In a recent www.BallerStatus.com article Erick Sermon expressed dismay that he and Parrish Smith, collectively EPMD, haven't yet been mentioned for a VH1 Hip-Hop Honor despite the awards being around four years. "We was gonna boycott because we wasn't nominated to be inducted for the Hip-Hop Honors yet. Everyone was like, 'When they doing ya'll?'" It sounds as though Sermon suspects EPMD's appearance would greatly benefit the credibility of the awards show, and this writer is inclined to agree. Sermon did give them a small measure of props though. "I guess it's gonna be around for a while because it was successful again. I think a lot more stars showed up then the previous ones." Thanks to BallerStatus for providing this news and showing that we were not the only ones dissatisfied by the awards.
I listen to a lot of rap albums, far too many most would say, but that's part of the job. Usually I have more albums on my desk than there are hours in the day, but thankfully some artists have found ways to make sure they don't get a full listen, or in some cases, any listen at all. For those aspiring rappers out there wondering what makes an album terrible here are some ways to guarantee your album never gets listened to by yours truly.
Fifty seven year old MC Mars is like no other MC you’ve ever heard and no other person you've ever met. He’s been a cab driver for over 30 years. He wrote a book about his life as a cabbie titled Don’t Take Me The Long Way and recently released a rap album to accompany it titled Letz Cabalaborate. He had the good fortune to be in the studio with George Clinton at one point, a realized dream that he wrote about in his book, and anyone who hops into his cab might be treated to a live freestyle and leave with some MC Mars related material. “I sell records out of the cab and I sell books out of the cab,” Mars explains, “I’m actually grinding it out so I’m doing pretty well.” MC Mars is also living with HIV. I met Mars at an event for Beyond Race Magazine in NYC a few months ago and this week I linked up with him again to discuss his initial thoughts on the first days of Hip-Hop, how his life has changed since he was diagnosed with HIV, and tripping while on Hofstra University’s unispan.
We at RapReviews.com were contacted by Lashawn, a cousin of rap artist Kokane (also known as Mr. Kane) who told us that Kokane's mother passed away this Wednesday due to complications from bone cancer. We want to send our condolences to Kokane and all members of his extended family. It doesn't help that Kokane's career has been hurt by poor promotion and bad record deals, and since his mother had no funeral insurance Kokane has to try to cover her burial expenses himself. Lawshawn asked us to pass along that if you would like to make donations for the funeral arrangements they can go to Rose Hills Mortuary in Whittier in the name of Debra Long & Zubaidah Long. Here's the address.
Rose Hills Mortuary 3888 Workman Mill Rd. Whittier, CA 90601
(September 26, 2007 - Brooklyn, NY) Seminal rapper, hip-hop icon, and founding member of the mighty Hieroglyphics crew, Del The Funky Homosapien has embarked on the beginning of a 2-month long nationwide tour in support of his long anticipated album, The 11th Hour. The tour, which shares the name of his upcoming album, will also feature fellow Hiero founder A-Plus, along with Devin The Dude with the Coughee Brothers, Bukue One, The Serendipity Projects and special guests Knobody and Junk Science to perform on select dates.
On the 11th Hour Tour, Del will be performing a mix of classic cuts from his previous albums along with new tracks from the upcoming album, including the tracks "Sit Down" and "Workin' It." The aptly named The 11th Hour marks Del's first solo release in almost 7 years. Having experienced his fair share of life's trials and tribulations over the course of his long and successful career, Del explained the reason for the album title. "You can't fully control all the different variables that come into play in your life. Something is bound to be faulty and set you back," says Del. He explains, "I've spent the last couple of years dealing with drama in my life, touring the country several times over, and diving deep into studying music theory." Fans can celebrate the fruits of Del's labor of love with the release of The 11th Hour in early '08.
For The 11th Hour, Del has partnered with legendary New York based indie hip-hop label Definitive Jux, with the backing of the label he helped create, Hiero Imperium.
Bursting onto the scene in 1990, Del the Funky Homosapien started his professional career writing lyrics for his cousin Ice Cube's crew, Da Lench Mob when he was still in high school. Soon, Elektra Recording Group signed him and released the critically acclaimed album, I Wish My Brother Georgia Was Here. After releasing another album, No Need For Alarm in 1994, Del, along with grammar school buddies, Souls of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love, and Domino, founded one of the most successful indie hip-hop collectives of all time, The Hieroglyphics. Hiero Imperium has etched out their place in history as the trailblazer for artist owned and operated hip-hop labels and also for embracing the internet as a means of selling their merchandise as early as 1997. Del, along with the rest of the members of Hiero and their third-eye logo are recognized around the world for their lyrical prowess, great live shows, and dozens of critically acclaimed releases which have sold over 3 million units collectively.
