C-Murder Alive, Transferred To Angola Prison

September 9th, 2005 | By Administrator

Corey ?C-Murder/C-Miller??? Miller is alive and well AllHipHop.com has learned.

The rapper was incarcerated in a prison in Gretna, Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29. The hurricane produced the worst natural disaster in United States history.

?C is alive, he was shipped off to Angola,??? a source close to Miller told AllHipHop.com. ?He personally said he?s alive and doing OK.???

The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is known as one of the roughest prisons in the country, housing the state?s most notorious and violent criminals.

In earlier published reports, Miller’s older brother, mogul Percy “Master P.” Miller stated that he didn?t know the whereabouts of his brother and his expressed concern for his safety.

Yesterday, officials started transferring almost 1,000 inmates out of flooded prisons. Some prisons were flooded so bad, inmates were forced to flee for their lives.

US Marshals took a batch of inmates to a federal prison in Florida and another load is slated to make the trip today (September 9).

In related news, Senators from Arkansas have introduced legislation that would require criminal background checks for all that have fled to the state after being displaced by the hurricane.

It is estimated that at least 1 million people have been displaced from Hurricane Katrina and have been forced to flee to other parts of the United States to take up refuge.

Producer/Executive Jermaine Dupri Talks Chart Success

September 1st, 2005 | By Administrator

Jermaine “JD” Dupri has more than enough reasons to crack a smile these days.

Currently, Dupri has four songs he has either produced and/or co-wrote in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Hot 100 and has the top three spots on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

Dupri produced and co-wrote Mariah Carey’s smash single “We Belong Together,” which has spent the last 21 weeks on the Hot 100 Singles chart and is currently the song #1 in the country.

Carey is also sitting at #4 with her latest single ?Shake It Off.” Both of Carey’s singles are taken from her double platinum album The Emancipation Of Mimi.

Bow Wow?s Wanted album has brought forth the Dupri-produced songs ?Let Me Hold You??? featuring Omarion and ?Like You??? with Ciara occupy the #5 and #9 spots.

?I?m happy and I can’t really believe it,??? Dupri told AllHipHop.com. ?I always joked with the homies, saying if I ever got the 1 through 5 [spots on the chart] I would quit. As a producer and song writer that would be the ultimate high. For me to be the first to have 1 through 3 at the same time is crazy.???

Dupri is President of Urban Music at Virgin Records and has made noise with key signings such as SunN.Y., TWaters and Baltimore’s own Bossman.

Dupri’s latest release Jermaine Dupri Presents…Young Fly & Flashy: Vol I is out now.

Lil’ Jon Takes Home Top Honors At BMI Awards

August 27th, 2005 | By Administrator

Lil? Jon and R. Kelly took home top honors at the 2005 BMI Urban Awards, which took place last night (August 26) at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami, Florida.

Lil? Jon and R. Kelly were named Songwriters of the Year with four ?most performed song??? awards. The song ?Yeah??? featuring Usher was named Song of the Year.

The Atlanta bred rapper/producer also won the first Urban Ringtone Award for Petey Pablo?s hit song ?Freek-A-Leek.???

Kanye West won the award for Producer of the Year.

Charlie Wilson and The Gap Band were named BMI Icons for their “enduring influence on generations of music makers.”

EMI Music Publishing snagged the BMI Urban Publisher of the Year. Big Jon Platt, Executive Vice President, Urban Music, U.S. for EMI, accepted on behalf of the publisher.

For a complete list of 2005 BMI Urban Awards winners, please visit bmi.com/urban.

Slim Thug Included In Madden 2006

August 24th, 2005 | By Administrator

Houston rapper Slim Thug is featured on the soundtrack for the newly released 2006 version of EA Sports highly popular Madden NFL.

Slim lent his previously unreleased joint “Get it Started” to the franchise, and hopes the exposure help further his already strong buzz.

“This is a great way for me to get my music out to a larger audience,” said Slim. “I’ve been playing Madden since way back and I’ve always been bangin’ the joints they had on there. So I know for a fact that everybody is gonna hear what I got because I know everyone loves Madden.”

Madden features numerous notable up and coming and established artists on their soundtrack this year, including Chamillionaire, Memphis Bleek, Rev Run, Sam Scarfo, Bump J, Spider Loc, Stat Quo, Tech N9ne and Papoose.

