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Rappers From Different Ethnic Backgrounds Comment On Call To Ban N-Word

November 29th, 2006 | By Administrator

A group of activists gathered in Los Angeles on Monday (Nov. 27) and called for a boycott of the “n-word” and voiced support for an upcoming NAACP campaign to “just say ‘no’ to the n-word.”

The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Rep. Maxine Waters, comedian Paul Mooney and other African-American leaders held a press conference to encourage people of all ethnicity’s to avoid using the word.

The press conference and call to refrain from using the word comes on the heels of racist statements by white comedian and Seinfeld costar Michael “Kramer” Richards, during a standup routine at the comedy club The Laugh Factory.

Hecklers berated Richards’ routine, which led to Richards using the word n****r repeatedly, during a explicative filled racial tired on the stage, which also made references to lynching black people.

Various rappers from different ethnic backgrounds reacted to the call to boycott the word.

Popular white rapper Paul Wall banished the word from his vocabulary years ago and is supporting the NAACP’s call to ban the word from use in the media and entertainment industries.

“I support the NAACP in their cause,” Paul Wall told AllHipHop.com. “I think the word is offensive for anybody to use. It’s a disgraceful, offensive word that was used to belittle people because of the color of their skin. Its become such a general term, that everyday good people now use the ‘n-word’ in general conversation. Its meaning and definition have evolved, but its roots are still negative.”

Legendary African-American comedian Paul Mooney, who has written controversial material for comedians like Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle, is well known for his using the word in his own comedy routines.

Like Paul Wall and the late Richard Pryor, Mooney has vowed to never use the word again during his routine. “I’ve used it and abused it, and I never thought I’d say this,” Mooney said. “Richards is my Dr. Phil ? he’s cured me.”

The activists are hoping rappers will follow Paul Wall and Mooney’s lead, but may be met with resistance. Queens-bred bilingual rapper Noreaga, who is black and Puerto Rican, had a different opinion.

“Man, Seinfeld was my show and Kramer, he was my favorite character,” Noreaga lamented. “But f**k him. Why run to his aid? There are neighborhoods in the U.S. and in Puerto Rico that look like Third World countries. I definitely don’t plan to change my vocabulary or speech pattern because of this incident. You never hear from these leaders until something controversial happens.”

African-American rapper Chamillionaire is known for his curse word-free, street oriented rhymes.

The Houston, Texas rapper noted the history of the word and explained the word has become a part of general culture.

“Its not just rappers its as African-Americans in general, we do a lot of things that are opposite of past history,” Chamillionaire said. “We wear flashy jewelry and brag like its a trophy, when people in the present and past history would get killed for the diamonds. We promote violence and drugs but complain about violence and drugs. We don’t vote but complain about who is in office. We throw the ‘n-word’ around like its a good thing, when in the past it was one of the most dreadful words. All this stuff has grown to become a part of the culture.”

Paul Wall agreed and while he doesn’t use the word, he is frequently referred to as a n***a by friends and fans.

“I don’t use it because my mother raised me to believe that it is an offensive word regardless of who says it,” Paul Wall explained. “But being that the word is so common, I am referred to by the ‘n-word’ everyday. ‘Paul Wall, n***a you my favorite rapper.’ ‘That n***a Paul Wall got a clean grill.’ Last year in Ozone Magazine, I won the “Realest N***a Award. It obviously was a joke though.”

Political activist, radio host and Hip-Hop historian Davey D. acknowledge Paul Wall’s plight in escaping the word’s popularity and its growing use among various races.

“One thing to keep in mind about the popularity of the ‘n-word’ is that corporate owned media outlets and record labels gave platforms for folks to use that word at will,” Davey D. told AllHipHop.com. “The end result has been everybody feeling they can use it, without the general connotation and association being changed. Sadly, those same outlets are quick to shut down access when these same black folks who like to use the ‘n-word’ come to the table to speak about politics or against Bush, white oppression, Katrina or the War in Iraq, suddenly we get shut down. Suddenly they don’t have platforms or time to hear us speak. When a person or institution makes you believe that you are somehow being empowered while they are simultaneously oppressing you, its called pimping.”

Reverend Jesse Jackson and other activists are planning a series of meetings with TV networks, film companies and musicians to discuss banning the ‘n-word.’

Jackson also called for a boycott of Seinfeld: Season 7, which was recently released on DVD.

