VH1 Hip-Hop Honors To Celebrate Def Jam

Posted: Thursday – June 04, 2009 @ 1:45 PM

While this year’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors ceremony will mark six years since VH1 started the annual tradition of celebrating the best in Hip-Hop culture, it will mark two firsts as well.

VH1 has announced that this year’s award ceremony, to be held on Tuesday, October 12, will pay homage to Def Jam Records in recognition of the legendary label’s 25th anniversary.

This year will also mark the star-studded event’s departure from the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, relocating to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York.

30 Rock star and Saturday Night Live alum Tracy Morgan will reprise his role as host for the third consecutive year.

Former Yo! MTV Raps host Fab 5 Freddie and author/filmmaker Nelson George will also continue to serve as the program’s executive producers.

In previous years, the VH1 Hip Hop Honors have celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of pioneering artists including KRS-One, Public Enemy, Sugarhill Gang, Big Daddy Kane, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Rakim, Cypress Hill and MC-Lyte.

Through interviews with the honorees and their peers and tribute performances by newer artists, the program has simultaneously allowed the original Hip-Hop generation to reminisce while introducing the next generation to those who paved the way.

Each year, the VH1 Hip Hop Honors has also recognized iconic films, movies and individuals who helped to mold the culture, from the graffiti movement, honored in 2004, to R&B great Isaac Hayes, who was celebrated last year just two months after his untimely death.

However, 2009 will mark the first time a record label is commemorated.

“It is impossible to pay tribute to the best in Hip-Hop without recognizing Def Jam Records,” says VH1’s EVP of Music Production Lee Rolontz. “Throughout the years VH1 has honored numerous artists from the Def Jam label, but due to the magnificent impact that Def Jam as a company has made on not only Hip-Hop culture but pop culture as a whole, we thought they definitely deserved the opportunity to be honored.”

With Def Jam serving as this year’s top honoree, the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors promises not only a gathering of the bonafide superstars who have come to represent the label, either in the studio, like Public Enemy, Kanye West, Rick Ross and Rihanna; or in the office as Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons, LA Reid and Jay-Z have done.

In addition to Def Jam’s musical legacy, VH1 Hip Hop Honors will also celebrate the Hip-Hop brand’s impact on comedy, spoken word, fashion and pop culture in general.

Additional details about the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors, including performers, presenters, specific honorees and related programming will be made available later this summer at VH1.com.

Source: Allhipop.com

Budden to Meth & Busta: ‘We Rappers, Let’s Rap!’

Posted: Thursday – June 4, 2009 @ 11:09 AM

Jersey lyricist Joe Budden is striking back at his critics over the fallout of his recent lyrical critique of former Def Jam colleague Method Man.

Last month, Budden drew the ire of veterans Busta Rhymes, Redman, Melle Mel, and Method Man after ridiculing the placement of the latter two above him on Vibe’s Greatest Emcees of All Time list.

After weeks of silence, Budden sat down with Miss Info to address the attacks against him.

“Everybody took offense…you name it, they took offense to it,” Budden began. “Number one I’m entitled to my opinion. If a n*gga get offended at me having an opinion, suck a d*ck. Number two, what world are we in? [Are] we not rappers? We all rappers, some bigger than others. But we rap. Let’s rap. I want to rap, I want to always rap.”

While many cited Budden’s previous Method Man comments as “disrespectful,” the Jersey City native argued his declarations are in line with the main tenets of being a legit emcee in Hip-Hop culture.

“I’m dead-ass when I talk. I have faith in my pen game,” Budden exclaimed. “And that’s how it should be. If you’re a rapper, I can’t see how you wouldn’t have the same attitude. If a n*gga said, ‘yo’ Joe Budden, you versus Eminem, whose gonna win?’ I’m going to say Joe Budden. I’m supposed to say it. Even if it’s the furthest thing from reality, you’re supposed to have utmost confidence in yourself and your craft. And if you don’t something is wrong with you.”

In a recent interview on New York’s Power 105.1FM, Method Man accused Budden of using him to gain publicity after being “benched” (dropped) by Def Jam several years ago.

Budden retorted to the claim by questioning what he could gain from dissing a Wu-Tang founding member in 2009.

