Damn when will Money B
of Digital Underground and Raw Fusion finally hit us with
his solo album? It was supposed to come out in October, but it probably
has been pushed back to next year, it features the likes of The Delinquents,
DOT, 3rd Rail Vic (of Hobo Junction, Saafir's crew which
battled Casual and the Hiero crew) and J-Cutt.
Schoolly D will drop a new album soon. Its called "Funk
and Pussy" and will be released by PSK Entertainment,
for more info check the webpages: www.pskentertainment.com and www.geocities.com/sunsetstrip/show/1490/
Dutch female MC Strezz might sign with an American
label, Select Records, as her A&R, DEAMS, has returned
from the U.S. after talks with several companies, including the Ruff
Ryders camp and Gee Street. There was also intrest shown
for Big Mic, DEAMS also assistans him with his A&R.
Another Wu-Tang affiliate is coming with an album, this time
it's Darkim (Darkim Be Allah), of the Wu-Elements,
he was featured on the Gravediggaz' last album and on Cappadonna's
joint. You can check for the first single at www.mp3.com, it's called
Raekwon has released the first promo single for his new album
"Immortality", they are called 'Live From NY'
& 'Power'. The album will have tracks produced by Six
July, Trauma, Triflyn, Vo, Pop and Masta
killah, Method Man, American Cream Team, Killa Sin and Pete Rock
will drop verses.
The Gravediggaz have just released a new 12" on the Darc Mind
Label, as I reported it doesn't feature RZA or Shabazz
The Disciple, their newest member. Rumours are it's a DJ Premier
Another shooting took the life of a 15 year old and injured two other
people at a Hip Hop party with performances of Shyheim, the shooting
started after he left the stage. No motive or suspect have been named
by the police. It's kinda fucked up with all this violence going on.
Quasimoto (who you might know from several Lootpack affiliated
projects) has finished his own LP, and producers Wolf and Madlib
are putting the final touches on the album this week. It will feature
24 songs. Quasimoto also just finished "Hitten Hooks"
(based on Biz Markie's "Pickin Boogers") B/W
"Microphone Mathematics" remix. Neither will be on
his album. Kazi, also on Stones Throw, is in the studio
too, recording his own 12", produced by Madlib.
Speaking of the Diabolical, word is Biz Markie will do
a new album, with Erick Sermon and Premier behind the boards,
last thing I heard he was signed to Erick Sermon's Def Squad
label on MCA.
50 Cents has a new track out on which he disses Jay-Z
and Nas, Sticky Fingers also has beef with Jay-Z. Im
still trying to find more info about this beef, so Ill keep you
DMX, his Ruff Ryders crew, Q-Tip, Terror Squad
and Jay-Z will team up to do an album called "Next Up: Blunt
Blends Volume 2", and it will feature artists with their proteges.
new album will feature a cut with Korn which, of course, we've all been
waiting for, really...
Jay-Z is currently working on his album with Timbaland, Rocwilder,
Beanie Siagal, Memphis Bleek, Amil, Sauce Money, Missy Elliot, Juvenile,
Twista, UGK, Mariah Carey and others. He claims he will drop a more
Swizz Beats is not getting sued by one keyboard company as I
reported last time, there are two companies sueing him.
Dr. Dre has this one track on his new album, on which he disses
MC Ren, but Dre claims there's no beef, at least not anymore,
he said he already recorded the dis but later did a track with Ren and
it's all good. Cube will not be on the album, Dr. Dre says that
was because Cube didn't return his phonecalls. Dr. Dre claims that a
video-tape has been stolen from his home at a party, and says it contains
x-rated material, it's a kind of Pamela Anderson video I think,
but I'm not really eager to see this...
Master P has been cut by the Hornets, didn't make the
WCW, then got waived by the Raptors, but now he signed
with the San Diego Stingrays, an International Basketball
League team. This league is starting this year and features eight
teams. Master P will play under his given name of Percy Miller,
and has signed a deal worth estimated $75.000, nothing compared to his
earnings in the music-business. I quote Charles Oakley of the
Toronto Raptors "He can go back making records, and we can go
back to playing basketball".
30 marks the release of Rakim's new album "The Master",
and it will include tracks like "Real Shit" featuring
Canibus, "It's A Must" with Rahzel and
"Waiting For The World To End" featuring Lauryn
Juvenile's album, "The G-Code" is set for December
7, and it will probably sell a couple of copies like the last few Cash
will be featured on "Born Again", Biggie's upcoming
album, but I'm not sure if this is one of those "Changes"-type
of verses stuck together over a new beat. Tupac's new album "Still
I Rise" will have some new material as well as some material
which was on bootlegs. It'll drop in December too.
