Stephen Marley Plans Hip-Hop Inspired Two-Part Album


Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Stephen Marley is preparing to release his third solo album, titled Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life.

The 14-track album contains a number of message songs from Marley, who writes about a variety of subjects on the album, ranging from love to slavery.

According to Marley, The Root of Life will be followed by another conceptual album titled Revelation Pt 2: The Fruit of Life, which will be released in the Fall of 2011.

The Fruit of Life will feature a number of genre’s that have been influenced by Reggae music.

“Reggae music has influenced hip hop and so many other kinds of music,” Stephen Marley told in a statement. “The Fruit of Life will be [a] more open, eclectic kind of record. There will be songs for the club, dancehall reggae will be there, love songs in there, but it will remain conscious good music that you can always take something positive from.”

An exclusive, limited-edition version of The Fruit of Life will also be released on vinyl in the Fall.

Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life is due in stores on May 24th, via Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic.


Nick Cannon Previews Shots At Eminem


Hip-Hop personality and comedian Nick Cannon announced in an interview with XXL that he will be taking shots at rapper Eminem, who has made some controversial stabs at Cannon’s wife, Mariah Carey, in the past. The insults are scheduled to come via Cannon’s upcoming comedy special on Showtime, as part of his ongoing stand-up tour across America.

“I say how I feel about. I mean it’s definitely an interesting take – I’m not trying to stir up old news,” says Cannon. “That’s the thing that my stand-up special is actually about. It’s everybody getting to hear what I have to say first-hand instead of [hearing it] through interviews and hearsay.”

The feud between Cannon and Eminem began prior to the release of Em’s Relapse album and continued to grow via some of Em’s tracks on both Relapse and Recovery.

Cannon went on to comment about his comedy special, “You get to see how I feel about it. And I think that’s why a lot of people are going to be intrigued to watch. I talk about everything from Eminem, to my marriage, to how I feel about other celebrities and all that stuff. So, it’s an interesting take. People have been buzzing about it. I’ve been on the road with it for the last year, and everywhere I go it’s a standing ovation. So, I think it should be well-received.”

Despite Cannon’s optimism, the Detroit emcee still has the upper hand with a larger audience. Eminem recently became the first Hip-Hop artist to have two albums go Diamond with 10 million albums sold.


Flavor Flav Arrested In Vegas


Flavor Flav, 52, was arrested in Las Vegas on Friday after getting pulled over for a routine traffic violation when the arresting officer found the rapper had four warrants out for his arrest, E! Online reports.

Flavor Flav, whose birth name is William Jonathan Drayton, Jr., had four separate automobile-related tickets which he had never dealt with – two cases of driving without a license, one incident of driving without proof of insurance and a parking violation.

The rapper was booked at a Vegas jail and eventually released. Flavor Flav addressed the arrest on his Twitter page, acknowledging that it occurred as he was returning home from Benihana’s restaurant and was pulled over by a “curious rookie” cop.

“He found out I had a traffic warrant wanted to make a name for himself took me in,” Flavor Flav Tweet, “and now I’m home laying my bed what’s the big deal?!”

The rapper has had his share of legal troubles, he spent time in jail for robbery and burglary before dropping out of high school and pled guilty and spent 30 days in jail in 1991 for assaulting his then-girlfriend Karen Ross. In 1993, he was charged with attempted murder for shooting at a neighbor and in 2002, he spent nine weeks in Rikers Island jail in New York for driving with a suspended license, violating probation and numerous unpaid parking tickets.

Flavor Flav closed his fried chicken restaurant in Iowa last week, just three months after it opened due to a dispute with his business partner. The rapper graduated from cooking school in 1978 and worked as a head cook in several restaurants.

Flavor Flav, rose to fame as a member of the rap group Public Enemy and is known for sporting a clock around his neck. He has been the subject of a Comedy Central Roast and starred in VH1′s reality shows, “The Surreal Life,” “Strange Love” and the “Flavor of Love” dating show.

Flavor Flav has also been keeping busy with his autobiography, “Flavor Flav: The Icon,” which is set for release on June 1.




(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’


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.


NYPD Investigating Diddy’s Police Escort After Concert


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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