Tha Rap Critic

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Cam Signs to Warner

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After months of speculation, it's official: Harlem's Cam'ron has parted ways with Roc-A-Fella/Island Def Jam for Asylum/Warner Music Group.

The deal makes Cam’ron the first non-southern act signed to Asylum. The move to Asylum could help Warner Music, a privately held entity, reach their goal of raising $750 million in an upcoming Initial Public Offering (IPO) of company stock.

In addition to Mike Jones moving over 180,000 copies of his debut Who Is Mike Jones, Warner also recently acquired of piece of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment for $30 million.

Cam’s previous home, Roc-A-Fella Records, was sold to Universal in December of 2004 for almost $10 million dollars.

In related news, Dip Set member Jim Jones landed a job as A&R at Warner Music, where he will spot new talent for the label.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Snoop and the Dogg Pound Recording New Album

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Don't get it twisted, the Doggfather hasn't gone completely doughboy yet. He's currently working on Tha Dogg Pound's upcoming album with original members Kurupt and Daz Dillinger; the two recently joined the How the West Was One Tour with Snoop and fellow Westsider Game. Cali super producer Battlecat (who's worked with Faith Evans and WC) even joined the guys on the road so the upcoming album's momentum wouldn't be interrupted.

"We're on the road right now working on it," Snoop said of the long-overdue DPG album. "We're trying to put it out in the fourth quarter, so be on the lookout for it."

Hip Hop Queens Duke It Out

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Four-letter words, lemonade and fists were flying in Miami early Monday morning when a fight broke out between Jacki-O and Foxy Brown at Circle House Studios. O said her refusal to "bow down" to Brown, who disrespected her, led to things getting physical.

"I just know that yesterday I did not go there to get in no altercation," Jacki-O said later on Monday. "I went to work, and I did not know I would be winning an ass-kicking contest.

"You don't come to somebody's session acting like a clown," she added. "Something is seriously wrong with her. She's washed up. She needs to sit back and relax and retire. It ain't happening for her no more."

As the harsh words started to fly, the two females locked horns for what an onlooker — who did not want to be identified — said was a brief brawl that had to be broken up.

On Tuesday, Brown was back in an undisclosed studio and neither she nor reps for Circle House could be reached. Brown's label, Def Jam, had no comment.

Jacki-O has also been in the lab working on the new albums by Busta Rhymes, the Ying Yang Twins, Bone Crusher, and Big Gip and Ali.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Game Charged With Civil and Criminal Charges

Multi-platinum rapper Game has been hit with assault charges as well as a $280 million dollar civil lawsuit, stemming from an incident at a Maryland radio station in January.

Prosecutors in Prince Georges County, Maryland have formally filed assault and battery charges against Game, born, Jaceyon Taylor, after a now-infamous incident in which the rapper allegedly assaulted radio host DJ Zxulu, formerly of 93.9 WKYS-FM in Washington, D.C. on January 21st, 2005.

Another man has come foward claiming that he was assaulted as well. Kwasi Jones’ lawsuit alleges that in addition to the assault of the on air-personality, a group of 20 men accosted him and assaulted him in the radio station.

G-Unit, Shady Records and Aftermath Entertainment are named in the lawsuit as well, since Game is an artist on 50 Cent’s label, which is distributed by companies owned by Eminem and Dr. Dre.

Jones also claims the record labels were negligent for issuing a remix to "Hate It or Leave It," which originally appeared on The Game's album The Documentary.

On the remix to “Hate It or Leave It” featuring 50 Cent Game rapped: “I’m rap’s MVP/Don’t make me remind y’all what happened in D.C.”

"I'm still trying to get over the situation and the song doesn't help," Jones told Celebrity Justice.

"This is my public apology,” Game told BET when the video premiered on BET.

“To all the people at Radio 1, I'm being sincere; we're sorry about what happened in D.C. It'll never happen again."

Radio 1 pulled Game's record, but the ban was later lifted.

Jones alleges assault and battery, emotional distress and negligence. Representatives for Game had no comment.

Violence Erupts in the N.O.

Police are seeking to question New Orleans, Louisiana rapper 5th Ward Weebie in connection with a fatal shooting in April.

Weebie, born Jerome Cosey, allegedly left the scene of a nightclub shooting with an unidentified man who is suspected of shooting and killing a man at a Vacherie night club.

Police seek to charge Cosey, 27, with accessory to second-degree murder, but sources told AllHipHop.com that rapper has not formally been charged with any crime.

Police have not released details or revealed what led to the fatal shooting.

