The Apollo Theater’s legendary
“Amateur Night” talent competition
returns on Wednesday Jan. 27 at
7:30pm. The world’s most famous
talent show had been on hiatus
since last fall’s production of
“Dreamgirls” at the famed Harlem
attraction. Comedian Capone will
serve as host of its opening re-
launch, which will also feature a
performance by rap veteran Doug E.
Daily Archives: January 26, 2010
The Apollo Theater’s legendary
Baltimore-based R&B group Dru Hill
returns with a new label, new album
and a brand new member.
Original members Sisqo, Nokio and
Jazz are back with new member Tao,
who replaces Woody for the group’s
new start at Kedar Entertainment.
Their new album, “InDRUpendence Day,
” drops on April 13.
The celeb-studded “Hope for Haiti
Now” event to assist earthquake
victims had raised more than $58
million since its Friday broadcast,
setting a record for donations to a
disaster relief telethon. The total
includes money raised by phone,
text and the Internet. Not included
in the tally are donations by
corporations or via iTunes, where
people are able to benefit the
cause by purchasing performances of
the telethon for 99 cents each, or
the entire album for $7.99.
Sean “Diddy” Combs’ son Justin turned 16 this past weekend and his father threw him a huge party in New York, all filmed for MTV’s “My Super Sweet Sixteen” show. Read more on this story below.
Diddy threw his son Justin an extravagant birthday party in New York, giving his son a $360,000 Maybach as well as a $10,000 check that Justin donated to Haiti victims.
Eyewitnesses at the M2 Ultralounge party said Diddy almost got into it with his publicist when trying to discuss business with Diddy.
“Diddy was yelling about how it was his son’s birthday and not a night to talk about work,” a partygoer said. “He really ripped into him, but the guy totally deserved it. He was out of line.”
Diddy’s son Justin sat above the packed crowd on a throne while the MTV cameras rolled.
Many celebrities performed at Justin’s party including Fabolous, Lil’ Kim and Jim Jones.
Justin received a brand-new silver Maybach and a uniformed driver to escort him around New York City because he is just learning to drive.
As the Hip-Hop community continues to help the people of Haiti, who better to lend a helping hand than entrepreneur and CEO of P. Miller Enterprises, Percy Miller.
The former No Limit soldier is assisting Haiti by hosting a benefit concert aimed mainly at the youth of the country whose schools have been destroyed in the devastation.
Taking place Superbowl Sunday, proceeds from the concert will benefit IHeartHaitiKids.org.
Speaking on the upcoming benefit in a statement, Miller says that he can directly relate to the children of Haiti after witnessing the affects of Katrina on children in his hometown.
“Seeing the process that the Hurricane Katrina victim kids have gone through, I understand the importance of the immediate need to help start the recovering and rebuilding process for education and getting kids back into the school system.”
He also adds that proceeds will directly go to the rebuilding process, helping to pay for books and school supplies.
“The earthquake has destroyed many schools. I’m teaming up with young entertainers, throwing a concert, and reaching out to young stars that want to make a difference…Your donation will also be used towards the rebuilding of their schools, school supplies and books; putting these devastated kids on track to receive a proper education in their recovery process.“
Miller is also asking for donations through IHeartHaitiKids.org
A lineup of performers for the concert is still forthcoming.
Nearly two weeks after the tragedy in Haiti and with the death toll reaching nearly 150,000, the Hip-Hop community is continuing to lend their support to the impoverished country.
Stepping in to do his share is Freeway who’ll take the stage at a benefit concert to aid the ailing island.
Titled “Rhymesayers Presents: A Benefit For Haiti”, Freeway will be joined by other members of his Rhymesayers family including Brother Ali, Jake One, Sage Francis & B. Dolan Muja Messiah and Toki Wright.
The label affiliates will team up for the concert taking place in Minnesota February 9 at 7:00 PM.
All proceeds will benefit Oxfam America, Doctors Without Borders, and Yele Haiti.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 27th through Ticketmaster.
OJ Da Juiceman is currently in the lab working on his first major label album. With a gang of mixtapes already making his name ring out, he quickly rose to prominence last year and endured some hate in the process.
Checking in with Hip-Hop Wired, he discussed his new project, his partner in crime Gucci Mane and the tension between him and Young Jeezy. He also gave an update of his partna Wacka Flocka Flame who was shot last week and shared his perspective on the streets of ATL.
HipHopWired: What’s popping Juiceman? What’s going on with the album? The streets is calling for it.
OJ Da Juiceman: It’s called The Otis Williams Jr. Story: Based On a True Story. They say they want to put it out second quarter but I don’t have an official date right now but it is in the works. It’s coming out on my label 32 Entertainment , distributed by Asylum/Warner Bros. And I am managed by Mizay Entertainment.
HipHopWired: Ok, Ok. With all that said, who did you work with as far as producers and any collaborations?
OJ Da Juiceman: I did a couple of collaborations but they haven’t cleared yet so I don’t want to really overstep my boundaries and put my foot up my own A-S-S. But I did them with some R&B cats because of the fact that I had some melody and singing hooks to where I couldn’t sing them so we stepped to a couple of R&B cats to help me out on the project.
As far as producers, I got tracks with Nard & B (Lil Boosie, Maino, T.I), Fat Boi (Gucci Mane’s “Wasted”), Danja, Jazze Pha, and a couple of up and coming producers based in Atlanta.
HipHopWired: I know you’ve heard the criticism on your lyrical ability and people clowning your metaphors and hooks at times, how do you feel about some of the negative feedback you’ve received?
