50 Cent on HardKnock TV at SxSW (South By South West) talks about the 10 year anniversary of his "Get Rich or Die Tryin" album, the greatness of Kendrick Lamar, the gifted storytelling of Nas, how important it is for artists to ride their own lanes, his friendship with Eminem, his relationship with Floyd Mayweather, Rick Ross, and more. Huff Barili hosts and guides the chat. Check out part 2, 3, & 4 of the interview below....
The Last Poets - Niggers are Scared of Revolution (1970) vs. N.W.A. - Niggaz 4 Life (1991). Two thought provoking records from two different eras about the same principle depending on your perspective.
Eazy-E had quite a few children, but one of his daughters is hoping to honor her father with a documentary focused on Eazy's death. E.B. Wright, much like her brother Lil Eazy-E, is an aspiring musician, but is hoping to broadcast the truth about her father's demise in a film set to be called, "A Ruthless Scandal."
"A lot of people don't know the truth behind his death," said E.B. Wright in an interview with BET. "There's definitely a story out there of how people think he died but a lot of it is a misconception, so I think it's time to tell the story of exactly what happened."
Though Eazy was dying when E.B. was born, the twenty-two year old is determined to tell her father's unknown story. Will you watch this movie when it comes out
On February 27, the 9th annual "RIP THE RUNWAY" stage welcomed Jaden Smith, Meek Mill, Trinidad James, Luke James Omarion, Watch the Duck and Sevyn. The performers joined the industry's up and coming designers as they performed their top hits and latest singles while elite industry models struted down the catwalk.
Grammy Award winner Kelly Rowland and BET's "Real Husbands of Hollywood" co-star Boris Kodjoe hosted the event at the historic Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
BET will air the telecast on March 20 at 8 PM EST.
Aaron J from RedCarpetImages got some great photos on the red carpet and during the event. Check out some of them here. To purchase or to view more, go to http://www.RedCarpetImages.net
Producer Karriem Riggins, brings in a posse to rip the "Matador" instrumental from his recent full-length, "Alone Together." This "Matador Posse Cut" features verses from semi-underground and often underappreciated emcees Krondon, Homeboy Sandman, Guilty Simpson and Jonwayne. Solid track with cuts from Beat Junkies' J Rocc on the hook. Stream/download the joint below FREE.
Uncle Luke Says He Hasn't Been Paid For 'Pop That' [VIDEO]
Public Enemy, N.W.A Among Several Nominees For Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame Induction
French Montana scored his first #1 single with 'Pop That,' featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne a few weeks ago. However, it looks like the rapper that they sample hasn't been compensated for it yet. Uncle Luke got up with MTV News this past weekend at the BET Hip- Hop Awards and said that there's no check in his pocket yet for 'Pop That.'
'When I heard the song I said, 'Oh this is a hit,' and the next thing I said is, 'Where's my check?' Luke told MTV News.
'Ain't nobody told me about my check yet. I have not gotten the check yet, so I'm looking for the check,' he said, adding that he would track down French's boss to sort it all out. "I'm gonna talk to Diddy in the back about it.'
Looks like they'll get it worked out sooner than later, as Uncle Luke would join French Montana and Diddy on stage for a performance of "Pop That" at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
The 25-year (and still going) existence of seminal rap crew Public Enemy and their relevancy in today's crowded market serves as a testament to front man Chuck D's insistence to keep up with current trends and not fading away. Although not as sonically linked, pioneering rap quintet of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella-collectively known as N***az With Attitudes (N.W.A) - has maintained legendary status although the group has long been defunct. Just today, the two groups were announced as nominees for the coveted Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame inductions reports New York Daily News.
Joining PE and N.W.A on the nominees list is the late Donna Summer, who passed away this past May after a long bout with lung cancer. Summer's disco contemporaries, Chic, were also nominated and have the distinction of holding the record for most Hall Of Fame rejections at seven; Summer herself has been rejected five times prior but may be inducted posthumously. Both Public Enemy and N.W.A's legacies are intact, as the groups helped to propel Hip-Hop internationally in the mid-1980s. Public Enemy made their splash in 1987 with their debut album Yo! Bum Rush The Show and injected a raw and frenetic energy to the rap landscape. Chuck D's distinctive and booming baritone still sends chills, even at 52 years of age.