“I have a problem with that. Get my foot in what door?” an incredulous Budden inquired. “They keep talking about a door that I’m running away from, and all my actions say I’m running away from. I’ve had offers from major labels; I don’t want it…If anything, you’re on the bench, too. You in the door you want to be in, on the bench. This Blackout 2 sh*t, he says I’m attacking him because he has an album coming out. ..If anything it would be reversed; I’d should be attacking him when I have an album coming out…I’m attacking you?! There’s nobody else that’s popping on a higher plateau and more relevant than you if I want to get my name out there? Huh? I could go diss Kanye West like all these other rap n***as be trying to do. I can go diss Jim Jones, Rick Ross; n***as who are very active and relevant today. They throwing these n***as off a diving board, something I wouldn’t let them do to me.”

Former collaborator Busta Rhymes weighed in on the situation in his own Power 105.1 interview, stating the controversial Mood Muzik creator should be slapped from his comments.

After labeling that statement hypocritical, Budden again brought the argument back to his original point of who can prove they are the better emcee.

“I’m talking about music…he should be smacked for that, by who exactly?” Budden questioned.

“I rap better than n***as! [It’s] my opinion. Because I heard him say that too, about ‘how can he say no disrespect to Method Man and say that dumb sh*t?’ Say what dumb sh*t? It’s my opinion and I’ll back it up. But not [just] to him, to whoever.”

Joe Budden’s latest LP, Padded Room, was released in February.

Albums from Busta Rhymes [Back on My B.S.], Method Man and Redman [Blackout 2] both hit stores on May 19, with the latter scoring a top 10 debut on Billboard’s 200 chart.

At press time, Method Man nor Busta Rhymes could be reached for comment.

Source: Allhiphop.com

Wyclef Jean Honored By Harry Belafonte

Posted: Thursday – June 4, 2009 @ 9:30 AM

Rapper/producer Wyclef Jean will be in good company on Monday (June 8) as World Hunger Year (WHY) honors his commitment to fighting poverty at this year’s 2009 WHY-Chapin awards dinner.

The award-winning hitmaker will receive the ASCAP-Harry Chapin Humanitarian award at the event, which will take place at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

Jamaican musician/actor/activist Harry Belafonte will be on hand to present Jean the award.

Known as a leading advocate for innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty, WHY is dedicated towards combating these issues by promoting methods for creating self-reliance, economic justice, and equal access to nutritious and affordable food.

Monday’s presentation is the latest accomplishment for Jean, who established his Yéle Haiti foundation in 2005.

The organization, which works towards long-term progress for Haiti via small-scale, manageable and replicable projects – is credited with changing the lives of children and adults through education, health, environment and community development programs.

“We must continue to highlight both the accomplishments of Yéle as well as Haiti’s continued need,” said Simon Khan, chief executive officer of the award dinner’s co-host, Antilia. “We are pleased to partner with WHY to bring awareness to this organization’s efforts in the Caribbean, and are delighted to work once again with Wyclef and his team.”

In addition to Jean, WHY-Chapin award recipients will include WFAN Sports Radio 66 and Growing Power, a national nonprofit organization and land trust that provides equal access to high-quality, safe and affordable food for those in need.

Several 2008 Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award winners will also be recognized for their efforts to go beyond charity to create change in their communities.

Famed Calypso singer/songwriter The Mighty Sparrow will bring the flavor of the Caribbean to the event with a special performance.

For Khan, the awards dinner marks a prime opportunity to “highlight achievements in the Caribbean community through the recognition of three Caribbean stalwarts – Wyclef Jean, Harry Belafonte and The Mighty Sparrow, who each continue to champion important Caribbean causes.”

Source: Allhiphop.com

DNA Doesn't Match In DJ Bay Bay Rape Case

Posted: Wednesday – June 3, 2009 @ 6:43 PM

DNA results from the two year rape trial of DJ Hollyhood Bay Bay do not match the industry veteran, AllHipHop.com has confirmed.

Hollyhood Bay Bay, real name Terrance Stewart, was arrested in 2007 and charged with one count of rape and intimidation of a witness.

