Saturday, March 3, 2012
Nigerian celebs are getting out of hands these day. Ex-actress cum singer Cossy Orjiakor shocked the living day light out of me when she controversially made a movie of her sleeping with a dog,
￼She is known to be a very extravagant individual who has a knack for showing off her massive assets but Cossy Orjiakor’s latest stunt might paint a picture of a desperate person crying for attention. The ex-actress cum singer Cossy Orjiakor shocked the world when she posted bare photos of her priced assets online.
By Dr Lori T
A teenage girl born of Nigerian parents, 19-year-old Victoria Osoteku was the latest of several convictions over the murder of Sofyen Belamouadden 15 at London rail terminus. Sofyen Belamouadden, 15, died after suffering multiple stab wounds during a fight between rival school pupils in Victoria station.
Victoria Osoteku was found guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, after Sofyen Belamouadden died.
Victoria Osoteku, 19, was said to be at the heart of the attack at Victoria station in London which resulted in Sofyen Belamouadden being knifed in front of horrified commuters.
She was seen on CCTV kicking him in the head as he lay dying on the ground after the 10-second attack by rival school pupils.
Sofyen was stabbed nine times to the body and suffered wounds to his heart, a lung and major blood vessels.
Osoteku was found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey in the latest of a series of trials of 20 defendants from south London.
She was the only female charged in connection with the incident in March 2010, and spent 19 days in the witness box.
Osoteku, of Deptford, south London, was remanded in custody to be sentenced at a later date with others convicted of the killing.
The stabbing was the horrific end of a minor confrontation the day before in the fast food area of the station between pupils from two west London schools.
The court heard Osoteku bought a set of knives from Argos with a 17-year-old youth at lunchtime and gave them to the gang.
She was also one of the teenagers responsible for setting up the fatal showdown. The A-level student sent messages by phone and on Facebook arranging the clash between pupils from the rival schools.
Sofyen died after being chased by around 20 pupils across the Terminus Way concourse and into the Underground station.
Osoteku was behind a youth who led the charge with a Samurai sword. Other youths were armed with a flick knife and a Swiss army knife, machetes and screwdrivers.
Mr Heywood said: “They were so heavily armed that no smaller group, or even police officer or member of station staff, could withstand them or stop them.”
Sofyen fell down the stairs into the ticket hall and was attacked on the ground by a smaller group.
Osoteku was also found guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.
Mark Heywood QC, prosecuting, said: “She was one of those who set up and organised the confrontation that led to the death.
“Her responsibility for the death is very great indeed, even though it was others that delivered the final fatal blows that led to Sofyen Belamouadden’s death.”
He said she and another pupil were “at the heart” of all the communication and “were in effect the focal point”.
Osoteku denied the allegations during the five-month trial.
She said she had not kicked Sofyen.
“I just went to see if he was OK and I nudged him with my foot to see if he was OK,” she wept.
“He didn’t move. I looked down and then I ran off. I panicked. I did not know what to do.”
She told the court that she had a terrible childhood, being taken into care with her sister when she was eight.
Osoteku becomes the fourth person convicted of manslaughter.
Adonis Akra, 18, Samuel Roberts, 19, and Femi Oderinwale, 18, were found guilty of manslaughter during earlier hearings.
Last May, Obi Nwokeh, 19, and Christopher Omoregrie, 18, were found guilty of murder, with Samson Odegbune, 18, convicted of murder in August.
A 17-year-old and 19-year-old have been convicted of conspiracy to cause grevious bodily harm.
Four youths have been sentenced for violent disorder. Three were cleared of all charges.
Four others are still to face trial on various charges.
By LORI T
Janet Jackson, Pink, Katy Perry, Fergie, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne -- the reported candidates for the two open judges' spots on Fox's "The X Factor" keep rolling in. But one of those artists apparently isn't interested: Jackson has taken herself out of the running.
The singer tells mmm360.blogspot.com that she's "very flattered that X Factor let me know that I was being considered for next season, but it just wouldn't be possible."
Jackson says previous commitments to her Number Ones Up Close and Personal Tour and Lionsgate (which produced her 2010 film, Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls) keep her from accepting a TV gig at this time.
Although the artist's reps tell the site that she never took any meetings to discuss joining X Factor, The Hollywood Reporter's sources said she was in very early talks about joining the show in mid-February. She also tiptoed around the idea when she appeared on Anderson Cooper's daytime show, Anderson, on Feb. 20.
During a press call last week, Simon Cowell said he would be taking meetings during the next few weeks with those who have expressed interest in the positions formerly held by Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. He also said that the series will replace Steve Jones with two hosts on Season 2 - a male and a female.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Gucci’s run is pretty much over. So, in an attempt to save himself, the ATL native is taking his talents to the Bay area’s network. He already dropped that god awful BAYTL abum with V-Nasty. He’s not finished. He’ll be dropping a compilation album of the same name. Shouts to Nav
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J. Cole is back home in Fayetteville to kick off his Dreamville Weekend. Jermaine won by getting his own day out there. However, when he wins, we all win as shown with a new record. Who doesn’t like a new J. Cole song? Home is where the heart is and his heart was definitely put into this track.
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Even after an entire mixtape of unreleased material, Mack Mizzle still has a lot of stuff in the stash. This particular freestyle was created circa 2008. If you know anything about Mack’s style, he tends to ramble on in his freestyles typically about nothing focused. It’s all fun and games with no pens or pads.
In case you haven’t noticed, Nick Cannon hasn’t exactly been the picture of health these past few months. First, he suffered from kidney failure following a family trip to Aspen, only to head back to the hospital a few weeks later for blood clots found in his lungs. Nick told 3m360, “The blood clot thing was probably the scariest because … I’ve known people who have passed away from that.” According to Nick, these health problems stem from a Lupus-like autoimmune disease. He has since stepped down for his morning radio show and says that he’s really just trying to take it easy. As he said, it’s “something I’m going to be living with all my life.” He does point out that “It’s a lot of stuff, but it’s all in order now.”Glad to hear it Nick. With two tiny babies in the house, it would be even more devastating if something were to happen. Plus, he and Mariah Carey are kind of a cute couple in a really bizarre way. But most importantly: “I feel blessed to be alive,” Nick said. “If it wasn’t discovered, I don’t know [what would have happened].”