One of the best-selling and most respected franchises in the gaming industry, Madden 2006 is available now at your local game spot.

Slim Thug’s debut Already Platinum is out now. And for those that haven’t copped Madden yet, you can hear “Get it Started” on the EA Sports website.

Ludacris Talks About Field Mob Signing With Disturbin Tha Peace

August 22nd, 2005 | By Administrator

Albany, Georgia Hip-Hop duo Field Mob has inked a deal with Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace label to release their third album Light Poles and Pine Trees.

?As Disturbing Tha Peace continues to grow, we are proud to have them as an addition to our brand,??? Ludacris told AllHipHop.com. ?We [Disturbing Tha Peace] are here to broaden their appeal as being two of the leading lyricists from the south. I expect just as much from them as they do from us.???

Group members Shawn Jay and Smoke explained the meaning behind the album?s title.

“The name of the album is Light Poles and Pine Trees because there ain’t no skyline where we’re from,” Shawn Jay said. “There’s no arch like in St. Louis or palm trees like California,” continued Smoke aka Chevy Pendagrass. “You look up and that’s what you see in Albany.”

The release of the unofficial single in “Georgia” features Ludacris and a sampled hook from Ray Charles? ?Georgia on My Mind,??? which is also the official song of the state of Georgia.

The first official single will be “Friday Night,” which also features Ludacris and is produced by Kenjo.

The album will feature collaborations with Ludacris, Ciara, Bone Crusher, Bobby Valentino, and others.

“I feel like we’re the most posturpedic group in the industry right now,” says Shawn Jay. “Meaning, we’re the most slept-on artists. Other artists know that if them boys get a little bit of light, its over.”

Light Poles and Pine Trees is slated to drop in November on Disturbing Tha Peace/Geffen Records.

David Banner Lands Role Alongside Samuel L. Jackson In Flick ‘Black Snake Moan’

August 19th, 2005 | By Administrator

Rapper/producer David Banner is taking a step from behind the microphone and mixing board to make his acting debut along side Samuel L. Jackson in the Craig Brewer directed film ?Black Snake Moan.???

The movie is a tale about a white woman who is a nymphomaniac and must be cured of her disorder by a black bluesman.

“I’m really happy with the role,” David Banner told AllHipHop.com. “I feel blessed that my debut role is a major one, starring beside someone as great as Samuel L. Jackson.”

?Black Snake Moan??? is slated to start shooting in October and also stars Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake. Brewer directed the critically acclaimed movie ?Hustle & Flow.???

“My character is one of the few people in the town besides Lazarus [played by Samuel L. Jackson] that really understands this woman,” Banner said of his role, “He’s a hustler but No one else believes in her and they all kind of get down on her. It’s a real cool movie”

Although the plot may seem simple, the actual story behind it is much more complex, according to director Craig Brewer.

“This is a movie where we are taking some of the most sexual and racially charged imagery where you look deeper and you find that these are human beings, but it is also a movie that deals this wave of sexual addiction;” director Craig Brewer told blackfilm.com in a recent interview about the movie. “It shows that there are so many things that have collided but that is ultimately what makes us all family. It makes us connected to each other where normally we wouldn’t be connected.”

Banner has also been tapped by Cartoon Network to create an untitled cartoon that will appear in the Adult Swim block next season.

“The cartoon is going to be really funny,” Banner told AllHipHop.com. “It’s really going to push the envelope as far as the topics we are touching on.”

The cartoon will not only feature David Banner, but fellow southern producers Jazzy Pha and Mannie Fresh.

“It’s about a white family and a black family living in modern day North Mississippi but the white family’s mind set is that of 1869 and no matter what you do it won’t change, they still think and talk the way they would in 1869, so it’s really pushing it,” Banner said. “My character is a member of black rock band who works at Sonic, but he is moving upward and is in direct conflict with the white family. I think that it’s really going to push the envelope and address the issue of race relations in America, even if we don’t want to.”

With his new upcoming acting projects, Banner says he is taking a break from music to focus on his craft and to get some much needed rest.

“Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a workaholic,” Banner said. “I am just going to use this time while I am shooting the film to really rest. I am totally focused on acting because that has always been my dream. After we are done shooting, I am planning on starting the European tour to promote Certified and dive back into the swing of things with music.”

