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Best Of Voodoo 2009 Airing On Fuse On Friday, November 6th

November 4, 2009

Fuse was in NOLA this past weekend covering all the Voodoo Experience action and performances, and the Best of Voodoo 2009 is set to air on Fuse this Friday, November 6th at 10pm ET.

Even better, Fuse just announced that Eminem and Lenny Kravitz performances have been added to the schedule for Friday’s Special TV Concert event! To hold you over until then, Fuse has posted tons of pictures, videos, and interviews from this year’s Voodoo Experience festival. Check out Eminem, The Flaming Lips, Lenny Kravitz, Kiss, and loads more at
Additional Fuse Voodoo 2009 Assets:

Twt-a-Voo: Your one-stop Voodoo Twitter spot! Find, filter, and interact with thousands of tweets from the musical acts that played this year’s fest! Twitter and Facebook connect enabled:
Exclusive Countdown to Voodoo Widget (add it to your page or site):

Fuse Fest: Voodoo 2009 Promo Spot:

J.VIEWZ Takes Jazz to New Heights- Playing The Blue Note Jazz Club, November 6th

October 29, 2009

(Photo credit: Noa Magger)

J.VIEWZ Takes Jazz to New Heights
Award-winning electronica-jazz project hits Blue Note Jazz Club, Nov. 6, 2009

New York, NY – Israeli producer Jonathan Dagan’s award winning electronica project J.Viewz will perform a late set at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City next month. The live outfit
of J.Viewz, featuring lead vocalist Noa Lembersky & MC Urijah, has a unique combination of vocals, electronic beats, live drums and turntables, flowing from Breakbeat to Jazz, Electro and Reggae. They take the stage at 12:30am on Friday, November 6, 2009.

Based in Brooklyn, J.Viewz is a multi-genre, multi-media music project with revolving band members. Electronic-music producer Jonathan Dagan (from Tel Aviv, Israel) first formed the group in 2002, and has since produced two albums under J.Viewz: Muse Breaks (2005) and The Besides EP (2008). The project’s first single “Your Country” off Muse Breaks entered several music charts abroad (including DJ Mag’s hype chart, the Ministry of Sound’s radio chart and the DMC UPDATE Chart) and hit several international radio stations, including Kiss 100 FM, Ministry of Sound radio, and Radio One.

The current J.Viewz single is off The Besides EP and is a surprising jazz cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” (Please see the video at The single was included on the playlists for U105 (Ireland) and KISS FM (UK) and was an A-List song on Jazz FM (UK). It also earned a coveted spot on the recent cover compilation by the Tru Thoughts label (Tru Thoughts Covers). Impose Magazine calls the J.Viewz cover “the show stopper of the bunch,” and says “this cathartic version is as original and memorable as the performer who left us far too soon.”

J.Viewz Live (the “live” division of the project) currently includes the following five musicians:
Jonathan Dagan, production/computers/turntables
Noa Lembersky, vocals
Urijah, vocals & guitar
Eran Asias, drums
Daniel Koren, keys

J.Viewz LIVE
Friday, November 6th, 2009 @ 12:30 am
Blue Note Jazz Club
131 W. 3rd St
New York, NY 10012

Charges Against Kanye West Dropped

October 27, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

Charges filed against Kanye and his bodyguard Don Crowley for a fight with photographers at LAX last September was dropped, but Kanye and Don will have to complete 50 hours of community service.

Kanye and his bodyguard were facing misdemeanor charges after the two struggled with photographers in which camera equipment was broken and a photographer was injured.

Since the incident, Kanye settled with photographer, paying for the damaged equipment and injuries suffered. Kanye also attended 12 hours of anger management.

Lil Wayne Pleads Guilty To Attempted Weapon Possession & Other Legal Troubles

October 22, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

Lil Wayne pled guilty to attempted weapon possession in New York. Lil Wayne was arrested on July 22, 2007 in New York after his tour bus was pulled over by police when they smelled pot. According to the report, when an officer approached the bus, Lil Wayne tossed a bag with the gun inside. Lil Wayne is expected to get 1 year behind bars.

Lil Wayne is still facing a felony drug possession and weapons charge in Arizona after police found 105 grams of marijuana, 29 grams of cocaine, 41 grams of ecstasy and a handgun on his tour bus back in 2008. Lil Wayne has pled not guilty to all the charges. The trial is expected to start March 2010.

KRS ONE Presents "The Gospel of Hip Hop: The First Instrument"

October 21, 2009

Legendary Emcee and Activist Launches the First Book In I AM HOP HOP Series

(New York, NY) KRS ONE’s The Gospel of Hip Hop: The First Instrument – the first book from the I Am Hop Hop/powerHouse Books imprint – is set for a November release.

