Tupac Shakur passionately explains his views on generosity and responsibility, traits he feels some people with extreme wealth like Donald Trump lack, in this MTV News clip from 1992.
Voicemail and the german producer team DancehallRulerz have teamed up for their common project – an EP called #GAMECHANGER, after they worked together on a single and on DancehallRulerz’ WayUp Riddim Production in 2015. The EP includes 6 singles. DancehallRulerz produced 5 and the 6th single called “Don’t Stop Dance” was produced by hit producer ZJ Chrome. Whether party, gyal or dancing tunes, Voicemail proves with this EP again their versatility. That’s one of the reasons why DancehallRulerz chose Voicemail for this EP project.
After the release on 2016-03-09 they will start their #GameChanger Tour through Europe. 2 Dancers – Killa Bean and Godzilla will accompany them. Both have already made appearances in some of Voicemail’s videos and in numerous workshops, where they have proven their talent.
As we reported earlier, today (5/16) is the 25th anniversary of the release of Ice Cube’s debut album,Amerikkka’s Most Wanted. To celebrate the milestone, Cube has made a series of videos detailing behind the scenes stories about the making of the landmark LP.
In part 1, the rapper born O’Shea Jackson reveals that he originally wanted Dr. Dre to produce his album, but it was blocked by record label politics. Ice Cube also details how his recording session with Chuck D and Big Daddy Kane for Public Enemy’s “Burn Hollywood Burn” led to his eventual pairing with PE’s production outfit, The Bomb Squad, to craft the album’s sonic landscape. Do you think Amerikkka’s Most Wanted would have been the classic it became, under the stewardship of Dr. Dre?
By JULIE WALKER
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson gave the keynote address Thursday at a conference on prisoner re-entry, saying that the prison system isn’t doing a good job of rehabilitating inmates and that there needs to be more programs to prevent people from going there in the first place.
Tyson, who has been jailed twice, spoke at the conference at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City.
“There’s no such thing as rehabilitation. Prison is all debilitating. When you go in there, you never come out the same person again,” Tyson said. “This is something a nation of savages would look at as something of a disgrace.”
Tyson spoke about his troubled past but said, “I’m on the course of being the person I want to be. I have dignity. I have self-respect.”
Tyson was jailed in 1992 for rape and went to jail in 1999 on assault charges.
Speaking after Tyson, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman noted his office’s launch of Project Renew in Newark in which parolees can obtain housing, jobs, education, counseling and legal assistance. They are also held accountable for any new mistakes they may make.
“It’s not enough to provide the right services. We have to provide them in the right place, at the right time,” Fishman said.
He said they are now working on scaling up the program and expanding it to Camden and eventually to Trenton. Fishman, who has sent his fair share of people away to prison, realizes former offenders are at a unique crossroad.
“They are poised either to become law-abiding citizens, contributors to our communities, or to become frequent fliers in the criminal justice system. They need to know that the path of redemption is theirs to choose and they will be supported in that journey and their decision to leave what is familiar and trade it for the prospect of something that’s a little scary but promises a better future,” Fishman said.
The conference was the brainchild of former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, who is the executive director of the Jersey City Employment and Training Program. McGreevey has been counseling inmates since getting his divinity degree.
Recently news broke that Lil Wayne is suing his record label Cash Money for $51 million. Legal documents from the conflict have now made their way online. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Wayne (born Dwayne Carter, Jr) and his imprint Young Money Entertainment.
The docs show Wayne signed with Cash Money in November 1998, and Young Money was officially launched in February 2003. According to the papers, Cash Money and Wayne agreed to split the revenue from Young Money 51%-49%. The plaintiffs claim there have been disputes between Wayne and Cash Money as far back as 2005. Two agreed upon settlements in ’05 and ’06 were to give the “Lollipop” rapper advances on Young Money, Wayne solo projects, and two Cash Money duet albums. A later 2008 agreement supposedly afforded Wayne further amenities such as ownership of certain master recordings. The suit also claims a “2009 Drake Letter Amendment” split revenue from the sale of Drake’s solo recordings between Cash Money and Young Money. YM was to receive one-third of net profits from the Canadian performer. Other details revealed via the lawsuit include Wayne was set to earn $8 million whenever he completed a solo album and another $2 million once the project was turned in to Cash Money. Wayne believes he is owed back overhead payments and revenue from Drake sales as well. Young Money is also suing over the company having to face legal action from label artists that assert they did not obtain due payments from Cash Money. The documents also claim Wayne turned in his much delayed Tha Carter V album to Cash Money in early December 2014, and the label is now in breach of contract for not paying Wayne the obligated $10 million advance for the project. Wayne expressed his frustration with Cash Money in a series of tweets on December 4. The social media posts included the platinum-selling artist stating he wanted “off this label” and “nothing to do with these people.”
“All this Ace Of Spades I drink just to p”…purchase?
Today, Soverign Brands announced that it sold it’s interest in Armand de Brignac, better known as Ace of Spades champagne, to a “new company” run by Jay Z, as per a New York Post report. The following is an excerpt from Soverign’s official statement.
We are proud to announce that Sovereign Brands, a New York-based wine and spirits company owned by the Berish family, has sold its interest in the Armand de Brignac (‘Ace of Spades’) Champagne brand to a new company led by the globally renowned Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that even occasionally listens to Jay Z’s music, or reads his several-times-a-month news headlines. He’s been helping to popularize the high-end liquor, which starts at $300 a bottle, since he released his video for Kingdom Come‘s “Show Me What You Got” in 2006. It’s the liquor of choice at several of the venues he owns and is affiliated with, namely the 40/40 club and the luxury suites at The Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, the NBA team Hov previously owned a percentage of.
The “new company” that Jay will use to house Ace of Spades has yet to be disclosed, but it’s more than likely a division of his quickly growing Roc Nation empire. What began as an ambitious project 6 years ago has become an expansive media management and publishing company, sports agency, with divisions that focus on merchandise, touring, and more. Ace of Spades isn’t Jay’s only current liquor affiliation however. D’USSE, which he famously poured in one of the three Grammys he won at the 2013 award show, has been publicly endorsed by Jay Z for the past two years. He recently opened his verse on Beyonce‘s hit single, “Drunk In Love,” with the words, “That D’USSE is the sh*t, if I D’USSE so myself.”
Source: The Source
Can’t stop, won’t stop. To celebrate his 45th birthday, Diddy went all out and threw a pajama party at his Beverly Hills mansion on Tuesday night. Some of his famous friends including Nelly, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, and Bow Wow dressed in their lounge wear to party with Puff.
French Montana and Khloe Kardashian surprised the Bad Boy mogul with a lavish whip. “I got a little surprise for my brother,” French told party goers while directing everyone to the front of the house where a pearl white Cadillac Escalade was waiting in the driveway.
“Oh my God. What the f**k is this?” said a shocked Puff. “You know only ni**as from Harlem get pearl cars.”
He hugged French and jumped in the driver’s seat of his newride. “Can’t buy a ni**a a motherfu**in’ Ferrari, a Bentley, a Rolls-Royce—ni**a got that. I ain’t got a pearl motherfu**in’ Cadillac,” declared Puff.
Diddy also spoiled himself with a G5 jet, while Cassie baked an apple pie for her man. “Don’t know or care to know what my life would be like without you,” she told him. “Beyond happy and grateful to have you in it.”