Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Drake Joins Wale, 88-Keys & Sean Price For Bamboozle Festival 2010

Young Money's Drake has been added to this year's upcoming Bamboozle Festival line-up which already includes performances by 88-Keys, Wale and Sean Price.

According to reports, Drake will hit the stage on opening night this May.

Drake and Ke$ha are the latest artists added to the Bamboozle Festival roster, joining MGMT, Paramore, Mike Posner and Weezer. Drake will be performing right before Paramore on May 1 and Ke$ha on both May 1 and 2. (AZ Central)

The event will feature a mixture of both rock and hip-hop performances.

Additional acts listed to hit the stage include Matt & Kim, OK Go, Skeet Skeet, Weezer, Wale, Sean Price, Wiz Khalifa, Girl Talk, 88-Keys and more. (The Bamboozle)

Tickets for the two-day event are currently available.

Bamboozle will take place at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2. Package and single tickets are on sale now on,, and all Ticketmaster outlets. (Billboard)

Last year's event featured performances by Kid Cudi and Asher Roth.

The festival will be returning once again to Giants Stadium on May 2nd and May 3rd, with one of its strongest lineups to date. Fall Out Boy, No Doubt, Third Eye Blind, Asher Roth, New Found Glory, Boys Like Girls, Metro Station, We the Kings, Kid Cudi, All Time Low, Taking Back Sunday, Rise Against, The Used, Sum 41 and Demi Lovato are just a handful of the 100 plus bands performing at the weekend long event. (Fairfield Mirror)

News: Olivia Clears Up G-Unit Exit Rumors, "I Asked To Be Let Go"

Former G-Unit singer Olivia recently cleared up misconceptions about her departure from 50 Cent's record label and said she was never dropped.

According to R&B crooner, she requested to leave the rapper's popular label.

"Again, miscommunication came into play, because I felt like I was just being a hood girl. So I spoke to Fif about it and told him that I was trying to do R&B, and being marketed as a rapper was not going to work. I loved being with them, but the direction that we was going wasn't working out for me. I already knew that I was not going to stay with them for a long time anyway because them with me would become ludicrous after a while, and plus I always saw myself as a solo artist, but with them it was always 50 Cent and G-Unit. After I left, the rumors hits the radios saying that I was dropped from the label while I asked to be let go." (City Scenes Magazine)

However, in the past, 50 Cent has said he made numerous attempts to help Olivia's career.

"I feel like even down to the 'I'll Whip Your Head Boy' on the Get Rich Or Die Tryin' soundtrack, I went into a different direction because I was trying to save the Olivia project," he explained. "I went for 'Best Friend' and had [Olivia] create a remix to it, and played that version and shot a video for it, when 'I'll Whip Your Head Boy' was already going. In the club, that was their choice." (Hot 97)

Olivia recently spoke on taking her career into the movie industry.

"The first movie we did was called Peephole. The last one we shot was called Conspiracy X with Shawn Baker as the director. Kellita Smith is in that one, it's a great movie. It's about a guy who just got out of jail and he's trying to get back on his feet. He ends up running his own clothing company. Somebody tries to frame him and that is why it's called Conspiracy X. I'm just happy to be able to get into new things and pursue different endeavors." (All Hip Hop)

The former KING Magazine covergirl recently said she has been able to return to her R&B roots since cutting ties with the Unit.

"I've been doing movies, y'all, finishing the album, I've been touring overseas, it's been a whole lot that y'all haven't seen me doing but the people who have been following me online checking out where I've been, they know what's up," Olivia said in an interview. "I've been working even though y'all don't think I've been working...When I was on G-Unit, I had to conform to what was on G-Unit, so I couldn't come out with R&B records because I was with a bunch of rappers so now I get to do exactly what I want to do and you get to hear me really sing, but again, for the people that come to my live shows, they see what I do...I'm no longer with G-Unit, I'm back solo." (Power Played)

Ashanti Doubles Up W/ Game & Dr. Dre, "Awww Sh*t It's A Problem!!!"

R&B singer Ashanti recently joined Dr. Dre and Game for a studio session in Los Angeles.

While not specifically saying what the threesome were up to, Shanti did post a photo of them in a recording studio.

"On the way 2 the lab!!! flyin dwn santa monica I think we took like 3 red lights lol!!! ( U guys dnt do tht tho) lol!!!," she wrote Wednesday (January 27). "@only1NOTTZ heyyyyyy!!!!! Wz crackin!! We gotta link up I'm in LA now jus leavin the lab!!!! Awwwwwww sh*t its a problem!!!!! Me DR. DRE & GAME in the lab ohhhhhhh booooooy this is a SMMMMIZAAASHHH!!!!! & @ihategame jus debo'd my cup of tea!!!!! Smh!!! Lol!!! & of course @LTHUTTON is in the mothaf*#kin buildin!!! Hollaaa!!!" (Ashanti's Twitter)

Last year, Ashanti reunited with her former Murder Inc. labelmate Ja Rule for a VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 performance.

"It's been great," she said in an interview. "I haven't performed with Ja since -- I can't even remember it's been so long. We talked to each other on the phone and we said, 'Yo, we gonna make it hot! It's gonna be like old times.' It feels good. When we did the rehearsal, the chemistry was there." (MTV)

Ja Rule previously spoke with SOHH about Ashanti cutting ties with Murder Inc. head Irv Gotti.

"I'ma say it like this, Irv is my brother and I respect his decisions," Rule said. "I don't have any problems with Ashanti. That's my sister. We're a family so it's funny, it's like my brother and my sister are fighting. You see what I'm saying? It's a funny thing to me but Gotti is my brother before she was my sister so you take it how you take it. But me and Bon Bon are cool and I got love for her, that's my sister man..I think me and Bon Bon can coincide and do some records together again. I think we might even be able to hit the road and do some shows...Me and Bonnie don't have issues, her and Irv have issues and it's a tough thing you know what I'm saying? He brought her into the family and her never had no real friction at all." (SOHH)

Irv helped launch Ashanti's career around the early 2000's with help from Rule and Fat Joe.

With hitmaker Irv Gotti at the helm, Ashanti blasted into the urbanmusic scene in 2002, topping the charts with multiple singles at once. She quickly became a sensation, gracing the covers of magazines and dominating urban radio. Ashanti built her reputation with duets, where she would complement an already popular rapper -- Ja Rule ("Always on Time"), Fat Joe ("What's Luv?"), the Notorious B.I.G. ("Unfoolish") -- contrasting the tough-guy male perspective with her own. (All Music)

Apple's Tablet Signals End of Mouse, Keyboard

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(Jan. 26) -- Will Apple's forthcoming device be "the most important thing" that CEO Steve Jobs has ever done?

In a huge media event Wednesday, the company is set to unveil a tablet computer called the "iPad," "iSlate" or something else entirely. But after months of prognostication by industry insiders, a consensus has already emerged about the future of computing: Kiss your keyboard and mouse goodbye; you won't be needing them where we're headed.

That's because the tablet is expected to herald a new era of the graphical user interface (or GUI, pronounced "gooey"). A GUI includes all the common tools and the techniques we use to navigate our digital environments: the desktop, the idea of clicking items with a pointer guided by a mouse, the basic conventions found in all operating systems.

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Steve Jobs, Apple's chief, is unveiling his next big product on Wednesday.