“Racism is alive in America and I been all over the world,” Noreaga told AllHipHop.com. “What hurts me the most, is when you have an actor of such stature and he says your a n****r, and I think that’s how he really feels. What also makes me mad is when you got Jesse [Jackson] running to his aid, as if he didn’t mean to say it. Man f**k that motherf***er.”

Young Jeezy Offering Scholarship To Atlanta Area High School Students

November 28th, 2006 | By Administrator

Young Jeezy and his label Corporate Thugz Entertainment are putting local Atlanta high school students to the test by offering a $1,000 scholarship to one lucky winner of an essay contest.

The rapper announced the “What Inspires You” Essay contest, in honor of his upcoming sophomore release The Inspiration. High School students in the metro Atlanta area can participate by submitting a 300 word or less essay explaining where their daily inspiration comes from.

The grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship, an autographed CD and poster and a pizza party for the winner’s entire senior class.

CTE, which was launched in 1998 with partner Demetrius “Kinky B” Ellerbee, is also involving local Atlanta businesses that will provide goods and services to give the lucky winner the “ultimate Jeezy treatment.”

Young Jeezy will personally deliver the grand prize to the winning student’s school.

To enter the “What Inspires You” essay contest, mail an essay to Corporate Thugz Ent. Be sure to include your name, return address and telephone number. Students can also email: inspiration@corporatethugzent.com.

All entries must be postmarked by December 4th and the winner will be selected and notified by December 8.

Young Jeezy’s The Inspiration hits stores December 12 on Corporate Thugz Entertainment/Def Jam.

Slim Thug, BG Participating in Stop the Violence Hip-Hop Caucus

November 22nd, 2006 | By Administrator

Houston, Texas-based lyricist Slim Thug is the latest artist scheduled to take part in a Stop the Violence Hip-Hop caucus in New Orleans.

The event, hosted by the Hip-Hop Caucus Institute (HHCi), will take place Friday (Nov. 24) and include a dialogue and strategy session to find a solution for the growing violence in neighborhoods populated with survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

The HHCi is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to strengthening social movements with independent research, visionary thinking and links to the grassroots, the Hip-Hop community, scholars and elected officials.

In addition to Slim Thug, survivors will interact with city officials, community activists, legal advocates and civil rights leaders in a Hip-Hop Town Hall meeting.

Other celebrities expected to attend include BG, Mia X, Joe Blakk, Head-Roc, DJ Jubilee, Sess 4-5, Fifth Ward Weebie, and L.O.G. as well as invited artists David Banner, Remy Ma, Doug E. Fresh, Paul Wall and Juvenile.

The event comes in light of a tragic milestone for New Orleans, which reached its 100th homicide of the year in September.

In addition to an increasing homicide rate, the city has seen an increase in suicides, depression, substance abuse, and domestic violence.

“Tragically, violence is igniting among youth, many of whom find themselves shut out of the rebuilding process,” said the Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., HHCi president. “The increase in violence, which has emerged as a result of despair and desperation, has been intensified by the failure of the government to adequately and comprehensively provide access to education, employment, or even hope of a positive future for young people.”

Leadership among youth affected by Katrina will be encouraged at the gathering as a catalyst towards setting examples for young people in other troubled urban communities.

The Caucus will also address the national issue of violence in urban communities in hopes of developing a national youth coalition to advocate for peace and justice in cities throughout the U.S.

Doors open at noon for the event. The town hall meeting will be 1 to 5 p.m. at the Anirtak Theater (formally the State Palace), 1108 Canal Street New Orleans.

Lil Scrappy Launches ‘G’s Up TV’

November 21st, 2006 | By Administrator

Reprise Records launched G’s Up TV today (Nov. 21), a new online show starring Atlanta-based rapper Lil Scrappy.

The documentary-style Internet television show features Lil Scrappy recounting his life and how he broke into the music industry. The rapper will also appear in a variety of humorous skits, which include a cognac tasting contest with Lil Jon, a food run with friends and a skit where he enters into record label’s master tape vault.

Guests on the show include Lil Jon, Three 6 Mafia, Jaime Kennedy and Stu Stone, Young Buck, Young Dro and others.

“‘G’s Up TV’ is the other side of me — not just doing the rap thing,” Lil Scrappy said in a statement. “It’ll help people understand what I’m about, beyond my music career — the real Scrappy.”

A trailer of the show that was posted on popular video sharing site Youtube garnered over 1.5 million views in just six weeks.