11th Hour Tour Dates: Del the Funky Homosapien, featuring A-Plus (Souls of Mischief), Devin The Dude with the Coughee Brothers, Bukue One, The Serendipity Project and special guests Knobody, Junk Science, and Iller Than Theirs to perform on select dates.
Fri-Sep-21: SANTA CLARA, CA; AVALON NIGHT CLUB Sat-Sep-22: SANTA CRUZ, CA; THE CATALYST Sun-Sep-23: SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA; SLO BREWING Mon-Sep-24: LOS ANGELES, CA; HOUSE OF BLUES Tue-Sep-25: SOLANA BEACH, CA; BELLY UP TAVERN Thu-Sep-27: LAS VEGAS, NV; JILLIANS Fri-Sep-28: FLAGSTAFF, AZ; ORPHEUM THEATER Sat-Sep-29: PHOENIX, AZ; MARQUEE THEATER Sun-Sep-30: ALBUQUERQUE, NM; SUNSHINE THEATER Tue-Oct-02: HOUSTON, TX; THE WAREHOUSE Wed-Oct-03: AUSTIN, TX; EMOS Thu-Oct-04: NEW ORLEANS, LA; TIPITINAS Fri-Oct-05: BATON ROUGE, LA; SPANISH MOON Sat-Oct-06: TALLAHASSEE, FL; BETA BAR Sun-Oct-07: TAMPA, FL; STATE THEATER Tue-Oct-09: ORLANDO, FL; THE SOCIAL Wed-Oct-10: CHARLESTON, SC; VILLAGE TAVERN Thu-Oct-11: ATHENS, GA; GEORGIA THEATER Fri-Oct-12: ASHEVILLE, NC; ORANGE PEEL Sat-Oct-13: CARRBORO, NC; CATS CRADLE Sun-Oct-14: CHARLOTTESVILLE, NC; SATELITTE BALLROOM Mon-Oct-15: BALTIMORE, MD; SONAR Wed-Oct-17: PHILADELPHIA, PA; WORLD CAFÉ LIVE Fri-Oct-19: NEW YORK, NY; BB KINGS (late show) Sat-Oct-20: BOSTON, MA; MIDDLE EAST Sun-Oct-21: BURLINGTON, VT; HIGHER GROUND Tue-Oct-23: ANN ARBOR, MI; BLIND PIG Wed-Oct-24: COLUMBUS, OH; SKULLYS Thu-Oct-25: LEXINGTON, KY; THE DAME Fri-Oct-26: BLOOMINGTON, IN; BLUEBIRD THEATRE Sat-Oct-27: CHICAGO, IL; THE METRO Sun-Oct-28: MADISON, WI; HIGH NOON SALOON Mon-Oct-29: DULUTH, MN; PIZZA LUCE Tue-Oct-30: MINNEAPOLIS, MN; FIRST AVENUE Wed-Oct-31: OMAHA, NE; SLOWDOWN Thu-Nov-01: FT. COLLINS, CO; AGGIE THEATER Fri-Nov-02: DENVER, CO; CERVANTIS Sat-Nov-03: ASPEN, CO; BELLY UP TAVERN Sun-Nov-04: BOULDER, CO; FOX THEATER Mon-Nov-05: PARK CITY, UT; SUEDE Thu-Nov-08: PORTLAND, OR; ROSELAND Fri-Nov-09: SEATTLE, WA; SHOWBOX Sat-Nov-10: EUGENE, OR; WOW HALL Sun-Nov-11: CHICO, CA; SENATOR THEATRE Tue-Nov-13: SAN FRANCISCO, CA; SLIMS Wed-Nov-14: SAN FRANCISCO, CA; SLIMS
Candice Smart sent us this press release about Sean P, the YoungBloodz rapper formerly known as Sean Paul, making a charitable donation in his home state. Thanks to Candice for sending us this press release and a publicity photo.
Known for his charitable spirit almost as much as his rap talents, one of Atlanta's own entertainers, Sean P. (formerly known as Sean Paul of The YoungBloodz) is helping the citizens of Georgia by making a $5,000 donation to H.E.A.T., a nonprofit organization that provides energy assistant statewide for Georgians in need.
When he learned that the working poor families and senior citizens in Georgia were having difficulty affording their energy bills, he decided to do something to help. "I could hardly believe that people in my own community had to make decisions about whether to buy food and medicine or pay their energy bills," Sean P. said.
Not only did he make a contribution, but he set up a campaign with H.E.A.T. to challenge other entertainers in Georgia to get involved with energy assistance programs. Attached is a photo of Sean presenting a check to H.E.A.T. director of development, Staci Bush. -- C.S.