Future GUIs will more closely resemble the interactivity seen in sci-fi movies than anything we've seen before. Here's a few of the big trends that Apple's tablet portends:

1. The Most Advanced Multi-Touch

Likelihood on Apple Tablet: Very High

Multi-touch technology -- which allows users to interact with a digital device using more than one finger -- has become ubiquitous on a number of digital devices lately. That's in no small part due to the smashing success of Apple's iPhone.

Apple's tablet promises a new alternative to pointing and clicking a mouse. "The tablet should offer any number of unique multi-touch experiences -- for example, three fingers down and rotate could mean 'open an application,' " one Apple engineer told The New York Times earlier this month.

Others writers seized on the same report, noting that the implications of this new system are enormous.

"It would seem that Apple not only thinks differently but is actively engaged in making that vision a reality rather than waiting on third-party developers. If this rumor is true, and that 'if' is huge, then the world of personal computing may be about to undergo a paradigm shift not seen since the GUI replaced the command line," explained Charles Jade at the Apple Blog.

But how will users hold a tablet in one hand and type with another, all without a physical keyboard? The Apple Blog also has an interesting hypothesis regarding that problem:

An altogether different keyboard interface purposefully designed for five-finger typing with one hand. Users could hold the device in one hand, and quickly type with all fingers of the other.

Another particularly fascinating possibility for an even more elaborate multi-touch system has been articulated by Robert Clayton Miller. His version involves a massive, multi-touch track pad that can register all 10 fingers at once.

10/GUI from C. Miller on Vimeo.

2. 3-D Desktop

Tablet Likelihood: Medium

Computers and mobile devices offer basically flat, two-dimensional surfaces. Sure, we can layer windows on top one another, but the desktop environment as a whole hasn't changed drastically for most consumers since the 1980s, when Apple unveiled its Lisa.

But Otaku Software offers a "virtual desktop manager" that allows Windows users to navigate six desktops through a rotating virtual cube. Another iteration, by Bump Technologies, creates a virtual room with three-dimensional walls that can be manipulated by a multi-touch screen.

Earlier this month, The Baltimore Sun's BaltTech blog uncovered a patent filing suggesting that Apple is developing technology operated solely through touch gestures. As the MacRumors blog put it:

Apple has long held an interest in bringing three-dimensional display elements to its devices using both perspective-based implementations in two dimensions and more advanced techniques for generating lifelike three-dimensional images.

Which brings us to what may be the most revolutionary trend.

3.) Touching Beyond the Screen

Tablet Likelihood: Not Yet

Apple's patent for a "3-D hyper-reality" display describes a system by which a computer can automatically detect properties of a user's physical environment -- such as the reflectivity of surfaces in a room -- and adjust virtual 3-D objects on the screen accordingly.

The ultimate goal: seamlessly merging the digital environment with the physical world. Of course, Apple is hardly the only one looking into better ways of accomplishing this feat.

Last November, an MIT grad student named Pranav Mistry unveiled technology using mini video projectors and motion sensors to create ordinary, low-tech physical objects like a user's fingers with the properties of everything from a digital camera to a cell phone.

"You can carry your digital world with you wherever you go," Mistry told a rapt audience at a TED conference. "You can start using any wall, any surface as an interface. "

In December, Engadget reported on a "new bi-directional display" showcased by Mistry's colleagues at MIT's Media Lab. The display integrates multi-touch functionality with optical sensors that track the users' gestures through the air, allowing them to physically rotate 3-D objects displayed in front of a monitor with their fingers.

And at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, a company called Light Blue Optics was praised on the Web for its innovative "Light Touch," a portable projector the size of paperback book that uses a laser to display a holographic, virtual touch-screen and keyboard on any flat surface.

Light Touch: Holographic Laser Projection is Here Today from DVICE on Vimeo.

Although the Apple tablet is not expected to cross this bridge quite yet, it is only a matter of time before it or another consumer digital device does. For now, you can place your own bets on Apple's big announcement and keep track of the predictions of others, using the following scorecard.
Light Touch: Holographic Laser Projection is Here Today from DVICE on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

News: Drake On His Loyalty To Lil Wayne, "He Put His Neck Out There For Me At A Very Early Stage"

Drake has opened up about his loyalty to Lil Wayne and why he decided to align himself with Young Money instead of other record labels last year.

According to Drizzy, his admiration and respect for Wayne goes unmatched.

"Everyone seems to have a comment for me about Young Money, 'F*ck Young Money' or 'Why are you with them?' But what people have to understand is maybe there was a way for me to be successful without Young Money. But we'll never know. My loyalty is to Wayne, and that goes for anybody who genuinely believes in me. We don't have the most personal relationship where we hang out every day or we talk that much, but Wayne's admiration and respect goes without being verbally said. He put his neck out there for me at a very early stage, and those actions tell me everything I need to know about how he feels about me as an artist." (Complex)

The Canadian-based emcee recently spoke on Wayne's leadershp with Young Money.

"I think the best thing about Wayne is that he doesn't really get too involved in us developing as artists," Drake said about him. "He doesn't give his input on how we should be, or how we should rap, or how we should dress. Wayne just gives us the opportunity. If you drop the ball, you drop the ball. But Wayne's gonna give you the set-up. Wayne is gonna throw you the alley-oop -- you just have to cut to the hoop and slam. With that being said, he really gives you the space and lets you become your own person. He respects [artists that know] about themselves. He doesn't want to shape us all. I don't really know who wants to do that anymore. That was like, in '96 or something, when labels would be like, 'You got to be like this.' Wayne doesn't want to do that. Wayne wants us to thrive as the people we truly are, which is great." (MTV)

Last year, Drake compared his studio work ethic to Weezy's.

"Someone would really have to come to the studio to see me and Wayne together and how we work," Drake said in an interview. "It's the same sort of thing. I fear Wayne's creativity. It's endless. It's a scary beast. He never takes one day off. When we get into the studio it is very competitive, but in a good way. You can't just use a line you wrote Tuesday. Every line has to be thought out." (The Boom Box)

The new Young Money album debuted in the Top 10 last month.

Lil Wayne's Young Money compilation, We Are Young Money, debuted at No. 9 this week. The group's debut album has sold 143,000 copies to date. (Sales Wrap)

Check out Lil Wayne speaking on Young Money below:

Rick Ross & DJ Khaled Talk Teflon Don, Reveal Movie Poster

Def Jam’s Rick Ross and DJ Khaled have spoken on the upcoming release of Ross’ fourth solo project, Teflon Don.

The rapper said he is also anticipating the release of a movie with Birdman to drop around the same time.

“What’s up, you live on the set, ‘Mafia Music 2′ off the new album, Teflon Don,” Ross said in a video. “Get ready for that, that’s gonna be this summer. Movie as well, we’re doing big things. This right here is a Maybach Films production — we actually out here just making a movie. It’s a real dope record…We finna change the game once again, stay tuned.”

Khaled added that Ross’ album will be worth the wait.

“Maybach Music, Def Jam, ‘Mafia Music 2′ video shoot, we at one of our mansions,” Khaled said. “[We're] just doing it real big. You know Ross got the album, Teflon Don, coming. It’s gonna be a problem, it’s gonna be crazy. The album is sounding magnificent. It’s some boss sh*t, it’s some Teflon Don sh*t. Make sure you check out Ross on my album, Victory, March 2nd. That’s real soon, it’s gonna be a problem, you feel me?”

Ross recently spoke with SOHH about predicting he would make the best records for 2010.

