This just in from our friends at www.BallerStatus.com - the rich will keep getting richer as Pharrell is teaming up Louis Vuitton to create a new line of jewelry called Blason. The French fashion house will unveil the new collection of fine jewelry designed in collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Camille Miceli during the upcoming Paris couture shows in late January. Details about the collection are not yet available but Louis Vuitton is expected to unveil four separate lines under Blason this spring at its flagship stores worldwide. What's next - custom baby grand pianos from Chad Hugo?
Equipped with an MC, singer, DJ, drummer, bassist and guitarist, Verbal Sideshow creates a unique brand of music that has Hip-Hop at its essence, but a myriad of other inspirations floating in and out of it as well. They call it “the cure for the common soul,” and this week I caught up with Sideshow to find out more...
With 2008 arriving I wanted to take a few minutes to make some resolutions for some famous folks who might not have had the time to make them for themselves. From pregnant teen actresses to rappers to reality TV personalities, here are my Celebrity Resolutions for 2008.
Last week I brought you the production side of the dynamic duo 100dbs and Ryan O’Neil. This week, in part two of my first ever Artist Of The Week double feature, the MC gets some time to shine. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Ryan O’Neil moved to Queens, NY in 1994. He became interested in music while attending LaGuardia High School and when he moved on to college he majored in the subject. After hearing his friend Tense rap O’Neil became enamored with the art of rhyme. This year, thanks to his teaming with 100dbs, he released The Adventures of The One Hand Bandit and The Slum Computer Wizard, and this week I caught up with him to find out more about why he and 100dbs work so well together, how being a “One Hand Bandit” has affected him in the past, and why you’ll never see him passing out flyers in the street.
Hip-Hop has always been a place where duos have shined brightly. From DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince to UGK (RIP Pimp C) to Outkast, Hip-Hop’s foundation has been built in no small part by powerful pairings. With one major project already completed, The Adventures of The One Hand Bandit and The Slum Computer Wizard, New York City’s 100dbs and Ryan O’Neil are looking to add their names to the list of significant two-man tandems. Since 100dbs and Ryan O’Neil are of equal importance to each other’s work I’m going to do something special with them, the first ever Artist Of The Week double feature. This week, in part one of the double feature, I’m sitting down with the production side of the duo, 100dbs, to get his thoughts on why he and O’Neil work so well together, as well as the qualities he sees as being most important in a producer, and why he feels image should be meaningless.
Sorry for being a little late on this story - holiday season is crazy y'all. ANYWAYwww.BallerStatus.com wrote in to let us know that popular Miami rapper Pitbull was arrested in Miami early Friday morning for driving under the influence. According to available reports the 26-year-old rapper was driving his silver Mercedes-Benz 93 MPH until he flew past a police cruiser at around 3 in the morning local time. He was pulled over and instructed to exit the vehicle failed to respond, creating a tense situation for the offices on scene before finally responding "Come on, papo - what's up?" During this conversation they smelled alcohol on his breath and issued a field sobriety test that he promptly failed. Pitbull's legal rep released a statement and called the incident a "misunderstanding," but we'll keep you informed whether or not the local authorities see it that way.
Vancouver, BC - Bodog Music is thrilled to announce the worldwide signing of hip hop icon DMX to its growing roster of talented recording artists.
Multi-platinum selling DMX has delivered five No. 1 Billboard albums, earning him the undisputed title as the king of hardcore rap. With hits like "Ruff Ryders Anthem," "Who We Be," "Lord Give Me a Sign" and the Grammy-nominated "Party Up (Up In Here)," DMX has developed a devoted global following.
The highly anticipated new album Walk With Me Now and You'll Fly With Me Later, sees DMX revisiting his gritty rap roots to bring his raw signature sound back to the forefront. Teaming up with the legendary Ruff Ryders, recognized for launching the careers of hip hop mainstays Eve and Jadakiss and joining forces with renowned producer Swizz Beatz, famous for producing hip hop's finest including Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, T.I. and Cassidy, Bodog Music and DMX expect to see overwhelming success with Walk With Me Now and You'll Fly With Me Later.
Says DMX of his new home at Bodog Music, "I'm thankful for the fact that Bodog believes in me, that we share the same vision and the fact that they see in me the same thing I see. I'll show you [Bodog Music] how it's supposed to be done, and we'll get to where we're supposed to be. You got a dog for life."
In Bodog Entertainment's quest to bring the world top-shelf entertainment, the gaming powerhouse has expanded into TV with mixed martial arts series Bodog Fight and has launched into the music industry with Bodog Music and its worldwide Battle of the Bands competition, which awards the winning band with a $1 million Bodog Music recording contract.
Always on the cutting edge of entertainment, Bodog Music is staking its claim as a force in hip hop with the signings of DMX, Wu-Tang Clan, and Bishop Brigante. The international label continues to see success with their diverse lineup, developing the careers of artists like Bif Naked, Neurosonic, The Vincent Black Shadow, My American Heart and more.
Bodog Entertainment Founder Calvin Ayre notes, "Bodog Music is rapidly becoming a big dog in the music biz. Between the successes of Bodog Battle, great artist developments and now some major signings, look for Bodog Music to be an even larger presence on the music scene in 2008."
The first time I saw Poison Pen perform was around five years ago. He was headlining an event called The Last Word in NYC. A buddy of mine had told me about Pen and noted that I had to see him live. He was right. Pen was, and still is, a monster on stage. The Stronghold member quickly became a top name on my must-see list and over the years many have seconded this opinion as his fan base has grown significantly both in the US and overseas. This week I caught up with Pen to find out about his latest album, Pick Your Poison: The Mark of the East, how he’s changed over the years as an artist, his thoughts on rappers aspiring to be thugs, and why he feels traveling is one of the most important things an artist can do to help their career.
This was just sent in by our friend Andrew the Music Man. "Bun B, the remaining half of UGK, received bittersweet news just two days later, when he learned of the group's first Grammy Nomination: the best rap performance by a duo or group for UGK's "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)." We've posted up an exclusive video tribute to UGK, featuring behind the scenes interviews with Yung Joc, Young Buck, Lil' Wayne, and many others. Would really appreciate it if you'd be willing to put it on your site."
Andrew under the circumstances I feel like it's the LEAST I can do. RapReviews readers, please enjoy the following videos.
Nancy Byron sent this information about Pimp C's funeral services. Please note that only family and close friends are to attend the internment of his body out of respect to his family and loved ones; however, the service itself is open to the public. Dress accordingly.
Services for Chad Butler aka Pimp C will be held this Thursday, December 13th, 2007 in Port Arthur at the Robert A. Bowers Civic Center at 3401 Cultural Center Drive , Port Arthur, TX (409) 985-8801
Services begin at 11AM and will be open to the public. No cameras of any kind, including cell phones will be allowed into the civic center without exception. This is so that those grieving can do so in private and with dignity. Please respect that this is the wish of the family.
Media will be allowed to film the procession and arrivals in a controlled, respectful manner from the outside of the venue only.
The interment is NOT open to the public or to media. It is only for family and close friends. Again, please respect that this is the wish of the family and will be enforced by local police.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ANYONE SEEN ATTEMPTING TO TAKE PICTURES DURING THE SERVICE WILL BE ESCORTED OUT OF THE CIVIC CENTER.
Above all, PLEASE respect that whilst many are coming to pay their respects to Pimp C, his family is burying Chad Butler. We ask that you behave accordingly.