David Banner?s Certified hits stores September 20 on Universal.

Gucci Mane Denied Bond

August 17th, 2005 | By Administrator

Amid a pending trial on aggravated assault charges, Gucci Mane was denied bond after an Atlanta judge stated that the rapper has been “in too much trouble.”

Gucci Mane, born Radric Davis, is accused of beating a promoter with a pool stick this past June, during which he was already on bond for a murder trial.

The 25-year-old Atlanta-based rapper was charged with allegedly shooting Henry Clark on May 10. Three days later, Clark’s body was discovered in Atlanta.

Davis has repeatedly said that he acted in self-defense, and a new investigation of that incident is currently underway.

The trial has been deferred until October, and Davis is being held without bond in the Fulton County jail.

TVT Records & Slip-N-Slide Battle Over Pitbull Recordings

August 14th, 2005 | By Administrator

TVT Records and Slip-N-Slide Records will head to court August 26 over unreleased material by Miami, Florida rapper Pitbull.

According to a report in the Miami Herald, the two labels are battling over the release of Welcome to the 305, an album that contains material Pitbull recorded before signing with TVT.

The Slip-N-Slide recordings were tracked in 2001, before the rapper signed to TVT. Slip-N-Slide claims Pitbull signed over all rights to the recordings when they granted the rapper a release in 2003 to sign with TVT.

TVT President Steven Gottlieb said that Slip-N-Slide was exploiting the investment they had made to make Pitbull a worldwide star.

”TVT has invested substantial time, effort and resources to develop P?rez [Pitbull] as an artist and to develop, market and release the M.I.A.M.I. album on a worldwide basis,” Gottlieb said in court papers.

Pitbull’s debut album M.I.A.M.I. (Money Is A Major Issue) has moved over 500,000 units and according to Slip-N-Slide owner Ted Lucas, Welcome to the 305 has already tallied over 100,000 pre-orders.

Lucas said that Pitbull has given verbal support of the older material, while Gottlieb claimed Pitbull told TVT to block the release.

?We’ll fight for this because Pitbull’s next real release should be a multi-platinum breakthrough,” TVT said in a statement.

Mystikal Hit With Tax Charges

August 12th, 2005 | By Administrator

Rapper Mystikal, who is currently incarcerated for sexual battery, has been hit with another charge for allegedly failing to file his federal income tax returns, according to officials at the IRS field office in New Orleans.

The New Orleans rapper, whose real name is Michael Tyler, is charged with two counts of not filing his tax returns for 1998 and 1999, when his gross income was $824,915 and $930,953, respectively.

Mystikal could serve up to a year in prison on each count if he is convicted.

The rapper was sentenced to six years in prison in 2004 after his hair stylist accused him and his two bodyguards of forcing her to perform sexual acts.

The woman claimed that Mystikal and his crew accused her of stealing $80,000 in checks from the rapper, which she denied.

Slip-N-Slide Celebrates 10 Years With Labor Day Weekend Party

August 10th, 2005 | By Administrator

Slip-N-Slide Records, recording home for artists Trick Daddy and Trina, will celebrate it’s 10th year in the music business in September with a three day Slip-N-Slide “MIA” celebration in Miami, Florida.

The Slip-N-Slide weekend will feature an invitation-only cocktail party at a private mansion on South Beach, a yacht party and an A-list party hosted at one of Miami?s newest hotspots.

A formal reception is also planned at Parrot Jungle Island.

Slip-N-Slide?s representatives were tight lipped about details on the events, but have stated that there will be major surprises and top performances.

Some of entertainment?s biggest names are slated to be present to help celebrate the Miami, Florida based label 10 year anniversary.

When asked about his mission for the next ten years, Ted “Touche” Lucas, President and CEO of Slip-N-Slide stated: ?I would like to take Slip-N-Slide to a new level and become one of the major record labels in the music business, similar to Interscope Records.???

Although Slip-N-Slide was built on bringing their infectious brand of Hip-Hop to the mainstream Lucas added that he is looking to release more genres of music.

To thank South Florida, fans and the entire music industry for the great support they have received through the last several years, a portion of all proceeds will benefit Concerned Citizens for Miami-Dade County Schools and the Miami Coalition against Crime.

The Slip N Slide “MIA” weekend is scheduled to be held Labor Day weekend September 2nd – 5th.

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