“Honestly, n*ggas can talk sh*t but it’s hard to really make predictions other than lord willing we’ll be still here, you know what I”m saying,” Ross told SOHH. “N*ggas here, free, alive, other than that, we just gonna make the best music we gonna make. And I feel it’s gonna compete with the best music that’s being made right now.”

Lil Wayne Unreleased Video Surfaces; Disses 50 Cent video

An apparent unreleased music video of rapper Lil Wayne who’s preparing to head off to be sentenced for prison come February 9, 2010 in New York, has surfaced on the internet.

Lil Wayne’s unreleased video, apparently from years ago, surfaced online over the weekend and is for the song “Money On My Mind” off Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter II album. The video, which is directed by Jordan Tower Films, shows Lil Wayne in one scene holding 50 Cent’s book — From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens — while laughing into the camera. Meant as a possible diss at that time? Or was he showing props to 50 Cent’s hustle as detailed in the book?

In related news, Lil Wayne just recently wrapped up the closing dates of his Farewell concert, as well as has completed twenty new songs for his much anticipated Carter IV (4) album release.

Meanwhile, Lil Wayne’s album “Rebirth,” is slated for release on February 2, 2010.

Check out the official Unreleased music video for Lil Wayne’s song Money on My Mind.

Lil Wayne Unreleased Video Surfaces; Disses 50 Cent

Rapper Sues T.I. Over Grammy-Winning ‘What You Know’

Rapper Sues T.I. Over Grammy-Winning ‘What You Know’Rapper T.I. could be back in front of a judge, but instead of criminal charges, the rapper is being sued for copyright infringement by an upcoming rapper.

At issue is T.I.’s Grammy Award winning song “What You Know,” which Nathan Filby aka Motoe Blizzid, claims T.I. stole.

Filby, who is being represented by One LLP, claims the 2006 track sampled portions of a 2004 song he made titled Reverence.

He claims that the track was delivered to a number of industry insiders before reaching a representative at Relentless Management, a company that reportedly works with T.I.

In court documents, One LLP and Filby claimed that the tracks contain the “same harmonic” range and lawyers even presented documents that showed an algorithm that claimed to show the song’s similarities scientifically.

According to reports, Filby seeks a trial by jury and all profits derived from the song, which was featured on T.I.’s hit album King.

T.I. is currently in a halfway house after serving almost 8 months in a low security prison, after he was caught purchasing machine guns and silencers in October of 2008.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2010 – Great Year of Boxing

By David Anderson: What seems to be the biggest upset for us boxing fans turned to be one of the most exciting year for boxing history. Late in 2009, rumors exist that a potential fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was set to happen on March 13, however due to some contract demands, the fight did not push thru. Instead Manny signed a fight with Joshua Clottey on the same fight date. Clottey, for some was virtually unknown. Many boxing fans did not know that Clottey exhibits one of the best defense and one of the toughest chin. Also some hardcore boxing fans even considered Clottey as the winner with his last fight against Cotto. In addition, his two other loss was also questionable.

On the other hand, there are also rumors that Mayweather will set to fight Shane Mosley on May 1. Andre Berto (Prayers for the souls of his relatives and Haitians) canceled his fight against Mosley on Jan 30 due to the catastrophic event that happened to Haiti. This will make Mosley to be available for May 1, and if the rumors are true, we are all invited for a wonderful 2010 of boxing. Imagine that we will have a 4-man tourney to settle who is the best welterweight fighter of the decade.

The winner of Pacquiao-Clottey fight will go against the winner of Mayweather-Mosley and the winner will be declared as the kings of the Welterweight division. This time, no excuses is to be made, no silly contracts demands is to be offered, ducks will be clearly visible. We will see the best to fight only the best. I hope the fight of Mayweather and Mosley is true. I hope it is not only rumors, not a tease but a gift to us fans.

I hope this 4-man tourney would come true. I also hope that it will happen too with the lightweight division, Maidana-Khan, Bradley-Marquez/Malignaggi (your bet). I also hope that Paul Williams-Kelly Pavlik , Sonsona-Valero, Donaire-Darchinyan should all happen this year. If all these came true, we are on a promising and revival of boxing.

News: T.I.'s Studio Time Confirmed, "He's Definitely Working On An Album For This Year"

Rapper T.I. is reportedly working in the studio and has begun the process of putting together a new album for 2010.

According to "Whatever You Like" producer Jim Jonsin, the rapper has gone forward with a follow-up to 2008's Paper Trail.

"It doesn't seem like he missed a beat," Jonsin said in an interview. "He was so upbeat, his spirits were up, and he's excited to be out and working. He hasn't changed, he sounded exactly like he did when I talked to him months before he went in. He's back in the studio. I sent him some music via email. He can work during the week and not on the weekend, I believe. He's definitely working on an album for this year right now." (Rap-Up)

Writing via Twitter before having his message deleted, former Atlantic Records music executive Kevin Liles reportedly spoke on T.I. making new music last month.

Music executive Kevin Liles recently tweeted about a close acquaintance of his going in the studio to do work after visiting family. Is he talking about T.I.? He did just get home so he would be visiting family and eager to get to recording. "My right hand went home to visit family & found his way to the studio. He said 'why wait for 2010, get it in now' Love the attitude!" (Global Grind)

Lawyer Steve Sadow said the rapper returned to his hometown, Atlanta, Georgia in December.

"He was released this morning from his place of incarceration in Arkansas," Sadow said in an interview. "As I understand it, he's on his way back to the Atlanta area. He has to report to a halfway house in Atlanta sometime this evening. And he will then spend somewhere between the next two or three months in a halfway house, ending his Buruea of Prison sentence. A halfway house is more along the lines of a residential dormitory. You live within this house that is broken into areas for living, and you are permitted to leave during the day for certain reasons of which would be employment, medical reasons, things of that nature, and you return to the halfway house in the evening. So it's a restriction on your liberty but it's a way for you to reenter into society and not be confined within a jail type institution 24-hours a day." (XXL Mag)

Based on a conversation blogger Sandra Rose had with rapper Bow Wow associate and current Dismas Charities West inmate Bart Borders, T.I. should have no problem fitting in.

Bart, who is out on work pass until 10:30 p.m. on weeknights and 11:30 p.m. on weekends, said the facility holds about 120 male inmates and 20 females. "But they have to stay on their side," said Bart. "The only time we get to interact with (the females) is around meal time." He said the halfway house has two TV rooms and two living rooms, and the food there isn't worth writing home about. "The food ain't worth nothing. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches," he said. "But T.I. has his own money, he can order out." Bart, who manages rapper T. Waters, a So So Def artist, said T.I. probably won't be able to leave on work release until after the New Year. But even then, he's not allowed to work for himself or for his family. So he can't work for Grand Hustle or any company he owns. "If I see him when I get there I'll tell him wherever he work at to make as least money as possible, because they getting 25% of his gross." (Sandra Rose)

Wow Publicly Confronts Mom, "Delete Your Account Or I'm Deleting Mine"

Cash Money Records' rapper Bow Wow addressed his mother, Teresa Caldwell, in a public forum and threatened to end his Twitter account if she did not delete hers.

Prior to the messages being deleted, Bow Wow pleaded with his mom to remove her Twitter account.

"@MsTCaldwell delete your account. or im deleting mine and my fans are going to be mad at you.," he wrote. "Making my mother deleter her twitter account. NOW!" (Bow Wow's Twitter)

His mom spoke to Bow Wow and fans regarding the situation.