Kanye West has been steadily juggling hats as music producer and fashion designer for most of 2012.
When he's not creating timeless hits for the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation, Ye's studying under high-end fashion designers like Giuseppe Zanotti. The two worked together on Kanye first women's shoe.
Parisian boutique Collete tweeted a snapshot of the heel to a thunderous reception from the fashion critiques. The shoe is reportedly selling for $5,800. While all the feedback wasn't positive, we know Mr. West won't stop here.
The Chicago native is set to debut his second Kanye West collection on March 6 during Fashion Week in Paris.
3m360 recently caught up with The-Dream to discuss his upcoming projects and one of the most controversial remixes of the year.After Terius admitted to recording a few new records with Jay-Z, the accomplished singer/songwriter refused to elaborate on the details but assured us a new project from Hov is on the way.3m360: The one joint that we do know about is [Rihanna's] "Birthday Cake (Remix)." Were you in the studio with Rihanna when she recorded the remix?
The-Dream: I sure was.
What was that experience like? Did she call you, did you call her?
Shot by SpiffTV, Rozay rides around in the caboose of a Maybach for his take on 2 Chainz’ addicting track. The visual closes out with a preview of his next video. Good grief, is Stalley playing hopscotch?
Obie Trice and VIBE.com present the world premiere of his latest single from Bottoms Ups. The Detroit spitta's album will be released on Apr. 3 through Black Market Entertainment and features the likes of Dr. Dre and Eminem. Take a listen to "Spend The Day" (feat. Drey Skonie) below
New Music: Obie Trice "Spend The Day" listen
Concertgoers at a Young Jeezy concert in Orlando over the weekend broke into a fight during which chairs, bottles and even a mic stand went flying in the air, causing the Snowman to exit the stage temporarily.
According to 3m360, dozens of fans took part in a violent brawl at BB Kings Blues Club on Sunday (February 26), which erupted when security asked attendees to move back from the stage. As the rowdy group argued with the security personnel, someone took things a step further by throwing a drink at the stage, eventually kicking off the physical fight.
Jeezy tried to calm the crowd down by speaking on the loudspeaker, but it was useless, so he exited the stage through the back until things died down. It is unclear at press time if anyone suffered any major injuries in the melee.
Sources close to Jeezy told 3m360 the rapper was "very upset" with the venue because he felt they should have done a better job controlling the crowd.
DMX has collaborated with an impressive list of female singers throughout his career including Mary J. Blige, Monica, Faith Evans and the late Aaliyah, the latter whom he crafted the track "Back in One Piece" with and starred alongside in the movieRomeo Must Die (2000).
If X has it his way, he'll be collaborating with a few more famous lady crooners soon, and at the top of his list are two very unlikely choices.
"Sade and Adele," X recently told mmm360.blogspotcom. When asked why, the Dog gave off-the-cuff responses."I love chubby girls," he said in reference to the ultra-talented Adele, who won six Grammys, including Album of the Year, in February.As for Sade: "I love her," he simply said.
This comes after Dark Man X said he was hoping to do a record with Alicia Keys in a separate interview with 3.m360last summer. It's certainly possible, considering that Keys is of course married to Swizz Beatz, a regular collaborator of X's throughout his career. Swizzy even joined X on stage during the Dog's first show back in New York City in years last Thursday (Feb. 23) at SOBs.
A few artists that DMX isn't likely to collaborate with anytime soon are Drake and Jay-Z. In an interview with The Breakfast Club on New York's Power 105.1 radio station last week, X expressed his distaste for both.
"I don't like anything about Drake," X said bluntly. "I don't like his ****** voice. I don't like none of the stuff he talks about. I don't like his face. I don't like the way he walks, like nothing. I don't like his haircut."
He also shared sentiments about how he feels like Hov screwed him over while President of Def Jam.
"How do [Jay-Z] listen to a whole album, pick a single, shoot a video then don't know," said DMX. "Okay, I see what's really good. You tryin' to eliminate the competition."
DMX's Undisputed, his first album in six years, is tentatively due in the second quarter, despite an original release date of March 27.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Rumor has it that Eddie Murphy and Toni Braxton are not only dating, but are getting very serious. US Weekly reports the 44-year-old singer and the 50-year-old actor, “are seeing each other and very into it.” They have been involved for about four months now.
While Toni’s rep insists “Toni and Eddie are just friends and have been fans of each other’s work for a long time.” A source tells the magazine, “Their kids have met and everything. It’s getting very serious.”
Eddie was spotted backstage at her Feb. 19 L.A. concert cheering her on.
Eddie has been divorced for years and Toni separated from husband Keri Lewis in 2009
After selling millions of records in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, Ja Rule eventually came under fire for singing in his songs - a style that had become a trademark of his sound. Calling in to Ear Candy Mornings from prison, the former Murder Inc. rapper spoke on artists like Drake and Kanye West using that style in their music, and how he supports it.
“I mean, I love it. I love to hear the melodies in the records. Music is music. I think people get that twisted. ‘Ah this is Hip Hop’ or ‘This is rock’ or ‘This is R&B.’ Hip Hop is the only form of music that can mess with all of those sounds and make for good music,” he said. “So when I hear it in the music, I smile. I love to hear it, I love to listen to Drake, I love Kanye - all of these artists who make good music, because that’s what it’s all about. It’s not about putting on a break beat and rhyming over it. That’s where it started, but things elevate, things change. I think I kind of was in that zone. I wouldn’t say I was ahead of my time, because I sold plenty of records doing that.”
