Gucci Mane was sentenced to 12 months in prison on Thursday (November 12) for probation violation and taken away to prison in handcuffs, according to a rep from his label.
The sentence is a blow to Gucci's career. The ATL rapper has an album coming out — The State vs. Radrick Davis — on December 8 and is arguably at the height of his career; in terms of his sentence, he may be out of prison in six months. Last September, Gucci went to jail and served until March; he was sentenced to a year in prison for failing to fulfill his court-ordered 600 hours of community service, which had been mandated in 2005. Further information was not available at press time.
"It was a challenge for me," he told MTV News in March about going to jail in 2008. "I'm just happy my team kept my music going strong for me. And I'm happy I recorded so many records so people could hear me."
Upon his release Gucci went straight to the studio and recorded five songs. "Then I had a party later that night to get ready for, so that took up most of my day right there," he added, describing his first day as a free man.
This year, Gucci definitely was breaking through from the streets to the mainstream, guest appearing on tracks for the Black Eyed Peas, Mario, Omarion, Mariah Carey and even a 50 Cent song. Gucci's current single is called "Spotlight" and features Usher. This follows on the heels of "Wasted," featuring Plies.
Houston, TX - To celebrate the Rhythmic/Top 40 success of lead single, "Good Morning", from his upcoming third major album, Venom, Chamillionaire debuted the Don Tyler-directed video live, directly to his fans, via his website, Chamillionaire.com, after a brief introduction by him. A total of 52,968 unique viewers, between Facebook and uStream, joined Cham online for the debut, giving their feedback both on the video and at being able to address the rap superstar directly, via Twitter.
Chamillionaire’s signature balance of delivering quality music and supreme lyricism is showcased on “Good Morning.”Borrowing its groove from Tom Petty’s “Free Falling,” this inspiring, feel-good cut is already a chart-topping iTunes single and a breakout radio hit.“I thought it would go to radio, people would know it and they’d put it in rotation,” Cham reveals.“They actually did.It has a good vibe and when you put it on, it makes you feel a little more upbeat.It makes you want to get out of bed and go get some money.”
Chamillionaire went with his gut while creating Venom, due in stores February 2, 2010 on Chamillitary/Universal Republic.As expected, the album features his signature story raps, several sure-fire singles and a host of other songs that allow listeners to understand why Chamillionaire sees Venom as an acronym for Visually Entertaining Negatives Of Money.
In addition to his duties as a highly-sought after MC, you can also find the ever evolving and tech-savvy Chamillionaire continuing to blaze trails; giving lectures at Stanford Universityon topics like, “Innovation in the Changing Music Industry”, or creating crafty collaborations in sessions with popular rock acts such as Weezer.
PROJECT 2050 LAUNCHES MUSIC DESIGN LAB Curated by World Renowned Author and Mixologist Bobbito Garcia
(NEW YORK, November 11, 2009) – New York City based Ideas and Solutions shop Project 2050 announces formation of 2050 MUSIC DESIGN. The announcement was made today to key industry leaders by Bobbito Garcia, Project 2050’s Chief Creative.
2050 Music Design will provide musical direction and curatingfor brands, retail environments, hospitality, video game developers, television, movies and theatrical houses. Songs are a powerful way to stake territory, articulate aspirations, and draw upon collective memories. Culling from his vast encyclopedic knowledge of music of all genres, from jazz, hip-hop, rock, and world, Bobbito Garcia and his team will create soundscapes that are both unexpected and inspirational. “Since our inception, Project 2050’s mission to help define and drive cultural movements continues to be a catalyst for creativity. Music Design is a natural extension of that creativity”, states Phil Colon founder of Project 2050
“Music shapes and moves popular culture like no other medium,” says Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. DJ Kool Bob Love. Whether in the form of movie scores, memorable TV commercials, or rare grooves in a retail shop, the soundscape is in many ways an emotional driving force. I’m amped (pun intended) to lead 2050 Music Design and impact the world we live in by doing so!”