"Thanks to all @bowwow614 fans for following me too. Y'all are funny. Bow hates that I'm on Twitter so I try to send him any tweets :-)," she wrote yesterday (January 18). "Y'all @bowwow614 going to get me n trouble. The BOSS will b calling me this morning saying stay off Twitter mom. He's funny. Love u son @IHateIsis @bowwow614 he hates me on Twitter. Sons are different when it comes to their moms than daughters are. Daughters r cooler :-) @bowwow614 bow u should never try to stop a person from saying inspirational words. God want us to spread his words and help each other. @bowwow614 Bow ur wrong for that. Why would u delete ur Twitter acct bec I have 1? Pls don't ever compare me to another mom. God made us dif." (Teresa Caldwell's Twitter)

Bow Wow associate, rapper Game, recently playfully spoke on how his mom ranked as one of his top enemies.

"Soon as he started talking about his mom, I started thinking about my mom and I just told a story and kinda mixed it in like I do and that's just what it was," Game revealed about his Robin Thicke collaboration. "I'll let her hear it on her own -- she'll start crying and sh*t...She always wanted me to do this and do the right thing but I was always f*cking up and couldn't get it right until now. She expresses her gratitude -- and how happy she is of all my accomplishments...I'm pretty sure she listens to every single records because you never know, she might think I'll diss her one day so she'll be locked in waiting for the beef. Me and my moms, we had beef for a long time. When we beef, we beef, man. She don't really comment on my music -- but I love my mom to death and she don't judge me, she don't judge my music." (Rap-Up)

Earlier this month, Bow Wow used his Twitter account to address the media and "haters."

"People questioning my 2 million downloads. understand. IT WAS FREE #1, my say now has a million people on it. i ustream heavy. not including twitter and when i RT. not including how BIG i am digitally with ringtones etc. the kids love me. 8 arena tours. and over 10 million..," he wrote Thursday (January 7). "arena tours. stop hating and pay attention to what im doing and have been doing it wont seem like a shock. im taking advantage of the free press. keep the doubt and hating coming. if yall hating on a free mixtape. wait til yall see what me and martin lawerence bout 2 do i asked @djdrama to do my tape. he said no. im use to the doubt. how i answer? 2 million downloads in in less than 2 days c*ck suckers...i chose @djdrama 1st because ima fan and i respect and love his movement. and still is. but i dont kiss a** im grown...Understand im use to the hate, and doubt. this been going on since i was 12. this aint new. this my habitat when it comes to hip hop." (Bow Wow's Twitter)

: 50 Cent Says Jay-Z Is "Soft" W/ Rap Beef, "No One Directly Feels Offended" [Video]

G-Unit leader 50 Cent recently gave his opinion about Jay-Z and why the rap mogul rarely makes direct attacks during hip-hop battles.

According to Fif, Jay has mastered the art of subliminal dissing.

"It's the competitive nature of the art form," Fif explained about his relationship with Jay. "It's still there, he still competes too. He just does it so subliminal that people don't read it. To me, it's a softer way to do it. A safer way to do it because no one directly feels offended by it...Why not just say it? I don't feel the [disses]. You gotta at least let the [diss be noticeable.] A guy that's that subtle, how do you really take offense to those activities? You know, I get really disrespectful, I don't mind. And then it's like, we can go to the other space and it can really go down." (Power 105.1)

In past interviews, 50 has suggested Jay uses his past roster of artists like Beanie Sigel and Tru Life to protect him during beefs.

"Jay is a really smart guy," 50 explained in an interview with reporter Gina Torres. "He'll analyze other people and other things that they're doing and not actually look at what's happening to him and his transitions. Right now, he's in this really safe space. He created this safe aura -- it wouldn't be like that if he handled his issues himself. He's a piece of work, he always puts somebody in front of him. When Jada came for him, he put Beanie in front of him and Beanie went back and forth with Jadakiss. When Cam came for him, he put Tru Life in front of him and they went back and forth and he just didn't compete." (All Hip Hop)

50 also discussed how Jay's rap image constantly changes last year.

"You can't be gangster Jay from Marcy and be the good guy Jay-Z on 'Oprah,'" Fif explained in an interview. "You just can't. They don't let you in. That's Mr. Knowles, he just got that pass. There ain't any tickets to an inauguration ball with n*ggas. If you're from the hood, you have that element or that aura around you, there's no tickets for you. It's 'safe' people there. This is why those things are happening. This is why he has to convince the person that he's talking to he's not afraid of anyone." (Complex)

While speaking with radio personality Trevor Nelson last September, Hov said no one should be intimidated by 50.

"I think he would have done that if that was 50 Cent, no one's scared of 50 Cent," Jay said referring to Kanye West's Taylor Swift incident. "I want everybody to be clear, no one's scared of 50 Cent. So I just think that's what he believed. I think it was rude, I thought it was in appropriate. And I told him this much, but I don't think he was wrong." (BBC 1)

Exclusive: Rick Ross Predicts He'll Be "The Best" In 2010

Southern rapper Rick Ross recently sat down with SOHH to explain what predictions he had for his Triple C's team in 2010.

For Ross, he feels this year will mark some of the best music of his career.

"Honestly, n*ggas can talk sh*t but it's hard to really make predictions other than lord willing we'll be still here, you know what I"m saying," Ross told SOHH. "N*ggas here, free, alive, other than that, we just gonna make the best music we gonna make. And I feel it's gonna compete with the best music that's being made right now." (SOHH)

Def Jam South President DJ Khaled recently spoke on working with Ross for a music takeover in 2010.

"Yeah yeah yeah, DJ Khaled, the road to victory, the year of the victory, 2010, Happy New Year's to everybody," Khaled said in a video recording. "I just wanna send this vlog out to everybody to wish 'em a happy new year, let's get it everybody. Let's all win. Let's win more. All we do is win, you feel me? We the best is the brand, we the best is gonna be on everything. It's gonna be a movie, look out for my album, Victory, it's gonna be a problem. Look out for Ricky Ross, Teflon Don, movie. Shout-out to Young Money, Cash Money out there. You know what it is, you know what I do. Shout-out to my Def Jam team, Def Jam stand up. 2010, Def Jam takeover. I'm going in, it's the year of the victory. Let's get it, happy new year." (Derick G Vimeo)

Fellow producer Pharrell recently released a video speaking on what is to come this year.

"Yo, Happy New Year's to everybody," he says, "it's 2010. Everything's about to change. So it's all about this year. So I just wanna thank you guys for supporting us for all these years. Here's looking at you guys. Yesssir." (YouTube)

Ross is also expected to drop his forthcoming Birdman collaboration album and film later this year.

"We gonna let that [album] go next year," Ross promised in a November 2009 interview. "The whole concept behind it was we wanted to do different so and do a movie. Taking the movie process is a whole lot longer than the music, so we've just been leaking records here now just to let 'em know it's coming. But we actually start filming at the very end of this year." (Hip Hop Official)

News: Wale, B.o.B., Jay-Z, De La Soul & More To Invade Coachella 2010

Rappers Wale, B.o.B., Jay-Z and more have been selected to perform at the upcoming 11th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this spring in California.

Despite being promoted as a dominant indie music festival, Jay will headline Coachella with rock bands like Gorillaz.