“The current climate requires us to be innovative and resourceful when it comes to delivering content to consumers and fans,” said Reprise’s Sr. Director of Creative & Visual Content Denise Williams. “We built and housed our set at Warner Bros./Reprise Records’ office, in order to transform and create an environment for any artist from any genre.”

G’s Up TV debuted today and new episodes will be released each week until December 5, when Lil Scrappy releases his full length album Bred 2 Die, Born 2 Live, which is executive produced by 50 Cent and Lil Jon.

For more information visit www.lilscrappy.com and http://gsup.tv/.

Master P Hits Wall Street With New Book ‘Guaranteed Success’

November 20th, 2006 | By Administrator

Rap Mogul Percy “Master P ” Miller is putting his business skills to use outside the music arena with his new book Guaranteed Success.

The educational book, which is also available on CD and DVD, represents Miller’s goal of educating those interested in benefiting from the power of Hip-Hop from a financial stand point.

“It’s time to educate our people in financial investments, real estate, and taxes,” Miller told AllHipHop.com. “Hip-Hop is a $ 4 billion dollar per year industry and it’s time for us to take ownership of our shares.”

Guaranteed Success is the culmination of four years worth of work by Miller, who spent time networking with movers and shakers as well as learning about financial investments, stocks, real estate, and taxes.

The effort signifies a new direction for the No Limit Records founder and CEO, who plans to embark on a national speaking tour on building generational wealth for corporations, businesses, schools, and communities.

“I’ve matured, and it’s time for a career change and to think out of the box,” said Miller. “If I want to run the music industry, I’d hang out at the music award shows with Jay-Z, Puffy, and 50 Cent. Now that I?m on Wall Street, you could find me hanging out with Curtis Oakes, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and Ervin Johnson,” said Miller, who wants to ensure his family doesn’t succumb to the pitfalls he experienced by not being financially sound.

Miller’s No Limit Records has sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Miller has remained one of Hip-Hop’s wealthiest moguls and at one point, his net worth was over $250 million dollars.

He has invested in toys, films, clothing, auto accessories, jewelry, sports management, record distribution and other business ventures.

Miller is also co-creator Romeo!, the hit Nickelodeon television show that stars Master P.’s real-life son, rapper Lil’ Romeo.

Guaranteed Success is due in stores in 2007.

For more information visit www.thewealthyson.com.

Bad Boy South Renews Alliance with Block Enterprises

November 19th, 2006 | By Administrator

The allegiance between Bad Boy South and Block Enterprises will continue, according to Bad Boy CEO Sean “Diddy” Combs and Russell “Block” Spencer.

The pair announced the renewal of their venture Friday (Nov. 17). The new deal caps off a successful year headlined by the success of Boyz N Da Hood and Young Joc.

Both artists’ debut albums debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

The good fortune verifies Combs’ feelings about capitalizing on the South’s grip on the rap scene.

“As we have continued to expand the musical scope of Bad Boy, we knew we had to be plugged into the creative and vibrant Southern scene,” Combs
said. “When Block and I first met, I realized he had an ear for the streets of the South and that he would be the perfect person to be our partner in developing and breaking new talent. The success of Boyz N Da Hood and Yung Joc proves that our instincts were right, and there is much more fantastic music in the pipeline from the Block/Bad Boy South team. I am thrilled that we have renewed our commitment to this great relationship.”

For Spencer, the teaming with Bad Boy proved to be the catalyst needed for elevating his company to higher heights.

The mogul is noted for overseeing projects for 8Ball & MJG, Tela, and Crime Boss during his stint at Suave House record, as well as establishing ShoNuff records with producer Jazze Pha.

“Look at the success we have already attained,” Block said. “When the machine is working successfully, you don’t look to fix it, but to add to it to make it better. The renewal of our deal is going to make the Block/Bad Boy South partnership even bigger.”

The Block Enterprises/Bad Boy South union came about in 2005 with the release of Boyz N Da Hood’s self-titled first album, which entered the Billboard 200 at number 5.

Upon formalizing the partnership in early 2006, the labels created another success with Young Joc’s debut New Joc City.

The album, which featured the number one singles “It’s Goin Down” and “I Know You See It,” charted at number three its first week on the Billboard 200.

New albums from Boyz N Da Hood and Yung Joc, as well as the solo debut of Boyz member Big Gee and the first album from Gorilla Zoe are currently being developed by Block Enterprises/Bad Boy South.

Projects from the alliance will continue to be marketed and distributed by Atlantic Records, a division of Warner Music Group.

