick Daddy, Choppa

March 20th, 2006 | By Administrator

Bone Crusher is mostly known for his fearlessness and Crunk classics like “Never Scared,” but the Atlanta rapper has a fan in Roy Jones, Jr., who recently signed the rapper to a one-album deal.

The album, titled Release the Beast, will hit stores July 18 via Jones’ Body Head Entertainment.

“It surprised me, because I didn’t know Bone Crusher could rap that good,” Jones told AllHipHop.com. “Oh my god, he’s got mad flow. He’s deadly. I heard his music, but I didn’t know. On this album, there’s not a bad song on there.”

Jones and Body Head have also teamed with 845 Entertainment to release projects by Trick Daddy, Choppa (formerly of No Limit), Rush, VI.com, Swellz and 3D, a rap group comprised of Jones’ two sons and their cousin.

845 is headed by Greg Miller and Jarred Weisfeld, the former manager of Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Bizzy Bone. The company’s roster includes Bizzy Bone, Pastor Troy, Lil J and Trina.

“We got a wonderful joint venture. I can’t wait to get going. Jarred and them got their stuff together,” said Jones, who has another solo album slated for a late 2006 release date. “BodyHead/845, we got the Bone Crusher album coming out, the Trick [Daddy] DVD, we got Boneface on the way. We got a couple things poppin’ off. We on the grind now.”

Weisfeld added, “Roy’s vision, together with our imagination, will bring the world powerful content that will make us a premiere entertainment company.”

Trick Daddy’s DVD The Real Entourage, due June 26, follows the rapper and his crew as they careen through the urban streets of America. Choppa’s as-yet- untitled LP hits stores on July 18.

Three 6 Mafia Heading To Pittsburgh Court Over 2003 Assault

March 17th, 2006 | By Administrator

Three 6 Mafia could visit a Pittsburgh, Pa., court as early as next month to face a subpoena from a fan who claims that associates of the rap group assaulted him during a concert last year.

Ramone Williams, 19, filed a lawsuit against the Memphis trio, alleging that two of their associates assaulted him as they performed their song “Let’s Start A Riot” at the Rock Jungle Night Club on Aug. 26, 2003.

Williams, who reportedly entered the club despite being underage, said that he was thrown to the floor, stomped, kicked in the face and hit with a chair. His attackers left him with two fractures to his left jaw, as well as other injuries.

Williams filed his lawsuit in July 2005 and named the club owners and Paul “DJ Paul” Beauregard, Jordan “Juicy J” Houston and Cedric Coleman as defendants.

Williams’ attorney told the Pittsburgh Gazette that the attackers were Robert “Koopsta Knicca” Cooper and Darnell “Crunchy Black” Carlton. Both men are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.

Cooper was slated to appear in court this month on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated robbery, after being accused of robbing three people at gunpoint in a Memphis home and taking $7,000, a diamond ring and other items.

Three 6 Mafia recently won an Oscar for Best Original Song after group members wrote the music and lyrics for “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp,” taken from the critically-acclaimed movie, Hustle & Flow.

Bubba Sparxxx Responds To ‘Booty’ Controversy

March 15th, 2006 | By Administrator

Rapper Bubba Sparxxx has responded to the growing controversy surrounding his new video and single, “Ms. New Booty.”

A videoclip for “Ms. New Booty,” which features The Ying Yang Twins, recently premiered on BET’s 106th & Park countdown show and quickly entered into the Top 10.

The song was produced by Mr. Collipark, the hit producer who has crafted hits for Lil’ Jon, The Ying Yang Twins, Young Jeezy, David Banner and others is currently #5 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Tracks single’s chart.

The video features Bubba Sparxxx as a Home TV spokesman and door-to-door salesman “for a miracle new product” that enhances a woman’s “booty.”

“Ms. New Booty to me, is about a woman who exudes confidence and does her thing with a swagger that’s unique to her and only her,” Sparxxx explained to AllHipHop.com. “You take a woman, she’s a flower waiting to bloom. Sometimes you meet a woman, a woman that maybe most people don’t see her beauty. You know with some adjustments you can bring her beauty out.”

Sparxxx explanation comes amidst criticism of the song and an accompanying website that was being marketed, www.msnewbooty.com.

The site allowed 18-and-up fans of the song to enter into a seven-week contest seeking to award “Ms. New Booty” with a part in a new Bubba Sparxxx video.

The site, which is currently down, allowed users to upload pictures to a “Booty Gallery” for viewers, who could vote for “Ms. New Booty,” as well as access Sparxxx’s official site.

A widely read statement titled Radio: The New Child Predator by Paul Porter and Lisa Fagers of IndustryEars.com was circulated, criticizing the video.

IndustryEars bills itself as “consortium of entertainment and broadcast industry professionals, dedicated to promoting justice in the media.”

The statement labeled the song and the marketing of the website as “another conduit to sex, pornography and misogyny aimed at children.”

“The government fails to arrest or acknowledge these corporate child predators,” Porter and Fagin wrote. “The Federal Communications Commission states, ‘It is illegal to broadcast sexually explicit content between 6am -10pm daily.’ Meanwhile the ‘Ms. New Booty’ contest is promoted on radio between the most listened to times for 12-17 year olds (6pm-10pm). The internet has pornographic websites, now radio stations that target the youngest demographic help and direct children straight to them.”

Porter and Fagin urged those offended by the video to contact FCC commissioner Kevin Martin and voice their dismay.

“Ms. New Booty” is taken from Sparxxx’s upcoming New South/Purple Ribbon/Virgin album, The Charm, scheduled to drop on April 4, 2006.

The album features production by Timbaland, Organized Noize Productions, Purple Ribbon label head and OutKast member Big Boi, Heatmakers, Mr. DJ & Slimm Jim, Basement Beat and Mr. Collipark.

So So Def CEO and Virgin’s President of Urban, Jermaine Dupri, weighed in on the song.

“People are just really overreacting,” Dupri told AllHipHop.com. “It’s just feel good music. We at Virgin are in no way promoting sex or whatever these media outlets continue to print.”

Sparxxx agreed with Dupri’s assessment.

“It’s for the clubs. It’s for females to feel good about. It’s for men to feel good about. There’s nothing negative going on about it. I’m a little hurt that anyone could take offense to this song. It’s all about that new chick that’s been hurt and making her the best she can be. You put the word ‘booty’ on there and every body says it’s disrespect.”

Master P, Silkk The Shocker Sentenced To Community Service

March 13th, 2006 | By Administrator

Mogul Master P and his brother, rapper Silkk the Shocker, were sentenced to community service, stemming from a 2005 incident in which police found loaded firearms in their rental car.

Percy “Master P” Miller pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of carrying an unloaded, unregistered weapon.

A plea of no contest means that Master P neither admits nor disputes the charges, that will still stand.

Vyshonne “Silkk the Shocker” Miller pleaded guilty to a felony charge of carrying an unregistered and loaded firearm.

Both men were ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and fined $700 apiece.

Silkk was also sentenced to three years supervised probation.

Master P and Silk were arrested in February of 2005 after officers on the campus of UCLA noticed the guns in the rapper’s Chrysler 300M.

“Black man with gun, white cop panic. I’m a businessman. If the cops stopped panicking for one minute, they would’ve realized that the guns were registered, and that is legal in America,” Master P told AllHipHop.com shortly after his arrest. “It’s a different way of life for a person of color with money than it is for others with money.”

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