The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will bring a youth movement to the low desert this year. After several years of greybeard headliners, California's signature festival is going back to the future with younger acts including Gorillaz, Muse, Jay-Z, Thom Yorke, MGMT, Hot Chip, Spoon, Vampire Weekend and LCD Soundsystem at the very top of the bill for the three-day concert that begins April 16 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio. (Los Angeles Times)

Jay and Wale will perform on the festival's opening night, Friday, April 16th.

Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Deadmau5, Public Image Limited, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Benny Benassi, Fever Ray, Grace Jones, She & Him, Erol Alkan, The Avett Brothers, Calle 13, The Whitest Boy Alive, The Cribs, La Roux, Yeasayer, Lucero, DJ Lance Rock, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Proxy, Ra Ra Riot, Deer Tick, Wolfgang Gartner, Aeroplane, Iglu & Hartly, Sleigh Bells, P.O.S., Baroness, Hockey, Little Dragon, White Rabbits, Wale, Kate Miller-Heidke, As Tall as Lions, Jets Overhead, Alana Grace, Pablo Hassan. (Press Release)

The following evening will feature mostly indie acts.

Saturday, April 17th: Muse, Faith No More, Tiƫsto, MGMT, David Guetta, The Dead Weather, Hot Chip, Devo, Coheed and Cambria, Kaskade, 2Many DJ's, Major Lazer, Dirty Projectors, Gossip, Z-Trip, The xx, John Waters, Les Claypool, The Raveonettes, Mew, Sia, Camera Obscura, Tokyo Police Club, Porcupine Tree, Old Crow Medicine Show, Aterciopalados, Bassnectar, Frightened Rabbit, Dirty South, Flying Lotus, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pretty Lights, Shooter Jennings, RX Bandits, The Almighty Defenders, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Craze & Klever, Zoe, The Temper Trap, Portugal. The Man, Band of Skulls, Girls, Beach House, Steel Train, Frank Turner. (Press Release)

Helping close out the show will be iconic rap group De La Soul and hip-hop newcomer B.o.B.

Sunday, April 18th: Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke????, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, De La Soul, Julian Casablancas, Plastikman, Gary Numan, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, MUTEMATH, Deerhunter, Infected Mushroom, Club 75, Matt & Kim, The Big Pink, Gil Scott-Heron, King Khan and the Shrines, Florence and the Machine, Yann Tiersen, Little Boots, Miike Snow, Talvin Singh, Ceu, B.o.B., Babasonicos, Owen Pallett, The Glitch Mob, Mayer Hawthorne, Local Natives, Rusko, The Middle East, Hadouken!, The Soft Pack, Kevin Devine, Paparazzi, Delphic, One EskimO. (Press Release)

Where Are The Parents? High School Girl Peer Pressures Boy To Get A Feel!

Where Are The Parents? High School Girl Peer Pressures Boy To Get A Feel!

Baseball Going WWE? Jose Offerman Knocks Out Umpire In The Dominican Republic With The Phantom Punch! (Whole Thing Looks Fixed)

Rosa Acosta Talks Omarion & Real vs Fake Body Parts w/ Ashlee Ray & Superstar Jay

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Ruff Ryders CEO Details Reunion Album, "The Compilation Is Pretty Much Finished"

Ruff Ryders CEO Waah Dean has opened up about the upcoming DMX, Swizz Beatz, Eve, The Lox and Drag-On reunion album called Ruff Ryders Evolution: Generation I.

According to Dean, the group project will feature both past and present members.

"The compilation is pretty much finished and we're looking to knock it out and have it up and running at the end of 2nd, beginning of 3rd quarter," he revealed in an interview. "We got a couple of nice joints. It's gonna be a mixture of the old and new... we got this joint called 'Family.' We got a remix on it too and we want to launch the compilation with that. It's expressing a lot of how families should move and how they should roll.We're gonna feature our established artists, new artists and we're gonna remix it and just really unify the family thing, bring back the foundation. We have collaborations songs that we did with The Lox and Cassidy and we get a song from each artist and let them express themselves. I's gonna be a decent album, we're gonna do that one independent and we may even take it upstairs (to major label) to do that on a whole other level. This album is really going to be about coming together." (Hip Hop Wired)

Last month, SOHH reached out to Drag-On to find out why there is a reunion delay.

"I was just with Sheek [Louch] last night," Drag-On told SOHH. "We were on the radio, just promoting our projects that we got coming out. Everybody's still cool, you know what I"m saying? It never was no beef, you know what I'm saying? We just all had a lot of things on our plate and we just have to fulfill those needs right now. But other than that, everything else is still kosher. X is always gonna be like my big brother in this game, like, so X was the one that really showed us off. So he's always gonna be my big brother in the game." (SOHH)

According to Jadakiss, the Ryders long-awaited reunion is just a matter of getting his crew together in the studio.

"You know, the Ryders is pure talent around the board," Jada said about his team of emcees which includes DMX, Eve and Swizz Beatz. "It's just a matter of linking up and putting it together. I had to be the engine, you know what I mean, with this Last Kiss album, get back in the door, get my elbows, get my elbow space and pull everybody out. DMX is back out of the trouble again. I feel fresh, it's like a new beginning. Five years off [and] to have a first-week like I had, you know, the response is great. The people are still feeling the kid and that's all it's about...I was told I was nice from [Big] Pun, Biggie, Nas, Jay-Z, Eminem." (Parker Vision)

Swizz Beatz previously talked about re-sparking the Ruff Ryders through working with DMX and Eve.

"I'm about to drop this joint that was supposed to be DMX and Jadakiss, but it's gonna be DMX and Eve," Swizz said in an interview. "I want people to hear Eve in that hard element again. X is on his A-game. They're in trouble. Just the lineup of music I have already done, ignorant! X is gonna come back so crazy. They are both on the way...I paused up on my album sh*t...I'm on a different level of expressing myself. I'd rather express musically than lyrically. But any minute, I can go in the studio and jump on some sh*t I made for somebody else and not wanna give it to them." (MTV)

Jermaine Dupri & Mariah Carey's "We Belong" Named Top Decade Song, "I'm Really Speechless"

Producer Jermaine "JD" Dupri has addressed his 2005 Mariah Carey hit single, "We Belong Together" being named the top song of the decade.

According to JD, he has always had chemistry with Mariah.

"This was part of a second batch of songs we worked on when she did come back," he said in an interview. "We wrote it together. Most of the time when I make records with Mariah, I basically write them while she's there in the studio. She's a super-prolific writer. And that's how we've always collaborated. She gives me the vibe for the kind of record she's looking for, then we start playing different chords and keys to see where we're headed. There are people who think she's singing as hard as she ever did, because they hadn't heard her like that in a long time...I'm really speechless that the song was able to connect to so many different people. My style of production does not sound like pop music when you first hear it. Fortunately, they end up going that way. I had no idea what it was going to do; I just knew it was a good Mariah record. In my mind, it doesn't sound like the song of the decade--it's too different. It doesn't sound like anything else." (Hits Daily Double)

He was recently named one of the top producers of the decade.

Hot 100 Producers: 1. The Neptunes 2. Timbaland 3. Kanye West 4. Scott Storch 5. 6. Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith 7. Stargate 8. Bryant-Michael Cox 9. Jermaine Dupri 10. Dr. Luke (Billboard Biz)

Outside of music, JD recently spoke on not visiting associate/rapper Da Brat in prison.

