Hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs was hospitalized earlier this morning (February 13) for what is being reported as an extreme migraine. The Bad Boy head hosted a post-Grammy party at the Playboy Mansion before returning home and complaining about a severe headache. According to TMZ, Diddy was driven to the hospital after becoming concerned about the severity of the migraine. He has since returned home and is currently recovering. Sources say that he’s doing better, and that the headache had nothing to do with anything that transpired at the Playboy Mansion!!
Kanye West, after clarifying some misinformation about his burgeoning fashion enterprise, revealed that he is starting a new company named DONDA, after his late mother, Dr. Donda West. He tweeted extensively about the design company and what he’s looking for in his team.
“DONDA is a design company which will galvanize amazing thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce there dreams and ideas,” West tweeted. “I am assembling a team of architects, graphic designers, directors musicians, producers, AnRs, writers, publicist, social media experts…” “App guys, managers, car designers, clothing designers, DJs, video game designers, publishers, tech guys, lawyers, bankers, nutritionist, doctors, scientist,teachers…” he continued.
West tweeted that the company would be “comprised of over 22 divisions with a goal to make products and experiences that people want and can afford,” and that he wanted “to put creatives in a room together with minds that are all waaaay doper than me
Dr.Dre hinted that N.W.A.’s upcoming biopic may not go the traditional route in casting for the film. Instead of hiring professional actors, the movie may feature members of the group’s children.
TMZ asked Dre if there was any truth to the claims that the group’s kids would star in the project and he was vague–but didn’t deny it.
Diddy is still defending the legacy of Bad Boy Records. Speaking to DJ Whoo Kid, the mogul said that the bad reputation has label has gotten is just the result of jealousy and envy among those that don’t want to see him thrive. Over the last couple of years, theres been a strong propaganda movement that??s been brewing in the negative sense against Bad Boy, against what it is to sign to the Bad Boy label, if it??s a detriment to your career,he said. ??Just hate. Just regular hate and also a lot of people not understanding how this industry works. ??This industry has a life expectancy of two years. It started a couple of years ago like, What happened with this artist? Why isn??t this artist still on the label? So people started to try to give us a bad rap and spread that propaganda through the new generation. When honestly, nobody on Def Jams still on Def Jam. No one who was on Roc-A-Fella is still on Roc-A-Fella. There??s not even still a Roc-A-Fella. It was named something else. We the last people standing, we the last crew standing. And Iâ??m not saying that with any disrespect towards anybodys name who I just said. We not letting that propaganda ride.
He also explained his previously having compared Rick Ross to the late Notorious B.I.G.
??I said on the ?Angels?? verse, I think he channeled Biggie at night. A lot of emcees, they channel Biggie in some of their verses. You hear the influence. When you channel the influence, that doesn??t mean they??re comparing someone to them. I think I also said that he was the Biggie of the South, because I was there. I knew the effect that Biggie was having on New York and the world. I saw the effect that [Ross] was having on the South.
Lupe Fiasco is once again bogged down with disagreements with his label, Atlantic Records. The Chicago emcee family had to lobby his label to release his 2011 album Lasers, and Fiasco now claims that he is, once again, waiting on Atlantic Records to give the greenlight for his follow-up, Food & Liquor II. “The Lupe [Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II] album is [coming out] hopefully. It’s not on me,” Lupe Fiasco explained to The Boombox. “It’s not done yet. I’m waiting on my record company, ain’t nothing changed. Same business, it’s on them.” Lupe also revealed that he plans to go on tour prior to the album’s release. “We got a big tour coming up in Australia in April, and we got a couple things sprinkled through the top part of the year,” said Lupe. “Nothing real crazy, we’re going to wait until the album drops to really go hard.”
Rapper Jim Jones proposed to his longtime girlfriend Chrissy Lampkin on VH1’s hit show “Love & Hip Hop.” The two have been dating as far back as 2004, and Jim proposed to his girl at a table with the rest of the show’s cast in Miami. ??The fact that my Jimmy knew that it was the right time to do things, its priceless, Chrissy said. Jones proposed to Chrissy while standing as the rest of the shocked cast looked on. It was a rare moment of sentimentality on a show that has become known for cat fights and controversies. No wedding date has been announced.
SUNRIZE ENTERTAINMENT UNLIMITED LLC. / MZLS PUBLISHING CO. presents NATIVE SUNZ. (indie/unsigned)
Feel the heat from “Native Sunz” a multi-talented hip hop/rap group hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. The members of this talented group are all Native Americans. These guys have a distinct sound that defines Hip Hop. They have a huge hip hop fan base but also consistently reach out to fans of other genres. Fans not only listening to their music but feeling their deep lyrical content is their goal.
Sunrize Entertainment Unlimited is run by owner/songwriter/executive producer R.E.I.G.N. aka Frank Reed (Z.Hendricks) and producer STIXX (E.Jones). THE CITY OF REED MIXTAPE VOL. III E.P. is just a taste of the talent that Baltimore has to offer featuring the vocal talents of Sunrize Ent.’s own Lipp J. Allen (J.Harris) and Cardo (R.Wilson) who explode on tracks like “HEAT” and “WHAT IT DO”. The album features the lyrical and production skills of Frank Reed who has graced the album with his unique yet awkward flow that will leave your ears yearning for more. He bring you a plethora of emotionally charged wordplay that can only be compared to the skills of industry veterans, backed by the melodic yet fury driven tracks of STIXX.The album also features CARDO a Washington D.C. native whose father is a go-go legend. He also was featured on the track THAT’S LIFE REMIX. This camp has literally crafted a Hip Hop work of art.