Ja, who released his new album Pain is Love 2 yesterday, received backlash for singing in his songs after engaging in a heated beef with 50 Cent, who ridiculed him for using the style in his music. He hinted that Fif later adopted the same style, but noted that it never went away.
“I’ve got all the accolades for it, so I wouldn’t exactly say it was before anyone’s time. I think people enjoyed it and they loved it, and they’re still loving it. I just think it was a situation that I went through and people were led astray, led to believe that the style wasn’t the hot style or whatever. It’s funny, because it’s like someone told you pizza’s disgusting, pizza’s nasty, pizza’s wack. And then they went and sold pizza, and everybody bought it. It’s kind of that scenario, but I’m glad to hear it in the music.”
Soul singer Erykah Badu said Wednesday she holds no grudge against Malaysia's government for barring her from performing after a photograph of her body art offended some Muslims.
More than 1,500 people had bought tickets to watch the Grammy-winning American singer at a Kuala Lumpur auditorium Wednesday, but Malaysia's information minister announced on the eve of the concert that it could not proceed because a promotional photo of Badu with the Arabic word for Allah painted on her bare shoulders was "an insult to Islam."
"It's sad, because we traveled a long way," Badu told a news conference. "But I'm totally understanding of (the minister's) protection of the laws and its people. He doesn't want anything to happen. I'm good with that."
The photograph ignited criticism from some politicians and religious groups in Muslim-majority Malaysia after a newspaper published it Monday in a feature to promote Badu's show. The daily has since apologized for what it called an "oversight" that led to the photo's publication
Erykah issued a statement on her page to address the issue:
My favorite film maker is @alejodorowsky. He made a movie called The holy mountain in the 70s. 1 of his characters is called the painted lady ... She wore all symbols and names of God on her body. I posed as her in a photo shoot for New Am pt2. This idea embodies who we ALL are.. One ... This photo was chosen & edited by the promoters here in Malaysia. They were very responsible to the people and it'sMuslim beliefs ... One particular paper retrieved am unedited photo and printed it along with its article.. This is where the upset began ...The gov. Of Malaysia had to be responsible to its people's beliefs .. Even If it were just 1 or 2 complaints. I understand. It's an election year ... Keep in mind.
Malaysian Information Minister Rais Yatim said Tuesday that the controversy surrounding Badu's photo "could jeopardize national security and cause a negative impact to the government's image.
Last week, Lagos based Events Company -R28 Events officially announced plans to bring Bobby Brown and his former boy band to Nigeria. With the event just a week away, the question many fans and industry practitioners have been asking is “How did R28 Events get Bobby Brown to come to Nigeria at this time when many American artistes have developed a phobia for the country?”
“We have been in talks with Bobby Brown and BBD’s team since last year, we even went as far as bringing the team to come see what Nigeria has for them, and they sure had a nice time. All we are trying to do is bring the good old times back. We are promising an evening of good music, unbelievable fun and an opportunity to relive the good old times” Gbolahan Balogun spokesperson for R28 told news men in Lagos this week.
And as fans and music lovers gear up for the biggest indoor concert this year, the producers have confirmed the full set of Nigerian artistes who will join New Edition to deliver a world class event. Bonafide Nigerian stars Banky W, eLDee and Omawumi will deliver electrifying sets at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Friday March 9, 2011 while the combo of 2face, Duncan Mighty and Burna Boy will set the Port Harcourt Polo Club on fire on Sunday March 11, 2012.
“I am excited to go to Nigeria and I intend to give them a great performance, we are going to have fun in the motherland.” Bobby Brown says from his base in Boston last week.
Balogun says 39 members of New Edition’s talent, technical and management crew will leave their base in Boston on Tuesday March 6, 2012 to set up in readiness for New Edition’s arrival from LA on Thursday, March 8,.
New Edition will arrive Nigeria with an 11 man crew including sound engineers, backup singers, security personnel, publicists and managers. The entire crew of 50 will work together in Lagos and PH to give Nigerians a rare experience of the New Edition classics.
This is the first time New Edition will be performing in Nigeria, a country where they have millions of fans and followers.
It is also their first time performing on the African continent. We are told they are beyond excited about this trip; looking forward to connecting with African fans and talents – with a clear promise to give Nigerians ‘the concert of their lives’.
Bobby has been touring the world with his group New Edition since last year.
Lionsgate has done a masterful job of promoting the countdown until The Hunger Games premiere. Movie Fanatic participated in the 100-day countdown poster, then gave away tickets to the Los Angeles premiere with the 50-day countdown. And now, since there are only 24 days until Suzanne Collins’ story hits the big screen, the studio announced there will be 24 select advance screenings before the film’s official premiere of March 23.
The Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence
Here’s the news from Lionsgate with all the details on how to get into the most anticipated movie of 2012 early:
In celebration of another milestone in the countdown to the release of The Hunger Games with under 24 days until the film’s release mirroring the 24 tributes in the story, Lionsgate has announced 24 Advance Screenings brought to you by Nook by Barnes & Noble.
Fans can show their support for #HungerGames24 by visiting this site and tweeting a unique hashtag assigned to their closest city to unlock advance screening locations. Starting tomorrow, March 1, the top four cities with the most Twitter volume will be announced each day and fans will then be able to enter to win tickets to those locations.
In addition, Barnes & Noble is giving Nook fans in select cities the opportunity to gain exclusive access to see The Hunger Games before its official theatrical release. On March 10, while supplies last, the first customers to purchase any of Barnes & Noble’s award-winning Nook devices -- including Nook Tablet, Nook Color or Nook Simple Touch -- at select Barnes & Noble stores will receive two complimentary tickets to the official advance screening on March 21.
In the story, Tributes are sponsored based on their first impression at the opening ceremonies, training scores, impressions made in the interviews, performance in the arena, as well as a number of other factors. Donations from sponsors range from medicines to food to weapons and more. Because of this, Lionsgate brought on 12 District Sponsors to each host two of these advance screenings and offer 24 fans the chance to win a pair of tickets.