"I spoke to her via letters back and forth and she's good. She's ready to come home and do what she gotta do," Jermaine Dupri told V-103's Ryan Cameron. "We are basically on the move to try and get her out...Those [critics], they don't really know me like that to say nothing about what I'm doing with my personal situation with Da Brat. When Brat come home, I am going to be the person that takes care of her and make sure she gets back on her feet and do what she gotta...that's just like everybody talking about Tiger Woods. We know nothing about the situation and everybody should shut up...I felt a certain way about seeing Brat in jail. That's my little sister and I don't really want to deal with that situation like that. I would prefer dealing with getting her out and seeing that day as opposed to going to see her...only reason I am saying this on the air is because I explained this to Brat. In my letter, I let her know the same thing." (All Hip Hop)

Brat was given a three year prison sentence in 2008 on an assault conviction.

Da Brat, born Shawntae Harris, copped a guilty plea to aggravated assault today (August 22) in a DeKalb County courtroom. In addition to the jail time, Superior Court Judge Gail Flake also sentenced the rapper to seven years probation and 200 hours of community service. Upon leaving the courtroom the popular '90s rapper - known for her collaborations with hip-hop mogul Jermaine Dupri as well as her stints in a string of VH1 reality shows - appeared confident. "I love y'all," she said to about six weeping relatives as they replied, "We love you too." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

B.G. Announces Joint Album With Lil Boosie video interview check it!!

B.G. Announces Joint Album With Lil Boosie

Danger From Love Of Ray J Pregnant By Nick Cannon’s Brother… Again

It seems that Monica ‘Danger’ Leon, the popular reality star contestant of the VH1 reality show ‘For The Love of Ray J’ Season 1 (the one with the tiger tattoo on her face) is reported to have lost the custody of her baby daughter Mayara to the father of the child, Gabriel Cannon, 23, who is an artist with the group RydazNrtisT under his brother, celebrity personality, rapper and actor Nick Cannon’s label NCredible Entertainment.

Over the past few months, Danger has been going through a series of mood changes with the latest one being after the birth of her daughter Mayara Cannon who was born October 16th, as reported on RapPagesMagazine.Com. Monica ‘Danger’ Leon went through postpartum depression and was hospitalized in a psychiatric ward for evaluation in December for a week in California.

According to research, around 70 to 80 percent of new mothers are stated to possibly experience postpartum depression and 10% to 20% of mothers develop a more disabling case of it which can become dangerous for them and the child.

What people are calling alarming about the entire ordeal is her Britney Spears’ moment. Yes, you know when Britney Spears chopped all her hair off. Monica ‘Danger’ Leon seemed to have somewhat given herself a buzz cut. After the incident, her rep allegedly made claims she cut off her hair as a result of an argument with her boyfriend which is reported to be from an incident involving her baby girl.

As for Danger’s daughter Mayara, she was placed with Gabriel Cannon by the L.A. Child Protective Services and no other details have been revealed. However, it is being reported that Monica ‘Danger’ Leon is taking everything very well.

According to Monica ‘Danger’ Leon, Gabriel Cannon is a great father which may be the reasoning behind her taking it so well. While her baby girl is being placed with her father, Danger has revealed that she is pregnant again and she’s very excited. There’s no word on if the pregnancy is by Gabriel Cannon since Monica ‘Danger’ Leon did reveal in an interview with DJ Whoo Kid recently that she had a new boyfriend.

Jay-Z Diamond Portrait Worth $1 Million

According to online reports, the above diamond encrusted portrait is selling for $1 million.

There’s only a few genuine diamonds thrown in mixed with Hip Hop ice and rhinestones, which we all know is worth a couple hundred bucks.

Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz and Bono Come Together For Haiti Relief Track

In support of the current disaster in Haiti, three music superstars are coming together to record a new track, as a plea for Haiti relief funds.

In a series of tweets over the weekend, producer Swizz Beatz revealed that he, Jay-Z and U2’s Bono have laid down a record about the tragedy in Haiti, but as of press time, its title was unknown.


According to U2’s guitarist Edge, Swizz called Bono about doing the collaboration, and the group came together immediately to set it in motion.

“Last night we wrote a song,” Edge said in a follow-up tweet. “Bono got a call from a producer, Swizz. He and Jay-Z wanted to do something for Haiti. So, Bono came up with the phrase on the phone, and last night we were here, we wrote a song – finished, recorded and send [sic] back to them. So, that might be the next thing you hear from us!”

Aside from the announcement, not much is known about the content and style of the song, or when it will be released.

Stay tuned…

Schaefer to begin working on Mayweather-Mosley Super fight

Schaefer to begin working on Mayweather-Mosley Super fight By William Mackay: With the sudden cancellation of the January 30th bout between Andre Berto and Shane Mosley, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says he’s going to start working on putting together a super fight between Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr., according to ESPN writer Dan Rafael. Schaefer says “That is a super fight, and is now my next order of business – to see if we can put together [Mayweather-Mosley]. The sooner the better if we can get this potential fight done. With Shane being available and Floyd being available, that’s a fight all fight fans and sports fans would embrace.”

Schaefer is correct about that. A Mayweather-Mosley fight would likely dwarf even the March 13th bout between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey. Fortunately for Pacquiao-Clottey, the Mayweather-Mosley fight, if it can be put together, would be taking place on May 1st and not March 13th, because it would likely do much better than Pacquiao’s fight. The Pacquiao-Clottey fight appears to have the makings of a mismatch. You can’t say the same thing about a Mayweather vs. Mosley fight. That would be a huge fight.

Berto reportedly lost family members in the recent Haiti earthquake, and he’s naturally upset about it to the point where the events have made it hard for him to train properly for his January 30th fight with Mosley. Rather than take the fight with Mosley and perhaps not be at his best, Berto decided to cancel the fight earlier today. However, the cancellation may result in a huge opportunity for the 32-year-old Mayweather, who is in need of a big named opponent for his next fight.

Although Mosley would be a huge test for Mayweather given his talent and experience, it’s easily the best fight that Mayweather can make aside from fighting Paul Williams who isn’t as well known as Mosley. It will be a dangerous fight for Mayweather, because he hasn’t taken on a legitimate welterweight since 2006 when he faced Carlos Baldomir. Mayweather in recent years hasn’t stepped up to the table for fights against top welterweights like Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Mosley and Paul Williams.

This would be a big challenge for Mayweather if he decides to take it. Many boxing fans feel that Mayweather is afraid to fight opponents his own size and only wants to fight smaller fighters like Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao. Mosley is just a little taller than the 5’8” Mayweather at 5’9”, and has a two inch reach advantage over him. This would be a fight where Mayweather would be facing an opponent with hand speed that is close to his own and who has better power in both hands.

Mosley likes to put his punches together rather than throw pot shots like Mayweather. This would be a fight that Mayweather very well could lose unless he works hard and lets his hands go. He won’t be able to pot shot his way to a victory like he’s done recently against smaller, slower Hatton and Marquez. Mosley is bigger, faster and stronger than those guys and will be putting pressure on Mayweather constantly.

This fight will be huge if Golden Boy can put it together. It won’t obviously make as much money as a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, but it should do very well if they do a good job marketing it to the boxing public. Mosley may even be a better match for Mayweather than Pacquiao would have been. Mosley is bigger and seems to have the style that could cause problems for Mayweather.

