A Rolling Stone may gather no moss, but neither does the lyrics of a Lil Wayne song according to the legendary group. www.EURWeb.com reports Abkco Music Inc, the musical publishing company that owns the rights to the band's song "Play With Fire" sued the rapper in Manhattan federal court Thursday, saying he released an altered version of the song without permission. The company is suing Lil Wayne, his guest artists and his record company, a unit of Universal Music Group, of copyright infringement and unfair competition. Abkco also said that Lil Wayne's version used "offensive language" that could lead the public to believe the Rolling Stones approved of the new version. We'll keep you updated.
July 25 (Bloomberg) -- Rap performers Foxy Brown and Lil' Kim were sued by Simon & Schuster Inc. over claims they accepted tens of thousands of dollars in advances while failing to deliver books they promised to write.
The publishing house, a unit of CBS Corp., said in separate lawsuits filed yesterday in state court in New York that Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, and Lil' Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, signed contracts to write books.
Simon & Schuster said it paid Brown $75,000 under a 2006 contract for an autobiography tentatively titled ``Broken Silence.'' The publisher said Lil' Kim signed a contract in 2004 and was paid $40,000 for an untitled novel.
``Both accepted the money and both books never were delivered,'' Simon & Schuster spokesman Adam Rothberg said yesterday in a phone interview.
Rothberg said the publisher has teamed up with other rappers and hip-hop artists on books. Starting in 2007, Simon & Schuster and hip-hop artist `50 Cent' started a series of books based on his rhymes about drug dealing, street crime and expensive cars. ``That line of books was very successful and we've also published books by members of 50 Cent's G-Unit posse,'' Rothberg said.
Simon & Schuster also published the autobiography of `50 Cent,' who was born Curtis Jackson, Rothberg said.
Lil' Kim, a Grammy-award winning rapper, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison in 2005 for lying to a federal grand jury about a shooting outside a Manhattan radio station. Neither she nor her lawyer were immediately available for comment on the suit.
Lil' Kim was leaving the studios of ``Hot 97,'' WQHT, with members of the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. on Feb. 25, 2001, as a rival group, Capone-N-Noreaga, was coming into the station and shots were fired, according to an indictment. One man was wounded.
Two members of Lil' Kim's entourage, Damion Butler and Suif Jackson, pleaded guilty to firearms charges in connection with the shooting. Lil' Kim told the grand jury that Butler wasn't present at the gunfight and she denied knowing Jackson, according to the indictment.
Brown was sentenced in September 2007 to a year in jail for violating probation after being convicted of charges related to a fight with two manicurists in a New York nail salon. Laura Dilimetin, a lawyer for Brown, didn't immediately return a voice-mail message seeking comment after business hours.
CBS fell 69 cents, or 3.8 percent, to $17.37 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading yesterday. The stock has dropped 36 percent this year.
The cases are Simon & Schuster v. Inga Marchand, 110125/2008, and Simon & Schuster v. Kimberly Jones, 110124/2008, New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan).
As you may or may not know RapReviews.com moved to a new server last week. This is part of the overall plan to continue to improve and upgrade all of the websites in the Flash Web Design family including OHHLA.com and AngryMarks.com, bringing you faster site access and new improved features over the weeks and months to come. Unfortunately when moving three huge websites it's very hard for 100% of everything to go perfectly, and the one area that got hit the hardest was the RapReviews newsfeed. For reasons undetermined the archive of previous news articles became corrupted. It was determined it was more important to get the site back up so all of our reviews, interviews and editorials would be available even if it meant losing any chance of recovering the corrupted data. As it turns out though not all of the data is lost anyway - we've been able to recover every single reviewed over the last seven months as well as a smattering of the news articles posted over the last few months. A few articles that are hyperlinked elsewhere off-site may continue to show up as blank until if or when they can be restored, but rest assured news updates will continue as before from this point forward. Thanks as always to the loyal readers of RapReviews.com and fans of the Flash Web Design family of sites for your support!
Houston, TX - For all of the controversy and negative imagery attached to the rap music world, its artists often do much to give back to their communities and show support for the young people coming up behind them. One such artist is Houston's Trae tha Truth, and, in honor of his outstanding work within the community, the City of Houston is honoring Trae with his own day; the first time this honor has been extended to a rap artist. Henceforth, July 22nd will be known as Trae Day. The proclamation honoring Trae will be read at 2PM on that day by Houston's Mayor, Bill White, and the ceremony will be attended by City officials and several prominent rap artists.
In further celebration of Trae Day, Trae is throwing what is to become an annual event; a block party at Houston's Sharpstown Mall where he will be joined not only by City officials and members of the rap community, but hundreds of children and their families from the communities that Trae routinely gives back to. The party will feature games and rides for the children, food and drinks and free live performances by Trae and a host of very special surprise guests.
Currently a free agent as an artist, having left the Rap-A-Lot stable to pursue other options, Trae is also very active musically. He currently has a critically acclaimed mixtape in circulation, The Diary of Tha Truth, a song with Slim Thug (Nothing to a Boss) and a single featuring DJ Khaled (So Hot), covering him both in the streets and on the radio. In the course of his music career, Trae has scanned well over 200,000 units both as a solo artist and as a member of ABN Gang, without the benefit of major promotion; something we fully expect to catch the attention of the majors. Stay tuned for news of a signing.
