Here is tha latest Hip hop news. Credit to tha-real.com.
(July 23, 2000)
* Canibus gets snuffed by Blinky Blink? - It was all an Interbet Rumour
Canibus did NOT get beat down by Blinky Blink on July 17th at New York City's club Aria where he held his album release party for '2000 b.c.'. There was actually a fight at the party and this escalated into a rumour that Canibus was involved.
Taken from MTV.com
* Wu-tang are returning for album #3
Three years after delivering "Wu-Tang Forever," seminal East Coast rap collective the Wu-Tang Clan is finishing up its next effort and expects to shoot the first video in the coming weeks.
The group is currently in the studio and hopes to wrap production on its as-yet untitled next project before hitting the road on July 24 for a one-month U.S. tour (see "Wu-Tang Clan Assembles For Summer Tour").
The Wu camp is also planning to push out a video before the tour kicks off. The group has yet to choose the first single from its upcoming album, but it still intends to shoot a video for the track within the next week.
No release date has been set yet for the next Wu effort, but it is expected to arrive sometime this fall.
The Wu album sessions and tour see the group's many members reconvening after various solo projects. Although members of the group are happy with their success, Wu associate Power says that he'd be happy doing something else if it came to that, and encourages Wu fans to do the same.
* 'Don't call it a comeback' - 3rd Bass Return after a 7 year Hiatus
The men of 3rd Bass are ready to slip into the mix again with a new album, a new label, and their ability to "move a mass of people," they announced Tuesday at a record-industry convention in Southbury, Connecticut.
MC Serch (born Michael Berrin) said he and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash) are busy working on rhymes and tracks for an album they hope to have in stores by early next year, and a single and video they expect to put out as early as September on Serch's own Serchlite imprint.
In the meantime, they got the buzz going with a brief, energetic performance for a crowd of label reps, distribution execs, and a few fellow artists at Red Distribution's showcase at the Heritage Convention Resort.
Although it's been more than seven years since 3rd Bass' most recent release, 1992's "Gladiator" EP, Serch and Nice insist this is not a comeback or reunion project.
* Fredro Starr goes for self
In the wake of wrapping his newest film project, ex-Onyx rapper Fredro Starr has just inked a new record deal with Koch Records and plans to issue his first solo album in October under his new tag, Firestarr.
The new, as-yet-untitled record will be Starr's first music-related release since Onyx's last album, 1998's "Shut 'Em Down." Starr has spent the majority of the last two years developing his acting career, including roles in such films as "Ride" and "Light It Up" (see "Onyx's Fredro Starr Joins Usher For New Film").
"Die 4 Rap" will be the lead single from the new Firestarr album, and Starr plans to shoot a video for the track in the next few weeks.
Starr isn't the only former member of Onyx branching out with solo projects, as one of his bandmates, Sticky Fingaz, plans to issue his own album, titled "Black Trash," later this year (see "Sticky Fingaz Goes On Trial For Solo Debut").
In February, Starr completed filming "Save The last Dance," a movie in which he stars opposite Julia Stiles in a story that details the problems and issues facing an interracial high-school couple in Chicago.
"Save The Last Dance" was directed by Thomas Carter from a screenplay by Duane Adler, Cheryl Edwards, and Toni Ann Johnson. The film is tentatively set to arrive on screens on January 12, 2001.
Taken from SOHH.com
* Hip Hop unites to Free Keith Murray
On Tuesday July 25 at 2 p.m., hip-hop artists and celebs will be coming together in support of imprisoned emcee, Keith Murray. Mary J Blige, LL Cool J, Erick Sermon, Redman, and Britney Spears (???) will all be in attendance at Parker Meridian Hotel in Manhattan next week to support the re-opening of his case. He was convicted for beating up the brother of a concert promoter at a show in New Britain, CT and sentenced to five years in prison based on false testimony.
Twenty months later, an eyewitness has come forward to the defense of Murray, claiming that he was bribed by the promoter and his brother to give a false testimony. The eyewitness was part of the promotional team that helped put that particular show together and saw the entire incident in question. He feared for his life, but now wants to come forward and let the nation know that Keith is innocent. We’ll keep you posted on the outcome.
* Eminems Ex-Bodyguard writes book
As Eminem continues to sell more records, more people are trying to get a piece of the action. Next up is Em’s ex-bodyguard, Byron Williams. Williams will be releasing a book, Shady Bizness detailing the behind-the-scenes life of the multi-platinum emcee including his “massive drug use” and cheating on his wife. Williams also writes why Em has so much hostility towards Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
"He hates them for one reason only - he asked both of them out and they didn't want to know. So now he tries to get back at them with his lyrics. He'd listen to their records all the time, he loved their stuff,” he writes. “Britney was at an awards ceremony and so was Slim. At last he got the chance to talk to her. I don't think it lasted long and when he came back he was crestfallen. He said 'She doesn't like me. She doesn't want to know.”
The book is scheduled for release next month at http://bigwillz.iuma.com.
In related news, Em was arraigned on weapons charges yesterday stemming from the incident when he got into an argument with an ICP affiliate while holding a gun in his hand. Em was not on hand for the arraignment but will have to appear in court again next month.
* As online radio continues to boom, Sway & Tech' World Famous Wake-Up Show is finally making it's foray to the web. Located at WakeUpShow.Com, the radio show is web-casted live every Saturday at 11 p.m. PST/2 a.m. EST with 3 hours of non-stop hip-hop. Also found at the website are archives from past shows and freestyles from the likes of RZA, Inspectah Deck, Slum Village, Talib Kweli, Cali Agents and others. Also found on the site is a message board, and bios on Sway, Tech and DJ Revolution
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