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January 18th, 2010

look at what boxing hasbecome or what is to come.. There’s No Other Way

By Brian Kenneth Blackwell: I know that I am nowhere near even a “self—proclaimed” great amateur boxing writer, but even I have been questioning my absence from covering fights as of late. Do not assume that I have taken my eye off the ball in the past few months. I have been watching, and I have been taking notes. One thing that I have noticed in my own pattern of covering fights is that, like my own personality goes, I exert myself in writing 2 to 3 articles a week for a few months until I burn myself out to the point where one will not hear from me for at least 6 months. That pattern is on me.

The one thing that keeps me coming back is the hype of upcoming fights, and boy was the year of 2009 in the sport of boxing hyped. In my most recent absence though, I have noticed a distinct change both in myself, and in the sport of boxing. It may stem partly from the past year in the sport of boxing. In a nutshell, I would say that the year of 2009 was filled with a list of fights in which young hyped fighters did not live up to their billing, and older champions who proved themselves washed up as feared that they would be. Fighters like Juan Urango, Alfredo Angulo, and Victor Ortiz, all billed as young bright spots in the sport, were each taken apart at different times. Even Andre Berto, though still unbeaten, looked like a lot of flash and no substance.

Our Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik appeared a constant maker of excuses in his year long ring absence, and for whatever reason, did not partake in the Showtime Tournament which could have crowned a Middleweight King. Fighters such as Arthur Abraham and Andre Ward seem to be the bright spots surrounding the Middleweight and Super Middleweight weight limits, but with no intelligent marketer in their corner, it seems they’ll never reach super stardom. I have made the case in the past that there is more of a fight crowd in Germany anyhow, but if those in charge of say, Golden Boy Promotions were smart, they would go after fighters like these. They would sign them, and they would keep them active. I failed to put Paul Williams in this list because of his lack of decision making as to which division he wished to rule. And yes, any division he chose to stay with, rule he would indeed. I am though, bored with his excuse that he cannot land a decent fight. No one can convince me that this man cannot find anyone to fight. I say, get your ego in check, and stop chasing the huge payday. Just shut up, and fight your mandatories. Rule one division and become great. Eventually, big fights will come your way. Take a glimpse at the career of Joe Calzaghe. One can only gaze in envy at not only how well Calzaghe’s record looked at the end of his career, but almost more importantly, at how well his career was managed throughout.

The only fights worth hyping in the light-heavyweight division were that of over-the-hill fighters in Antonio Tarver and Roy Jones Jr. Two fighters who should not be a topic of discussion at this point in their careers. Tarver, who could not seem to buy a victory against what appeared to be no better than a “good” fighter in Chad Dawson. The Tarver that took apart Roy Jones Jr. in May of 2004 would have had no trouble knocking out a game Dawson at this time. Roy Jones made news by taking apart C class fighters, before stepping up and getting annihilated by a B class fighter in Danny Green. He then made an even bigger mockery for his legacy in claiming that Danny Green cheated in mis-wrapping his hands.

Manny Pacquiao seemed to be the lone bright spot in the sport with his annihilation of a washed up champion in Ricky Hatton, as well as a TKO victory over an A class Miguel Cotto. Then there was the return of the Pound-for-Pound King Floyd Mayweather Jr. who hand picked a smaller Juan Manuel Marquez for his fight debut. A Marquez who sadly believed that drinking his own urine would prove to even the playing field between himself and Floyd inside the squared circle. Floyd came into the fight over the catch-weight limit, paid the penalty financially, and seemed invincible against the over matched Marquez. Floyd did provide we the fans with plenty of entertainment in his post-fight shenanigans where he clammed up when confronted face to face by Sugar Shane Mosley, who by the way destroyed Antonio Margarito in the first big fight of the year.

And lastly, there was another boring year in the heavyweight division. Another year of Wladimir Klitschko ruling whoever stepped into the right with him with only the use of his ever-present jab. It was a year that introduced a fat, slobby, but slightly better than average slugger in Chris Arreola. A man who was filmed drinking and eating tacos in his build up to challenging for the WBC Heavyweight Championship against Vitali Klitschko.

As if things weren’t bad enough in what is left of the world of boxing, 2010 began on a sour note. What started as huge build up of a super fight between undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr., and champion Manny Pacquiao, ended in childish squabbling between two sissies, which was started by Floyd’s demand that Pacquiao submit to Olympic style blood tests if their fight were to take place. It was yet another attempt by Mayweather to control the stakes in his fights. Pacquiao made himself look guilty when he claimed Mayweather accused him of using performance enhancing drugs, when in fact no official accusation had ever been made by Mayweather himself. In the end, it all came down to the fact that both fighters are extremely worried about what a defeat at the hands of the other fighter will do to their legacy. Still though, Pacquiao comes out of this mess smelling better than Mayweather, simply because of his willingness to slug it out in the ring more often these days than Mayweather (who by the way is rumored to have only returned to the sport because of issues with the IRS). A Mega-Fight, between two mega-names, what could have been broadcast from Dallas Cowboys Stadium on the world’s largest big screens has now crumbled to near uncertainty.

I understand Floyd is not required to be the savior to boxing, and neither is Pacquiao for that matter. But what Floyd and Manny do not understand is that their attitude of self righteousness in negotiating fights, and hand picking opponents is doing no good for the sport. To make matters worse, their attitude is rampant in fighters’ minds throughout the sport. Now more than ever, the sport needs a do all, say all, ruling body that fighters need to answer to. Fighters are overly empowered to fight when they want, to fight who they want, and to fight under their terms. Nowadays, belts don’t even matter. Fighters jump weight classes now, and meet at catch weights. Sometimes belts are involved, but for what purpose? If a fighter claims the Welterweight Championship, who is he the champion over? There is no real sanctioning body to say who that fighter is champion over. How does a fighter like John Ruiz still appear in any of the sanctioning bodies’ Top 10 list if their was any legitimacy behind any of this? Has boxing gotten so corrupt that even smart promoters like Oscar de la Hoya will not, or cannot save the sport? Are the last great champions only out there for one last big pay day before they hang their hats and let this once great, exciting, captivating sport crumble before our eyes?

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Mosley vs Berto Cancelled

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (January 18, 2010) – WBC Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto stated in a personal press release earlier today that due to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti and deeply affected his family who resides there, he is physically and emotionally unable to prepare for his Saturday, Jan. 30 bout with WBA Welterweight World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley and, as a result, will withdraw from the bout.

Given the close proximity to the date of the event and the difficulty in finding a suitable replacement for Berto, the event will be cancelled entirely.

Mosley commented from his training camp in Big Bear, Calif. and said, “I’m disappointed that the fight has been called off, but I understand that Andre is going through a very difficult time. My heart goes out to him, his family and the people of Haiti during the aftermath of this terrible tragedy. I’m sorry for the losses that Andre and all of the Haitian people are suffering. I have everyone in my prayers.”

All tickets previously purchased for the Mosley-Berto fight can be refunded at the original point of sale.

The thoughts and prayers of Shane Mosley, Golden Boy Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, the MGM MIRAGE family, HBO and the boxing world are all with Berto, his family and the people of Haiti as well.

Andre Berto Statement

Since the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday evening, I have been focusing on my family and the Haitian people who are facing an inconceivable battle for survival while still trying to continue to prepare for an opportunity I have dreamt of since childhood. I lost several family members to the earthquake and after two days without word, was relieved to learn that my sister, Naomi and her daughter, Jessica survived, but were left homeless. I have seen the pain in my parents’ eyes as they attempt to understand what has happened to our homeland and recognize a place they once called home.