The digital campaign follows those for #HungerGames100, #HungerGames74, and #HungerGames50 which marked milestones in the campaign with similar interactive fan activities
Forget Brandy and Monica – our favorite new female power pair is Estelle and Janelle Monae. The quirky duo teamed up for “Do My Thing”, a righteous, boisterous Motown throwback off Estelle’s forthcoming album, All Of Me. Shake a tailfeather to these two fabulous ladies below.
Estelle feat. Janelle Monae – “Do My Thing”
lil wayne:Amen (cry out)
The life of a big-time celebrity doesn’t equal a care-free world. B.I.G. said it best with “mo money, mo problems”. It’s not just the money that brings forth problems. Your environment plays a good role, and this is something Lil Wayne always knew and displayed exceptionally well on certain records. “Amen (Cry Out)” was one of those memorable Wayne moments that still feels lost amongst the general public in the midst of the best rapper alive era.
Streetrunner laid some of the best production that we’ve heard Mr. Carter use. With “Amen”, there was this melancholy vibe to it the whole time. The soul sample really set the tone in the background. It was perfect for him to lay down this collection of thoughts that take him on a journey of sorrow and self-reflection.
Within the first eight bars, Wayne projected a bit of his childhood and threw in relevant perspective on how New Orleans and black communities are looked at. The first two bars is demonstrating the type of racial profiling he’s experienced by being targeted as a drug dealer for having a beeper. That’s not all as he states a line about “ghetto birds” (bitches) and the government treating them with disrespect despite all the evolving we’ve done as a society. “Livin’ like the videos write a treatment on us” is painting the picture of what the 9th ward really looked like. No cameras but the scene was like something out of a movie.
Throughout, he speaks about various people in his life that have passed away. Most notable would have to be Lil Derrick, nephew of Birdman, who was shot to death in 2006. Weezy opens up about how Derrick was still heavy in the streets. Earlier in the song, there’s a quick story about another friend, Lil Tiggas. Unlike Derrick, Wayne puts it out there about how Hurricane Katrina was responsible for his passing. The list goes on. One thing that he set out to do well was pay tribute to a lot of people in his life that passed.
When the obituary list is complete, there’s one man that Wayne displays hate for: the father he barely knew. “And all I know ‘bout my real pops is that he had money” is not that good of a memory for someone who should’ve been in your life more. Throwing some money his way would never be enough to make up for decades of absence. However, you can hear the passion in his tone when he calls his father a joke and how he turned out fine without his guidance.
“And haters at an all time high
Everybody gotta hate us like a fuckin iPod
Shit and they tried to burn my phantom up, but i got my gun license
I got my hammers up, im ready to shoot like a camera
Stay still mothafucka I’ma have to write my will this summer
Cause if they don’t kill me, I’ma kill this summer”
There’s an interesting notion with that whole section of lines toward haters. Keeping the central theme in the N.O., it’d make sense why the “haters” or community would hate iPods and go as far as want to shoot up Weezy’s Phantom. However, his gangsta is not to be tested in that situation with his guns locked and loaded on any potential issues. The last two lines are a prediction for the future, which appears once again in the last two lines of the entire song; Birdman Jr. declares himself the future of music.
3m360: You're a spokesman for Gillette now. How did that partnership come together?
Andre 3000: Gillette is getting into a space where guys are now, where guys are wearing more hair on their faces. If you watch the history of Gillette, they pretty much stayed on the path of the clean-shaven guy. This is the first time in their history, in like 110 years, that they've ever had guys in ads with hair on their faces. It's a changing of the times and it says a lot about Gillette; they're kind of moving with fashion.
3m360: I dig it. And you're resurrecting your clothing line, Benjamin Bixby?
Andre 3000: Yes! But it will just be named Bixby this time. It's going to be real exciting, I can't say too much about it, but I can say this year and next year there's going to be a lot of cool things coming from me fashion-wise. Bixby is one of them. Also musically, sound-wise, and fashion. You'll see a lot of releases.
3m360: So does that mean we can expect to hear the album we've all be waiting on?
Andre 3000: It depends on which album you're talking about.
3m360: A new 'Kast album!
Andre 3000: There's been a lot of talk on the Internet about an OutKast album and I have to say that as of now, there are no plans for another OutKast album. There's a lot of music on the horizon. I've been living off the excitement of new artists. I've been privileged to have these new artists kind of reach out and grab back and say, "Hey, Andre, we want you on this song." So I've been taking those calls and for the last two years, I've been doing collaborations. So these new artists have kind of been keeping me alive. I've just really been feeding off of that and this year I think I'm planning to do a solo project. I don't know when it will come out, but hopefully it'll come out this year. As far as OutKast, I really don't know if or when that will happen.
3m360: What's the new solo album going to be like?
Andre 3000: The only thing I can really say is I'm going to get back to having fun because that's what it was all about when I started this in high school—with OutKast—those were like high school dreams. I'm 36 now, so I have grown-man dreams. This album will just be me being myself as normal.
3m360: Random question: Drake quotes your song, "Spottieottiedopaliscious," and says, "Who else wants to fuck with Hollywood Cole." I've had heated debates with Atlanta natives who say it's "Hollywood Court" [a notoriously tough Atlanta project building.] Settle the debate once and for all!
Andre 3000: Holly Court. And it's funny because J. Cole sampled it [playing off of the word "Cole"]. When they asked for clearance, I told him and his team that I wasn't saying "Cole," that I was saying "Court," but they wanted to use it anyway. [laughs] So I was like, "Okay."
3m360: What do you think is the biggest misconception about you?
Andre 3000: I've never gotten that question. This biggest misconception... that it's easy for me, I guess, is the biggest misconception. People think you kind of ride on this wave, this non-human wave, and I think that's kind of wrong to put that on entertainers. But I think that's a big thing for me. People talk about Andre 3000, they talk about fashion, they talk about film, they talk about music, and it's almost like they put you in this place, but it's work. It's hard work just like anything else.
