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Coming Soon: Relapse: The Refill

November 27, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

Eminem will release “Relapse: The Refill” on December 21st. The album will include the entire “Relapse” album, plus seven songs that did not make the album. Eminem said his hopes for “Relapse: The Refill” is to “deliver more material for the fans this year like I originally planned. Hopefully these tracks on “The Refill” will tide the fans over until we put out “Relapse 2” next year. I got back in with Dre and then a few more producers, including Just Blaze, and went in a completely different direction which made me start from scratch. The new tracks started to sound very different than the tracks I originally intended to be on “Relapse 2”, but I still want the other stuff to be heard.”

Eminem is currently in the studio working on “Relapse 2” which is scheduled to be released next year. Eminem said “I definitely feel like I’m in a different space right now. With the last record, I think a lot of it had to do with me getting sober, my eyes being open again. With Relapse, I wanted to prove myself that I could still do it. The zany, loony, ridiculous shit, so a lot of that album is rapid-fire punch lines. Now I’m at a point where I’m blessed enough to be in a position where I don’t need to put out records, but I want to.”

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Shwayze – Let It Beat

November 19, 2009
Shwayze - Let It Beat

Written By: Victoria Hill
(Urban/Pop Editor)


Label: Suretone/Geffen – Rating:

“Let It Beat” is the second album from Shwayze, but if you are expecting laid back songs about summer days, you’re going to be disappointed. As Cisco Adler puts it, “We can’t sit on the beach with an acoustic guitar forever! This is not a one-trick pony.”

The way I describe “Let It Beat” is a night at the club. The songs fun, sexy and dirty – isn’t that what a night out should be? “Let It Beat” offers something for everyone as the music captures all genres. The album features contributions from The Knux, Snoop Dogg, Roy Bittan (the pianist of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band) and Ric Ocasek from the Cars (seriously!), and Darryl Jenifer, bassist for D.C. punk band Bad Brains. Leading the parade is the world-famous producer Cisco Adler.

“Livin’ It Up” (featuring Snoop Dogg) is Shwayze’s journey from “serving lattes all day in [his] Chucks” to becoming a successful rapper. Shwayze’s addresses his haters by saying “always gonna be somebody trying to hate on u but that don’t stop what we do/living it up/why u hating/ I’m living it up.”

“Get U Home,” is about being so excited about “making love” you just can’t wait to take the person home (or to a hotel.) “Take me in the bathroom/take my clothes off/make love to me up against the dirty wall/’cause I can’t wait to get you home.”

Shwayze said “our music is our lifestyle, we’re not faking it. It’s all a dream come true, we just want to keep on living the dream and keep on living it up. We’re just here for the long haul here, that’s what I want people to know.“ “Let It Beat” is a great sophomore album and it shows the comfort and growth between Cisco and Shwayze. If they can keep expanding their sound and lyrics, they will be around for the long haul.

50 Cent – Before I Self Destruct

November 18, 2009
50 Cent - Before I Self Destruct

Written By: Victoria Hill
(Urban/Pop Editor)


Label: Aftermath/Interscope – Rating:

“Before I Self Destruct” was planned to be released in 2007, but 50 decided to release “Curtis” instead and pushed “Before I Self Destruct” back. A few singles were leaked earlier this year like “Get Up” and “I Get In.”

Some fans were confused about why “Curtis” came before “Before I Self Destruct.” 50 said, “Some people think I changed the title of my album from ‘Before I Self Destruct’ to ‘Curtis,’ but what I did was I changed albums. I had ‘Before I Self Destruct,’ recorded; twelve songs under that actual topic, and then I created the material that is under ‘Curtis,’ and I felt like this album should come out right now and ‘Before I Self Destruct’ is gonna be my follow-up record, so I’m probably like three or four records away from completing my next album at this point.

“Before I Self Destruct” is a mix of street life and sex. The first part of the album is violent, with tales of drugs, death and vengeance with the last part of the album being dedicated to the bedroom.

“The Invitation,” “Death to My Enemies” and “So Disrespectful” are your typical gangster rap standards, with lyrics like “I bring money to my friends, death to my enemies” and “Enemies stay enemies/ But friends they change/ Niggas go crazy over money” from the track “So Disrespectful.” Eminem and 50 pair up on “Psycho” and is one of the highlights of the album.

