Being the angry black editor that I am, I almost hate to say this but even I can only deny the truth for so long.
50 Cent is a fucking genius.
Hip hop collectively embraced Fif with open arms, whether you extended it lovingly or to throw a blow in his direction. Hate it or love it, Curtis Jackson gets results (and keeps a lot of y’all clicking the links with his name in it).
For months, staffers and visitors to the West 23rd Street offices of hip-hop bible The Source have had to step gingerly through a construction site. Now, it appears that the mag, whose masthead mingles in the same elevator as Radar’s, situated a few floors above, is having trouble coming up with the rent—reportedly overdue to the tune of $156,000.
Indie distributor ThinkFilm said Tuesday it nabbed worldwide rights to "Awesome: IF
'Shot That," a kaleidoscopic Beastie Boys concert documentary shot mainly by 50 fans on hand-held Hi8 cameras at Madison Square Garden.
UGK’s career has had its share of ups and downs. Starting with their first major label release Too Hard To Swallow to their last collective effort, Dirty Money, UGK was held back due to the lack of respect from their label and rap fans outside of the South. It took a New York nigga to bring these boys out-to the mainstream that is. Not until Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin,” did Bun B and Pimp C get a taste of commercial success. When Pimp C was sent to prison, Bun B was left alone to carry on the legacy UGK has set for H-Town. In the process, Bun B took the industry by storm by being King Cameo in the ‘05. With his first solo release Trill (Asylum/Rap-A-Lot), Bun shows why every rapper in the industry had him on their wish list when it came to like up their features.
The Chi-Rock Hip Hop Nation, which released the first Chicago rap album back in 1985, claims Twista stole its name for his new label.
Chi-Rock founder Shabazz, 37, told AllHipHop.com he registered the name long ago with the Illinois Secretary of State.
But now Chicago native and Atlantic recording artist Twista has been promoting his new label, Chi-Rock Entertainment -- which Shabazz says tramples on his copyright.
"This 'Twista' is tainting our legacy," Shabazz said. "My independent record company is called Chi-Rock Records."
The members of the rap group maintain Twista cannot claim ignorance since he has had "past affiliation" with the Nation.
There has been no response from Twista to the copyright infringement allegation and no lawsuit has yet been filed, AllHipHop.com said.
Twista found himself under attack last week after announcing his participation in the “Principal for a Day” program at a Chicago land school.
According to reports, David L. Wideman went through an extensive campaign, which included letter writing, e-mails and phone calls to Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley’s office.
Aftermath artist The Game was arrested in North Carolina last Friday. The West Coast Emcee was accused of disturbing the peace at the Four Seasons Town Center mall.
The police say The Game and his entourage wore masks and yelled out profanities in the middle of the mall. They also say the rapper and his crew acted erratically and resisted arrest.
Paramount Pictures has responded to public outcry and removed some controversial billboards for 50 Cent's forthcoming film, Get Rich or Die Tryin'.
Last Tuesday (Oct. 25), a coalition of concerned parents and community leaders protested the billboards which depict 50 gripping a gun in his left hand and a microphone in his right.
Koch Records has announced a multi-album joint-venture partnership with Snoop Dogg and his Doggystyle Records.
Following in the vein of Snoop's successful "Welcome To Tha Chuuch" mixtapes, the first release will be Snoop Dogg Presents Welcome To Tha Chuuch Tha Album.