TECH N9NE’S STRANGE MUSIC DROPS NEW ALBUM DAMN FOOL! FROM BIG SCOOB ON MAY 3

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(Los Angeles, CA) BIG SCOOB IS A DAMN FOOL! The “fool” has always balanced out the pride of the king. It’s no different with Strange Music founder Tech N9ne and his longtime buddy Big Scoob. Big Scoob is no ordinary fool, however, as his 26-track new album makes clear: he’s a Damn Fool. Who else but Scoob would describe his car as “shining like a can of root beer”?

“Growing up in the ‘hood in Kansas City, a damn fool, that was me!” says Big Scoob. “I’d stick to my whiskey bottle, go as hard as I wanted to. But now I’m seeing the effects of that over the long term, so I’m in a position to tell cautionary tales. Don’t worry, I got jokes!”

Damn Fool’s standout tracks include bass anthem “DAMU”, a riotous posse cut featuring Jay Rock, Messy Marv, Skatterman & Bumpy Knuckles, and open-hand slapper “They DNT Want It” featuring Glasses Malone and Boogieman. “All I Kno Is Hood”, co-starring Scoob’s label-mate Krizz Kaliko, is uncut street gospel as Scoob raps: “Gang bang reppin’ the name, I’m from the soil/ rap game nuthin’ but flames, I got that oil/ gutter butter seepin’ and leakin’ like I’m a boil/ old school actin’ the fool, that Delta Royal!” .

Big Scoob and Tech N9ne grew up together in Kansas City, cliqued in the group 57th Rogue Dog Villains (RDVs for short), scoring a huge local hit with “Let’s Get Fucked Up”. In 2009, Big Scoob recorded his debut album Monsterifik for Tech’s label Strange Music. “When I let my personality out on tour, cats like Fat Joe and E-40 were howling and said ‘You a damn fool!’ Tech N9ne was watching and told me, ‘That’s what I want you to give people on this new album.’”

Set to appear on select dates of Tech N9ne’s All 6s & 7s tour starting in May, Scoob will serve his new cups-up anthems “Lemonade Delight” and “Drunk & Stupid” to fans young and old. “It’s party time!” enthuses Scoob. “And this Damn Fool says everyone’s invited.”

Police Presence At Master P. Show Had ‘Racial Overtones’

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The head of a local NAACP branch in Terrebonne, Louisiana, has criticized the amount of police present at a Master P. concert last night (April 27th) in Houma, Louisiana.

Almost 40 police officers from Houma and Terrebonne’s Police Departments were out in full force in bulletproof vests at the City Club, where Master P., Mystikal, Romeo and others were performing.

The Narcotics Task Force and a SWAT team was parked nearby, in case the other 40 officers needed additional backup for strictly for the show, which drew about 100 people to the venue.

According to the police, they were there due to other spring break events taking place around the area, but local residents rejected the notion, because of the police’s concentration in front of the City Club.

“It had racial overtones,” Jerome Boykin, head of Terrebonne’s NAACP told The Houma Courier. “When you have white rock groups come to town you don’t have this much.”

Master P. and No Limit Records are slated to celebrate their 20th anniversary on May 1st at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas.

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NYPD Investigating Diddy’s Police Escort After Concert

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The NYPD has launched an investigation into reports that Hip-Hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs was provided a police escort from his concert in Manhattan, to an after party in Northern New Jersey.

According to New York’s 1010 WINS, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly earlier today (April 26th), when reports hit the net that Diddy received a three-car police escort for his convoy of vehicles after a show at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Combs was originally supposed to take a helicopter to Club 4 Sixty 6 in West Orange, but a request put in to the FAA to fly and land the helicopter was received too late.

“Police escorts should be provided if there’s a security issue, period,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “Either for you, for me, for everybody else…The bottom line is the police department should treat everybody exactly the same. If you don’t get a police escort, P. Diddy shouldn’t.”

The internal investigation seeks to determine who authorized the police escort for Diddy.

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Ludacris Says New Album ‘Ludaversal’ Is On Another Level

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Ludacris recently sat down with AllHipHop.com to discuss the progress of his upcoming eighth album, Ludaversal.

