[video] Iceberg Slim – Official Trailer

Ice-T Presents: Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of 7 groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail and have made him a cultural icon.

Director: Jorge Hinojosa
Producer: Ice-T
Subjects: Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Henry Rollins, Chris Rock, Quincy Jones

Release Date:
July 12th On Demand
July 19th In Theaters

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[pic] Snoop Dogg and Suge Knight Reunite in LA Club

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This pic has to be one for the ages. Never thought I would see these two together after all of the previous problems they have had. I guess if Snoop has no problem with it then they must have gotten over all of their previous differences. Business Insider has the full scoop on the rich guys with them:

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Menlo Ventures investor Shervin Pishevar, a backer of the on-demand limo company, witnessed the reuniting of two rap icons that have been at odds since the 90s: Snoop Dogg and Suge Knight.
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Rap Legend Nate Dogg Dead at 41

Gone to motherf*cking soon.

via TMZ

Nate Dogg — real name Nathaniel D. Hale — had survived strokes in 2007 and 2008 … and was famous for his smooth vocal collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Dr. Dre to name a few.

The Press Telegram in Nate’s hometown of Long Beach, CA first reported his death late Tuesday night.

Nate was 41 years old.

 

Suge Knight Arrested Again

It seems cops have arrested Suge Knight again, but with a bail at $65,000 he will be out in a few hours. TMZ has the story below:

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A witness in the Suge Knight incident told police that the rap mogul pointed a gun at another car this morning — while sitting in the driver’s seat of his own SUV, this according to law enforcement sources.

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MTV: Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Eminem Get The ‘Simpsons’ Treatment

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Later this month, “The Simpsons” will jump into its 21st season with yet another entry in the fantastic “Treehouse of Horror” franchise. To celebrate the upcoming milestone and to pay respects to some great hip-hop icons, Format and Moxy Creative have teamed up to produce a series of limited-edition posters that depict 10 famous rappers “Simpsonized.” The results are pretty great. As you can see in the posse shot below, some real heavy hitters are represented: Biggie Smalls, Tupac, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Flavor Flav, Andre 3000, Eminem, Eazy-E and Fat Joe have all been converted into cartoon versions of their former selves.

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[video] Nipsey Chops It Up w/Snoop

The “Rookie of the Year” Nipsey Hussle sits down and chops it up with the Big Homie Snoop Dogg who bestows his blessings on the movement. Snoop says he is impressed with the machine that Nipsey built on his lonesome, which is the trademark of a true hustler, now he offers a blank check to Nip, which he earned as a testament to his Hussle. NY rappers need to take note, the gatekeepers don’t owe you nothing if you turning it up to a fever pitch whereas you can’t be ignored.  Hussle a lil’ bit harder!

Dirty Cash: The Man in Black gets a Hip-Hop makeover

 

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There’s a new Johnny Cash album coming your way (yes, another one – clever, eh?). This time the USP is the BPMs. Overseen by Cash’s son John Carter Cash and the ever-pliable Snoop Dogg, the likes of Sonny J, Count De Money and Pete Rock have been let loose on the Man in Black’s back catalogue. Cash more than holds his own, mainly because few of the remixes are truly radical, but also because his style is so distinctive it could survive a nuclear onslaught from Throbbing Gristle.

Ultimately you can’t help suspecting the motives. On a project like this, it’s customary to flog it with puff about the original artist “always defying convention” and “forever breaking new ground”. The Cash remix recordis no different. His son insists JC would have “loved this remix record” and perhaps that’s true – there’s a clear link, after all, between the swaggering braggadocio of lines like “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die” and gangsta rap – but the results still feel contrived.

