I know….I know….better late than NEVER! Jay-z hosted a party at the Velvet Room last Sunday for his American Gangster album release. The usual “A” listers were in attendance….Jermaine Dupri, Young Jeezy, DJ Toomp, Usher, Frank Ski (V-103), DJ Trauma (the Superfriends DJs), in addition to Rick Ross and Freeway. I also have to mention Alex Gidewon (AG Entertainment), the man who made it all possible. The only people missing were T.I. and Michael Vick…
Jay-Z’s new CD is on fire! Shout out to one of my favorite people, DJ Toomp, who produced track #11 (Say Hello)! Also check out Jay’s new video for my favorite song (this week) ~ Roc Boys (and the winner is) below:
The “A”‘s own Big Boi from Outkast (aka Antwan Patton) will be the first to own a pair of diamond encrusted Nikes valued at $50,000. The shoes are currently in production in Mumbai, India and will be a total of 11 carots. Of course I have to note that he’s not DUMB ENOUGH to pay that much for some sneakers…..but will be given the sneaks complimentary by Atlanta retailers Laced Up Boutique and Prriya and Chintans Diamonds.
You should see Big Boi rockin’ his new shoes sometime after Thanksgiving. Way to go Twan!! Free is good! (Source – AJC)
Meet Benny Herman Allen, III – who was recently awarded the title of Atlanta’s 11 LEAST influential people: No. #10 by Creative Loafing. In case you don’t recognize the name or the face, Benny is the “KEN” of the Barbie Bandit scandal that rocked Cobb County a few months ago. It’s funny how the “Barbie’s” of the crew received so much press and empathy from the public – how everyone came out to say that they were really good kids who just got mixed up with a bad crowd, but no one ever interviewed “Ken’s” parents, who I assume would have felt just as justified in saying that it was those “white strippers” who corrupted him and not vice versa….interesting, huh?
Creative Loafing coined this list as a “tribute to women and men everywhere struggling to meet the challenges of life in a modern American city.” The list is pretty interesting and they are unveiling one person each day. The top five will appear in their print edition. Visit FreshLoaf to see the remainder of the list and the winners from last year.
The hip-hop police has struck again….Check out the mugshot of T-Pain aka Faheem Najm, the next rapper turnt singer to make a trip behind bars this week. T. Pain turned himself into Florida officials after being “written up” while driving his Lamborghini in Florida. I may be wrong, but from what I read, it seems like he wasn’t “stopped” by an officer, they simply ran the tags of an expensive vehicle being driven by a black male and it came back registered to a person with a suspended license (who was also a habitual violator). Y’all know they watchin…so why not keep your nose clean???
Officers observed T-Pain, whose real name is Faheem Najm, driving a Lamborghini Gallardo in June. At the time, his driver’s license had been revoked for being a habitual traffic violator, officials reported.
The 23-year-old Tallahassee native turned himself in at the Leon County jail and was later released. He was to perform Sunday at the Tallahassee Civic Center.(Source)
Hip Hop is on Trial…and Everyone’s Snitching! Powerful words….huh?! When I read those words for the first time, they rang so true to me that a chill ran up my spine. Hip Hop has been under fire for a minute now and the war is getting bigger and bigger. From Don Imus to Oprah the genre has been blasted and the “hip-hop generation” has had to defend it’s actions and words from every angle. Rodney Carmichael wrote an article the other day in Creative Loafing addressing the issue:
Though the first chapter in T.I.’s federal firearms case drew to a close with his $3 million bond release last Friday, Oct. 26, the rap industry continues to dodge bullets in a year that has been full of nonstop drama. Perhaps DJ Drama’s arrest on racketeering charges at his downtown Atlanta office was an omen. Since then, everything from violent lyrics and gratuitous sexual imagery in videos to the genre’s prolific use of degrading words like “nigga,” “bitch” and “ho” have come under fire.