The creepiest lyrics in music has to be from “Then Days Went By” in which 50 talks about sleeping with his babysitter. “She was 20, I was 12/ Nana said she raped me/ I just smiled ear to ear saying ‘take it, baby, take it.”

“Baby By Me” with Ne-Yo is currently a hit on the Billboard charts, and with ladies, as 50 raps about finding the love of his life and starting a family. The song contains a sample from 50’s “I Get Money.”

Dr. Dre, Lab Ox, DJ Khalil, Rockwilder create dark, heavy bangers, which is reminiscent of 50’s first album “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’.” 50 still has a hunger and drive in him (which is why he is one of the richest rappers of all time). The contrast of having street and sex is good, but I think 50 is better when he sticks with street life as a few of the sex songs come off as cheap and cheesy, otherwise “Before I Self Destruct” is a good album.

Extra Money For Dr. Dre

November 14, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

The California State Controller’s Office reports that Dr. Dre (real name Andre Young) is owed $132.98 in back wages.

Dr. Dre, if you want to claim the money, go to the website below.

http://scoweb.sco.ca.gov/UCP/PropertyDetails.aspx?propertyRecID=6168555

50 Cent Screens “Before I Self Destruct”

November 12, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

50 Cent made a special appearance at the AMC 16 in Burbank yesterday to talk to his fans and screen his newest movie, “Before I Self Destruct” (also the name of his new album, releasing on 11/16).

Fans were lined up around the block for the screening, waving pictures and posters, wearing G-Unit clothing and blasting 50’s music. As the crowd entered the theater at 7:45pm, 50’s new album was playing. Fans begun dancing in the aisles and texting and calling everyone they knew to brag about where they were.

At 8:35pm, the music stopped and a voice came over the loudspeaker saying “What’s up everyone? You like the record?” Cheers, clapping and screaming filled the room as 50 Cent took the stage. 50 said that he was happy to in Burbank with his fans to show them his labor of love “Before I Self Destruct,” a film he wrote and directed. 50 told the crowd how he has made four albums, over 60 music videos and countless films. Working with talented producers, writers and directors inspired 50 to branch out and focus on his other talents.

With that said, 50 sat with the audience (and two rows away from me) to watch the movie. The movie is about Clarence (50 Cent,) a basketball player who suffers an injury which prevents him from playing in the pros and his family’s struggle to survive. When his mother is tragically gunned down, Clarence is consumed by grief and revenge and takes up a life of crime in order to support his little brother. The movie will be included with the “Before I Self Destruct” CD.

When the lights came up, the audience applauded and 50 waved goodbye. As the fans exited, you could see them texting and calling again to brag (and I can’t blame them as I was doing the same.)

The movie is a great debut for 50 as he created characters with depth and a wide range of emotions. 50 said that this is just the start of his writing and directing career as he is working another project that will start filming in December.

Coolio To Enter The Ring…

November 9, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

DMX was set to fight Eric Martinez in an upcoming celebrity fight in Alabama, but DMX is out and Coolio is in. DMX originally agreed to the terms of the fight, but his people later said that DMX will only participate if he is guaranteed the win.

DMX’s manager, Nakia Walker, submitted an addendum to the original contract saying “Event Promoter and Management agree that [DMX] is scheduled to win Boxing Challenge.” and “All parties agree this event has been scheduled to occur only in fun and that the artist involved is not a professional boxer.” The manager cited that DMX is “a hip hop artist, not a boxer.”

The fight promoters, Thunder Promotions, refused to sign the addendum because they never agreed to fix anything and that this is a real fight which DMX agreed to. DMX threatened to back out and the promoters chose rapper Coolio to replace DMX while they also prepare a lawsuit for breach of contract. Thunder Productions said that “Coolio has been much easier to deal with and he is going to take this seriously.”