When confronted with these kind of genre clashes from opposite ends of the musical spectrum, my first instinct is one of deep cynicism. History teaches us to be cautious: listen to Tom Jones hefting along with the aid of the miserably misguided Wyclef Jean and you can practically smell the grubby conversations about “expanding the brand demographic”. That said, shameless marriages of convenience don’t always make for bad music. Few would argue that Run DMC and Aerosmith’s collaboration on Walk This Way was commercially motivated, but it was still fantastic, partly because there’s a natural fit between rap and hard rock. But even the famous rap-rock soundtrack to Judgment Night was in reality hit-and-miss: remember Mudhoney’s bruising encounter with Sir Mix-A-Lot, or Teenage Fanclub with De La Soul? Thought not. They were hardly career highlights, and let’s not start on Helmet and House of Pain. Continue reading

Snoop $22 Million Lawsuit Begins

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Rapper slash Reality Television show star, Snoop Dogg, will have his $22 million dollar civil trial start this week. Snoop is accused, along with his entourage, of assaulting and robbing a fan. Richard Monroe Jr. says he got serious injuries after jumping onstage during a 2005 show in Seattle and wants to get paid for it.

After jumping on stage during “Gin And Juice,” Monroe says he was beaten and robbed by the West-Coast legend and members of his entourage. Snoop has already went to one day of jury selection earlier this week and was present in court as a tape of the incident was show to the jurors during opening statements.

In related news, Snoop Dogg also now belongs to the club of rappers who have had their tax records hit the internet. According to the blog site TMZ, Snoop Dogg owes the state of California $284,053.

 

Madame Tussauds To Unveil Snoop Dogg Wax Figure

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Seen this posted via Snoop’s Twittpic a few days ago now they got a story to accompany it, cool

via Allhiphop

Madame Tussauds has announced that Hip-Hop star Snoop Dogg will be the latest rap icon immortalized in wax.

Deceased rappers like Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. also have their own wax figures, but Snoop Dogg is the first living Hip-Hop star to be enshrined in one of Madame Tussauds’ world famous wax museums.

Snoop’s wax figure will be fittingly unveiled on April 20, or 4/20 and will feature clothing Snoop Dogg himself donated, including a baseball jacket from his Rich & Infamous clothing line.

According to rep’s for Snoop Dogg, the rapper’s handcrafted wax statue was created in Madame Tussauds’ London studios at a cost of $300,000.

Madame Tussaud’s wax museum has branches in Amsterdam, Berlin, Las Vegas, New York City, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

Each year, over 30 million visitors visit Madam Tussauds, which also has wax figures of musicians like Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Elvis Presley, Shaquille O’Neal and many other famous figures.

[video] Snoop Dogg Millionaire (Feat. Tanvi Shah)

Snoop Dogg x Snoop Dogg Millionaire. Snoop has always been down with the trends and what’s hot in Hollywood so it’s no surprise that his new single and marketing campaign is all built around the Academy Award Winning Slumdog Millionaire. Snoop has just released his new single “Snoop Dogg Millionaire” which even features Tanvi Shah (Oscar winner for Best Original Song, “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire) to create the song. Check the song from the YouTube video and photo that Snoop’s reps just sent me. “Snoop Dogg Millionaire” will be from his first album released by MTV.

T.I. Akoo Clothing Line Fends Off Recession Effects

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T.I. has officially launched a site for his Akoo apparel line, as other rapper lines from Young Buck and Snoop Dogg have felt the heat of recession.

Along with non-clothing features, Tip provides fans with a wide selection of shopping choices via the sites’s online store.akoo-ti2

Playing T.I. songs from Paper Trail including “Live Your Life,” “What Up,” and “Swing Your Rag,” the site offers visitors Akoo news, events, an event gallery, MySpace page access, e-mail sign-up and an upcoming blog for the site. Fans will also be able to peep the featured collection section showing visual images of the clothing and a breakdown of tops, outer wear and bottoms. (Akoo Clothing Brand)

Tip has spoken on the motivation behind his brand’s launch and the meaning behind “Akoo” with television personality Chelsea Handler.

“We’re actually fortunate enough to translate that style into my own clothing line that I released last year,” Tip said. “Akoo, A King Of One’s Self.” The clothing line hit the market in October and was publicized with videos of T.I. during an Akoo video shoot prior to its release circulating online. (Chelsea Lately)

While the rapper’s clothing line appears unfazed by the current economic crisis, rappers like Snoop Dogg have admitted to feeling the economy’s effects.

“The recession is affecting everybody,” Snoop said in an interview. “We’re trying to keep it one hundred percent and do what we’re doing and try to keep the prices a little lower. [We're] trying to keep it cost sufficient for what [we're] doing.” (Hollyscoop) Continue reading

Snoop Dogg & T.I. Support Peace Movement At Nation Of Islam Event

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Snoop Dogg, T.I., Doug E. Fresh and more participated in the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day convention over the weekend as a show of solidarity and a call for peace.ti-snoop

Snoop was among many who made the trip to Illinois in support of Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Snoop appeared at the Nation of Islam’s annual convention in a Chicago suburb. Wearing sunglasses, a dark suit and a tie, Snoop Dogg spoke briefly in front of a crowd of thousands Sunday and praised the Chicago-based movement’s Minister Farrakhan. (USA Today)

Despite occasional violent lyrics, the West Coast rap veteran proclaimed his pledge of peace.

“I’m already in the Nation, that’s why I’m here,” Snoop said in an interview. “I’m an advocate for peace. I’ve been in the peace movement ever since I’ve been making music. My whole thing is not about trying to push my thing on you. It’s just about the way I live, and I live how I’m supposed to live as far as doing what’s right and representing what’s right. That’s why I was here today.” (BBC News)

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Breaking News : TMZ Reports Suge Knight Beat Down — Again!!!

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Suge Knight attacker, Suge KnightFor the second time in 9 months, Suge Knight got his face punched in — and the alleged ass-beater claims to be Akon’s business manager.

It all went down in a private party at the W Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ — where Suge was attending a private party for NBA All-Star weekend. Cops say they were called to the scene by hotel security who warned about a brewing fight between two groups in the VIP area.

According to the Scottsdale PD website, when cops arrived, they saw a man punch the victim — aka Suge — two times in the head.” Officers had to break out the tasers to “quell the fight.”

The suspect, Robert Carnes Jr., was charged with one count of felony aggravated assault — they ruled it a felony “due to the severity of the victim’s injuries.” Another man was also arrested and charged with one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

According to the Scottsdale PD, “Carnes reported to officers that he is employed as the business manager for singer ‘Akon.’”

Suge was transported to a local hospital and treated for facial injuries.

CLICK BELOW to read the Scottsdale PD arrest report.

“At about 3:30 AM, police were called to a private party on the second floor (pool area) of the W Hotel. Hotel security personnel called police when they became concerned that there would be a fight between two groups of guests having heated words in the VIP area. Officers arrived and watched a group of about 6-8 guests exiting the VIP area. They saw one person, later identified as Robert Carnes Jr., punch the victim in the head two times. Officers deployed Tasers to quell the fight that erupted. Officers arrested CARNES Jr. and ANDERSON for assault and disorderly conduct. The victim was transported to SHC-Osborn hospital where he was treated for facial injuries. CARNES Jr. reported to officers that he is employed as the business manager for singer “Akon”.

Both suspects were booked into Scottsdale City jail and are being held in custody.

ANDERSON is charged with 1 count of misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. CARNES Jr. is charged with 1 count of Felony Aggravated Assault. (Felony charge is due to the severity of the victim’s injuries.)”

Snoop Dogg Leaves Geffen/Interscope Records

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Snoop Dogg has confirmed that he will no longer record with Interscope, his label home for over 10 years.

The split comes nearly one year after the release of Snoop’s ninth studio album, Ego Trippin’.

Lead by the crossover, 80s inspired ballad “Sexual Eruption,” the LP debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top 200, but fell short of gold certification.

While the West Coast veteran declined to give specific details on the reason for the sudden split, Snoop verified there will not be any final albums with Interscope.

“We are pushing the envelope on getting everything finalized,” Snoop told AllHipHop.com. “But I will not be releasing anymore projects under Interscope/Geffen.”

