File this one under the "believe it or not" department - Brother J and X-Clan are linking up with the resident clown misfits of hip-hop to go on tour. Insane Clown Posse's "The Tempest" Tour will feature them, Twiztid and X-Clan and kicks off April 26, 2007 in Grand Rapids, MI. The tour will stretch through June 8th, 2007 in Fargo, ND. "This tour is a perfect proof that real hip-hop reaches all barriers. ICP and X-Clan would have been the furthest thing from anybody’s mind as a tour combination," said X-Clan front man Brother J. "I am excited to make history with one of the wildest crews in the game. I’ve seen some of the Juggalos at our previous tours, and now we are stepping into their house as a guest of ICP. We are looking forward to tearing it down." Here's a list of upcoming dates:
Thu 04/26/07 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room Fri 04/27/07 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre Sat 04/28/07 Chicago, IL Congress Theater Sun 04/29/07 Maplewood, MN Myth Tue 05/01/07 West Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom Wed 05/02/07 Sauget, IL Pop's Thu 05/03/07 Wichita, KS The Cotillion Fri 05/04/07 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium Sat 05/05/07 Magna, UT The Great Saltair Tue 05/08/07 Spokane, WA Big Easy Wed 05/09/07 Portland, OR Roseland Theater Fri 05/11/07 Chico, CA Senator Theater Sat 05/12/07 Sparks, NV New Oasis Sun 05/13/07 Las Vegas, NV Fort Cheyenne Casino Mon 05/14/07 Anaheim, CA Grove Of Anaheim Tue 05/15/07 Anaheim, CA Grove Of Anaheim Wed 05/16/07 Tempe, AZ The Marquee Theatre Fri 05/18/07 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom Sat 05/19/07 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom Mon 05/21/07 Saint Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing Tue 05/22/07 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade Wed 05/23/07 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall / The Casbah Fri 05/25/07 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory Sat 05/26/07 Worcester, MA The Palladium Sun 05/27/07 Worcester, MA The Palladium Tue 05/29/07 Norfolk, VA The NorVa Wed 05/30/07 Baltimore, MD Sonar Thu 05/31/07 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom Sat 06/02/07 Louisville, KY Expo Five Mon 06/04/07 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre Tue 06/05/07 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Empire Fairgrounds Fri 06/08/07 Fargo, ND Playmaker's Entertainment Complex
Rap artist 50 Cent (a.k.a. Curtis Jackson) will lead "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather into the ring for his WBC super welterweight championship fight against "The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on pay-per-view. 50 Cent will be performing his new song "Straight to the Bank," for the very first time ever in front of a live audience.
Mayweather, the recognized "pound-for-pound" best fighter in the world, and 50 Cent are good friends and were recently seen together in the premiere episode of HBO's "De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7," a four-part series currently running Sunday nights at 10:30pm on HBO, which takes an inside look at the fighters and their backgrounds.
"50 Cent is a great friend of mine and it means a lot to me to have him walk me in to the ring and debut his new song," said Mayweather. "With this fight being the Super Bowl of boxing, the fans and celebrities coming out to the fight and everyone watching around the world will see the greatest show ever."
He is an icon. There’s no other way to describe Russell Simmons and his 25 plus year career as an entrepreneur that has included the founding of Def Jam Records, Phat Farm clothing, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, and numerous philanthropic organizations. Simmons released his latest book, Do You: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success, this week, and I sat down with him to talk about the book, as well as his thoughts on the 2008 election, and why he sees rappers as being more charitable than a lot of politicians.
In one of the most hilarious hip-hop send ups of all time, the team of writers designers and bloggers at OhWord.com have found what they allege to be Cam'Ron's "Lost Rhyme Book." It's hard to say what about it is funnier - the illustrations, the perfect imitation of Cam's rhyme style, or the fact that the blog entry has spawned over 200 responses - some from very angry DipSet fans! Check out the controversy here or cut and paste the link below.
Radio personality Don Imus, who caught a considerable amount of heat for his unacceptable commentary on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, is quickly becoming the modern day face of ignorance in America. But with so much attention focused on the issue, many have spoken out on similar injustices hip hop artists commit on a daily basis. Snoop Dogg, who was called out for such offenses, spoke to MTV:
"[Rappers] are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports. We're talking about hoes that's in the 'hood that ain't doing shit, that's trying to get a nigga for his money. These are two separate things. First of all, we ain't no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them muthafuckas say we in the same league as him."
"Kick him off the air forever. Ban him like they did [Adam] 'Pacman' Jones. They kicked him out the [National Football] League for the whole season, but this punk gets to get on the air and call black women 'nappy-headed hoes.' "
Snoop’s upcoming album “The Big Squeeze” is in production, and should be released through Koch later this year.
In unrelated incidents, both Johnny Cash and Woodie have passed away recently.
Johnny Ca$h was signed to the late great Mac Dre's Thizz Entertainment and like all rappers associated with Dre had a strong fanbase. Ca$h, born John Castaneda, was a the victim of a shooting in his native Vallejo.
Woodie was a popular rapper associated with the Norteno music scene in northern California. Born Ryan Wood, Woodie had released over 10 albums and compilations since 1997 and was a favorite among fans of Norteno rap music. While not confirmed, it is rumored Woodie committed suicide some time in March.
Both artist's music can be purchased from www.rapbay.com, including a R.I.P. Woodie shirt with all proceeds going to his family.
Our condolences go to the families of Ca$h and Woodie.
"I want to leave a mark on this earth...making music and saying what I have to say in my music is one of the ways I will exist forever," Common told Billboard.com recently, specifically alluding to his upcoming June 10th release of "Finding Forever."
The album, which follows up the heavily acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "Be," again features production and rhymes from fellow Chicagoan Kanye West, and posthumous heat from J Dilla. Last week at New York's Sony Studios, Com previewed select tracks from his seventh studio album, and explained how the title refers to the idea of the aforementioned Dilla "living on" through his music.
In homage to the influential producer, Kanye West has reportedly gone about arranging his beats for the project in a similar manner to how Dilla might have. West's "Graduation," which will also feature Common, is due out this fall.
Former member of Little Brother and versatile super-producer 9th Wonder is the latest to chip in on the state of music. In an interview with Urban America News Network, 9th commented on downloading music, the general audience maturity level, and what the game's been missing:
“You have to understand that there's a generation that grew up under you that still wants to hear you but is now upset because you're trying to cater to a kid as an attempt to make more money. The truth is we have the most disposable income. We make the most money and we have nothing to spend our money on. Case and point, Jamie Fox did 500 or 600 thousand his first week, Mary J Blige did 700 thousand the first week; Jay-Z did 600 thousand … because they cater straight to their audience. The problem with kids is that this is a downloading generation. So, how could you sell music to a generation that downloads? When Mary J Blige sold 700 thousand her first week, it was all of her fans since What's the 411?. And all of her fans are past the age of 30. But the problem is that's probably the only album they bought in the past 8 years because nothing is speaking to them right about now.”