As a result of this disaster, I am mentally and physically exhausted and therefore I have no choice but to withdraw from my bout on January 30..

Throughout the past six days, I have received an incredible outpouring of support, and I sincerely appreciate everyone’s prayers for the people of Haiti. I hope that everyone will continue to keep the Haitian people in their thoughts and prayers as we work to rebuild this proud nation. The rebuilding of Haiti is not something that will happen overnight, but I am fully dedicated to helping the Haitian people recover from this catastrophic event

Sunday, January 17, 2010

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Wyclef's Personal Statement on the Accusations Against Yele Haiti

Wyclef's Personal Statement on the Accusations Against Yele Haiti

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Young Buck Pleads For 1-On-1 W/ 50 Cent, "I Really Just Want To Have A Sit Down W/ This N*gga" [Audio]

Former G-Unit member Young Buck has opened up about his issues with 50 Cent and why he has been fighting for over three years to be freed from his recording contract.

According to Buck Marley, he merely wants to discuss his contract face-to-face with Fif.

"Mr. Curtis can only hold me for so long," Buck said in an interview with DJ Scream. "Eventually he's gotta come to some type of terms of negotiations. I haven't spoke to 50 in three years. I done did every thing you could do, called the n*gga's phone to having lawyers reach out. I really just want to have a sit-down with this n*gga, eye to eye. [We can do it] personally or on ESPN, BET, MTV, wherever he wanna do this sh*t, I just really want to look at this sh*t in his eyes and see how this n*gga really feels and how he's going about handling me because I'm a real n*gga and this is something that 50 does though. Every one of them G-Unit n*ggas know how I get down. Period. Ain't no bullsh*t..." (DJ Scream)

Lately, Buck has been dropping G-Unit diss records aimed at 50 and his camp.

"Put me in positions where it seems I'm the victim," Buck raps, "And even though you diss him, still the whole world miss him/Way out in London, England n*ggas like he still breathing and soon I will get even but my goals I'm still achieving/I am Cashville like LeBron James is Cleveland, no Allen [Iverson], I ain't coming back to the team this season...God Bless him for him not know what he do -- concerts with no backpack or college degree, you ask me, jealousy is what a lot of it be/It's not smart just to throw me in the dark/I put back together what you tried to tear apart..." ("Finish What You Start")

He has also directly gone after Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks on tracks like "Do It For Ya."

"For every record that you sell, I got a bullet for ya," Buck raps. "I see that you won't keep it real, so let me do it for ya/I can do it for ya, let me do it for ya/Them other n*ggas couldn't get you but I can do it for ya...[laughs] How it feel Curtis? What was it, like ten million on Get Rich or Die Tryin' right? N*gga you did a hundred and something thousand records on your last sh*t. We don't f*ck with you no more. B*tch a** n*gga. Oh I'm so hard on your h*e a**, n*gga, you thought you did something to Buck. You created a monster you f*ck n*gga! Eh Yayo, Jimmy [Iovine] told me he'll never put out another album of yours. So I understand why you washing that n*gga 50's draws...Eh Banks, don't forget now, I brought you back around that b*tch a** n*gga Curtis,you know when you was at home and sh*t..." ("Do It For Ya")

Hot Boys' B.G. recently spoke on 50's handling of Buck's contract.

"50 Cent has been hating on him all away around the board. 50 has been hating on him. 50 Cent didn't want to clear him for the record. I thought ['So Disrespectful'] was funny. I mean I thought it was funny, but I didn't find it funny. He could have used something else. If your gonna' play with Buck, play with Buck, but don't play with me because he doesn't even know me like that. That's rap; you know what I'm saying? Me personally, if he was in my region... he rolls with the secret service - the media police. I ain't even entertaining that sh*t because I already know. That's how he came up; dissing real n*ggas. He already took a real n*gga name from the streets and ran with it. I don't even want to talk about that." (Word Of South)

Exclusive: Comedian Mike Epps Predicts Computer Take-Over In 2010

With 2009 long gone, SOHH spoke with comedian Mike Epps to see what predictions he has for the new year.

The movie star sees technology reaching new heights throughout 2010.

"Man, I think 2010, you know, this advancement on technology is about to be crazy," Epps told SOHH. "I mean, you already got machines, computers, working [and] doing stuff. You go in the grocery store now and they don't have cashiers. You know what I mean? So get ready. No more weed man." (SOHH)

Fellow comedian Jeff Kreisler recently took a more political approach on his predictions for this year.

"Sarah Palin will claim that the Sun rotates around the Earth, and will do so in a tweet," he said in an interview. "It will be at the top of the leading blogs. An article on the blog coverage of the tweet will be on the front page of several major newspapers. Frank Rich will blow his brains out...A politician, an athlete, a businessman, and a movie star will get caught cheating. They will apologize, retire, fake their own deaths, and reemerge as columnists for the New York Post." (Comedy)


For New York rapper Rakim, he felt the atmosphere of hip-hop would take a drastic change over the next 365 days.

"Wow, I'm looking for a drastic change in hip-hop," Rakim told SOHH. "I'm hoping this is the time where I think the awareness of hip-hop and the awareness in the street will take off. We had a lot of fun with rap these last few years, rap's been growing, we've been going through that period, you gotta give it room to do that. The South embraced it and next it's gonna do something else, who knows what. I think it's been going through so many changes, it's gonna be a big change [this] year. I hope it's for the good." (SOHH)

Producer Pharrell recently released a video speaking on what is to come in 2010.

"Yo, Happy New Year's to everybody," he says, "it's 2010. Everything's about to change. So it's all about this year. So I just wanna thank you guys for supporting us for all these years. Here's looking at you guys. Yesssir." (YouTube)

The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders could accompany Pacquiao for promotional tour

By Eric Thomas: According to the Manila Bulletin, some of Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders could be accompanying World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao for his promotional tour in New York starting this Wednesday. Pacquiao will be facing former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey on March 13th at the Dallas Cowboy stadium, in Arlington, Texas. With the amount of time wasted in Pacquiao’s failed negotiations with Floyd Mayweather Jr., they are getting off to a late start in building up excitement for his next fight.

However, it might not matter because Pacquiao’s name has been in the media on a daily basis for the past couple of months and boxing fans want to see his next fight no matter who he faces. Clottey, another Top Rank fighter like Pacquiao, isn’t well known among casual fans. Indeed, few of them will likely have heard his name before.

It likely won’t matter, though, because Pacquiao’s name alone will probably be all that matters for his fight with Clottey to be successful. Bob Arum, the Top Rank promoter, will get help from the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in trying to sell out the stadium for the fight. The large stadium, which can fit 100,000, will be reconfigured to fit between 45,000 to 65,000 fans for the fight depending on how well ticket sales go for the bout.

As for the cheerleaders, they’ll be on hand to create a more exciting atmosphere during the promotional tour in New York. Arum is excited about the fight, which is called “The Event”, and thinks it will make history. It remains to be seen if that will actually be the case. It usually takes two good fighters for a fight to make history, and this fight at least on paper has the makings of a mismatch.

If Pacquiao dominates Clottey like many boxing fans think he will the fight will still make a lot of money it might not make history. Pacquiao needs a huge name like Mayweather, his original planned opponent, or someone like Paul Williams for him to truly make history.