N.W.A began their reign on the charts in 1988 with the groundbreaking Straight Outta Compton album. Releasing only two LPs as group, the crew disbanded in 1991 over infighting and money issues. Dr. Dre and Ice Cube would go on to have stellar solo careers while Eazy-E and MC Ren never quite hit the heights their former band members achieved. The inductees will be announced sometime in early December. The 28th Annual Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony is slated to take place on April 18, 2013. Best of luck and congratulations to Public Enemy and N.W.A!
I remember an old friend askin me "you still into that rappin?..You still doin music?",when I ran into him. Now, this dude was a fly boy -in his day,not anymore. I guess he still think it's back then. I said to him, "yea,i'm still doin my thing'. He said, 'We grown now! Don't you think you should give that up and focus on bein grown?". I said, "well,what do you do?". He said, "I'm at the bank right now". I said well,are you the manager?"...He said no! I said, "well NIGGA if you aint the manager,owner,super intindent, or no shit like that,you need to git the hell on wit' that fool talk!".
Here's what you don't know about me.....I decided to GRACEFULLY walk away from what I was GITTIN in the dope game,I'm good! I have a house in Atlanta. Two cars paid for.A studio to use when I choose. A family that loves my YESTERDAY drawers. AND ,I can come and go as I please.
I truly live life as I want,doin what I wanna do! Can you say the same,really?? How many can say the same? Evaluate your situation,then add a man/woman up,before you pass judgement on how they're livin' their life. You may find yourself jealous. Don't trip. Just gather yourself,and start livin your dream! For ,we only live once..
I was listenin to the Oprah interview with Usher the other mornin with my daughter and she asked me if I liked Oprah. I said, I really don't have an opinion on her either way. She said, "well, I dont! I thinks she's mean". I asked why. She said, "because she don't like rappers". I told her, you gotta think, most people her age and up don't like rappers. It ain't personal, but I don't believe they liked what rap represented.
Rap music has always been revolutionary. It reflects the truth- good, bad, and ugly. This is why it resonates so much with the youth. At it's earlier peak, you had artist like Run DMC, Beastie Boys, and even the Fat Boys open up a platform for artist like Public Enemy, Rakim, NWA, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-1, Queen Latifah, the list goes on. But, these voices enlightened/influenced the culture so much so ,it catapulted these artists into the mainstream. Ha ha...I'll never forget the day my "anti-rap" father, blew my mind, when he threw in Kool Moe Dee's album and was JAMMIN to that thang. I wasn't a Moe Dee fan,but it was still hip hop. So I asked him," what??... you diggin MY music now?" He said "HELL- NAW!!!, I just saw him in an interview,and he's the first one I ever heard that talked like he had some sense, so I like him"!
Fast forward today. I think I can finally feel Oprah ,and my dad alike. See,they came from a generation that grew up on EWF, AL GREEN ,MARVIN, THE TEMPS, JAMES BROWN, the list is sooo long. But they all sang about LOVE, and "let's stay together", "treat her like a lady", and "I'm black-and I'M PROUD!",more morally conscious subject matter. Rap came along and represented a free-er,less contained voice that revolted against the traditional way of life,for past generations ,which was understandibly frightening to our elders. They didn't want to be closely associated with what their kids were building. We represented change, but they weren't sure what KIND of change we represented, at that time. We started off with good intentions , but like anything else good, somehow it always seems to get corrupted. (Now, it ain't all-bad. I'm mainly talkin about the rap music presently in heavy rotation).
