Every year I’m asked to do a year end top ten list for at least one website or publication (last year it was three), so I’ve taken to keeping a running count of which albums I like as the year goes on. Being that it’s the end of June I figure it’s a good time to check in and see how things are going in 2007. Half a year in I have some not so shocking news to report; there are less quality Hip-Hop albums being released than ever. Last year I had nearly 50 albums to choose from at year’s end for my “Best Of” lists, as of right now I have a total of 17 with only two coming from major labels. I’ve been bringing this up with the rappers I’ve been interviewing the past few weeks and both Bonecrusher and Twista had some very interesting things to say on the subject.
New York City’s Puerto Rican Day Parade has always been swarmed with its fair share of controversy. It turned into a grope-fest in 2000 when some young men became overly aggressive with the women in the crowd, but rather than try to address such issues tactfully, and perhaps arrest the people actually doing the wrong things, the NYPD went out this year and just started arresting everyone. Over 200 people ended up being taken in by the police and Reign, a former Artist of the Week here at Adam’s World, was one of those unfortunate parade goers that ended up locked up for what seemed to be simply showing up.
Now bear in mind that none of this has been made official by 50 Cent, Young Buck or anybody in the G-Unit but according to www.urbanworldwireless.com Buck dropped a bombshell at 107.9 FM's 12th annual Birthday Bash in Atlanta. In front of a crowd of at least 20,000 people he went on stage after a performance by The Game and said "Fuck G-Unit. Cashville Records is the New Unit" before bringing out The Outlaws, a group signed to said label. We'll bring you more as the story develops.
In an interview with MTV News, Lil Wayne revealed that he won't be releasing "The Carter III" album until at least 2008. Besides not wanting to overshadow his artist Currency, Wayne said he was advised by Nelly to take his time with the new LP. "I was given advice by my big brother Nelly about how to do that. He said, 'You gotta make them want you.'" My advice to Wayne? Nelly's got good advice. Besides which Wayne already has 20 mixtapes and an album with Birdman in stores, so the market's flooded right now as is.
I guess he'll be singing his next new "Ditty" in the can! According to www.ballerstatus.net rapper Paperboy, real name Mitchell Johnson arrested in Merced, California on June 13th for allegedly selling marijuana. The Merced Sun-Star stated that Johnson was arrested at around 6:30 p.m. after police pulled him over and found nearly $1,200 worth of marijuana on him. Officially he was booked on suspicion of possession and sale of marijuana, possession of more than one ounce of marijuana and transportation of marijuana for sale. Perhaps if he makes bail he can do a duet with Akon about being "Locked Up."
News from www.AllHipHop.com and Mike Winslow - Timbaland was arrested this past Sunday in Cologne, Germany, after he and and other men allegedly attacked a bar patron. The incident occurred in front of the Hotel Intercontinental shortly after Justin Timberlake concert at the Cologne Arena. The fight apparently started because a severely drunk man became irate Timbaland was speaking to his girlfriend and started spewing profanity at him including the "N" word. Timbaland left and heated exchange of words continued while Timbaland was signing autographs outside, resulting in Timbaland and his security pummeling the man who was reportedly sent to a local E.R. with throat and back injuries. Police arrived to arrest Timbaland and his entourage on charges of causing bodily injury; Timbaland was released later on bond of $750 euro. RapReviews.com will have more on this story as it develops.
It's been a minute since Keith Murray dropped a new hip-hop banger. Hell it's been more than a minute - it's been almost four years. Quite honestly I thought Murray had permanently retired from the game, but I was WRONG. Keith is coming back on July 31st to give whack MC's "Rapp-Murr-Phobia," which the legendary Def Squad rap pugilist defines as "fear of real hip-hop." If you'd like to check out his first single "Nobody Do it Better" for free right here on RapReviews.com just click this link. Special thanks to MB for the tip and the hook-up, and look for "Rapp-Murr-Phobia" in a store near you soon.
The Hieroglyphics are part of the ever-growing ranks of hip-hop artists giving away free podcasts of their ish. They're now up to episode 7, entitled "Back to the Beginning," a special episode where A-Plus takes you all the way back to the days when he was just an 8-year-old kid with a dream and a rhyme. You can find part 1 here and part 2 here or you can subscribe free on iTunes and get new episodes delivered direct to your iPod. Check out the Hiero, I know, it's fly cause it's free bro! You can also visit A-Plus' personal MySpace page at myspace.com/a_p_l_u_s.
The self-confessed Old Maid Billionaire himself J-Zone, hip-hop's hustler of beats and rhymes is back with a new monthly mix show that's ABSOLUTELY FREE and well worth checking out. Zone has made the inaugural show available for download via zshare but you can also subscribe on iTunes to get the podcast. When you subscribe be sure to select "Gator$ n' Fur$" episodes for download as they are being presented as part of a series of mix shows. What are you waiting for? Head straight to the fly Zone and get down with some parkin' lot pimpin'!