SOUTHERN COMFORT MAKES BIG DIGITAL PLAY BRINGING THE SOCO MUSIC EXPERIENCE TO THE WEB
Southern Comfort Increases Spend By 300% to Partner with Pitchfork.tv, Heavy.com, My Damn Channel, Among Others to Deliver Music Festival Experience
July 14, 2008, LOUISVILLE, KY Southern Comfort has announced that it is partnering with several music and lifestyle sites to bring the SoCo Music Experience to the web in the form of custom episodic content. Music fans will get a taste of the music festival experience from the fans perspective mixed with live performances and interviews with the artists in clips produced by Pitchfork.tv, Heavy.com, My Damn Channel, Complex.com and Death + Taxes.
Check out Heavy.com¹s first webisode "Anticipation" at http://www.heavy.com/video/50829.
"The SoCo Music Experience is in its fourth year and we felt it was time to take a fresher approach as a spirits brand by extending the event to millions of music fans digitally but in a different way," said Campbell Brown, Vice President, Director Southern Comfort Americas. "We¹re packaging the overall festival experience with interviews from both fans and performers and delivering the content in SoCo¹s brand voice."
The SoCo Music Experience festival tour is going to six markets with each event showcasing five national performers with five top local acts on two stages all for the low price of free*. An outdoor venue is transformed into the complete festival experience food and beverage vendors, poster and t-shirt shop, the local record shop, merch tent, cornhole games, photobooths and the SoCo & Lime Dome, among other areas. The festivals are open to be people 21 and over.
Digital Partnerships · Pitchfork.tv Episodes will feature behind the scenes footage, band and fan interviews and live performances. Viewers will get to learn how the performers came together as a group, as well as how groups of friends experience music together.
· Heavy.com Episodes will feature behind-the-scenes footage, band and fan interviews and live performances. Each four-minute episode will explore themes associated with SoCo¹s brand positioning and the artists that embody them. The Heavy.com partnership has already launched with episodes including "Anticipation," "Energy," "Magnetism" and "Character" featuring the SoCo Music Experience in Atlanta.
· My Damn Channel Twelve weeks of episodes of "My Damn Channel Music Nights" will feature music bars and clubs in New York and Los Angeles and on the SoCo Music Experience festival tour this summer. Starting in July, original content will be produced for a customized, co-branded channel presented by Grace Helbig, host of My Damn Channel¹s "Daily Grace."
· Complex.com The fashion/lifestyle site is building a comprehensive guide to select SoCo Music Experience festivals, including an original "Best of" Web Series about the event and host cities, emerging artist bios and live recordings.
· Death+Taxes The music magazine will be creating custom content for their site featuring behind the scenes footage, band and fan interviews and live performances.
"These sites provide us the opportunity to bring a Southern Comfort experience produced in a way their viewers are accustomed to watching video on their sites," said Brown. "It¹s a partnership in the truest sense of the word."
In addition to these partnerships, festival pre-roll videos will appear on Hulu.com, Billboard, UGO.com, Crave Online, PasteMagazine.com, Virb.com and numerous other music-focused sites.
"Not only have we increased our investment around talent and the experience, we are making a strong digital play for Southern Comfort increasing our spend in this area to 25% of the total media budget versus 5% the previous year," said Brown. "Our overall digital spend is up 300% versus last year, which give us a real opportunity to engage our target consumers with a meaningful SoCo experience."
Having already been to Atlanta and Denver, the event hits four more cities this summer. This year¹s performers have included Against Me!, Gnarls Barkley, Ghostland Observatory and Blonde Redhead, while The Roots, French DJ duo Justice, The Black Keys, MGMT are among those scheduled to play upcoming festival dates.
The SoCo Music Experience festival tour will hit the following cities this summer:
Aug. 23 San Diego, Ace Parking Lot, Petco Park Featuring Common, The Black Keys, Kinky, Saul Williams, Grand Ole Party *Note: a donation of $5 for the San Diego Music Foundation is requested
Sept. 6 Madison, Willow Island at Alliant Energy Center Featuring The Roots, The Black Keys, GZA, Benevento Russo Duo, Ha Ha Tonka
Sept. 13 Saratoga/Albany, New Venue TBA Featuring Justice, MGMT, Lotus, The Whigs and other acts TBA
Oct. 18 Phoenix/Tempe, Phoenix Municipal Stadium Talent TBA
In its fourth year, past acts at the SoCo Music Experience have included Flaming Lips, Cold War Kids, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Spank Rock, The Roots, Architecture in Helsinki, GIRL TALK, Sick Puppies, Cypress Hill, Z-Trip, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Rose Hill Drive, Galactic, Delta Spirit, among others.
With the SoCo Music Experience, Southern Comfort continues to back great live music experiences in 2008, including the Voodoo Experience, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Lollapalooza, Forecastle Festival and countless other live music events.