A 2Pac Youth Conference will be held next month in Oakland, it
is about closing the gap between the youth and the adults who critize
the culture. There will be workshops on Tupac's life and work, youth
issues, police brutality and the upcoming California crime bill,
a bill saying 14 year olds can be charged as adults for spraying graffiti.
Afeni Shakur, Geronimo Pratt, Digital Underground and Mac
Mall will be there.
UGK's new album "Dirty Money" has been pushed
back to December 14. Goodie Mob's third release "World
Party" will drop December 24, and they have an album coming
up called "Leftovers", with, as you may have guessed,
songs that didn't make the final cut for the previously released albums.
Hip Hop Magazine Blaze will celebrate its first anniversary with
another MC-battle at NYC's Kit Kat Club, and it will be hosted
by Doug E. Fresh, Fatman Scoop and Miss Jones.
DJ Enuff will be on the 1 and 2. Breez Evah Flowin', a
former champ, will battle Louie Knuckles in the Battle of
the Champions, while these MC's will battle for the 1999 Blaze
Battle Championship title: MC Terror, Tim jones, Ali Vegas, Cap
One, King Sun, KT-Killa Tactics, John Notty, Don Caban, C-Rayz Walz,
E-Dub, Vendetta, Head Krack, Pumpkinhead, Virtuoso, AAB and Phiakan.
The winners of each title will battle each other too.
EPMD were the headline for the Lyricists Lounge Tour in
Los Angeles but kinda dissapointed the crowd because they had
to to use a DAT and a local DJ, because DJ Scratch missed the
plane. Other artists featured on the show were The Outsidaz, Planet
Asia, Ras Kass, Saafir, Whoridas and Screwball.
Erick Sermon is working on his third solo album which will be released
in Fall 2000. Phife will drop his solo-debut somewhere around
that time too, and I'm eager to hear that one. Guests include Slick
Rick, The Beatnuts, Slum Village, D'Angelo, The Beatminerz
and Lootpack...quite impressive! Busta Rhymes will drop
his fourth album "The Anarchy", Rah Digga still
has to drop her album "Dirty Harriet" and so have Lord
Have Mercy "Thee Ungdoly Hour", Rampage, Baby Sham
and Spliff Star, the last three will release their albums somewhere
around March 2000. A new Flip Mode Squad album will be released
somewhere next year too.
Kool Dj EQ, from Las Vegas, has just released one of the
dopest albums, "Beats and Lyrics Vol.2" for this year.
It features some pretty 'hard to find' artists like Ed O.G. (damn,
he's still as dope as he was when he disappeared), Dres
(Who just released his solo album) and The Pharcyde (like I said
some time ago, Fat Lip was likely to do some production work
on their new effort, but now rumours are Fat Lip will join the Pharcyde
again), but Abstract Rude really rips it on this album with 3
tracks, one teaming him up with Aceyalone on "Me and
My Main". Casual is also on the project with a song called
Some of you may have heard about the "Hip Hop Greatest Day"
project by XXL, or may have read the magazine with the nice poster
(if youre interested, mail me, I could try to scan it) with some
170+ MC's posing in Harlem, now the documentary will be released,
which was filmed at the scene. It will be aired by HBO.
Lateef and Blackalicious will be featured on two suprise
tracks on an underground compilation, to be released any time soon,
I'm kinda looking forward to it, not only because I like surprises,
but I liked what I heard from Blackalicious. They just finished recording
their fort-coming album "Nia". Singles taken from the
album will be "Do You Love It Enough?" b/w "Trouble".
Antra, Kurupt's own label, has signed voaclist/teen rapper
Sheeba Black. Kurupt's album will hit the streets November 16.
The playlist for Kurupt's new album "Streets Iz A Mutha":
1. I Call Shots
2. Loose Canons
3. Who Ride With Us
4. Represent da GC
5. Welcome Home
8. Never Gonna Give It Up
9. Streets Iz A Mutha
10. Can't Trust Nobody
11. It Ain't About You
12. Girls All Pause
13. Your Girlfriend
14. Hoe's A Housewife
15. Without My Homeboys
16. Step Up
17. Live On The Mic
18. Callin' Out Names
DJ Quik and MC Eight squashed their beef and recorded
a song with Xzibit for a soundtrack. Probably MC Eight will be
featured on DJ Quick's upcoming album "Balance & Options"
Del The Funky Homosapien is teaming up with fellow-Hieroglyphic
crew member Casual for a track called "Smash Brothers"
and will record "Code Red" with his friend K.U..