3m360: At this point in your career, after the sold out shows, movies, diamond-selling records, what keeps you inspired?
Andre 3000: Creating. Creating. But it's always been that. It's funny, I don't even consider myself a rapper, I don't consider myself a designer, or even an actor. I kind of got that opportunity through the opportunities I had before. I was acting before I started rapping. These things just came. I just like creating stuff and trying to make good work, whatever it is. I don't care if it's designing toothbrushes. It's just making cool stuff to leave behind, that's all it is, it's nothing more.
3m360: You're a perfectionist. Would you change anything about any of your songs?
Andre 3000: I couldn't. I really couldn't change anything. As an artist you can sit and tinker with stuff forever. You can add and take away but I think that's kind of the importance of having someone over you saying, "We need this, this is a deadline." Sometimes those oppositions or those who push and pull are needed because we'll just sit and tinker forever. There are actually songs on The Love Below that were not finished, but that's how they are, that's how it came out.
3m360: Like the last track, "A Life in the Day of Benjamin André (Incomplete)."
Andre 3000: Exactly! We were up like three days straight drinking Red Bull or whatever, finishing that album. I just knew I wanted to put that on there, but it wasn't done, but it was enough.
3m360: Expectations for your next album couldn't be higher. What are you most afraid of?
Andre 3000: The biggest fear is me thinking about it too much—and that's why I'm just trying to catch the energy just like I've done before. What you all have heard before, I was not thinking, I was just going on cruise control. I was just going at it like any artist. When you look at the Wayne, when you look at the Kanye... I can tell when an artist is in the zone because they're not thinking and that's when you're at your best. So I'm just hoping, at this point, I don't let my history get in front of my future. You know what I mean?
Andre 3000: There’s been a lot of talk on the Internet about an OutKast album and I have to say that as of now, there are no plans for another OutKast album. There’s a lot of music on the horizon. I’ve been living off the excitement of new artists. I’ve been privileged to have these new artists kind of reach out and grab back and say, “Hey, Andre, we want you on this song.” So I’ve been taking those calls and for the last two years, I’ve been doing collaborations. So these new artists have kind of been keeping me alive. I’ve just really been feeding off of that and this year I think I’m planning to do a solo project. I don’t know when it will come out, but hopefully it’ll come out this year. As far as OutKast, I really don’t know if or when that will happen.
3m360: What’s the new solo album going to be like?
Andre 3000: The only thing I can really say is I’m going to get back to having fun because that’s what it was all about when I started this in high school—with OutKast—those were like high school dreams. I’m 36 now, so I have grown-man dreams. This album will just be me being myself as normal
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE KOKO MASTER ABOUT HIS NEW PATNERSIP WITH GOOD MUSIC :D’banj – ‘Why Kanye West Likes Me’
BY DR LORI
curled from THE NET
African pop star D’banj’s February 19 performance at the New York City’s Irving Plaza has kept on receiving rave reviews from local and more international media.
As The Entertainer marked his formal US debut , MTV Iggy caught up with the Mo’Hits act as he talked about working with his G.O.O.D Music record label boss Kanye West, why he feels he’s already broken out and how he feels bringing Nigerian music to a more global audience.
How does it feel to be bringing Nigerian music to a more global audience?
With the reception I’ve gotten, I’d like to say, not like I was nervous, I just hoped and prayed that people would come with an open mind, that they can listen. And I saw that today, they came with their hearts, they came with their minds. I’m only grateful to God that that’s the beginning. Seeing this, I’m now eager to move around and continue the gospel.
What is your next step toward world domination?
To go on the road. America, for one. Even with this crowd, they’ve already shown us that there is massive audience for me here. I thought I was in New York City, but I’m seeing New Jersey, I’m seeing Maryland, I’m seeing Houston. I already have bookings in Houston. It’s just a big privilege and I’m so humbled. I can’t wait to just gladly take the music there to touch them.
A lot of American artists and rappers are working specifically with Nigerian musicians.
What do you think it is that attracts them to that scene?
I think it’s not just now, and it’s not just about one or two things. First, I give a lot of thanks to a lot of people who have come before me. For one, I would say it’s not just even rappers. If you look at what happened here in New York for the last twenty four months, with Fela Anikulapo Kuti on Broadway [the musical FELA!]. I was fortunate to be at Radio City Music Hall during the Tony Awards. It was nominated for eleven awards.
Also, it’s our culture, It’s what we’re preaching, the music, for one, as you know, the sound. It’s not like I want to blow our trumpet, but I always say we came up and we already have sounds and melody and now we’re seeing the aggression.
If you had to describe the difference between performing in Lagos versus anywhere else in the world, what would you say?
Wow. With today, I wouldn’t say it’s any different. Today my people showed me here, people appreciate good music. Good music is universal.
Is there something in Lagos that sets the scene apart?
It’s very real. It’s very real and very original. You know, people are asking me if I’m going to change and I say, ‘What Kanye likes about me is that I’m very original’. Even the way I call my name: ‘I’m D’Banj!” And I don’t want to change that.
That’s what we all have in Africa. You know that we’re blessed with a lot of natural resources. We’re blessed with things like oil, and also we have talents. They say we’re a developing continent. Well, we have been developing. Now, we are developed.
You are already recording with Kanye West.
What is it like being in the studio with him?
I came with a mind-set to learn. Also, to show my culture, but more importantly to learn. In the studio the chemistry was great. You know, music is universal. I’ve been in the studio with people who don’t speak English, but, at the end of the day, I love melody. I’ve gained a lot from him, that’s the main reason I’m here.
Do you have a place here in New York?
I do, but I’m not a New York fan. The weather is a bit crazy. I like ATL, it reminds me of Africa. Anytime I stop by the ATL, I like it. The roads are wider and I love the weather. Miami too.
Who is going to be the video for ‘Oliver Twist?’ I heard there would be some cameos.
A lot of cameos. I’ll give you a hint: my new family members.
How did you choose the harmonica as your instrument?
Oh, I didn’t choose the harmonica. My late brother chose the harmonica.
And you play it because of him? Did he teach you?
No, no one taught me. Later, when I studied it, I learned that it’s such a spiritual instrument.
Coming from even way back, from the era of the slave trade. It was one of the very rare instruments that Africans, now African-Americans could play. It was one of the few things that they could do, people that were stuck over here. But even for people that were not African-Americans, it stood for something that was more natural. Like, if you listen to country music a lot of them play the mouth organ and the harmonica.
Are you going to be doing something really different on the new album?
I really don’t know. I’m exploring. I’m going to be doing rock now. I’m doing a rock song! Don’t you believe I can rock?
Tell me about Kokomobile. You have a branded cell phone on the market in Nigeria?
Yes, I do. Well, my brand is called ‘Koko’. It comes from the song on my first album. And people say, ‘Well, what is the koko?’ The Koko is whatever you do to derive pleasure. It is the bone of contention. So, people started calling me the Koko Master. Today, no one knows its specific definition.
But now I have the Koko Lounge, my club in Lagos, Nigeria. And I have Koko Garri, my breakfast cereal.
What will it take to bring Nigerian music to a mainstream audience in the US?
I think it’s already happening. It’s happened. I walked around; I saw the pictures of the people that have performed here [at Irving Plaza], The Beastie Boys, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, on the same stage. So, it’s already started.
The thing I love about Americans is they’re open to good music. If it sounds good to them and it looks good, they’ll buy it.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
I like Rihanna
It doesn't seem so, but 39-year-old Gregory Paul Nesbitt was found shot dead outside the rapper's Miami home early Wednesday morning. His body was located just inside the gate on the front lawn, and his car was nearby.
Ross lives elsewhere, using the home as a combo guest house and recording studio. Investigators say he wasn't present at the time of the shooting.
Still, they want to speak to him, according to the Miami New Times. He's not a suspect, but he could have information on who should be considered one.
Police will likely contact Rick Ross about the murder through his attorneys, as it's almost never a good idea to openly speak to law enforcement about a crime committed at your home unless you are the victim. They'll likely want to know if he knew Nesbitt, and if he can identify a vehicle one witness claims was seen driving away from the scene.
Investigators are also likely to be interested to know if Nesbitt has any connection to Ross' less than legal activities. He's been arrested on gun, assault and marijuana charges, and once claimed to be affiliated with Carol City Cartel and other local gang members.
It's incredibly suspicious when someone is murdered at the home of someone with a known criminal past.
We'll likely know more in a few days about just what Nesbitt was doing at the home of Rick Ross. Murder investigations take some time, so there will be no instant results.Ross was not present during the shooting and is not considered a suspect, but investigators want to talk to him anyway since the murder happened on his property. Let’s hope the Teflon Don has nothing to do with this unfortunate incident
The 2012 edition of the annual Ghana Music Awards will hold on April 14, 2012 and organizers have released the list for this year’s nominees.
The unveiling was done Wednesday February 29, 2012 at studios of GH One Entertainment Television and was witnessed by members of the media, VGMA Academy and Board members and organizers of the event.
The ‘African Artiste of the Year’ category is highly dominated by Nigerian acts with Naeto C, Duncan Mighty, Ice Prince, D’banj, Wizkid received nods. Cabo Snoop is the other contender in the category who is non-Nigerian.
Out of a total of 30 categories, 23 were announced; Organizers say the seven other categories are ‘honorary and technical’ and have promised to announced winners of those categories at the main awards night on April 14, 2012 in the Dome at the Accra International Conference Centre.
ARTISTE(S) OF THE YEAR
HIPLIFE/HIPHOP ARTISTE (S) OF THE YEAR
HIGHLIFE ARTISTE (S) OF THE YEAR
GOSPEL ARTISTE (S) OF THE YEAR
DSP Kofi Sarpong
BEST NEW ARTISTE (S) OF THE YEAR
BEST COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Trigmatic/Racquel – Aageii
Fuse ODG/Tiffany – Azonto
Racquel/Sarkodie – Sweetieo
Eduwordzi/Stay Jay – Yenko Nkoa
Okyeame Kwame/Bertha – Faithful
Sarkodie/Efya – I’m In Love With You
Sarkodie/EL – You go kill me
AFRICAN ARTISTE (S) OF THE YEAR (NON-GHANAIAN)
HIPLIFE SONG OF THE YEAR
Stay Jay – Shashee Wowo
Eduwordzi – Yenko Nkoa
Okyeame Kwame – Faithful
Buk Bak – Kolon
D-Cryme – Kill Me Shy
HIGHLIFE SONG OF THE YEAR
George Darko – Lucky Star
Lucky Mensah – Nkratour
Kwabena Maphia – I Go Pay
Daddy Lumba – Ko Hye Po
Kwabena Kwabena – Be Gye Me
KK Fosu – Akoma
MOST POPULAR SONG OF THE YEAR
4×4 – Yesi Yesii
Stay Jay – Shashee Wowo
Selina Boateng – Me Nku Me Ho
D-Cryme – Kill Me Shy
Sarkodie – U go Kill Me
Zigi – You Say Wetin
Atumpan – The Thing
Okyeame Kwame – Faithful
AFRO-POP SONG OF THE YEAR
Ruff N Smooth – Beautiful
Becca – African Woman
Fuse ODG – Azonto
Zigi – You Say Wetin
Atumpan – The Thing
Racquel – Sweetieo
Chase – Tell Me Your Name
HIPHOP SONG OF THE YEAR
Bra Kevin – Three Headed Beast
D-Black – My Kind Of Girl
Sarkodie – I’m In Love With You
Edem – Too Much
Guru – Mmaakuo
Kwaw Kese – Poppin
GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR
Lady Prempeh – Nsantaban
Gifty Osei – Fefeefe
Philipa Baafi – Dea Eba Wosem Afeyi
Jake Alolome – Tomorrow By This Time
DSP Kofi Sarpong – African Borborbo
Bernice Ansah – Final Say
REGGAE SONG OF THE YEAR
Blakk Rasta – Miss Right
Sonni Balli – All They See
Edem – Ghetto Arise
Kesse – Oh Yes
Stonebwoy – Climax
Jupiter/Trigmatic – Uptown Downtown
GROUP OF THE YEAR
Ruff N Smooth
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sarkodie – Rapperholic
Kwaw Kese – Untold Stories
4×4 – Waist and Power
Stay Jay – Repetition
Trigmatic – Solutions
Selina Boateng – Menku Meho
BEST MALE VOCAL ARTISTE
Kesse – Oh Yes
Fritz – Me Do wo
KK Fosu – Akoma
Kwasey Pee – Shwe Ahenie
Chemphe – Number One
Kwame Adinkra- Abena Dansoaa
BEST FEMALE VOCAL ARTISTE
Efya – I’m In Love With You
Racquel – Odo
Bertha – Faithful
Becca – African Woman
Irene Logan – Light and Darkness
Diana Antwi Hamilton – Eye Wo Ara
BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Becca- African Woman (Davis Media Group)
4X4- Yesi Yesii (Phamous People)
D-Black- My Kind of Girl (Jonathan Olamide/Desmond Blackmore)
Mensah- No One Knows (Sam A. Kessie)
Bra Kevin-3 Headed Beast (Nana Asihene)
Sherifa Gunu- Mrantie (Phamous Films Production)
Okyeame Kwame- Faithful (Ohene Media)
BEST RAPPER OF THE YEAR
Manifest – Ghana Must Go
Sarkodie – U go Kill Me
Okyeame Kwame – Faithful
Edem – Legacy
Trigmatic – Light and Darkness
EL – Obuumo
SONG-WRITER OF THE YEAR
Okyeame Kwame (Faithful)
D-Cryme (Kill Me Shy)
Mensah (Fante Love Song)
Sarkodie/Efya (An in Love With You)
Kiki Banson (African Woman performed by Becca)
Trigmatic (Light and darkness)
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Okyeame Kwame – Faithful
Jayso/Adina – Music
Mensa – Fante Love Song
Trigmatic/ Irene Logan – Light and Darkness
Sarkodie – I’m In Love With You
Kwame Adinkra – Akua Dansoa
Yaa Pono – Goodmorning
GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Philip Baafi – Dea Eba Wosem Afeyi
Selina Boateng – Me Nku Me Ho
Bernice Ansah – Gbenze Gbenze
Lady Prempeh – Ne Ntaban
Asukufou – Chapter One
Gifty Osei – Fefeefe
By Lori Tosan
Last week I stumbled on a very intestine personality in Abuja, a young vibrant rapper, versatile with the flows, pragmatic with the word play
So who is Fresh Lad?
First of all i have to start by saying my name, which is Adegbe George.
But my stagename, which is also my nick name is Freshlad Shinobi. I am
currently a student of Mechanical Engineering in Ahmadu Bello
University, Zaria. I was born on 15th April, 1992. I am the second
child in an Idoma family of 8 children.
How did your music career start?
I've always loved music,
especially Rap music, since i was at least 6 years old. I used to rap a lot of Ja Rule songs then. I was a big fan. Then i fell in love with
50 Cent and he was a big inspiration to me. Unlike most artistes, I never sang in my church choir but i was in a clique in my junior
secondary school and we used to go around to parties and we'ld sing and
mime to other people's songs. I knew a lot of rap songs in my head but
it wasnt till i was 12 years old that i wrote my first rap song. Even
though it was gospel and a little childish(the song i mean), people
loved it in my neighbourhood and in my school. It was from then on that
i decided to pick up a career in music as a professional rapper. Since
Do u have your own songs?
i have written not less than 100 songs. There's been no stopping me. Writing songs come to me as easy as breathing. I've been going to
music studios with other musician friends of mine, but i hadnt recorded
my own song till 2 years ago. My first ever song to be recorded in a
music studio was Hot Profile. It was recorded mixed and mastered by
Modexty of Rough Icons Studio, Lagos. Since then, i've recorded 8
songs. Most of them, with the instrumental of other songs, which I liked. i'm just doing that to prove to the populace that i could i
could actually do better than the original owner, with that
instrumental. And most people that have listened to my mixtapes
Why do u like doing mixtapes?
actually like mine than the original songs. I am a spontaneous person always eager to bust a rhyme, spit verses on any 16 bars, but still I've done a few
collaborations with some friends in my neighbourhood and i've also
performed in some parties, events and shows. Though the events aren't the big and publicised types. I have due respect for every rapper inhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
Nigeria. But i believe that they are not good enough. I believe thathttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
with my style of rap and the way my rhymes are being coordinated
What are your projections for the future?
I WOULD be the next big thing in the music industry, if given the
platform to exhibit my talent, I am not signed to any label yet but I am open to do business with any body who want to do business u can reach me on these numbers 08163725080, reverbnation/freshlad
listen to my songs
freshlad : headlines
freshlad; my way
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Baby's ambition is clear: the flamboyant Cash Money CEO wants to release 16 albums under the YMCMB umbrella within the first six months of this year.
After recently explaining to mmm360.blogspot.com how the deal with Fred Durst's 1990s rock-rap band, Limp Bizkit, came about, Birdman tells XXLMag.com there are still other acts from genres other than rap that he and Slim are interested in scooping up to further expand the roster.
"I think bringing Fred and Limp Bizkit to the team gives us a different look," Birdman says. "We dominate rap, but we're also trying to grow in different areas; Pop, rock, gospel, country."
Of course, Cash Money will always be hip-hop heavy with headlining acts such as Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake, but Baby wants to dominate in other areas as well.
"We're a brand and we don't want to be categorized as one type of brand," Stunna continued. "I think we're a machine and we activate and were active as a machine. I thought this Limp Bizkit move would be big for us as a brand and a machine."
Birdman revealed to XXLMag.com that Limp's first single will feature Lil Wayne and comes out next week.
Already, there's a rash of artists under the YMCMB umbrella with music on the way. Bow Wow's, Underrated, LP and Lil Twist's, Don't Get It Twisted drop a week apart on March 13 and March 20, respectively, while Nicki Minaj's, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is slated for April 3. New albums from Busta Rhymes and Mystikal--also new YMCMB signees--have summer release dates as well.
It looks like Eminem's dirty Detroit dozen is yet again without a founding member.
Rapper Bizarre told HipHopDX in a recent interview that he is no longer a member of the platinum-selling group D12. Behind Slim Shady himself, Bizarre was the second biggest character of the group and held nothing back in his rhymes.
"Yeah, I'm not in D12 no more," he shared. "We just had creative differences and decided to go our separate ways - well I decided to go my separate way.
"And nah, I'm not in Odd Future," he clarified."I got my own crew called The Weirdo Movement."
Bizarre was asked if the recent singing of Slaughterhouse at Shady had an effect on D12 and his decision to leave/ "I don't think it had no real effect," he explained. "Slaughterhouse is doing they thing - shout out to them. Me and my man actually just did some production work on their album... and I can't wait to hear this album they about to put out."
Shady made sure he gave his crew their due when he got on and D12 released Devil's Night (2001) and D12 World (2004). The group experienced success but with the loss of founding member and Eminem's childhood friend, Proof, in early 2006 the future of the group has been in question.
Bizarre is prepping the release of his free album,This Guy's A Weirdo, on March 30, which will feature Royce Da 5"9' and his "Weirdo Movement" sound. He also hopes to get in the studio with Nicki Minaj who he has been stalking on Twitter and recently got a tattoo of on his arm. --Nicholas Sella @NickSella
Just hours after his WZRD album with producer Dot da Genius dropped today (February 28th), Kid Cudi took to Twitterto express his appreciation for his supporters and to apologize on behalf of his "weak *** major label," Universal Republic, for not shipping what he deemed to be sufficient copies of the album to stores.
"I just wanna say Thank You from the bottom of my heart to everyone who is supporting WZRD," Cudder posted. "Words cant express how i feel right now. I mean like seriously who has better fans than me???? So ******* open minded and smart. Just like me. Making jams for kids like me...Man im so happy today! Nothing can steal my joy right now."
But 30minutes later, presumably following a plethora of complaints regarding WZRD being unavailable in stores, Mescudi began bashing his label with a string of spiteful tweets.
"Ok so just a heads up, my weak *** label only shipped 55k physicals cuz they treated this like some indie side project tax right off.," he wrote. "So i apologize on behalf of my weak *** major label. And I apologize for the lack of promo, again, my weak *** major label."
The artist continued displaying his dissatisfaction by stating: "They tried to rush me thru this so i can just give em another MOTM, but guess what? **** that, next album is WZRD. MOTM3 on hold til 2014."
Mr. Rager didn't stop there. "So its def gonna be tough to find one in the stores guys, I'm sorry about that," he wrote. "I gotta go out and find one too, becuz my weak *** label never even gave us a copy of our own album. FAIL!!!
"Im lettin Universal Republic have it, **** it," he added. "What they gon' do, spank me?? hahahaha... AND Teleport 2 Me, Jamie aint on the radio!!!! like helloooooooooo????? HIT HIT HIT!!!."
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson ** is on the witness list for the upcoming Chicago trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in 2008, according to court documents.
But prosecutors haven't yet disclosed whether Hudson will actually testify at the April 9 trial of William Balfour, who was the estranged husband of Hudson's sister, Julia.
Hudson told investigators that she talked to her mother in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood every day and knew something was wrong when she hadn't heard from her by late in the morning of Oct. 24, 2008, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Several hours later, Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother, Jason Hudson, 29, were found shot to death in the family's home. The body of her nephew Julian King, who was Julia Hudson's child from a previous relationship, was found days later in a vehicle several miles away. Police recovered a gun from bushes near the vehicle and have linked it to the shootings.
Hudson told investigators she'd known Balfour since childhood and had advised her sister against marrying him. She said the family didn't find out about their
By Dr LORI
Sure, Celine Dion **'s heart will go on, but as of now, her voice cannot. The pop singer has announced the cancellation of 10 shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas through March 18, due to weakness in her right vocal chord.
According to a press release, Dion experienced difficulty while performing at her Vegas last week, and headed to Los Angeles for an examination at the UCLA Medical Center. A doctor advised the singer to rest her voice for six to eight weeks, and Dion is obliging.
"I tried to sing at my sound-check last week, and I had no control of my voice whatsoever," says Dion, who began her three-year residency at Caesars last March. "We thought that after a few days rest I would improve but it wasn't getting any better...I guess it was worse than I thought."
Dion will return to The Colosseum for a planned run from June 9 to Aug. 19. Tickets for the cancelled performances will be refunded.
A 22 year old man (names withheld) has been arrested by the police in Nasarawa State for alleged murder of a girl, Ador Terngwu, at the State House Hotel, situated along Alamikwandere Road area of the state.
Confirming the arrest, the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), ASP Cornelius Ocholi, told Gamji in Lafia that the suspect allegedly stabbed the girl on Sunday following her refusal to allow the man to go for another round of sex with her, having failed to pay the deceased for the first round he had with her.
The PPRO also confirmed that the suspect and the deceased had gone to the hotel at about 9.00pm and in the wake of a verbal disagreement on matters relating to sex, the man allegedly deceased on the deceased, killing her with a knife.
According to the PPRO, investigations revealed that the two have been dating each other and they have been quarreling persistently for about three weeks when the deceased resolved to put a stop to the relationship
Popular actor from the 80s tv show, The New Masquerade, James Iroha passed on today at the age of 70. There is no word on how he passed but Segun Arinze, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria made the announcement today.
Not long ago, he was in the news after granting an interview to the Saturday Sun.
May his soul rest in peace.