In his first tenure with Interscope under Death Row Records, Snoop released his classic, 4X platinum debut Doggystyle (1993), the platinum Murder Was the Case soundtrack (1994), and the double platinum sophomore solo Tha Doggfather (1996). Continue reading

[pics] Death Row Records Auctions Off Its History in Fullerton

Death Row Records Auctions Off Its History in Fullerton

by LA Weekly
January 26, 2009 8:22 AM

(All photos by Brandon Perkins. For full gallery, click images to view the Death Row Auction slideshow.)

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It was perfect. The portrait of Nate Dogg in itself was tacky, but Suge Knight’s alleged tweaks to the painting — black eye and multiple bullet holes — were priceless. The frameless artifact wasn’t the most glamorous or even the most infamous item up for bid at Sunday’s “Death Row Auction” in Fullerton, but it was the most poignant. Priceless and poignant, unfortunately, being way out of my price range.

Officially dubbed “Case # 2:06-bk-11205-VZ,” the day’s festivities were ordered up by the US Bankruptcy Court on behalf of Suge Knight and Death Row Records. As the staple of Los Angeles music and definition of gangster rap for nearly a decade since its 1991 inception, the controversial record label and its fearsome owner ran their pop culture course into the ground shortly after its flagship star, Tupac Shakur, was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996.

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But for nearly 200 bidders at the auction, the spirit of Death Row was still relevant in 2009. The specifics of that relevancy remained varied. For some, it was a chance to make a quick buck. Where else could you buy 17,000 CD copies of Snoop Dogg’s Tha Doggfather for four cents a piece? Others were looking for deals…like a pallet full of dated (but working) television sets that sold for $15. And in accord with many of Death Row’s notorious business practices, some people were just trying to get their stuff back.

“I wanted to see what the prices were going to be on the some of the pieces that actually belonged to my son, Jay Jenson. He worked for Suge Knight,” Diane Jensen said. “I’m trying to buy them back. They actually belong to him, but the bank has them now.”

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Before the auction began, bidders carefully eyed each other. It was easy to imagine Snoop or Dre sending surrogates for their platinum plaques and VMAs, or even that Suge commissioned troops to make sure certain things stayed unsold. But when the auctioneer commenced the dizzying affair with cases of “Death Row Water” — for less than the cost of water, to people who clearly had never attended an auction before in their life — it was apparent that the majority of the day’s bidders were there for one thing: Nostalgia.

“I just wanted to be here, I knew it was going to be a one of a kind event,” DJ Skee, host of the New Music Show on KIIS, said. “There’s been nothing in hip-hop that’s quite had its run like Death Row has, that’s made so much timeless quality music. You can pop in any of those albums today and they’re still relevant…Doggystyle, The Chronic, All Eyez On Me, they’re relevant in the club, in the streets, on the radio.”

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And Skee — who really is playing non-commerical music on commercial radio every Sunday night — held true to his claim by paying over $600 on the art proofs for Tupac’s All Eyez On Me CD in the day’s first spirited bidding war. And when he stuffed a wall-sized platinum plaque presented to Dr. Dre into the back seat of his BMW convertible, he was officially one of the day’s bigger players.

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But the same guy that snagged my beloved Nate Dogg portrait also won everything else he attempted, including two of the day’s biggest prizes: the “Notorious P.I.G.” original painting and Death Row’s actual electric chair. His name was Dale and his tattoos spoke louder than he did, explaining that he was a fan of “big businessmen like Suge” and that, yeah, he did have a few good spots to put all this artwork. Dale’s seemingly bottomless wallet may have left a few fellow bidders bitter — he’d just hold his arm in the air until everyone else bowed out — but if bullying wasn’t the mantra of Death Row, then nothing was. (Brandon Perkins)

N.Y. Law Firm Accuses Suge Knight Of “Gangster Style” Business

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Kaye Scholer, one of the New York law firms representing the trustee in Suge Knight’s bankruptcy case, is requesting a $6.8 million case fee for handling last week’s auction of Death Row Records [click to read]. The firm cited their need to go above and beyond the normal means to track down Knight’s assets for the auction.”The representation of the Trustee in this case has been particularly complex due to the individuals involved in the company’s operations and intentionally illicit, ‘gangster-style’ business operations of the debtor,” stated a Kaye Scholer bankruptcy case fee application.