The rapper, born Chris Bridges, has been busy pursuing an acting career with roles in upcoming movies like “Breakaway” and “Fast Five” co-starring Vin Diesel, which is due in theaters this Friday (April 29th).

According to Ludacris, his busy schedule and his acting career have not interfered with his ability to make a hit album.

“When you hear the album you’ll know,” Ludacris told AllHipHop.com. “People can expect me to take it to a level they know I’m capable of. If anybody has doubts, I have no problem continuing to prove myself. And I have no problem slapping the ones who’re sleeping to make them wake up. It’s about consistency.”

Over the years, Ludacris has collaborated with a wide variety of artists, from singers like Enrique Iglesias, Fergie and Mary J. Blige to rappers like Lil Wayne, Nas and Jay-Z

During his 11-year career, Luda has sold almost 20 million records worldwide.

The rapper attributed his success to his ability to make cameo appearances on hit records, while maintaining his Hip-Hop roots as a lyricist.


Ludacris said he always had the “perfect balance between always staying true to the Hip Hop lyricists’ roots” and never limited himself to working with one particular type of artist.

“Who else is able to do those and still get on the ‘Welcome to My Hood (Remix)’ and kill shit – period? That’s what I think I’ve been able to consistently do,” Ludacris told AllHipHop.com.

Ludacris album Ludaversal is due in stores in early 2012.

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Eminem To Release EP With Rapper Royce Da 5’9″

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Eminem and Royce da 5’9″ are back recording together more than a decade after the Detroit rappers first joined forces.

The pair, who met at a concert in their home city in 1997 and worked together under the name Bad Meets Evil, announced Monday that they’re coming out with an EP of new material in June.

One of the songs they recorded in the late 1990s, called “Bad Meets Evil,” appeared on Eminem’s major label debut, “The Slim Shady LP.”

According to a news release distributed Monday by Interscope Records, the rappers pursued solo careers after their initial work together and became embroiled in a feud.

In the years since, Eminem’s career has reached superstar levels with tens of millions of records sold and Grammy and Academy Award wins. Royce da 5’9″ also has seen success, but on a much smaller scale, with three of his albums charting in the R&B/hip-hop category.

The two mended fences, however, following the shooting death of their mutual friend and fellow rapper Proof in 2006.


Royce and I started hanging out again and inevitably that led us back into the studio,” Eminem said in a statement. “At first we were just seeing where it went without any real goal in mind, but the songs started to come together crazy, so here we are.”

Royce da 5’9″ said he was “excited to see this project come to fruition considering the long lapse in time between when we worked before and now.”

The new material will be released June 14 on Shady/Interscope Records. Mr. Porter, who is a member of Eminem’s rap group D12, was a producer on the EP.

Interscope said its title will be unveiled “soon.”

And, for the record, Royce da 5’9″ is the Bad half of the duo, and Eminem is the Evil.

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The Kanye West Foundation Officially Shut Down

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The Kanye West Foundation has officially closed its curtains and is no longer. The charity was set up four years ago to combat the number of youths who drop out of school and to encourage them to stay in school by way of arts and music.

Former Executive Director Joseph Collins notified associates via e-mail informing them that he is looking for work as the charity is now closed and the phone has been disconnected.

“I am reaching out to let you know that the Kanye West Foundation (kanyewestfoundation.org) has officially closed it doors after a successful 4+ years of programming and events,” Collins wrote.

“It has been an incredible experience working with Kanye and the board to realize his mother’s vision and I am honored to have been given the opportunity to lead the Foundation,” he continued.

The e-mail was passed on to The New York Times by two non profit group executives who previously worked with the charity.

Collins himself has not given any details about why the charity is no more. The Times points out a few possibilities in the newspaper’s story: The Kanye West Foundation raised a total of $492,000 over the four years but only paid out $18,080 over the 2007, 2008 and 2009 with a sum of $563 in 2010. The charity also appeared not to be funded by West but filed tax claims under the guise of being a private foundation.

Kanye and his camp have not released and statement yet and are refusing to comment.

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