“Bobbito Garcia introduced me [via his Vibe Magazine “Sound check” column] to many songs I had never heard before! I love that young people like him search for music that touches the bottom of your soul.”—Quincy Jones "Whatever Bobbito is into, I want to be a part of! Bobbito Garcia is a force in music both internationally and domestically. As a world renowned DJ with a wide following he understands how to move people emotionally. I have worked with Phil Colon for many years and he is always been in front of everybody in culture. When he says there's something you need to see or hear, then you have to follow his lead -- that's Phil, he is a culture vulture! — Herb Scannell, former Vice Chairman/MTV Networks "Bobbito is an absolute mastermind in terms of using the power of music to help create movement in people. Music is very influential in helping to ignite consumer behavior, so when used effectively it can be a very persuasive and powerful tool. P2050 will do very well in the category!!" - Greg Cunningham, TARGET
“Bobbito Garcia is a legendary DJ who has not only mixed music, but also cultures.”— Soledad O’Brien, CNN
As the G-Unit founder gears up to possibly add Beanie Sigel to his fledgling roster it's being reported Mobb Deep Is no longer with the label. 50 Cent says that he decided to let Mobb Deep go so the duo could pursue their individual financial opportunities considering Prodigy's three year prison sentence and confirmed that both Young Buck and Game are still signed to the Unit "Buck is still signed to G-Unit Records, hopefully he can come up with a record. If he can come up with a song, we can get my money back, you know what I'm saying? I hope he can come up with something right quick. I'm looking forward to that check at least. They gotta pay me not to put the [G-Unit] logo on it."
Speaking of Beanie Sigel, the Philadelphia tough and 50 Cent have big plans in store for this Friday the 13th when they release their first collaboration "I Go Off." Confirmation of Beanie on G-Unit? Jay-Z diss? Tune in this Friday to find out!
FORMER G-UNIT PRESIDENT, LAUNCHES DREAM BIG VENTURES WITH NEW DISTRIBUTION DEAL THROUGH THE ORCHARD
Two years after stepping down from his post as President of G-Unit Records, Sha Money XL is back with an audacious new brand. Dream Big Ventures sees the music mogul sign a multi-million music and film distribution deal with The Orchard, the worlds leading digital distributor of music to bring his roster of artists and producers to the forefront of the music industry. Dream Big is making its debut with a notable roster of artists, DJ Whoo Kid founder of RadioPlanet.TV, former Shady/Aftermath recording artist Stat Quo, and New Orleans own Kidd Kidd.
The premier project to be released through Dream Big will be the long awaited and highly anticipated debut album from Atlanta rapper Stat Quo. Stantlanta will feature production from Che Vicious, Hi-Tek, Key Kat Productions and Sha Money XL. “From the first time I heard Stat Quo, I wanted to work with him,” shares the Dream Big Ventures owner. “The anticipation for his debut album is still high and I am pleased to be releasing it through my new venture.” This project and those that follow will give music fans and the industry an introduction to the standard Dream Big are setting.
“The first three projects coming out of Dream Big are very realistic reflections of the three stages an artist can find them self in,” explains Sha Money XL. “Established and successful, in-between labels or ready to take your career to the next level.” Dream Big Ventures has been formatted to work with artists regardless of their position within the music industry to encourage and maximize potential. “We are looking to nurture talent that has the passion to ‘dream big’ and let the company take them to where they want to be.”
With a dense history in the music business, Sha Money was crowned ‘the chain on the bike’ by 50 Cent in 2002, while developing the brand G-Unit, which instantaneously became a global phenomenon. “Sha Money’s reputation and track record of success speaks for itself,” said The Orchard’s General Manager, Michael Bull. “All of us at the Orchard are thrilled to be in a position to work with Sha on building and developing his new label. We see Dream Big as America’s next great urban independent.”
Looking to create his own kingdom with the assistance of The Orchard and a competent team, Sha Money XL is confident that this new chapter in his life will be just as successful as previous endeavors. “Dream Big is about me fulfilling my dreams and my visions,” explains XL, “Imagine if Dr. Dre had never moved on from NWA or Death Row? You have to have wisdom to accept that a change has to take place but not be careless with your future,” he concludes. Since leaving G Unit, Sha Money XL has gone on to develop the premier networking event of the year for producers, One Stop Shop which in its third year has featured appearances by a bevy of industry executives, professionals and the elite of the production world. He is currently working as Associate Producer on 50 Cent’s fourth studio album Before I Self-Destruct and as co-manager to classic rap group Reflection Eternal aka Hi-Tek and Talib Kewli. whose album is due early 2010.