Ice Cube, his cousin, probably wont be on Dels album,
but they are cool again so maybe it will happen in the future.
The X-ecutioners will release their next album on Loud,
early 2000, and will feature artists like Pharoahe Monch, DJ
Premier, DJ Jazzy Jeff (who's coming with his own album too),
Big Pun, Kool G Rap and Mad Skillz.
"Hip-Hop Underground's Finest: The EP" is something
worth a listen too, it will be released on Hydra Records, Godfather
Don's label, with new tracks from Prince Po of Organized
Konfusion, High & Mighty, ED O.G. (yes, again, hes back
and it shows), and Godfather Don with the likes of DJ Spinna,
Nick Wiz and The Alchemist behind the boards.
Actress Nia Long, who you might know from "The Fresh
Prince", "Soul Food", "Boyz In The
Hood", "Friday" and "Made In America",
will be directing the new video for the new single from The Made
Men, hmm, this is getting too obvious, theres an article in
the newest Source about her. Speaking of which, it had a nice
"underground" edition that time, I appreciated that edition.
The Beatminerz compilation album coming next year on Rawkus
records, will have appearances by Tash, Rah Digga, Busta Rhymes,
Bahamadia, Ras Kass, The Roots, Isaac Hayes (he will also be
on De La Soul's new album) and others.
The Tash album will come with a compilation disc, which features material
from several Loud artists like The Beatnuts, M.O.P., Big Punisher,
Raekwon, Project Phat and others.
Common's new album will be titled "Like Water For Chocolate",
he's currently working on it with Mos Def, The Roots and others. The
Roots will do a song based on Bob Dylan's "Hurricane",
and will feature Common, Mos Def and Dice Raw. This is for the
Denzel Washington movie which has the same name.
Medina Green, Mos Def's group, have signed to Mammoth Records
and will start recording for their new album somewhere this month.
Damn, I never thought I would be saying this, but I like what I heard
about Will Smith's album; he's got a song on it with Slick Rick
and Biz Markie called "So Fresh", Will Smith claims
his album will be a combination of the Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince
style and the new party vibe. We'll see.
Look for the soundtrack of MTV's "Celebrity Deathmatch",
it's got tracks by Rakim & Canibus ("I'll Bust 'Em, You
Punish 'Em"), Eminem ("My Fault"-remix),
Xzibit ("Celebrity Deathmatch"), Last Emperor
("Secret Wars"-Prince Paul remix), and Kool
Keith ("Bow To The Masta"), pretty impressive huh?
The downside to it is that it got a lot of rock and punk tracks on it,
but some people might appreciate that too.
Ruffhouse Records founder Joe Nicolo has just formed a
new record label called Judgement Records, and will be distributed
by RCA. Already signed to the label is former Ruffhouse act Kriss
Kross, they will drop an album in March 2000. Other artists signed
to the imprint are Co-Defendants, Ced Sinatra and Roc Monroe.
British HipHop act Braintax is about to drop a new EP.
The album features "Tools", "Rational Geographics",
"Go There" with beats by Ben Grymm, "Making
Moves" with Lewis Parker & Supa T, and some instrumentals.
Tragedy Khadafis album is coming soon, the lead single
"Bing Monsters", which featured Ja Rule and
Headrush Napoleon, is tight and is already in stores. Check for
precious Pariss album "Floss on my Level"
on Nervous Records anytime, it features the songs "4
Ps in a Pod" and "Floss on my Level" with Paula
Perry and Faison, which were released as a 12".
Here's the tentative tracklisting for Cilvaringz' upcoming album
"The Killa B-Ching".
01) Poison Ring Chamber (Intro)
02) Valentine Day Massacre w/ U-God, Holocaust, Shabazz & 12 O'Clock
04) Ninja Starz w/ RZA - Barrakjudah
05) Tongue Fu / Dartmageddon
06) When All Hell Brakes Loose
07) Throw Your Sword Up w/ Killarmy
08) Gold Bell Cover
09) Man Woman & Child
10) The Method (Interlude) w/ spoken by Method Man
12) Hail Snow & Earthquakes
13) Poison Ring Chamber (Outro)
14) Nagin (Bonus track)
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