EA Sports selected Braille's song "The IV" to use in the trailer for their video game "NBA Live 09" coming out this fall. The trailer showcases the athlete who will be featured on the cover of the game, Tony Parker from the San Antonio Spurs. The song comes from Braille's forth solo record "The IV Edition" available now on Syntax/Koch. The video game placement adds another highlight to what has already been an incredible summer for Braille. After his record dropped on April 15th he received great reviews from The Source, Okayplayer.com, Rapreviews.com, Sphereofhiphop.com and many more. He also did a 3 month U.S. tour which included album release parties with Pigeon John, The Paid Dues festival in Denver with De La Soul and performances on Vans Warped Tour with Othello.
You can check out the trailer for NBA Live '09 below.
Looking at the scruffy, long haired man wearing Christmas lights you see in the picture above may not give you visions of KRS-ONE and Kool G Rap, but don’t let Change’s image fool you, he is a skilled emcee. Initially I was introduced to Change, a San Diego native, through my good friend DJ Halo, who happened to perform a few dates with him while on tour in 2007. Last month saw the release of Change's first solo effort, Hate to Love You Legacy, which he’s giving away as a free download at modernorganic.org. With his new album available to everyone, I caught up with Change this week to find out more about who he is, what the Hip-Hop scene is like in his city, and why he feels falling in love 36 times a year is a good thing.
Although Ludacris has been in a past beef with Pepsi, after Bill O'Reilly instigated Luda off the deal with his racist rants, O'Reilly and Pepsi would have to keep their mouth closed after Luda's new deal with AT&T. According to SOHH.com, Ludacris has made history by signing a multi-million dollar deal with AT&T, the first hip-hop act to land such a large contract with the company. He's currently making commerical and appearing on online ads promoting the company. "I had a lot a fun shooting this commercial,” Luda said. “If you like the AT&T commercials you've seen then you'll love this one." The rapper plays a guy who doesn’t have AT&T phone service and misses an important call. Ludacris also plays the "phone," telling the viewers what he missed out on by not having service.
Although he could have enough money to basically retire from rap, Luda is still hard at work finishing on his upcoming album Theatre of Mind. He's also appearing on movies such as RocknRolla, directed by Guy Ritchie, and a movie adaptation of famed RockStar video game Max Payne along with Mark Wahlberg. That, my firends, is what I call a milli-on ways of doing work.
I guess Wu-Tang Clan ain't nuttin' ta fuck wit! A report in www.udubnews.com says that Wu-Tang Clan rapper U-God's life is in danger and the God is pointing the finger at his fellow Clan brethren as the perpetrators. A New Jersey paper details the rapper as looking to the local police after noticing individuals following him home, wherein U-God suggests that the beef stems from a $180,000 lawsuit he filed against the Clan over unpaid performance fees. No response as yet from anyone else in the Clan.
The following is an MTV press release on their new show "Buzzin'" and a new season of "Run's House" airing on Wednesday nights.
NEW SEASON OF "RUN'S HOUSE" PREMIERES JULY 16 AND NEW SERIES "BUZZIN'" PREMIERES ON JULY 23
Fans Granted Backstage Access at MTV.com For Exclusive Pics, Performances and Behind the Scenes Footage
Santa Monica, CA (July 1, 2008) – Meet MTV’s newest comedic ensemble as the channel premieres “Buzzin’,” a new reality series starring music artist Shwayze, his best pal and producer Cisco Adler, their partner in crime, tour manager Warren Gumpel and their manager head of Suretone Records, Jordan Schur. Beginning Wednesday, July 23 at 10:30PM ET/PT, fans can catch the misadventures of Shwayze, his wingman and music partner Cisco, best buddy Warren and manager Jordan as they define a whole new California sound. And rounding out the Wednesday night line-up, “Run’s House” returns with new episodes premiering July 16 at 10pm ET/PT.
Showcasing the long road from the trailer park to the top of the charts, “Buzzin’” follows the unlikely pair – Shwayze, the self-described “only black kid in Malibu” and Cisco, the seasoned singer/producer and regular tabloid bad boy – and their crew as their path to stardom hits all the twists, turns and bumps along the way. The music and madness get underway as the boys and their fresh Cali sound get ready to debut their self-titled album on August 19 and as their first single, “Buzzin’” continues to climb the charts. Trying to keep them on track is their tough manager and label honcho, Jordan Schur who has taken artists like Ashlee Simpson and Limp Bizkit all the way to the top. Also along for the ride is their resident right-hand man, tour manager and comrade, Warren. When they guys are in a jam, count on him to be the man with the plan – even if the plan causes more problems than it solves.
The first episode will be available for free on instant release on iTunes, Xbox Live and Amazon for a week beginning July 15. All eight episodes will be available on instant release the day after their on-air premiere. Fans will also be able to feel the buzz at HYPERLINK "http://www.buzzin.mtv.com" www.buzzin.mtv.com with exclusive trailers and extended scenes from each episode shot by the cast on their vlog cameras, cast bios and pictures, sneak peaks of Shwayze’s new music video and exclusive performance footage of songs from the new album, including their TRL performance. Viewers can also get personal with the cast and create their very own Buzzin’ profile through IamOnMTV.