We are in now our 3rd generation of fatherless children, and the music is reflective. No more morals, positive male influences, or respect for the family unit in popular music, like the music of yesterday. It's cool to rap "I fucked your wife,ha ha!!!"-cool?, I mean, they'll play that on the radio like nothin,then bleep it out. I gotta be honest- WHUATT part of the game is THAT? And we done became so desensitized to it, so- that's what's up! I feel like Oprah, and my dad's generation, the game today is just a little too free for me. Like its ALL- GOOD! I pose this to my peers. Figure out what's real-in life. What's important-to you. Find YOUR voice in this game. Always ask yourself- before you enter that booth, "am I going to BUILD or DESTROY with this verse?" Whether we except it or not, it's kids and grossly misguided people out here hangin on to our EVERY word. Don't get me wrong, we ALL enjoy a little mindless ratchetivity from time to time,feel me, but with no balance, how are we gonna bare any fruit? Look what the generation that came up on that earlier rap produced. More racial harmony than past generations.(Look at all the bi-racial kids). More MINORITY entrepreneurship than ever before. The first BLACK President, the list goes on. Beanie Seigal said in a recent interview he don't even let his kids listen to his music, and at that point he decided, if they can't listen to it ,I shouldn't be makin it. That's the REALEST quote I ever heard in the world of entertainment. - LOTTO
(Atlanta, GA) - Show Me The Way Foundation is excited to announce the 2012 Runway Red celebrity kids fashion show benefiting the foundation's efforts on HIV/AIDS research on Saturday, August 4, 2012. The fourth annual charity fashion extravaganza sponsored by African Pride Dream Kids Hair Care returns with bigger celebrities, haute fashion, adorable tots and even more surprises. Zoo Atlanta will serve as the backdrop for the annual affair; this year appropriately entitled "Safari Wonderland." Little stars with their celebrity parents will grace the runway with hopes of raising even more money than last year's show of over 600 supportive attendees. The mini-celebs and children from the Atlanta community will rock high-end fashion designers from all around the world in an effort to raise money for HIV/AIDS research.
African Pride Dream Kids Hair Care is proud to return for the second year as title sponsor for the 2012 Runway Red celebrity kids Fashion Show. Show Me The Way Foundation aims to raise awareness and necessary funding for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. The event is a family affair, which further instills a sense of community while educating young people and their parents on the comprehensive effect of HIV/AIDS. Exclusive fall and winter collections will be viewed while guests enjoy celebrity sightings and some very special Atlanta children are exposed to the glamorous world of runway modeling. Super model Cynthia Bailey (RHOA) will work with the diminutive models along with the help of instructors from her Atlanta-based modeling school, The Bailey Agency. "I am super excited about this year's show! Last year we raised a lot of money and awareness for Show Me The Way and this year is going to be even bigger with bigger celebs and surprises," says Tashawnya Menefee, President /Founder, Show Me The Way Foundation.
Past Runway Red Fashion Show celebrity attendees include: Bow Wow, Jermaine Dupri, Chilli (TLC), Jadakiss, Kandi Burruss (RHOA), Zoe Hernandez, Zoe Soul & Nadji Jeter (BET's Reed Between The Lines), Big Boi (Outkast), Shawty Lo (Recording Artist), Q Parker (112), Deena Beasley (One Tree Hill), Jessica Black (Miss United States 2010), Dondria (SoSoDef Recording Artist), Nivea (Recording Artist), Tameka "Tiny" Harris (Tiny & Toya), Deon Grant(NFL), The Sh'Boss Boys (America's Got Talent), The OMG Girlz, Gabbie Rae (Purple Ribbon Kidz), and many more.
The 2012 Runway Red: Safari Wonderland celebrity kids fashion show will take place at Zoo Atlanta, located at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 7pm. For media inquiries please contact: Christal Jordan, Enchanted PR 678-499-0297 or press(at)enchantedpr(dot)net. For more information on Runway Red contact: Fashion Show Producer Angela Watts, AW Media Group requests(at)awmediagroup(dot)com or 678-637-0982.
BET Rip the Runway hosts Pooch Hall and Selita Ebanks
BET's 'Rip the Runway' debuted Wednesday night (March 21) and the spectacle of designer threads was supported by a live soundtrack, where rappers and R&B artists dropped lyrics as models strutted down the catwalk at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
Wale hit the stage for 'Lotus Flower Bomb,' all while dressed in a camouflage vest and red kicks. His Maybach Music Group affiliate Meek Mill, donning an Indian yellow jacket, got the crowd on their feet for 'House Party.' Diggy Simmons brought crooner Jeremih along with him for 'Do It Like You' and B.o.B. showcased his new single 'So Good.'
An opaque catsuit-wearing Lil' Kim made a return to the stage with classic tracks like 'Crush on You,' 'It's All About the Benjamins' and her song 'If You Love Me.' Robin Thicke got the ladies attention by crooning through 'Pretty Lil' Heart' sans Lil Wayne and Estelle gave a thrilling performance of 'Back to Love.'
Model Selita Ebanks and actor Pooch Hall hosted the fashion extravaganza.