According to prosecutors, the DJ raped a woman who was found drunk and unconscious on the second floor of club Kokopelli’s, located in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The ensuing DNA test used semen retrieved from the alleged victim, and the couch where the crime occurred.

“I believe everything happens for a greater reason and purpose. I was terminated from one station, only to be recruited by the fourth largest black radio station in the country, so there are no hard feelings,” DJ Hollyhood Bay Bay told AllHpHop.com. “I’m just ready to conclude this chapter in my life and get back to what I do, finding the next multiplatinum success story.

Bay Bay previously gained national recognition courtesy of Hurricane Chris’ hit tribute song “Ay Bay Bay,” which was inspired by fans who would chant the DJ’s name at club appearances.

The rape accusation has proved damaging to Hollyhood’s career over the last two years.

The fallout resulted in him being terminated from his position at Shreveport’s 103.5 The Beat, and losing his longtime club MC position at Kokopelli’s.

He later signed on to Dallas’ KKDA 104.5, and maintains a weekly radio slot from 3PM from 7PM.

Despite the serious accusation that has lingered over his head, DJ Hollyhood Bay Bay feels he’s been blessed with a better opportunity in Dallas and is hopeful the charges will soon be dropped.

“This entire situation is unfortunate, but all I can do is continue to live my life until it is over and I am fully cleared of all charges,” added DJ Bay Bay.

Since relocating to Dallas, the DJ assisted rapper Dorrough in closing a deal with E1 Music.

On the community service front, he founded Bay Bay’s Kids, which aims to decrease high school dropout rates through education-focused speaking engagements and camps.

At press time, Caddo Parish District Attorney Brady O’Callaghan has not dropped the rape charges against DJ Hollyhood Bay Bay.


Source: Allhiphop.com

Eminem Robbed Of $60k Necklace, Laptop

Posted: Wednesday – June 3, 2009 @ 6:35 PM

Rap star Eminem was the victim of a robbery on Sunday (May 31) at the MTV Movie Awards.

According to reports, the rapper’s hotel room was burglarized during the infamous awards show, as robbers made off with a $60,000 necklace.

Additionally, the thieves stole Eminem’s personal laptop computer.

The news comes on the heels of a now infamous incident, in which comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Bruno” landed bare bottom – in Eminem’s face.

In more positive news, the rapper’s album Relapse album topped Billboard’s Top 200 Album’s chart having moved over 608,000 copies last week.

The album also sold another 225,000 copies, making the top selling album on the Billboard 200 chart this week as well.

At press time representatives for Eminem could not be reached for comment.


Source: Allhiphop.com

50 Cent's "Over Valued" Mansion Comes Off The Market

Posted: Tuesday – June 2, 2009 @ 9:04 AM

After 722 days on the market, 50 Cent has taken his Farmington, Connecticut mansion out of the running for a new resident.

The Hartford Courant reports that the 50,000-square-foot home’s asking price of $14.5 million was too much to attract potential buyers.

“The house is not worth $1[dollar] over $5 million,” Prudential Premier Homes agent Rob Giuffria told the newspaper, as he joined local real estate agents in alluding to the mansion’s Hartford area location, as a possible factor in deterring buyers.

“Celebrities often overvalue a house, so they keep dropping in price,” Giuffria reasoned. “That home in that location is not worth anywhere near $14 million, and it will never sell for that, no matter how long you leave it on the market.”

An agent familiar with the estate revealed the mansion has not been re-listed for sale yet, after the property’s listing contract with the Keller Williams office in Ridgefield officially expired in May.

The estate’s removal from the market is the latest development to occur since 50 Cent bought the residence in 2003 for $4.1 million .

Soon after acquiring the 17-acre home, the rapper spent an estimated $10 million on various renovations such as a 40-person hot tub inside a grotto.

Prior to dropping the price to $14.5 million late last year, the mansion was initially put on the market for $18.5 million.

Previous owners of the residence included former boxing champion Mike Tyson and Colonial Realty founder Benjamin Sisti, who built the estate in 1987.

In addition to the hot tub, the mansion included 19 bedrooms and 37 bathrooms, as well as a gym and a disco with a ‘dancing’ room, complete with stripper poles.


Source: Allhiphop.com

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