Also, kicking off another season, MTV welcomes back a fan favorite as Rev Run and his family return with back-to-back episodes of “Run’s House” premiering Wednesday, July 16 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. The tight-knit Simmons clan once again opens the door for fans to watch the jubilations and tribulations of the royal family of hip hop. Season five picks up with the Simmons’ blazing new trails across the map. Viewers will get a rare treat when Rev Run relives the glory days joining pal Kid Rock on tour, as Justine holds down the fort in Saddle River with new addition, baby Miley. Vanessa and Angela are now living the bi-coastal life as they balance their expanding Pastry shoe and clothing line with Vanessa’s acting gigs, and JoJo continues his pursuit of hip-hop stardom as Team Blackout grabs the mic and prepares to take center stage, while Diggy embraces his inner tween and Russy proudly accepts his role as big brother extraordinaire. But rest assured the Simmons family will endure all the chaos with love.
The fourth season averaged a 1.59 P12-34 and ranked #1 in its time period (Thu/10-11p) among P12-34 versus all cable competition. “Run’s House” has reached over 67.1 million total viewers (P2+) with over 34.2 million from its P12-34 core.
“Buzzin’” is produced by Suretone Entertainment and Hoosick Falls Productions; Jordan Schur of Suretone Entertainment and George Verschoor of Hoosick Falls Productions serve as executive producers; Mike Powers serves as executive producer; Andrew Freston is co-executive producer; Liz Gateley and Valerie Elustondo are the MTV executives overseeing production. Steve Bilchik is the MTV talent executive overseeing the project. Jason Carbone is executive producer and Nick Lee is co-executive producer of “Run’s House.” Mike Powers serves as executive producer. Jacqueline French and Valerie Elustondo are the MTV series executives overseeing the project. Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley are executive producers. Russell Simmons, Stan Lathan, Will Griffin, John Davies, and Sean “Diddy” Combs serve as creators and executive producers.
One topic I love to discuss with artists during interviews is what they feel makes them unique. Sometimes I get a very real, honest, answer. The vast majority of the time, however, I get an answer that could be given by over half the artists out there (i.e. “I’m unique because I really bring it,” or “I’m unique because I have that Golden Era sound”), or worse, complete silence. What makes artists, and all of us, unique is something that can not only make for a great interview, provided one’s uniqueness is interesting enough, but it’s also the only thing that will separate one emcee’s rhymes from another’s. Let’s face it, there is nothing worse than putting on a rap album and hearing a barrage of repetitive stories, be they about the hood life or the good life, that could be spouted by any number of emcees. This is why today I’m going to discuss an exercise I’ve been working on the try to develop a better view of our own individual uniqueness.
Our friends at www.udubnews.com sent along this tidibt - Kanye West used his blog to denounce reports he's headed to anger management: "Do yall remember when people said my fiance was pregnant???? I guess after we broke up it was just forgot about???? I'm using that as an example of how people make up stuff and everybody runs with it. Now the media is saying I'm going to anger management. I have never had any conversations about anger management. If anything, I need anger enhancement!! I get off the plane in Hawaii today and the world is saying my management team said blah blah blah... SIIIIIIGGGHHHH! I told the media you can't make up lies about me because I have a media outlet myself. I don't know if everyone has realized this yet but I don't do interviews - if there's anything I wanna say, I'll say right here on my own blog."
In the words of his own album's intro, WAKE UP MR. WEST!!
Artist: Young Buck Title: Terminate on Sight Label: Cashville Records
"No they can't deal with me, so y'all go get 50/And we can play like you and Kanye, but he don't wanna go there with me! See you in the West bitch, I opened up the doors/Get your own paper Banks, Curtis money ain't yours!" Young Buck pulls no punches on his new street single, openly encouraging his ex G-Unit affiliates to call him out in the hook of his song: "TALK ABOUT ME BITCH!" No doubt they will, but the shot Buck fires across their bow is as funny as it is deadly serious: "I ain't never ran from another man/Got my balls in my hand like WHO THE FUCK ARE THEM?" 50 himself better step up to answer Buck, because even though he's distancing his career from the Unit it's Curtis Jackson who gets most of the wrath in the aftermath. Personally I hope they both keep it on wax.
NYOIL is 100% committed to his role in hip-hop: "Black Panther, I feel like I'm black people's last hope." Save for Dead Prez or Immortal Technique there's no one more politically active or revolutionary in rap music today, which makes it all the more appropriate when the Godfather of Raptivism himself Chuck D checks in with a few bars on "Soldier." Choppers soar overhead and gunfire sprays the opening beat, as NYOIL questions why young black men are "out here fightin and dying while somebody is over here lyin." Doesn't matter whether the war is in Iraq or New York to NYOIL, the result is unacceptable - another man of color is dead, a point Chuck hammers home nicely. The production keeps the song accessible even when the rhetorhic hits hard, rocking bass and guitars even as D says his R.I.P. to Sean Bell. HIGHLY recommended.
Ed E. Ruger (read Eddie Ruger) has dropped the most interesting song about BALLIN I've heard in a long time. While Ruger seems to have a fast and slow breath control style like Bone Thugs or Twista, it's really the hook of the song that will catch your attention, as he tells lesser rappers that if they "can't get no chicks" or have "little Bill's like Bushwick" that they are indeed BALLIN LIKE A MIDGET. The humor of this song might have missed me were it not for a thumptastic trunk rattling beat matched to a slickly produced and hypnotic tinkling backdrop. Ruger may be rolling on his own imprint for now but this single suggests he's got the wit and talent to go major label at any time!