A federal bankruptcy court in California was scheduled to hear discussions on the matter yesterday, but none of the rulings have been made public. According to the Wall Street Journal, Kaye Scholer cites expenses used to recover assets Knight intentionally hid as a large contributor to the $6.8 million tab. The firm says those assets allegedly included “a Malibu home, that Knight transferred to friends in an effort to shield those assets from creditors, a secret storage locker in Michigan that contained a ‘treasure trove’ of unreleased songs by famous Death Row artists [and] other secret tracks–and records of hidden bank accounts–stashed in a southern California warehouse.”

The firm also claims it had to negotiate settlements with at least three women who claimed Knight owed them over $500,000 in child support. If Kaye Scholer’s accusations are true, the firm joins a list of creditors that includes Death Row co-founder Lydia Harris [click to read] and the Internal Revenue Service.

When asked about the winning bid by the WIDEawake Entertainment Group–a bid that was over $10 million short of the worse predicted sales–Robert Orgel, who helped track down the assets, was tight-lipped.
“This was a messy case,” Orgel told AmLaw.com. Adding that “it is no surprise” that the assets drew only $18 million.

[pics] Snoops Birthday Party

The D-O-Double G celebrates his 36th birthday bashment with his wife and his homies.

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Quik, Warren G, Snoop, Kurupt and friend

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Nate Dogg Suffers Second Stroke

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We Pray the Dogg Gets Better

via Allhiphop

Hip-Hop crooner Nate Dogg has suffered a second stroke, sources have told AllHipHop.com.

While details are sketchy, sources stated that the rapper is in serious condition due to the stroke, which is his second since December 20, 2008.

Sources told AllHipHop.com that at the moment, the famed singer cannot breathe on his own.

The first stroke left Nate Dogg, born Nathaniel Hale, partially paralyzed on the left side of his body, although his brain didn’t suffer any major damage from incident. Continue reading

Snoop Preps Upscale Clothing Line Called ‘Rich & Infamous’

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When Snoop Dogg paid homage to the late Johnny Cash on the record “My Medicine,” it was obvious that his influences ran far deeper than just Hip Hop. Taking that idea to the next level, Snoop is gearing up to release a clothing line solely inspired by men like Cash who push their success to the limit.

Titled Rich & Infamous, the clothing brand is described on the official website as “A fraternity of sorts — from presidents to gangsters — who’ve been able to endure the burden of gaining wealth at any cost. Garnering equal parts admiration and disdain, these men savor the fruits and relish the spotlight. Jimi Hendrix, Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra, and Muhammad Ali, among many others, are all included in Snoop Dogg’s euphoric aspirations to make Rich & Infamous a powerful brand. Continue reading

Deathrow Catalog Deal Finalized for 24 million

Yeah this story was floating around a couple of weeks ago, I guess the check got cut.

My question is why Dre did not take his supposed millions and buy back his catalog?All of those whispers of the couple who purchased the Death Row catalog, being a front for Dre and Snoop sounds bogus to the kid. That would be a straight power move for Dre who can’t seem to make hits anymore.

Could you imagine Detox with some new Pac vocals? Hip Hop lost.

via Breitbart

NEW YORK (AP) – Death Row Records, the hip-hop label that released seminal gangster rap albums by Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, has been auctioned for $24 million.The New York-based Global Music Group Inc. said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that on June 24 it purchased Death Row, including its enviable back catalog and current artist contracts.

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[video] Get Out the Vote ’08 PSA feat LL, Jim Jones, Snoop and others

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Hip-Hop superstars Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Ciara, T.I., and others have come together to help promote voter awareness in an upcoming “Get Out The Vote” public service announcement set to hit Time Warner Cable next month.

According to a statement from The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the P.S.A. explains the significance of voting and challenging viewers if their voice will be heard once the 2008 Presidential election takes place.

“Will your vote be counted” Byrd Gang’s Jim Jones asks in the P.S.A. “Vote for it.”

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