The group NATIVE SUNZ consists of five core members R.E.I.G.N. aka FRANK REED, STIXX, LIPP J ALLEN, CARDO, and ASTRONOMIX. The members are all blood relatives that were separated as children only to reunite later as adults to do what they love to do best which is make magic through their music. The indie production company/label to which NATIVE SUNZ belong is also a profound grafitti/graphic artist as well as producer, writer, and engineer. STIXX is the source of the Native Sunz definitive sound also a producer/engineer taught by Frank Reed and developed into a production powerhouse.
Bringing more talent and diversity to the group is LIPP J. ALLEN, an extraordinary lyricist with the “gift of gab” hence the name L.I.P.P. who has made it his own personal goal to enlighten and connect with younger generations through amazing lyrical content. CARDO a Washington Dc. native who also is a well rounded lyrical juggernaut, the son of a DC go-go legend who tailor fits his wordplay to cut to the soul yet enlighten his listeners. ASTRONOMIX pronounced (ASTRO-NAHM-MIX) is the third producer of NATIVE SUNZ whom was also an apprentice to R.E.I.G.N. Astro aka Jimmy Swaggaton Esq. first fell in love with hip hop at the age 5 with his older cousin Frank Reed spinning records, he naturally learned to blend grooves & break beats. At the age of 18 he bought his first beat machine (ROLAND MV 8000) while part of the VA based rap group “CLOSED CIRCUIT.” Astro moved out west to the Bay Area and worked with several Mid West and Bay Area talent such as “Divine” for Divine Life Ent, PharoahGamoe, JPMD, TABB DOE and YOUNG Neff. Astro headed back east to Baltimore where Astro joined NATIVE SUNZ rap group to become a in-house producer to further his career. So with an amazing compilation of artists and strong foundation you can rest assured you will be hearing a lot more about this camp in years to come.
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As the son of vocalist Gloria Loring and Growing Pains’ Alan Thicke, Robin Thicke grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles during the ’80s and ’90s. Thicke credits his dad for motivating him to immerse himself in all kinds of pop music…
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Common is still reassuring everyone that he and Kanye West are as cool as they’ve ever been. With Common’s upcoming album The Dreamer, The Believer dropping next week on Warner, many thought his move from Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint was an indicator of some bad blood between the two Chicago stars. But Common says there is no beef between he and Yeezy. “It’s just on Warner,” Com says. “It’s on my own imprint as far as Think Common, yes, but I’m still G.O.O.D. Music-affiliated. That’s my family no matter what. Business-wise we just didn’t do the G.O.O.D. Music thing, but ‘Ye is my brother for good.”
A literary brainchild of Def Jam’s O.G. publicist Bill Adler, there’s a healthy amount of content on Lyor Cohen and Russell Simmons’ synergy – with direct quotes from Lyor and Rush describing the discontent that led to Rick Rubin’s departure.
Flipping through the giant volume that is Def Jam Recordings (Rizzoli) is akin to flipping through your old high school yearbook. That is, of course, if your high school years spanned 20-some-odd years and the alumni became rich and famous after overcoming the traps of New York City streets and what have you. The characters in DJ25 are literally household names: Russell Simmons, Beastie Boys, Rick Rubin, LL Cool J. This volume is filled with their ups, downs, joys and sorrows and you, the reader, are taken along for the ride. Weighing in like a brick, DJ25 is a coffee-table book, without a doubt. But, besides flyers and flicks of Hip Hop’s luminaries in their formative years, the writing that surrounds the visuals delves into the personal and business relationships that created Def Jam. Some big bylines are here, from The New Yorker’s Kelefa Sanneh to author Dan Charnas. The book is the brainchild of Def Jam’s O.G. publicist Bill Adler, so there’s a healthy amount of content on Lyor Cohen and Russell Simmons’ synergy. There are direct quotes from Lyor and Russell describing the discontent that led to Rick Rubin’s departure, which indicate a clash of Type-A personalities – something all too common in the music biz. The book moves at impressive pace front front to back. Really, it’s like a movie. By the time you’ve digested the story about Slick Rick and LL Cool J’s tour bus interaction, you’ll realize that you haven’t even gotten to Warren G’s signing or anything relating to how Def Jam functioned under Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Jay-Z leadership. DJ25 is filled with amazing photography that captures hip-hop’s formative era, and the reader won’t be able to help but appreciate the nostalgia that comes as a bonus if you choose to shell out $65 at your local Barnes & Noble (or $37 on Amazon) to cop the book. In this day and age, when blogs are preferred reading material to books, the sticker price might be too shocking to overcome for some. The book is well worth it, though, if you appreciate history and books in general.
There’s some irony in the fact that Def Jam isn’t defunct and this book is out. In fact, the label is not just alive and well but continuously putting out critically and commercially successful records, record after record. Don’t look too far back, as Big Sean made his mark on 2011 with his Def Jam debut, while Watch the Throne from Kanye West and Jay-Z also pushed the envelope as far as collaborations go. Behind the scenes, newly appointed A&R executives No I.D. and Sha Money XL are signing and developing the next wave of acts that will surely be included in DJ50.