Cosey released three albums, one for Southcoast Music Group, one for Fat Boy records and another for Kane and Abel’s Most Wanted Empire imprint.

In related news, sources told AllHipHop.com that violence claimed “Boss Playa,” another rapper associated with Kane & Abel that appeared on several of their songs as well.

While details are sketchy, sources said the rapper was gunned down outside a local barbershop.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Beef Squashed

The major players in West Coast hip-hop, along with comedian Steve Harvey, came together yesterday behind closed doors to squash all beefs. Snoop, Daz, Kurupt, Lil Eazy, The Game, and others were in attendance. The only two major figures missing were Dr. Dre and Suge Knight who Snoop said were both supportive of the meeting, however could not attend due to their strenuous schedules. This is a major step in the new West Coast movement, and possibly the start of a real West Coast ressurection.

Being from the West Coast, this is a positive thing knowing that the West opened the doors for many artists to spit what they spit about today, and to now have someone with the popularity of Snoop Dogg taking initiative to assert himself and become really serious about a cause that many have been waiting for in years past, is saying something about who that man is. Hats off to Suge Knight also for letting all that old stuff go!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Snoop Leading the West in New Direction

Recently, Game and Snoop held a press conference to officially announce the start of their How the West Was Won Tour. At that press conference, both parties reassured everyone that there will be nothing but love and respect on the tour, especially being that Bloods and Crips, as well as, brothers from Long Beach and Compton have traditionally not gotten along. This is another sign that Big Snoop Dogg is maturing. Earlier this week, Snoop announced that he would personally reunite the West Coast and end all beefs between once friends turned enemies, including with former Dogg Pound member Kurupt.

Snoop Dogg reiterated that the only way record label execs and music media types would let the West Coast shine again is if West Coast artists unite and stop letting the Bloods vs Crips and L.A. vs. the Bay mentality go. Snoop also said that he will nurture the careers of West Coast artists that are skilled, but have long been ignored by label execs. Lastly, he also labeled Game as the choice of the next generation, stating that he has really taking a liking to him regardless of him being a Blood.

Monday, April 04, 2005

B. Sigel B. Coming Mature

As Beanine Mack sits in a federal prison on gun charges, he dropped an album a week ago entitled the B. Coming. As one of the few artists that stayed with Dame Dash on his new Dame Dash Music Group, Beanie Sigel has put out an album worth every penny one would pay for it. I copped mine at Target for $9.98 and it was well worth it. I admit, I was one of those skeptics that used to think that although Beanie Sigel was probably the hottest MC on the Roc, he would fall under the pressure once Jay-Z retired. The main reason I thought Beans was the illest on the Roc was because he fed off of Jay-Z's energy and kind of used Jay as competition, which enabled Sigel to spit fire.

On the B. Coming, Sigel has seemed to transform his flow into a movie, storytelling his rhymes like the greats before him did, i.e., BIG, Pac, Ice Cube, Jay-Z, and Kool G Rap. The only knock I have on this album is that I wish Beans didn't have as many guest features on this joint. I feel that the songs he did feature other artist on were strong enough to leave the other artists off. Anyway, cop that B. Coming and see for yourself.

Once Again It's On

Friday, April 01, 2005

Snoop and Game on U.S Tour

After touring Europe together, Snoop and Game unleash their How the West Was Won Tour on April 15th in Utah.

The dates are as follows:
  • 4/15 - West Valley City, UT @ E Center
  • 4/16 - Vail, CO @ Vail Village
  • 4/17 - Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
  • 4/19 - Valley Center, KS @ Kansas Coliseum
  • 4/20 - St. Louis, MO @ Savvis Center
  • 4/21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
  • 4/22 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
  • 4/23 - Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
  • 4/24 - Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
  • 4/26 - Columbus, OH @ Jerome Schottenstein Center
  • 4/29 - Hartford, CT @ CTnow.com Meadows Music
  • 4/30 - Amherst, NY @ University of Buffalo, Alumni Arena
  • 5/5 - Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
  • 5/6 - Ithaca, NY @ Cornell University
  • 5/7 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Spectrum
  • 5/8 - Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
  • 5/10 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
  • 5/12 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
  • 5/13 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre
  • 5/14 - Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
  • 5/15 - Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center
  • 5/18 - Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
  • 5/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
  • 5/20 - La Jolla, CA @ RIMAC Arena
  • 5/21 - Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
  • 5/24 - Las Vegas, NV @ Skin Pool Lounge at Palms Casino
  • 5/25 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion at San Jose
  • 5/26 - Marysville, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • 5/28 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
  • 5/29 - Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum