October 2007


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Thanks to my girl Donna M, for the pic.

Coming soon….

UPDATE: Miss Info Exclusive Interview With Killa Cam

Turns out Killa’s not crazy, he just likes his Curb Your Enthusiasm : )

(this isn’t the exact clip I was looking for, but its from the right episode.)

So here’s a preview for Beanie Sigel’s upcoming web series. Looks like my boy Rik is directing, so that’s a good sign.

Now honestly, this clip gives up very little. But its still breaking news to me…
Why?

Four words….

Mack Mittens Plays Piano?!?!?

Jimmy and my girl Angie discussed the mixtape he told me about, and 50 cent…

(props to Nema)

And…

Eskay has another Cam’ron song off Public Enemy #1, “Just Us”

Here is Jha Jha’s version of the song, “Lights Go Out.” Recorded at Bob Perry Studio (Bob Perry is the A&R of Koch Records) in March.

And here is Foxy Brown’s new song, “When the Lights Go Out,” which Jha Jha heard from an email blast that went out last week….Also recorded by Bob Perry.

What a coink-i-dink. Well apparently, this Bob Perry fellow just gave Foxy Jha Jha’s song and they pretty much copied it to a tee….well, with a few more na-na’s thrown in.

Ok, ok. Alot more na-na’s…..

Fine. Like a million more na-na’s!

But the point is…that’s not good business.

Which reminds me of another really interesting post I read on the Scratch Magazine blog via XXLMag…..

Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri’s “Fallin'” vs. Ski Beats’ “Ballin'”….

humpf, that’s weird.

Not loving today, got some sad family news. But honestly, watching this made me feel better. Maybe just brings me back to a good place….I vaguely remember a Nas Illmatic EPK back in the day, not sure if it played on TV. Maybe on Video Music Box? But props to Madwriter (HHNLive) for dusting the years off this clip.

Jim Jones says he’s dropping a free album on Nov. 6th.

Yes, that’s one day before Cam drops his free album on Nov. 7th.

BUT…

According to Jim Jones, this is not about Cam. Jimmy is dropping “Harlem’s American Gangsta” in reaction to Hov’s “American Gangster” album.

He says he cooked up the mixtape-style album in six days, it features new Juelz Santana material, and, just to keep things extra contrary….it’s hosted by Dame Dash.

Jimmy seemed to takes issue with Hov’s Frank Lucas-inspired street-centered drug-rap renaissance. But added in that another motivation for him was— just as he got in on the action during 50 Cent vs Kanye—“Harlem’s American Gangsta” is Jim’s way of getting a piece of the current Mr. Untouchable vs American Gangster attention. (he was quick to add, “Nicky Barnes and Frank Lucas was both snitches so neither one of them were real American Gangsters to me.”)

Interestingly, most people probably expect Jim Jones to be gearing up for some harsh words on Cam’ron’s Public Enemy #1 mixtape. But when I asked him about it, he seemed very unworried and said repeatedly that he was “in a good space.” Jimmy even shouted out “Killa,” and added, “Dipset for life.”

Progress?

RECAP: Today Freeway sat down with me and the MissInfoTV to discuss the controversy surrounding his “It’s Over” song, etc….

He was very forthcoming about his side of the events that led him to vent on the record. He talked about how exactly he reached out to his two favorite producers, Kanye and Just, and why he felt disappointed. Check it out and let me know if you think he was fair, or if you think it should have been handled differently….

Click here to watch a highlight of the interview from today’s live webcast (and don’t mind my bad hair day, lol)

(As for future webcasts, feel free to join the live chat, you just have to sign into your xanga account, or sign up for one. And if you want to highlight a portion of the chat so others can watch it later, please do. Some folks wont be able to watch it live because of work or school, so pay it forward )

Big up to Yvette at Def Jam : )

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(pic spotted at nymag)

[NOTE: before I help perpetuate the exciting aura of these two druglords, I recognize that they were both some basically despicable beings, who used violence and crime to make fortunes, and who were responsible for murders. So, while, I think their stories make for great movies/music, I need to remind myself that, unlike Hov's new album, and Denzel's new flick....these guys were real. Real f'ed up. Which is also why I get a little weirded out by ad libs like "Luk-ee Ba-bee!" But whatever...]

There’s a very interesting story in NY Magazine this week, they managed to get Frank Lucas and Nicky Barnes on the phone together.

Turns out, when Cam’ron talked to 60 Minutes about snitching…guess who was watching? Nicky Barnes!!

Nicky says:

“I testified against the guys who were in the Council along with me… Guy Fisher, Frank James, Wally, Coco, Kenny… When I went into the joint, I gave Guy Fisher a woman of mine and told him to look out for her, take care of her. I didn’t expect him to start fucking her.”

But Nicky then says:

“When I realized they left me on the battlefield to die, I said, “Fuck it!” … I said, “I’ll pull those motherfuckers in, let them see what it’s like.”… I don’t regret it. I saw this show on CNN, with Anderson Cooper. Cats were talking about “Don’t snitch, no matter what happens.” Well, I can’t see how a guy can be considered strong if he lets a bunch of assholes walk all over him and he doesn’t respond, just because of some code that a bunch of idiots have cooked up. Anderson Cooper asked this rapper, “Suppose a child was molested and you knew who this molester was. Would you tell the police?” He said, “No.” So that’s what I’m sayin’—the street guidelines are just moron bullshit.

Just imagine this cold-blooded druglord sitting in his manufactured witness-protection haven, watching Cam on tv. That’s so crazy to me!

Another head crack comes when the writer asks how they feel about being idolized in hip hop songs…

Frank Lucas says:

“Call them songs? When I came along, we had singing. They might make up songs about me, but I don’t have to like them…I don’t know none of them. I know Puffy Combs, because of his father. (Nicky Barnes: “Oh, Melvin! Melvin Combs.”) Melvin used to be at my house a couple of times a week. I’m proud to see Melvin’s son like that.”

What a small world?!?

The whole interview is fascinating, and even though I think they’re proud of their mythology, especially the two movies about their lives, Frank Lucas and Nicky Barnes are smart enough to at least appear sorry…

Nicky Barnes: “No one should be elevated because of what they did in the drug business. The way we operated—there was a lot of violence, like, ten to twelve homicides, to keep the whole operation running. You can’t glorify that. It’s not something Frank or I would tell any of our children to get into.”

Frank Lucas: “Absolutely right, Nick.”

well…not that “talk.” A different but equally relevant one.

Nas tells Rolling Stone, that his “N—-r” album is…

“…like talking to your child about sex. It’s hard, but it’s important. It’s probably going to make people uncomfortable.”

But its a conversation that Nas feels is crucial right now, especially what with nooses being the new swastikas on the street and all. (triple sigh)

“It’s the new act of hate, and probably because of Barack Obama, people’s ignorance and fear and jealousy is creating an outrage throughout the country, and people are reacting by putting nooses up. It’s been a really serious year.”

I appreciate the fact that Nas is still 90% artist and only 10% businessman. Maybe even less than 10%.

Nas says: “I don’t expect a lot of people to sell a record called Nigger. Hopefully, people can open their minds up and lose some of their fear and deal with it. It’s just an album.

Well not to Hakeem Jeffries. The Brooklyn councilman wants the city to take back its investment in Universal Records unless they force Nas to change his album title. Hakeem says: “It is time for Nas and other hip-hop artists to clean up their act and stop flooding the airwaves with the N-word.”

Flooding the airwaves? Umm…He must be paying for that satellite shit.

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