Thanks to www.BallerStatus.net for this update. It seems UK sensation Lady Sovereign, whose US debut Public Warning was covered on this website, broke down on stage in New York at a recent performance which caused the show to end early. She started by complaining about depression then proceeded to spill out her personal problems to a raucous crowd. Said Sov: "I'm just about paying my rent, I'm gonna be homeless in two weeks. I'm not even joking. You don't understand, I've just come out of depression. This is so painful to do." She left and the crowd began to boo, clearly not sympathetic at having paid for a short set and not getting a whole performance. No word on her mental health or refunds for the patrons since.
What happened to B.G.'s group? We've got the scoop thanks to a tip sent in by CD. The Chopper City Boyz' debut album with B.G. was released on Koch Records and has sold over 50,000 copies to date, but recently B.G. and group member VL Mike had a disagreement that according to B.G.'s fam is blown way out of proportion. "We are not beefing with Mike or anyone else. B.G. is an artist and a CEO, we have done our best to put our stamp of approval and endorsement on The Chopper City Boyz in effort to blossom their careers and create opportunity for the vast array of talent that New Orleans has to offer," said Carol Dorsey, co-CEO of Chopper City Records. "We will continue on finding new talent in the South because there is a lot of un heard talent that can have the same opportunity that VL Mike had and the other Chopper City Boyz have." Dorsey further relates that B.G. is focused on his new project "Too Hood to be Hollywood" and to getting the CCB's sans Mike back into the studio. "We wish Mike the best of luck as a solo artist. We are not mad with him or anyone else for that matter. There is no beef from B.G. at all. In fact I spoke to Mike personally and he assured me that everything was over and done with." Their current plan is to host a contest to find a fourth member to complete the group. Visit www.choppercitymusic.com starting next week for more information on this contest. B.G.'s next album is set for release on Atlantic Records in September.
As the Fourth season of WIFE SWAP is gearing up, we are excited about finding amazing families obsessed with Hip Hop life and culture! Wife Swap is a family show on ABC primetime. The premise is simple: two moms from two very different families get the opportunity to swap lives (but not bedrooms - everyone has their own!) for a week to experience what it's like to live a different lifestyle - and to see what they can teach each other about their own lifestyle! DO YOU EAT, SLEEP, BREATHE HIP HOP? If so we want to talk to you!
Wife Swap is a fascinating story of what happens when two married couples see themselves and their spouses in a whole new light. The New York Post says, "It should be called ‘Life Swap’ because it's not just the wives who learn something here. It's the families." Potential families can live anywhere in the United States, but we ask that families who apply consist of two parents that have at least one child, ages 5 or older, living at home. To submit for the show please call 646-747-7947, or email a family photo and description to email@example.com and say Steve 'Flash' Juon and RapReviews.com sent you. Families featured on the show will receive a financial honorarium. Anyone who refers a family that appears on our program receives finder's fee as a 'thank you'.
Since when are you going to turn down some free music, especially from uber-popular North Carolina hip-hop group Little Brother? RapReviews.com has your hook-up courtesy of www.MickBoogie.com and their partner site RappersIKnow.com. There's no strings attached, you can download this entire album ABSOLUTELY FREE. Get your summer off to a hot start early with some of the hottest straight out the NC. Thanks to Greg M for the tip and to Mick Boogie & Little Brother for proving yet again that the revolution may not be televised, but it will be digitized! (download link)
Planet Asia's coming back one mo' gen with "Jewelry Box Sessions: The Album" on Gold Chain Music. Quoth the rapper: "I call my label Gold Chain Music because it represents the Golden Era," he says. "It's not necessarily about jewelry, but jewelry just symbolizes what is going on inside your mind. So Gold Chain Music represents a chain of artists from the Golden Era. Anybody that's down with me or in my circle, it means that you understand the culture and the history of the music." We're down Asia. You can check out his new video "Havin' Thangs" through the player below with thanks to BB for the information and link! Be on the lookout for "Jewelry Box Sessions" on June 26th; www.RapReviews.com will have a review up before release date with all the details.
The Source Magazine and its affiliate Source Entertainment Inc. have reportedly filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to the Associated Press, the aforementioned parties filed for bankruptcy on April 27th, 2007 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan claiming that dishonest business practices by former management has caused the magazine's advertisers to flee. Jeremy Miller, president and chief executive of Source Entertainment, said the company is struggling to recover from a cloud of negative publicity brought by former managers that misused company funds several years ago. Both Dave Mays and longtime president/rapper Raymond 'Benzino' Scott were fired after the magazine lost advertisers and newsstand sales. Former editor-in-chief Kim Osorio also successfully filed suit against The Source for sexual harassment and in November 2006 a judge would award her $8 million. This is not the first time The Source declared bankruptcy. Last July three creditors filed an involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition for Source Enterprises Inc. claiming the company owed them $562,693. Source Enterprises' bankruptcy was converted to Chapter 11 in September. One has to imagine it's only a matter of time before the magazine could disappear from newsstands completely. For more information on this developing story visit Yahoo! News, who we'd like to thank for their assistance with this article.
This just in from www.str8hiphop.com - Jim Jones apparently told Miss Info from New York's Hot 97 radio station that he and the rest of the Diplomats crew, or the Dipset 300 as he put it are collectively "putting Cam'Ron on punishment." Jones says they are ex-communicating Cam'Ron from the crew in part due to this past week's incident in which Tru Life allegedly punched Cam'Ron outside of Club Stereo with no repercussions. Cam's camp has nonetheless denied this happened. Jim says that he blames Cam's manager Big Joe, who was with Cam at the time. And he even insinuated that Big Joe set up Cam. RapReviews.com will bring you more as the story develops.
Busta Rhymes was arrested on a drunken driving charge early this morning (May 3) in New York, police said, marking the latest in a series of recent legal troubles for the rapper.
Officers stopped Rhymes at about 12:40 a.m. because the sport utility vehicle he was driving had overly tinted windows, Sgt. Mike Wysokowski said. He said officers then smelled alcohol on the rapper's breath.
Rhymes, 34, was taken into custody on a charge of driving while impaired, Wysokowski said. An arraignment was expected later today. A lawyer for Rhymes, Scott Leemon, declined to comment, saying he would address the charges in court.
Rhymes, whose real name is Trevor Smith, has had several law enforcement run-ins since last year. He is tentatively scheduled to go to trial Tuesday on two assault charges.
Sometimes I look at the landscape of the music industry and can’t help but scratch my head and wonder why certain people haven’t made it. Some artists seem to have everything going for them but for one reason or another it just doesn’t happen for them. The list of artists that fall under this heading goes on for quite a while, but today I want to focus on three women in particular, three very fine women in particular, who I cannot for the life of me fathom why they aren’t bigger than their current standing in the industry; Claudette Ortiz, Christina Milian and Charli Baltimore.
"The Hip Hop Project" is the compelling story of Kazi, a formerly homeless teenager who inspired a group of New York City teens to transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery.
Kazi challenges these young people to write music about real issues affecting their lives as they strive to overcome daunting obstacles to produce a collaborative album. Russell Simmons, hip hop mogul and long-time supporter of the project, partners with Bruce Willis to donate a recording studio to the Hip Hop Project. After four years of collaboration, the group produces a powerful and thought-provoking CD filled with moving personal narratives and sharp social commentary. In contrast to all of the negative attention focused on hip hop and rap music, this is a story of hope, healing and the realization of dreams. Inspired by Kazi's work, 100% of the net profits from this film are being donated to youth organizations.