DJ Drama – Gangsta Grillz: Vol. 2

Posted: Tuesday – May 26, 2009


DJ Drama aka Barack O’Drama presents audiences with round two of his Gangsta Grillz series and presents on this album undertones of political issues and the daily politics of hoes, dough and keeping fresh all while having time to watch the news.

While it’s seemingly impressive that the hip hop world is taking notice of the press for their newsworthy reports, Drama also gets points for staying true to his underground background. With artists such as La The Darkman and Willie The Kid making noise on the album, they prove that their presence on the tracks is definitely kin of being mainstream worthy.

Willie The Kid, accompanied with the likes of Ludacris and Busta Rhymes on We Must Be Heard, is an example of the aforementioned. Talks of dealing with war tragedy, being clad with medals, stripes and ski masks and preparing for change are the central concepts of the track.

Love For Money is a highlight on the album. Trey Songz provides the catchy melodic chores while an all-star collaboration of mainstream’s Flo Rida, Yung Joc, Bun B and Gucci Mane do work. Keyboards and synths heavily populate as we listen about the lavish things in life that money can acquire us to have.

Nothing like exposing how much one can possibly make a woman sweat in areas where it’s questionable to even think that the clear residue is sweat than on a track appropriately called Sweat. Ray J covers the singing and sexiness while Fabolous and La The Darkman have the task of enlightening audiences with their flow. This R&B-esque track is another highlight on the album.

Gangsta Grillz: Vol 2 is a great showcase of maintaining a balance of pleasing the mainstream and underground audiences of hip hop. Being able to get Nas and Scarface on a track together is pretty dope. What’s even doper than that is reuniting B.G. and Juvenile. So DJ Drama, I support you and approve of your message sent via Gangsta Grillz: Vol 2.

- By Jeremy Carmona

Source: Yoraps

Charges Against DMX To Be Dropped Monday

Posted: Friday – June 05, 2009 @ 6:57 PM

Embattled rapper DMX’s legal troubles may be over for now, it seems.

A source close to the rapper told AllHipHop.com exclusively that a Mariposa County, Arizona judge will dismiss the most recent charges brought against the rapper this week.

Speaking under condition of anonymity, the source said that as a result of the plea deal DMX accepted on Tuesday (June 2), the judge presiding over the case is set to dismiss the charges of felony attempted aggravated assault to which he pleaded guilty.

The charges stem from an alleged altercation between DMX, born Earl Simmons, and guards at the Tent City Jail in Arizona during his last stint in jail.

While serving a 90-day sentence for animal cruelty, drug and fraud related charges, DMX is accused of having verbally threatened guards at the facility. DMX was release from the Tent City Jail on May 14.

A week later he was seen out and about during the entertainment industry’s annual convergence on Miami, Florida for Memorial Day Weekend, where he spoke openly about his plans on getting back to the music.

According to the source, X May return to Miami following his court appearance on Monday morning.

Source: Allhiphop.com

50 Cent Settles Mansion Lawsuit

Posted: Friday – June 05, 2009 @ 3:31 PM

Queens mogul 50 Cent has reached a settlement today (June 5) in his multi-million dollar lawsuit against an engineering company over incorrect mansion repair estimates.

50, real Curtis Jackson, enlisted BVH Integrated Services to conduct a thorough home inspection in 2003, prior to his purchase of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s 48,000 square foot, 52 room mansion.

According to the suit, the company estimated 50’s total repairs to be $500,000.

But after purchasing the Connecticut property for $4 million, 50 claimed his total repairs to upgrade the Farmington mansion cost him a total of $6 million.

Along with the accused, inaccurate estimate, 50 testified that he paid the firm $14,000 for their services.

Throughout the dispute, officials for BVH have denied any wrongdoing.

In their testimony, the firm argued that despite the property’s size, it was not “mansion-quality.”

BVH also stated 50’s $6 million dollar “repairs” were not regular home issues, but lavish upgrades that would be not be accounted for in a routine home inspection.

However, the company’s vice president did admit that their figure could have been inaccurate due to the low time period they had to conduct a preliminary estimate.

“It’s as helpful as it can be at that stage of the project,” BVH Vice President Greg Van Deusen told Connecticut’s Eyewitness News.

At press time, the terms of the settlement have not been made public.

50 Cent has been attempting to sell the high-priced mansion since 2007.

After dropping the price from $18.5 to $14.5 million, the G-Unit CEO finally removed the home from the market this week due to lack of interest.

Source: Allhiphop.com

Lil Wayne Drops 'Kobe Bryant' Song

Posted: Friday – June 05, 2009 @ 2:03 PM

Hours before the LA Lakers would go on to claim victory over the Orlando Magic in game one of the 2009 NBA Finals, Lil’ Wayne made it very clear who he was rooting for.

The Multi-platinum rapper and ESPN.com blogger released a new song on Wednesday night (June 3) simply titled “Kobe Bryant.”

The new track opens with sound bites attesting to Kobe’s domination of the game, starting with Bryant expressing how he is driven by his desire to be the best. Throughout the song,

Wayne praises the Lakers superstar, calling him “King Bryant” and drawing comparisons between themselves.

Obviously having picked up some verbiage from the guys at ESPN, Weezy addresses everything from Bryant’s crossover and jumper.

In one line, Lil’ Wayne even foreshadowed the results of last night’s match up, rapping “I drop 40 on your double team.”

Bryant contributed 40 points to the Lakers’ 100-75 victory over the Magic on Thursday (June 4).