The Block Enterprises/Bad Boy South venture represents Bad Boy’s efforts to evolve in the ever-changing music landscape, said Bad Boy executive
vice president general manager Harve Pierre.

“Looking back to when we first started with a handful of people in 1992 and fast forwarding to 2006, we have truly grown as a label, family, and industry,” he stated. “We now have the manpower to get more done in less time. After seeing the success of Boyz N Da Hood and Yung Joc on their debut albums, I can say with conviction that this is the continuation of a beautiful relationship.”

Rick Ross Launches Charitable Organization

November 14th, 2006 | By Administrator

Miami rapper Rick Ross is organizing the Rick Ross Charities, which aims to create educational, social and mentoring programs to help improve the quality of life for youngsters.

Ross will officially launch the organization Dec. 2 during the Florida Entertainment Summit at Rain night club.

“I started Rick Ross Charity to give back a positive influence to the negative situation our youth endure everyday,” said Ross in a statement.

The fundraiser is expected to attract Miami’s A-list Hip-Hop clientele, including producers Cool & Dre, DJ Khaled and the Poe Boy family.

The 2nd Annual Florida Entertainment Summit takes place from Dec 1-3 in Miami, Florida.

Ludacris Joins the Search For Runaways

November 13th, 2006 | By Administrator

Rapper/actor Ludacris is aiding in the search for runaway youth through his nonprofit, Ludacris Foundation, teaming up with Along with the National Runaway Switchboard, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and Essence Cares to bring awareness to the issue.

The effort is part of the Switchboard’s public education campaign to increase awareness of issues facing America’s runaways, as well as educate the public on solutions and roles they can play in preventing youth from running away.

November has been deemed National Runaway Prevention Month.

The venture coincides with the release of “Runaway Love” featuring Mary J. Blige, the second single off Ludacris’ latest album Release Therapy.

“This is not just a runaway problem; this is my problem–this is your problem. This is our problem. This is our opportunity to lend a hand,” Ludacris said during a recent visit to an Atlanta-based runaway shelter.

The lyricist will be on hand Tuesday (Nov. 14) to officially announce the partnership with Russell Simmons, Dr. Ben Chavis, Susan Taylor, Roberta Shields and Maureen Blaha at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York.

Jacob The Jeweler Sues Rapper Scarface Over Jewels

November 13th, 2006 | By Administrator

Jacob “The Jeweler” Arabo filed a lawsuit against Scarface last week, claiming the pioneering Houston-based rapper owes over $37,000 for jewelry purchased in 2002.

The famed jeweler to the stars claims that he repeatedly asked Scarface, born Bradley Jordan, to pay for the undisclosed items without success, so he filed the lawsuit in an attempt to collect the debt.

Arabo was indicted on federal money laundering charges in June, amidst claims that he helped Black Mafia Family (BMF) wash over $270 million in suspected drug proceeds.

Arabo pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on $100,000 bail.

He recently made his first public appearance at the Make-A-Wish Ball at Miami’s Intercontinental Hotel, where he donated two watches to the nonprofit organization for children.

Ludacris Tapped As Ambassador For YouthAids, Embarks On Speaking Tour

November 10th, 2006 | By Administrator

Rapper Ludacris will embark on a four-date speaking engagement that starts in Los Angeles and ends in Washington DC on World Aids Day, as part of YouthAIDS “Kick Me!” Campaign.

Ludacris, who serves as an ambassador for YouthAIDS, will speak to students at UCLA, Northwestern University, NYU and George Washington University about the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which has claimed over 20 million lives. It’s estimated that another 39 million people worldwide are living the disease.

Dates are still being confirmed, but the the speaking tour will wrap up on World Aids Day (Dec. 1), when the rapper speaks at George Washington University’s Marvin Center.

YouthAIDS is a Washington DC based global initiative that operates in over 60 countries to raise awareness to help fight the spread of the HIV/AIDS among the world?s younger population.

The organization also partners with various corporations and media industry to create and deliver messages of hope and prevention.

The “Kick Me!” campaign centers on someone placing a “kick me sign” on another persons back with their knowledge.

The imagery in the commercial conveys the message that most people carrying HIV/AIDS may not be aware they are infected, by comparing the ignorance to someone with a “kick me” sign on their back.

YouthAIDS partners with corporations and the media industry to create unique, inspiring, and informative vehicles for messages of hope, prevention, and protection from HIV/AIDS.

According to reports, MTV will tape Ludacris during his stop at George Washington University.

For more information visit youthaids.org.

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