OJ Da Juiceman: I look at it as criticism come with the game and I endure it and when I hear those comments from the Internet bloggers and stuff it just makes me be more creative when I go into the studio and play around a lil more and make the people who are mad even more madder.
HipHopWired: Let’s switch gears for a second, what’s up with your boy Gucci? How’s he holding up?
OJ Da Juiceman: Me and Gucci done talked on several occasions. He good but you can’t really live the life in there but as long as your books are straight and you got money then you top priority in there so he kicking back cooling trying to wait them days out.
HipHopWired: Since he’s off the scene for a second, how do you plan on holding it down on the musical front till he gets home?
OJ Da Juiceman: I’m continuously working, putting out mixtapes and holding my position in the mixtape game like I always have. I’m 31 mixtapes in the game right now and I just finished up a mixtape with DJ Drama called “Orange” that’ll be out in the next couple of weeks.
HipHopWired: I know your boy Wacka Flocka Flame was the victim last week of an attempted robbery and was shot several times. Have you spoken with him and how’s he recovering?
OJ Da Juiceman: I haven’t spoken to Wacka since he got shot but I have spoken to several relatives of his that’s around him and he straight. He been in and out of surgery getting everything back together and making sure everything back working like it was before. He straight though. Everything is good with him, ya know. That’s the big homey.
HipHopWired: The streets of ATL definitely can be grimey. How do you manage to stay out of trouble and keep coming home safe?
OJ Da Juiceman: The streets is what it is. It’s been like that since I’ve been in them. You know I got shot 8 times dealing with the streets before the rap. It was a bad brick deal gone bad but the streets gone be the streets and it’s hard to really steer around that depending on what type of life you’re living. If you’re out there in the streets everyday then you got to endure what the streets bring to your everyday…ya know what I’m saying. I just try to stay in my lane and stay out a nigga hair because one thing about it is the streets hungry and I’m hungry too.
But the streets probably a lil’ bit hungrier because they see me out here and I got the deal and probably think I got a million dollars but a million dollars is no kind of way in my perspective or in my pockets . So I just stay in my lane and try to stay up out everybody hair and try to stay in the studio and keep making music. Therefore if anything happens to me it’s gonna happen in the studio.
HipHopWired: True that. And speaking of staying out of people’s hair, Jeezy came at you and Gucci pretty hard last year with the “24-23″ diss. But several weeks back Gucci, Jeezy and DJ Drama publically squashed their beefs. So are there any plans to work with Young Jeezy now?
OJ Da Juiceman: I can’t really comment on that because that’s what him and Gucci got going on. Me and Jeezy, we good other than him clearing up saying my motherfucking name. Other than that I really don’t plan on doing no work with him but other than that I’m gonna keep staying in my lane and keep my shit OJ Da Juiceman.
With All-Star weekend vastly approaching several artists are getting into the spirit of the game by participating in celebrity basketball games of their own.
The latest to do so are Nelly and Bow Wow who are working together to promote a positive initiative in the Chicago community.
Derrty ENT’s representative and the Cash Money Millionaire are set to face off in a charity basketball game to promote the importance of education.
They’ll hit the court in Chicago on Sunday January 31 at the UIC Pavillion to square off against one another backed by their respective celebrity teams.
After battling it out on court, the team that loses the game will donate $100,000 to the charity of their choice.
Students of the Chicago school system are encouraged to participate and tickets are set to be given away to students that show good academic leadership and community involvement.
Tickets are also available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com.
Clifford Joseph Harris, better known as the rapper T.I., is being sued for copyright infringement by Nathan Filby, known as rapper Motoe Blizzid. Filby- who is being represented by One LLP, an entertainment and intellectual property litigation firm known for handling high-profile copyright infringement suits- is taking issue with the rapper’s 2006 Grammy-award winning song What You Know. Filby says the song uses substantial portions of his 2004 track entitled Reverence.
Filby has performed with Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, and Ludacris among others and says he distributed Reverence to industry insiders including an agent at Relentless Management who works with T.I.
He says the musical evidence is irrefutable from their “same rate of harmonic range” to their “virtually identical core harmonic progression of descending 4ths” and “nearly identical instrumental melodic lines in terms of pitch, shape, and rhythm.” Filby even added illustrations in the court documents showing the two songs’ similar melodic similarities.
Filby is requesting a jury tail and seeks any damages and disgorgement of all profits derived from the song. T.I. Is currently at a halfway house in Atlanta from a federal weapons charge.
My homie posted an interesting status update on his facebook page. He asked have you ever had sex with someone once or twice, only to bump into them years later and be like “WTF was I thinking?” This maybe the reason why a lot of dudes don’t make the official count on a woman’s sex number, but I digress. Today I would like to explore the reasons why we might regret a few of the people we gave the goods.
It might be safe to simply blame it on the alcohol, but that’s too easy. You know what? Eff it, alcohol is probably the leading reason we have sex we regret. Too many drinks at the bar can not only leave you with a hangover, but now you’re stuck with a crazy person who you can’t get rid of.
Speaking of crazy, others begin to regret the sex, after the beautiful person shows their ugly insides. A lot of women regret sleeping with jerks and lames, while men regret sleeping with the woman who won’t stop calling them, showing up at the house and accusing them of things they didn’t do.
Now another giant reason for sex we regret is simply because the person has nothing going for themselves. A lot of women I went to high school with and happened to bring them back to my momma’s crib to blow their back out, are not 800 pounds and look like medusa mixed with Fantasia singing faces. When I see them I don’t even want them to know I exist anymore. It’s like jebus what was I thinking? So with all of that said have you ever had sex you regret? If so please share your story with us.