In related news, 2K Sports revealed Thursday that Bryant will grace the cover of the 10th Anniversary edition of the popular NBA 2K franchise.

The announcement was made Thursday night in an exclusive Spike Lee TV ad, offering suggestions for better cover athletes and finally concluding that there is no better choice than the 11-time All-Star.

“It’s quite obvious why 2K Sports put Kobe Bryan on the cover of NBA 2k10, which is the best NBA video game,” commented Lee.

2K Sports is inviting fans to participate in the release, by having them vote for the official box cover.

The sport publishing arm of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. has created a dedicated voting site at www.2ksports.com/vote, which offers fans a selection of four covers, including one featuring Bryant in a New York Knicks uniform, as suggested by die-hard Knicks Fan Lee in the new ad.

“I’ve been playing sports video games for as long as I can remember and honestly, I’ve never seen one come so close to replicating real basketball,” Bryant says. “What 2K Sports has done is truly incredible and I’m proud to be a partner with them and on the cover of NBA 2K10. 2K Sports is constantly improving and adding something new to their game every year that makes them better and better, and that’s exactly what I try to do each season with my game. It’s as if 2K Sports has been on a sports video game championship run for several years now, and I’m not even sure there’s a word for that kind of dominance.”

Voting for the final NBA 2K10 cover is open through June 15. The winning artwork will be revealed on June 16.

The Kobe will continue his quest for his fourth NBA Championship with the Lakers on Sunday, when they face the Orlando Magic at the Staples Center in LA.

The match up will be broadcast live on ABC at 8:00pm EST.

Source: Allhiphop.com

Necro Fined For Assault In Australia

Posted: Friday – June 05, 2009 @ 9:16 AM

Brooklyn rapper Necro was fined $3000 for an altercation in Australia which ended with a man suffering a fractured cheekbone.

Necro, real name Ron Raphael Braunstein, was in the country as part of his current international tour.

While waiting outside of a café in the city of Perth, the rapper was accosted by an aggressive man over allegations of reckless eyeballing.

Necro’s defense lawyer claimed the unidentified man said to his client: “What the f**k are you looking at?!”

Allegedly, Necro attempted to diffuse the situation before it became violent.

“What’s your problem,” the Psycho+Logical Records CEO replied. “I am not looking at you but I can look at who I f**king want.”

After the man stood up to possibly make the dispute physical, Necro punched him several times before entourage member Christopher Catenacci jumped in and inflicted further damage.

Authorities were called by eyewitnesses, and both men were arrested at their hotel.

The timing of the apprehension and fining sentence resulted in Necro’s Hyde Park Hotel concert being cancelled.

At press time, Necro is scheduled to perform tonight in Adelaide before finishing up international dates in New Zealand and Norway.

Necro’s last studio album was the 2007 metal/Hip-Hop hybrid LP Death Rap.

Source: Allhiphop.com

Trillville's Don P. Introduces 'Rave Rap' With Polow Da Don

Posted: Thursday – June 04, 2009 @ 5:02 PM

Rapper/producer Don P has enlisted the support of Polow Da Don in crafting his first major release as a solo artist.

The Trillville front man revealed to AllHipHop.com exclusively that he is joining Polow’s Zone 4, Inc. imprint and prepping the release of his debut album, Global Warning.

Between the 2004 release of Trillville’s shared debut Kings of Crunk & BME Recordings Present: Trillville & Lil’ Scrappy and their 2008 follow up, Straight Up. No Chaser, Don P released two solo mixtapes, Target Practice and Target Practice 2, with the support of DJ Scream.

He also established himself as one of the South’s young producers to watch. Ironically, the relationship that brought him to Zone 4, Inc. was in fact built around production.

“Me and Polow always been cool,” Don P told AllHipHop.com. “I always go to him and try to sell beats to his artists. He always bought beats from me. And I was like, you know what, f**k that. I’m cool with the beats, but I’m about to crank this s**t back up. So I gave Polow a couple of my solo tracks that I did and he was f**kin’ wit it. He said it one time, and it was small talk. And the small talk grew into real talk. Cuz he was really feeling what I was doing. And that’s when he was like, ‘Let’s get everybody on the horn and let everybody know we ‘bout to collaborate.’ It’s gon’ be a massive project.”

Global Warning promises to be a departure from what Don P’s fans have come to expect from him.

However, the album will fit in with Polow’s eclectic portfolio, which includes hits records by Pop/R&B divas Ciara, Fergie, Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Scherzinger and Mya, as well as Hip-Hop stars Ludacris, Birdman, Rich Boy, Nelly, Snoop Dogg and Young Buck.

The album will introduce a genre-melding sound which Don P has branded “Rave Rap.”

“I’ve always been a rave fan,” Don P explained. “We spent a lot of time in Germany and I really fell in love with the Rave s**t. A lot of my beats are Rave-based, but the thing is about what I do is that I add bass to it. So it’s a Rave sound, but the Hip-Hop comes with the bass and the snare. Basically it’s for all the people that work hard all day and who just like to let loose at the end of the day.”

Don P is currently prepping the release of his first solo single, “Money All The Time,” which borrows from Eddie Murphy’s 1985 hit single “Party All The Time.”

He also continues to enjoy the success of the latest release in the Target Practice series, which hit internet retailers in May.

He is also back in the studio recording with Trillville.

A release date for Global Warning has yet to be announced.

Source: Allhiphop.com

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