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 http://www.fuse.tv/tours/voodoo/.
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: http://fusefest.fuse.tv/a/home
Exclusive Countdown to Voodoo Widget (add it to your page or site): http://www.clearspring.com/widgets/4ae0838d749e2e04

Fuse Fest: Voodoo 2009 Promo Spot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u1Jkux1jZQ

Dynasty Records/Streamline Records/Interscope Records Announce New Mishon Single

November 3, 2009

ABC Family Actor & R&B Teenage Singer Mishon wants fans to
“Rock My Chain”

Dynasty Records/Streamline Records/Interscope Records singer and songwriter Mishon (MY-SHAWN) Ratliff is celebrating the success of his single “Just a Kiss”. The companion video remained on BET’s 106 & Park Top Ten video countdown show for eight weeks. He recently performed the song on BET’s new late-night talk show, The Monique Show. His latest smash “Rock My Chain” is sure to get equal attention. “Rock My Chain” talks chivalry in a teenage love affair. In yesteryear, a boy would give his Varsity jacket to a girlfriend; Mishon updates this idea and croons for his girl to wear his chain. The teenage singer is sure to win young ladies over with his flirty and earnest lyrics. Mishon is not new to the spotlight. He is known for his role on the ABC Family channel’s top-rated drama “Lincoln Heights”. In his role as “Tay” for the past four seasons, Mishon’s character mirrors his own life as a singer/songwriter who performs on the show.

Inspired by icon Michael Jackson (listen to Mishon’s “Remember the Time” rendition) and other artist like Usher, Jodeci and Boyz II Men, Mishon has modernized those styles in his own unique way to a new generation of R&B fans. His ability to sing and dance makes Mishon a true entertainer. His forthcoming debut CD The Year Book is set to be released in early 2010. With a bevy of top writers and producers such as Sean “The Pen” Garrett (Usher, Pussycat Dolls, Ciara), The Underdogs (Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks), Dre and Vidal (Ciara, Usher, Mary J. Blige), Carlos “L.O.S” McKinney (J. Holiday, The Dream), The Yearbook will leave listeners yearning to sign his heart.

His middle-class African-American upbringing instilled in him three things: hard work breeds success, respect is the best etiquette and pride in your moral values. Most people that meet Mishon walk away with one common thought; he is a pleasure to meet. Mishon has been traveling the country visiting high schools and spreading the message, “If you work hard you can achieve anything. Be respectful to your parents and they will support you. Keep your support behind you and keep God number one and follow your dreams, don’t ever give up.”

Shwayze Unveil Let it Beat Track List And Dish On Halloween Horrors

October 30, 2009

Shwayze have just unveiled the track list for their upcoming album Let It beat. The album features the hit single “Get U Home” and guest appearances from hip-hop heavyweight’s Snoop Dogg, The Knux and Tabi Bonney. Let It Beat is the second studio album from the Malibu based hip-hop duo and will be available for purchase and download on November 3.

Shwayze and Cisco also had the chance to sit down with MTV recently and talk about their biggest fears, favorite scary movie, and some of their best Halloween memories. Check out the video here to get amped for Halloween and make sure to pre-order your copy of Let It Beat now. Visit http://www.shwayze.com/ for more information and a list of upcoming tour dates with LMFAO.

Let It Beat Track List:
1. Livin? It Up (feat. Snoop Dogg)
2. Get U Home
3. Crazy For You
4. Maneatrr
5. Sally Is A?
6. Dirty Little Girl (feat. The Knux)
7. Down At The Motel
8. Daze Like This
9. Wait All Night (feat. Tabi Bonney)
10. Perfect For Me
11. Make a Lil? Love
12. Heart and Soul

Eminem To Perform At Voodoo Experience

October 29, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

Eminem will be performing at this weekends Voodoo Experience (a punk and rock festival) in New Orleans. Eminem headlined the festival back in 2000. “This is the only concert Eminem is doing all year,” said Voodoo producer Steven Rehage. “We’re really excited to have him back.”

Eminem is expected to perform songs from his latest album “Relapse” when he opens the festival on Friday. Also performing on Friday are Ween, The Black Keys and Fischerspooner.

KISS, Jane’s Addiction, Wolfmother, Black Lips and George Clinton/Parliament Funkadelic are performing Saturday and Sunday’s acts include Lenny Kravitz, the Flaming Lips and Meat Puppets.