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|Sat, August 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Lil Wayne's Young Money army is loading up and getting ready to unleash a wave of new music toward the end of this year and the beginning of next year. The youngest of the Young Money crew, Lil Twist and Lil Chuckee, are working the Net and the mixtape circuit, as are Jae Millz and Gudda Gudda. Tyga, who's performing shows in South Africa this week, just dropped a video for his Lil Wayne-featured "I'm On It," and of course, his Chris Brown collaboration "Deuces" is an undeniable people-propelled hit. The record was a mixtape song, but through requests and video play on MTV Jams and "106 & Park," it's become a number-one hit.
Young Money president Mack Maine says that Tyga has an official second single coming soon and is hoping the company releases his album before 2010 is over. If not, look for Tyga at the top of 2011.
The biggest Young Money releases this year, of course, are coming courtesy of the leader of the family, Lil Wayne. Weezy has a 10-song project called I Am Not a Human Being that will be released digitally on his birthday, September 27. YM has tentative plans to come right back with more Weezy on November 5. That album, of course, will be his über-anticipated Tha Carter IV, or C4 as it's been nicknamed.
"Tha Carter IV plans we had and still have are to put Tha Carter IV out the day he comes out [of prison]," Mack said Thursday in New York. "He had so many songs for Tha Carter IV, we said let's just put these 10 songs out [on I Am Not a Human Being] and double-back for Tha Carter IV. He has more songs for Tha Carter IV that are still strong."
Mack says that Wayne is deeply involved in Tha Carter IV's song selection process despite currently serving his yearlong sentence on Rikers Island.
"It's basically me, him, Baby and Cortez Bryant mapping it out," Mack explained. "We had a listening session out here. It was me, Baby and Cortez. I let [Wayne] know these are the ones we picked. He already picked six of them from back there. I let him hear it over the phone. I book him a studio session — kinda like I did for the 'Light Up' remix with Drake. I book him a studio session and let him listen [to tracks] over the phone. 'Do you like this one?' 'Yeah?' "
While Wayne shot a slew of videos for guest spots on other artists' songs and for his Rebirth LP before he went to prison, Weezy did not get to film videos for I Am Not a Human Being or Carter IV, which by no means is stifling plans for the releases. "Right Above It" (originally a track for Carter IV) is the first single for ... Human Being and has been released to radio. Meanwhile, Mack says the camp is thinking about not putting any music from Carter IV out prior to the release. They're toying with the idea of letting the fans be surprised when they purchase the project.
"We might just drop the album that day," Mack said of C4. "Just hope it don't leak out and drop it that day. I think it would be crazy, the anticipation."
Right now, Wayne has a tentative release date from prison of November 5. Not only does Young Money want to drop Carter IV that day, they want to hold a welcome-home concert that night, which Wayne would headline.
"That's where we are aiming for now," Mack explained. "I think the [Madison Square] Garden would be perfect. I wanna keep it Young Money. I think we can hold our own. A
|Tue, August 24, 2010 at 2:23 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and BET
Launch National "Stomp the Yard: Homecoming" Official Step Contest
Fans to Submit Entries on BET.com Starting August 16
Stomp The Yard: Homecoming Arrives on
Blu-rayâ„¢ + DVD Combo Pack and DVD September 21
CULVER CITY, CALIF. - To celebrate the release of Stomp The Yard: Homecoming on Blu-rayâ„¢ + DVD Combo Pack and DVD September 21, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Black Entertainment Television (BET) have joined forces to host a national step contest to find America's best steppers.
The Stomp The Yard: Homecoming contest launches August 16 on http://www.BET.com/StompTheYard and invites participants to upload a two-minute video segment of their team (a maximum of eight people) performing a step routine. The producers of BET's "106&Park" will select two teams to fly to New York and perform their routine live on BET during "Wild Out Wednesday" on September 22. During the live broadcast, BET viewers will be encouraged to vote for their favorite group via text or online. The winning group will be announced at the end of the program on the live broadcast and will receive gift card valued at $5,000.
Producer Will Packer stated, "This contest will give the best step teams in the country the opportunity to highlight their precision, unity and flavor. BET is the perfect partner because 106 & Park is all about showcasing artist with unique talents and abilities. I'm hoping we'll see some teams on par with the talent in Stomp The Yard: Homecoming."
Stomp The Yard: Homecoming returns audiences to the yard of Truth University for the all new, explosive, high energy drama. The sequel to the $75MM box office hit follows Chance Harris (Collins Pennie, Fame, TV's "Hawthorne") as he looks to find a balance between his school, work, relationships and the opportunity to perform at the nationally televised step competition during homecoming weekend. The up-and-coming energetic cast also includes Terrence J (BET's #1 Rated "106 & Park"), Stephen "tWitch" Boss (TV's "So You Think You Can Dance"), Pooch Hall (The Game), Kiely Williams (The Cheetah Girls), Keith David (Death at a Funeral, The Princess and the Frog), Tika Sumpter (TV's "One Life to Live") and a featured appearance by Columbus Short (Stomp the Yard, Death at a Funeral). Step inside the movie's groundbreaking choreography with the "Stomp On The Yard" featurette along with deleted scenes and cast & filmmaker commentary. Filled with all new phenomenal, step-routines, Stomp the Yard: Homecoming will be available September 21 on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack for $30.95 SRP and on DVD for $24.96 SRP.
Directed by Rob Hardy (The Gospel), Stomp the Yard: Homecoming is from a story by Albert Leon and a screenplay by Albert Leon and Meena Payne. Executive Produced by Columbus Short and produced by Will Packer