Posted in RAP NEWSJune 9, 2011
Tech N9ne has always been dedicated to fans, because if you follow the rapper he is not always considered mainstream. Tech was at an album signing for his new record, All 6′s and 7′s, and fans showed so much support that the rapper had to reciprocate by meeting every single person there.
The event started around 3pm, but the line was so long and filled with dedicated fans that the rapper did not stop meeting his fans until 9:30pm. The only break in the event was for 7-minutes when Tech took a dinner break.
The Strange Music head honcho spoke about the event and his opinion on greeting fans. “The line was wrapped around the block, like it always is. It’s a blessing,” Tech told MTV News.
“I stand up the whole time to greet my fans. I don’t like sitting down in between a table, so it makes it harder to stand up and greet everybody how they come, but that’s how I like doing it. The day as a whole, it was successful. The album is selling really good everywhere. I’m tired as hell, but I’m proud at the same time.”
“I mean the world to them because they know I’m inside out, I give them everything,” Tech, who is in the midst of an 82 City-tour said. “They know that I push real hard to give them what they want, musically, performance-wise, everything — I open all the way up. That’s why people call me a cult leader, because my fan base is so hard-core and so devoted to the Tech N9ne, Strange Music movement.”
Tech N9ne’s new album, All 6’s and 7’s, features guest appearances by Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes.
Posted in RAP NEWSJune 7, 2011
This was probably a long time coming, and although I don’t watch the talent-based reality shows (especially not the ones dedicated to singing…So You Think You Can Dance might find its way onto my screen from time to time), it makes sense that the next one would involve the search for the next great rap/hip-hop artist.
Who’s leading the charge for this show intent on discovering untapped hip-hop talent? Snoop Dogg (pronounced Snoop Dee Oh Double Gee, for those not hip to the lingo). That’s right, in a recent interview with the The New York Post, Snoop revealed his plans to create, as the paper calls it, “rap’s answer to American Idol.” The paper’s source suggests that some networks have been biting, including E! and MTV. They add that Snoop’s currently looking to recruit some celebrity hip-hoppers to fill the panel, with names like Jay-Z and Wiz Khalifa being tossed about.
Snoop himself describes the show like this: “I’m looking for a deal from a network to find America’s hottest ‘hood artists.” There you have it, hood artists, you may get your chance to become famous the new-fashioned way.
Posted in RAP NEWSMay 20, 2011
St. Louis, Missouri rapper Nelly is reportedly working on another project to follow his last album, 5.0.
While Nelly was unhappy with the album sales of 5.0, the album’s break out single “Just A Dream” earned him a Grammy nomination and sold over 4 million copies, proving the rappers star power.
“I’ll hopefully have a new album coming out at the end of this year. I’m going back in,” he told Today Show hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. “The last album, 5.0, was phenomenal- ‘Just a Dream,” 4 million and things.”
In between recording, appearing on VH1′s Behind the Music and touring recently in Australia with Snoop, Bow Wow and Game the multi-platinum rapper is releasing a workout video which features his famous friends various exercises.
Nelly also recently shot a video with Keri Hilson for the single “Lose Control,” the next single off her No Boys Allowed LP.
Nelly’s project is currently untitled.
Posted in RAP NEWSMay 17, 2011
The shooting for Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg’s High School movie was canceled after day two of a three days shooting.
The movie was being filmed at Mira Costa High School in California and officials from the school decided to shut down production of the film. They claim the reason for the shut down is because they were unaware of the subject matter of the film.
Pictures were posted on Facebook of some students and the Vice Principle of the school posing with Snoop during the shoot. There was also a YouTube video of Snoop singing about a less than studious subject.
School district officials said they received a facility use application several weeks ago for the filming of a movie that was billed as a comedy about the typical life of a high school student. The application was approved for three days of filming, and the cost of filming would be $3,000 per day.
“After permission was granted to film, the project transitioned to another firm that is unfamiliar to the district,” Principal Ben Dale wrote in an email to the school staff on Tuesday. “The production team did not inform the district that the project had changed.”
Assistant Superintendent Steve Romines said once the district learned the true subject matter of the movie, they immediately canceled the contract.
To add insult to injury, the school demanded that the footage from the first two days of filming not be used.
No news about re-shoots have been announced.
Posted in RAP NEWSMay 3, 2011
Miami rapper/producer Mase just released his new single Like This, which marks a new chapter in his music career. This ace music producer and head honcho of DMS Entertainment reluctantly started his stint as a recording artist via the single entitled We Miss You, a tribute song to his late father. Taking cue from the overwhelming responses he got from his growing number of fans, Mase has finally stepped-up to show the side of him that’s truly passionate about Hip-Hop music. Yes, Mase is a true-blue Hip-Hop fan and has a fun, easy going vibe about him. Thus, he breaks out of his shell and comes up with a Hip-Hop/R&B ditty entitled Like This.
Mase has taken the Hip-Hop party route with Like This and is taking his music to the party and club scenes this time around. Heavily influenced by Hip-Hop great Snoop Dogg, Mase is a master craftsman of grooves and beats. Like This is just the perfect soundtrack for b-boys breaking on the dance floor or Hip-Hop honeys chilling-out at the coolest clubs in town. But whether one is partying out or just blasting sounds from the bedroom stereo, Like This is undeniably mind-blowing and infectious. No wonder, Like This was easily picked-up by radio stations all across the nation and is fast-gaining airplay.
This is just the beginning of more Hip-Hop music ventures for Mase as a recording artist; a full album is definitely in the works. As head of DMS Entertainment, Mase is continuously developing his stable of talents and will soon launch a solo recording project for R&B sensation Sonja.
Like This is now available for digital download via iTunes and other online music portals.
Posted in RAP NEWSApril 25, 2011
The Attorney Generals of 17 states in the U.S. are calling on Pabst Brewing Company to decrease the alcohol content of Blast by Colt 45, a new controversial drink endorsed by rapper Snoop Dogg.
Illinois’ Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the drink promotes abuse and “binge drinking” amongst young people, due to the packaging, flavors and the inclusion of Snoop as a spokesman for the drink.
The AG’s believe Pabst Brewing Company is purposely marketing the drink to underaged children, although reps for Pabst maintain that Blast by Colt 45 strictly for those over the legal drinking age of 21.
“Alcohol abuse among young people is a serious and alarming epidemic,” Illinois’ Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statement. “A product like this only serves to glamorize alcohol abuse and promote binge drinking, threatening the safety of those consuming it.”
According to Madigan, a single can of Blast is equivalent to almost five servings of alcohol.