Hey beatmeisters, it’s time to show-off your chops. Last year we were looking for MCs with Freestyle 59. This year we’re looking for producers with The Score – the contest that gives you the chance to make the soundtrack to this year’s Hip-Hop Honors show. Got a home studio? Got a computer? Put together a 60-second track that brings plenty of groove to the party. Our listeners will comment on their favorites, our judges will narrow down the field, and a winner will be chosen.
The prize? Studio time with Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson from the Roots. Together you’ll tweak the track so it can be used as the 2007 show’s theme. Some submissions are up already. Go give a listen and see what kind of competition lays ahead.
After a drama-filled summer that included a fired manager, canceled tour and an alleged feud with her label head, Kelly Clarkson appears to be attempting to make amends with a recent message posted on her website. The pop rock princess writes:
“There has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the release of “My December,” much of which has focused on a supposed feud with my record label, in particular, Clive Davis. I want to set the record straight on this by saying that I want my band, my advisors, those close to me and my record label to be one big, tightly knit family. Like any family we will disagree and argue sometimes but, in the end, it’s respect and admiration that will keep us together. A lot has been made in the press about my relationship with Clive. Much of this has been blown way out of proportion and taken out of context. Contrary to recent characterizations in the press, I’m well aware that Clive is one of the great record men of all time. He has been a key advisor and has been an important force in my success to date. He has also given me respect by releasing my new album when he was not obligated to do so. I really regret how this has turned out and I apologize to those whom I have done disservice. I would never intentionally hurt anyone. I love music, and I love the people I am blessed to work with. I am happy that my team is behind me and I look forward to the future.”
That all sounds well and good, but is it too late for the embattled star? Does she really mean what she says – or does she just want all the controversy to blow over so she can sell some records? [Us Magazine. Image: Getty]
For the last couple of days, we’ve been having some good laffs at the way the jailbirds of a certain Phillipines detention center have spent their time recreating Jacko and company’s 1983 video opus. John Landis spent $800K making his dance troupe and camera operators get everything coordinated. Methinks that it wasn’t quite so expensive for the orange-clad scalawags who populate the prison.
Remember Britney’s cousin/assistant Alli Sims? You know, that kinda cute brown haired gal who was constantly spotted side by side with Britney, lugging around the pudgy Spears-Federline boys, wearing matching white dresses, and shopping for tacky outfits together? The once inseparable duo haven’t been spotted together in a while, and Brit has even been seen with a new blond assistant. But not to worry – there’s no trouble in Cheeto paradise. Alli’s just taking a little break from her cousin to work on her true passion – singing (everyone shudder together). Yup, Alli wants to be a pop star, and she’s got the web site – AlliSims.com – to prove it. No word yet on if she has a decent voice, actual songs, an album or a record deal, but who needs that stuff when you have a sexy website – and a washed up singing cousin with wads of cash, ya’ll!
Sunday was a bad night for two hip hop stars in NYC, after Ja Rule and Lil Wayne were arrested in separate incidents, both for being in possession of illegal .40 caliber guns. Ja Rule was the first to get busted when he was pulled over in his Maybach (a car so expensive and luxurious that you’ve maybe never even heard of it) for speeding. A quick search of his vehicle turned up the pistol and he and his two companions were arrested.
Only an hour later and a few blocks away, Lil Wayne was arrested after cops spotted him and another man near his tour-bus getting their toke on with some weed. His gun was also discovered, and the two men were charged with possession of marijuana and a weapon. Lil Wayne had just performed earlier in the evening at the Beacon Theater.
The two rappers are both currently awaiting arraignment at the Criminal Court in NYC. Word is the fashion police may also be filing complaints against the rappers – tiny moustaches and tear drop tattoos are in clear violation of trendy Big Apple fashion codes. Both styles are soooo last year. [Newsday/TMZ. Images: Getty]
Earlier this week, New York magazine printed an interview with 50 Cent in which he sheds some light on his tendency toward beefing with…just about everybody who’s ever held a mic. When asked whether it would be worthwhile to occasionally take the higher ground and not get into petty dust-ups, Fiddy’s response is predictably along the lines of, “Nuh-uh, shawty.” Says 50:
“I seen Jay-Z use those tactics countless times. He?ll just ignore the guy that?s being disrespectful. But I think a lot of them are like kids?if you don?t spank their hand and say stop, it gets worse. I think, better to give them an example of you ruining someone?s career, like I did with Ja Rule.“
A man of his word, this month alone, 50 has verbally attacked Chamillionaire,Ghostface Killah and Master P (“None of those people sell records”) in this Spin interview, he’s called out Nas for being too literate (imagine a writer being a reader, too!) in XXL, and, most recently, he branded Lil Wayne a “whore.” His next trick? Releasing his long-delayed Curtis LP on the same day as Kanye West‘s Graduation (both are slated for a Sept. 11 release, if you can believe it). Institutionalized beef: innovative! As Kanye’s record is about 5,000 times more anticipated that Fiddy’s, do you think that getting his butt kicked on Soundscan will finally shut 50 up? It’s not likely, but we can hope, right? [New York / Image credit: Getty]
All Mariah’s missing is the dog and the basket. Schatar famously told New York on Flavor of Love that she’s been told she reminds people of Beyonc? — she’ll be thrilled to add Mariah to the list, no doubt.
Update: Word is that the Mariah ad is a fake. Somehow, that doesn’t make it any less funny or realistic, though.
The Fugees‘ reunion finally has been put out of its misery. The regrouping of hip-hop’s one-time most-loved collective has been sputtering with infrequent appearances and half-hearted promises of a new record since Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Praskicked it off during the filming of Dave Chappelle‘s Block Party in September 2004. Pras has gone on record to officially slay the slow-moving and temperamental beast that the Fugees have become:
“We went in the studio and recorded a couple records that were incredible. But, to put it nicely, it’s dead. Me and Clef, we on the same page, but Lauryn is in her zone, and I’m fed up with that s***. Here she is, blessed with a gift, with the opportunity to rock and give and she’s running on some bulls***? I’m a fan of Lauryn’s but I can’t respect that.” [Billboard.com]
You might win some, but hip-hop just lost a big one.
Can anyone make sense of the phenomenon that is celebrity ladies doing the nasty with illusionist Criss Angel? We all know Cameron Diaz had a major brain fart and dated the guy for a month this summer. But did you know that he and Paris Hilton stuck their tongues in each other’s mouths last year? The pics are not for the faint of heart (and definitely belong on the Hot Chicks with Douchebags website) . Now we find out that Lindsay Lohan spent her first weekend out of rehab getting cozy with the magician! It’s like these ladies go to Las Vegas, drink some "I want to bump uglies with a lame dude" juice, and all their standards go to waste. Sure, Paris and Linds aren’t virginal saints, but at least they limit their skankiness to decent looking dudes (Nick Carter excluded) or guys with charming personalities (I’m looking at you, Wilmer!). If only there was some way to make Criss Angel disappear for good.