Rumors have been swirling around the internet for the last 24 hours or more that Yung Joc lost his expensive "H" pendant chain in a club fight, which was created specifically to celebrate his new album "Hustlenomic$." Joc himself clarified the situation to MTV in a story picked up on ballerstatus.com and explains what happened this way: he and T-Pain were in London to perform at the MOBO Awards, and since it was also Joc's birthday they went to Crystal Club last Thursday to celebrate. T-Pain was confronted by "football-player-looking dude" after the singer was seen talking to his girl, which sparked off a fight that Joc was involved in, but before the fight he took off the chain and gave it to his manager Rico Brooks, who kept it secure in a carrying case. So if you heard that Joc got jacked for his chain in London, don't believe the hype.
I'm a giving chap, so when the organizers of Vanderbilt University's Homecoming sent me not one but TWO e-mails asking to publicize Kanye West's appearance at their 6th Annual Commodore Quake, I decided to oblige. You can read the full text of their press release below. If you're going to the show feel free to send a report to firstname.lastname@example.org and speak on all aspects of the event including Kanye's performance itself. Nashville, TN – Vanderbilt University’s Homecoming celebration returns on Friday, October 12th, with performances from hip-hop sensation Kanye West, pop-rock sensation Guster, and singer-songwriter Brett Dennen. The 6th Annual Commodore Quake will be held at Memorial Gymnasium on the Vanderbilt University campus.
With years of success producing hits for artists such as Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, as well as the commercial and critical successes of his own two albums, Kanye West is one of today’s most prolific artists. To continue the university theme of West’s previous records, The College Dropout and Late Registration, his third release entitled, Graduation, will hit stores September 11th. The lead single, “Stronger,” is quickly climbing the Billboard charts.
Rounding out the bill are Guster and Brett Dennen who appear as part of the Crocs Next Step Campus Tour. Guster has risen from their humble beginnings at Tufts University to recently release their fifth studio album, Ganging Up on the Sun. Guster’s melodic and free-spirited sounds are coupled with their reputation for stellar live performances. Complimenting Guster’s sounds onstage, Brett Dennen will showcase songs from his album So Much More.
“Every year, we strive to bring the best talent to Vanderbilt’s campus and the Nashville community,” says David Silverstein, Co-Chair of the Vanderbilt University Music Group. “We are looking to put together compelling and unique lineups, blending genres and talent to give students and the general public the ultimate music experience.” The Music Group is the student-run organization responsible for planning and producing Commodore Quake, as well as the annual Rites of Spring Music Festival.
Ticket sales are scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM CST on Friday, September 14th and are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (615) 343-3361. They are also available with no service charge at the Sarratt Box Office on the Vanderbilt Campus. The ticket price is $15 for Vanderbilt students and $35 for Vanderbilt Faculty, Staff, Alumni & General Public. Doors will open at 7:00 PM. Please visit www.vanderbilt.edu/vpbmusic or www.vandymusic.com for more information on Commodore Quake.
About Vanderbilt Student Campus Events
The Office of the Dean of Students at Vanderbilt University provides an extensive list of activities and organizations for students to gain the true college experience. The Office of Student Campus Events houses several organizations and programs designed to meet the needs of every college student. Their mission statement includes offering a fun and celebratory environment as well as cultivating a sense of school pride that extends past the classroom. The Music Group is the student run organization responsible for planning and producing the Commodore Quake as well as the annual Rites of Spring Music Festival.
Media Contact: Student Campus Events, Vanderbilt University – Dwayne V. Elliott – (615) 322-2471.
Billboard released last week's charts and Chamillionaire's sophomore set only moved 79,000 units in its first week bringing him a #8 ranking. The ranking beat out the #10 ranking for Cham's "The Sound of Revenge," but that album sold 130,000 units the first week. Twista's "Adrenaline Rush 2007" also posted weak numbers with #10 and 41,000 units moved. Kanye (226,000) and 50 Cent (143,000) moved to #2 and #3 making way for country star Reba McEntire to post her first #1 album.
'Bout time hip-hop got some love from the Emmy Awards! www.ballerstatus.com informs us that DMC won the Emmy for his critically acclaimed VH1 "Rock Doc" documentary, "DMC: My Adoption Journey." The award was presented at New York's Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers on Monday night during the 28th Annual Emmy Awards. He beat out CBS News' 60 Minutes "I'm Mike Wallace: A 60 Minutes Tribute," PBS' Cinemax's "Favela Rising" and PBS's "Lomax the Song Hunter," a documentary based on legendary record man Alan Lomax. Congratulations to DMC on an award richly deserved.