Sha Money XL hopes that his website DREAMBIGVENTURES.NET will also serve as a Craigslist for all up and coming talent. The site will be a place where they can go to advertise their work, covering areas from web design, graphics, promotion, video and production which will in turn allow industry executives the opportunity to seek out talent in all related industries across the world.
MP3: Black Sheep - "Forever Luvlee" 11.11.2009 Black Sheep Releases First Track for From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude EP
Dres is back to represent the legendary group Black Sheep with "Forever Luvlee," the first single from his forthcoming EP, From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude. The song showcases Dres' unmistakable flow, proving, yet again, that although he is one of hip-hop's originators he has yet to loose a step. Different from some of Black Sheep's earlier records, this track has a distinct smoothness that represents growth and maturity in production and recording. The title would have the listener thinking it is a hip-hop love ballad, but the track is far from it. When asked what the message behind the song was Dres had this to say, "Don't put things before people, keep God in your heart always (whatever you call him). Try to find balance in these chaotic days - be Luvlee." The lyrics speak to Dres's "essence of his presence" staying "Forever Luvlee" in a world of ice and bubbly. The lyrics are clever and ironic and let the listener know that regardless of the success he has experienced, it hasn't changed who he is, as he raps, "I like hot sauce on all I eat, my Kool-Aid too sweet... " The EP From the Black Pool of Genius: The Prelude will be released December 1st, followed by a full-length album release scheduled for spring 2010.
It all began with a thundering baseline and an unmistakably classic phrase - "this or that." One of the most widely recognized songs in rap music history, the 1991 classic "The Choice is Yours" was hailed by VH1 in 2008 as one of the best rap songs of all time. The highly respected Queens emcee Dres, along with DJing partner-in-crime William "Mista Lawnge" McLean took the music industry by storm in the early 1990's as part of the groundbreaking collective Native Tongues. Penning such Billboard standouts as "Flavor of the Month" and "Strobelight Honey" for the duo's platinum-selling debut album A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing in 1992, Dres would continue to crank out the hits on the group's second release, Non Fiction. After a brief reunion with Mister Lawnge in 2000, Dres again set his sights on recording. He released the innovative online-only album 8WM/Novakane in 2007. Now he's back in the studio, writing the next chapter of his storied career. Dres' highly anticipated new project, From the Black Pool of Genius, out Spring 2010, promises to pair thought-provoking lyrics with astounding beats constructed by a corps of new and established beatmakers. They include Bean One, Showbiz, Tough Junkie, P. Locke, Urban Soul Music Group, and Willie Evans. He's also got an impressive line-up of guest stars, including De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Rhymefest, AZ, and Tough Junkie, among others. Leading up to the release of his next full-length, Black Sheep will be releasing a precursor EP, From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude, available December 1st.
"BR&L" is my latest instrumental project which i been working on since last year. Essentially, its a collection of some of my favorite beats that never got picked to be songs or in some cases, were created to be stand-alone instrumental arrangements. The album will be out right in time for Xmas and features some known but mostly unknown and unheard instros straight from my beloved MPC! I will be selling the project online via my Bandcamp site, and for those (like me) who still buy cds, i am pressing a limited run up for $10 that will feature an exclusive bonus track! You can pre-order the cd now at: www.neosonix.bigcartel.com
I will be previewing some tracks from "BR&L" next Wed night at 9pm EST on my Ustream show- "Neo-sonix"... tune in!
NEW YORK (Billboard)">http://www.billboard.com">Billboard) - Rapper Lil' Boosie was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday by a judge in Baton Rouge, La., for violating his probation, according to the city's CBS affiliate WAFB.
The rapper, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, was placed under house arrest with an ankle monitor after being convicted of drug and gun charges in September. But the monitor indicated that on more than one occasion that Hatch violated the terms of his release.
U.S. District Court Judge Chip Moore revoked Hatch's probation, and sent him to jail for four years, twice the originally envisaged term. He is expected to serve a maximum of two years now.
Hatch, 26, took a plea deal to a third-offense marijuana-possession charge in September in connection with an October 2008 arrest when police found a bag of marijuana, a blunt and a gun in a vehicle he was driving. The drug charge alone would have landed him in prison for 20 years, with a mandatory minimum of fives years for the gun charge.
After the plea, Moore ordered Hatch to be electronically monitored and to clear all concert dates with the court while awaiting sentencing.