T.I. covers the April 2009 issue of Vibe Magazine. This cover is a different look for Tip and perhaps it’s Vibe’s shrewd way of showing on the outside how much he’s changed on the inside. Just as the magazine revealed Tupac Shakur’s sensitive side, they are delving deep into the mind of ATL’s own King of hip-hop. The article promises to be a must read as they address the theory that T.I. snitched in order to get his plea deal. I’ve also heard that the photospread inside will be just as interesting as that cover shot.
After the announcement on March 27, 2008 of what many felt was a shockingly light slap on the wrist for the serious charges, many responded by screaming, “Snitch!” However, authorities agreed to a groundbreaking plea deal negotiated by heavyweight Criminal Defense Attorney, Steve Sadow, who cited the star’s ability to influence others by serving 1500 hours of community service.
T.I. bites back at rumors about how he scored this largely unprecedented deal by saying, “Ain’t no such thing as a secret snitch…Pull up my agreement. It’s public record.”
In the thought-provoking feature, Meadows-Ingram meets with the rapper/actor in Washington, D.C., on the eve of President Barack Obama’s inauguration, where T.I. accepted an award from the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network for his work with the “Respect My Vote” campaign. VIBE follows the rapper during some of his court-mandated speaking engagements and the filming of his MTV show, T.I’s Road to Redemption, where the newly minted role model motivates and inspires at-risk youths. VIBE’s feature story showcases remarkable photos of T.I. reenacting poses made famous by legendary cultural icons Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg. (Source)
This issue should hit newstands March 17th. Also, peep Trap-A-Holics and T.I.’s mixtape ~ “Gone Til November (Road to Redemption)” below: Continue Reading…
I told you guys the other day about how Kim Zolciak’s “webmaster” hijacked her website…well word is that her “webmaster” is actually Atlanta publicist, Jonathan Jaxson. You may remember Jaxson from his highly publicized legal fight against fellow blogger Perez Hilton. Jaxson is peeved at the Atlanta Housewife without a husband about her slacking payments and recently filed suit against her for breach of contract. Zolciak, in turn, filed her own lawsuit last week claiming that Jaxson hijacked her website and posted “negative and scurrilous information” about her on the site in retaliation.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge John Goger ordered Jaxson to take down what he wrote last week until the two sides mediate the issue:
As a result of the injunction, he has restored the site to what it looked like Feb. 20. Zolciak, in the lawsuit, blamed the “hijacking” for generating negative publicity “which has marginalized Ms. Zolciak’s public persona and is negatively impacting her commercial opportunities.”
Jeff Ward (Jaxon’s Buisness Parner) said the statement on the site was not scurrilous or defamatory; to him, it was factual. He said Jaxson signed on to be Zolciak’s publicist about the time of the popular Bravo show’s finale last fall. He said the two sides signed a $30,000 six-month contract for Jaxson to provide publicity services, including maintaining the Web site and getting her placement in various media outlets. He said he helped place her on the Bonnie Hunt Show, the E! Network and the Golden Globes red carpet.
Gyant over at SOHH posted a not so blind item a while ago, speculating that one of the hottest new artists to come out of the “A” in a while ~ B.o.B. aka Bobby Ray ~ is quitting rap:
Which new Atlanta MC, that’s been getting a STRONG internet buzz, is rumored to have quit the music industry?
This rapper, who has been compared to a hip-hop legend, has been on the cover of one of hip-hop’s most popular magazines. And just last week, had met up with a certain Detroit rapper to cut some records.
Turns out the speculation is true…well almost. B. Rich later confirmed that B.o.B. is going through some personal issues and has decided to step away from the microphone for a while. I don’t know how long he’ll be away, but my hope is that he will return soon because his musical style and talents are much needed in today’s music game.
B.o.B….if you’re listening…my prayers are with you. Stay strong and know that whatever the issue is, it’s only temporary. Learn from it and move forward. Take as long as you need to get through it but COME BACK! Your talents speak to so many people…Please don’t go!
The song is hawt on it’s own and the remix is just that much better. Check out the remix to Keri Hilson‘s Turnin’ Me On featuring T-Pain and Lil Wayne. Keri goes hard at ‘someone’ in her mini rap when she states “Check the credits Ho!”…everyone seems to believe it’s Beyonce but I don’t see it that way. I thinks she’s merely tellin all y’all hating “A”zzz “ho’s” that she wrote this ish!
By the way, Tariq “King Flex” Nasheed called me out as a ‘super snoop’ on his Mack Lessons radio show last week and he also asked me to post more Keri. Tariq seems to think that Keri doesn’t do men.
Well I put my super snoop skills to work King Flex! You’ll be happy to note that Keri plays with balls.
Nearly a year after Big Boi tore up the Fox with his collaboration on the hip-hop ballet Big, his partner in crime André Benjamin aka Andre 3000 will be hitting the stage in a newly adapted stage version of his Emmy award-winning “Class of 3000″ cartoon series. The show originally aired on The Cartoon Network but they ceased production on the animated comedy after only 26 episodes. Now the Alliance Children’s Theatre will present the world premiere stage adaptation beginning this Friday (March 6th). In case you didn’t know, Dre is the show’s creator, executive producer and starred in the toon as the inspirational music teacher Sunny Bridges. He also created a new song for every episode (five of which will appear in the stage play). When asked if it was difficult writing music for a younger audience, the ATL legend responded:
I wasn’t trying to water down the music aspect of the show just because it was for kids. You watch old “Peanuts” or “Fat Albert” shows, they weren’t necessarily kids’ songs. On “Peanuts,” you’re listening to jazz by Vince Guaraldi. I want to make sure that kids had something to listen to that wasn’t teeny bopper songs — although we would do those, too, if they fit into the story. I wanted to give them a little jazz, ragtime, blues, funk music, with the hope that if kids heard those kinds of music later, they’d say, “Hey, I remember this kind of song!” I thought that was fitting, since I play a music teacher. I also wanted to show how different kinds of songs, like classical music, could be reinterpreted in new ways, which is what I like to do with my other kinds of music. MORE
The music definitely isn’t watered down! It’s smooth, comfy and feels like home. Between this play and Big Boi’s Big with the Atlanta Ballet, these two dudes are dayum near unstopable! I can’t wait to see what Dre comes up with onstage! (Anyone got a kid they could loan me next week )
A few of my favorite songs from Dre’s “Class of 3000″ as well as show information below: