It was announced over the summer that hip hop superproducer Dr. Dre’s Beats By Dre company had teamed with smartphone supplier HTC for a $300 million investment. Dre himself confirmed the reports in a recent interview and explained some of the ways he’s diversifying his Beats product line.
He says the venture with HTC has led to a partnership with Verizon to launch their new line of smartphones. “I am trying to build my electronics company, Beats Electronics. We just signed a major deal with HTC and we have cell phones coming out in the next two weeks,” Dre says. “I am involved in Chrysler; we are in cars right now. My whole thing is to take over everything with a speaker. That is what I am shooting for. The phone will be on Verizon and, like I said, it is going to be out in the next 2 weeks. … I am trying to be number 2 to Apple, and number 2 to Apple is not a bad position to be in.”
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Law enforcement sources tell International-HipHop.com, DMX broke SEVERAL rules in Yuma state prison since January — including drug possession, failing or refusing a drug test, smoking when he wasn’t supposed to, being disrespectful, disruptive, and disorderly … the list goes on.
A rep for the prison wouldn’t specify what kind of drug officials found on the rapper.
All told, DMX had seven disciplinary infractions — and we’re told, he’ll be stuck in Yuma prison for AT LEAST another week … and possibly much longer. X was supposed to be released tomorrow, seven months after he was sentenced to serve time for a probation violation.
Hip-hop is a form of popular music that’s comprised mainly of emceeing and deejaying. The other two components that complete the four elements of hip-hop are graffiti and breakdancing. As hip-hop evolves into big business, the four elements (emceeing, deejaying, graffiti, and breakdancing) are constantly being merged with others like clothing trends, slang, and general mindset.
Rap Vs. Hip-Hop:
Rap is a form of music that stemmed from hip-hop culture. Hip hop is a lifestyle with its own lingo, dress code, etc. In the words of KRS-One, “hip-hop is something you live, rap is something you do.”
Hip-Hop Started in the Bronx:
A product of cross-cultural integration, rap is deeply rooted within ancient African culture and oral tradition. Hip-hop is believed to have originated in the Bronx by a Jamaican DJ named Kool Herc. Herc’s style of deejaying involved reciting rhymes over instrumentals. At house parties, Herc would rap with the microphone, using a myriad of in-house references. Duplicates of Herc’s house parties soon drifted through Brooklyn, Manhattan. Herc and other block party DJs helped spread the message of hip-hop around town and spawned tons of followers.
Some of the earliest rap songs ever recorded include “King Tim III (Personality Jock)” by Fatback Band and “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang. The latter reached the #36 spot on the Billboard charts (a huge feat by 1970’s standards), thus demonstrating hip-hop’s ability to draw commercial appeal.
Hip-Hop As a Melting Pot:
Hip-hop as a musical melting pot is still evolving. It has become more eclectic, borrowing from soul, jazz and live instrumentations with the likes of De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and most recently Kanye West championing the ‘soulful rap’ movement.