The philosophical masterwork of KRS ONE, The Gospel of Hip Hop: First Instrument is set in the format of a self-help book. The 800-plus-page opus is a spiritual manual for citizens of Hip Hop Kulture that combines classic philosophy with faith and practical knowledge for a fascinating, in-depth exploration of Hip Hop as a life path. Known as “the Teacha,” KRS-One developed his unique outlook as a homeless teen in Bronx, NY engaging his philosophy of self-creation to become one of the most respected emcees in Hip Hop history. As Hip Hop’s true steward, KRS ONE painstakingly details the development of the culture and the ways in which we, as “Hiphoppas,” can and should preserve its future.

The Teacha also discusses the origination of Hip Hop Kulture and relays specific instances in history wherein one can discover the same spirit and ideas that are at the core of Hip Hop’s current manifestation. He explains Hip Hop down to the actual meaning and liguistic history of the words “hip” and “hop,” and describes the ways in which Hiphoppas can change their current circumstance to create a future that incorporates Health, Love, Awareness and Wealth (H-LAW).

Committed to fervently promoting self-reliance, dedicated study, peace, unity and truth, the Teacha has drawn both criticism and worship from within and from outside Hip Hop Kulture. In this beautifully written, inspiring book, KRS ONE shines the light of truth, grounded in his own empirical research over a a 14-year period into the fascinating world of Hip Hop.

KRS ONE is a philosopher, activist, author, lecturer, and emcee. Since founding canonical Hip Hop act Boogie Down Productions in the mid-1980s, he has released a granite-solid catalog of 19 full-length albums, along with a star-studded list of collaborations. In 1988 he founded the Stop the Violence Movement, a collective of artists, activists, educators, and entertainers exploring the roots of violence while working to promote the development of positive conflict resolution methods. He is currently producing an album celebrating the organizations’s 20th anniversary, with contributions by Nelly, Method Man, Busta Rhymes, the Game, Hakiem Green, Grant Parks, Duane “Da Rock” Ramos and many others. KRS ONE is an accomplished public speaker who has delivered lectures at over 500 colleges, universities and other venues. In addition to The Gospel of Hip Hop, he is the author of The Science of Rap (self-published, 1995) and Ruminations (Welcome Rain, 2003). Currently KRS ONE is touring the United States with Stop the Violence, urging America’s urban centers to seek non-violent conflict resolution over revenge and war.

DMX: Not Allowed On Stage

October 20, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

DMX was supposed to perform at a charity concert last weekend in Colorado Springs, but when he showed up over 90 minutes late, security would not let him perform.

Fans were told that DMX was a no show, but when word spread that DMX was in the venue, the crowd chanted “DMX! DMX!” A fight broke out between DMX, his bodyguards, fans and concert security when DMX tried to take the stage. Once everyone calmed down, DMX went on stage, but the soundsystem was already turned off, so DMX could not perform his set.

Nas Accused Of Not Paying His Taxes

October 19, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

What is it with rappers being accused of not paying their taxes…first Method Man and now Nas.

Nas had a federal tax lien filed against him last month for not paying his 2006 and 2007 taxes. Nas currently owes $2,584,206.31 to the government.

Nas is involved in a divorce battle Kelis. Kelis said in court documents that Nas makes $244,826 a month. Kelis won a judgment back in July where Nas has to pay $55,000 a month for spousal and child support. It is not known how the tax lien will affect Nas’ ability to make his support payments.

Neither Nas or his reps have commented on the situation.

Kanye West In India?

October 14, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

Kanye has been keeping a low profile recently- he canceled several TV appearances, a tour with Lady Gaga (Lady Gaga will tour solo) and a New Year’s Eve show at Madison Square Garden.

Many are wondering what is going on and rumors are already circulating that Kanye is in rehab (there were several reports that Kanye was drunk at the VMA’s). There is no confirmation that Kanye is in rehab, but Kanye did say on The Jay Leno show “I need to take some time off and just analyze how I’m going to make it through the rest of this life, how I’m going to improve.”

Sources close to Kanye are saying that Kanye might be in India to find himself. In the past two years, Kanye has lost his mother, his engagement with Alexis Rainey ended and he has had some legal trouble. Some close to Kanye said that he has not dealt with these situations and now feels overwhelmed. A source said that “Kanye knows he needs to come back from this break changed, and that isn’t going to happen at some rehab overlooking the ocean. He goes to India, he has a chance to come back seeming like he learned something from what happened.” The source also added that “there’s no plan yet for him to step back into the spotlight soon any time soon.”

Regardless if Kanye is in India, rehab or some other location, I hope that he is getting the break he deserves and that he is getting better.

Method Man Charged With Not Paying Taxes

October 6, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

Grammy-winning rapper Method Man was arrested in New York on felony charges for failing to pay his taxes between 2004-2007. The rapper owes nearly $33,000. If convicted, Method Man can face up to four years in prison.

Lady Gaga Will Tour Without Kanye

October 2, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

As previously reported, the “Fame Kills” tour with Kanye and Lady Gaga was canceled, but Lady Gaga said that she will tour solo. Lady Gaga’s tour is expected to start in mid-November.

Lady Gaga said that her and Kanye “mutually decided to cancel the tour” and that “Kanye is going to take some time off, but I’m not.”