NAS TO PERFORM INTIMATE MYSPACE RELEASE SHOW IN LOS ANGELES AT THE ROXY ON SUNSET ON JULY 18 NEW UNTITLED ALBUM OUT JULY 15 ON DEF JAM RECORDS
MySpace Music is proud to announce that Nas will be performing a free show for his MySpace friends in West Hollywood at 10:30 p.m. at the Roxy on Sunset - a show being powered by Saints Row 2. Celebrating his soon-to-be released, highly-controversial untitled album, Nas will give fans a taste of what's in store for this next phase of his celebrated career. Early wristband pick-up for the free, all ages performance will begin at 12 p.m. on July 18 on a first come, first served basis.
Hailing from the storied Queensbridge projects of New York City, a housing community that spawned notable hip-hop luminaries such Marley Marl and MC Shan, among many others, the self-proclaimed "King of New York," Nas, has left an impression on the hip-hop world that is nothing short of legendary. Poetic street-imagery displayed on his debut album "Illmatic" in 1994 instantly made him the worthy heir to Rakim's throne, and since that time Nas has continued to draw attention to himself both for his impeccable storytelling talent and controversial moves in the media. Now with his new untitled album set for release on July 15, Nas is poised to add another notch to his already rock-solid catalog with an album full of politically-focused wordplay and stunning production.
About MySpace: MySpace, a unit of Fox Interactive Media Inc., is the premier lifestyle portal for connecting with friends, discovering popular culture, and making a positive impact on the world. By integrating web profiles, blogs, instant messaging, e-mail, music streaming, music videos, photo galleries, classified listings, events, groups, college communities, and member forums, MySpace has created a connected community. As the first ranked web domain in terms of page views (*), MySpace is the most widely-used and highly regarded site of its kind and is committed to providing the highest quality member experience. MySpace will continue to innovate with new features that allow its members to express their creativity and share their lives, both online and off. MySpace's international network includes localized community sites in the United States, France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Latin America, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Brazil and the United Kingdom. Fox Interactive Media is a division of News Corp. (NYSE:NWS) (NYSE:NWS.A) (ASX:NWS) (ASX:NWSLV).
Artist: Statik Selektah f/ Cassidy, Saigon & Termanology Title: To the Top (Stick 2 the Script) Label: Showoff/Brick Records
The Lawrence raised and Boston-based DJ and producer Statik Selektah is back with another single for your ears. The inclusion of Termanology on the song isn't a big surprise since he and Selektah have been tight, and it also makes sense for Cassidy and Saigon to be in the mix since Selektah is definitely a "DJ of the streets" and both MC's are far more popular than their record sales to date would indicate. What really makes the song work though is Selektah's mix, showing himself to be a modern day DJ Premier in his superb choice of guitar licks, shuffling drum beats and scratched in Jay-Z and G. Rap samples in the hook. This song gives Termanology a chance to outshine his better known compadres and he doesn't blow the opportunity: "Yo my flow's like a 10 of 10, throwed off the medicine/And my bags come back fat, like Eminem/Nobody can body me, throw me in the ring with them/Suplexin rap cats like Owen Hart, I'm killin 'em." Ouch! This is the the song on your underground tape that even your DipSet loving friends will have to respect.
Artist: Red Cafe f/ Ace Hood, Cassidy, Fabolous, Jadakiss Title: Paper Chasin' (Remix) Label: Desert Storm Records/Def Jam
For Red Cafe this song is the perfect storm in a Desert Storm. The beat is a head banger from start to finish, thumping to a staccato boom and a quirky addictive synth growling like a dusty speaker. The guest line-up is second to none, with each rapper spitting their best "steal the spotlight" cameo rap on the song, although Cassidy may have one-upped them all. "I'm paper touchin, hustlin, servin e'ryday/You can either flip birds or flip burgers e'ryday/You can work at Mickey D's if you ain't workin with the E's/I'ma person that'll squeeze if I ain't workin with the cheese." Clocking in at five minutes long, the song keeps you waiting to see who's gonna spit what next, and you can't help but mark out for each verse dispersed. The song may be too hard for the radio but this one's definitely going to blow up on every summer mixtape.
Artist: Gillie Da Kid Title: Do Your Job Label: Figgas 4 Life Entertainment/Koch Records
The Philly kid named Gillie may have more drama than a DJ but he's definitely considered a don when firing his lyrical cannon, so much so that several major labels got into a bidding war for his services. If he can avoid being shot again and avoid beefing with the similar sounding Lil Wayne (whose voice is just a little scratchier) then Gillie's probably destined for stardom. That's the good news. The bad news is that "Do Your Job" is as monotonous a track as you will hear in 2008. Producer Young Ike Turna is not aptly named, as his ad nauseam three note loop is not something Tina would have crooned over in a million years. Gillie shouldn't be rapping over it either - it's not suited to his talent and literally drags his rap down into mediocrity. The intent feels like Gillie wanted a club beat, and it may work on that level, but the topic matter about haters doesn't feel like something to dance to. This is not Gillie's finest work.