[video] TURN’D UP “The Making of Hip Hop’s Next Superstar” starring Nipsey Hussle

STREET KNOWLEDGE MEDIA presents WEBISODE 3 of the critically acclaimed series TURN’D UP starring Hip Hop’s next superstar Nipsey Hussle. Venture with us as we capture Nipsey criss crossing the country on tour with The Game. We bounce from the South (New Orleans) to Up North (New York) and across the country to the midwest (Chicago) hood to hood showing love and spreading the word…NIPSEY GOT NEXT!

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Germany Bans Red Bull After Finding Traces of Cocaine

via BBC

The authorities in six German states have ordered retailers to stop selling Red Bull Cola energy drinks after traces of cocaine were found in it.red_bull

The recall came after a sample analysis conducted in North-Rhine Westphalia found one litre of the drink contained 0.4 micrograms of the banned substance.

Officials said the cocaine levels were too low to pose a health threat but were not permitted in foodstuffs.

Red Bull said its cola was “harmless and marketable” in both the US and EU.

The company said coca leaf extracts were used worldwide as a natural flavoring, and that its own tests had found no traces of cocaine. Continue reading

[video] The Last Rapper vs The Hipsters

Philly’s own BIG CITY intensifies his campaign against the Hipster Movement, this time superimposing the faces of rap’s corniest on the character’s out of The Last Dragon. Can’t ignore the fact that Hamilton has fueled Hipster haters for the next three years, LMAO! Expect the ax to drop on poor Charlie from the label before the month is out.

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Grand Theft Auto gets more content with Ballad of Gay Tony


Grand Theft Auto gets more content with Ballad of Gay Tony

via ArsTechnica

Rockstar isn’t done supporting Grand Theft Auto IV. Today the company announced the next slice of the downloadable content coming “exclusively” to the Xbox 360, and boy is the name bound to draw some attention. Get ready to play The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Grand Theft Auto IV‘s second downloadable episode,The Ballad of Gay Tony injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime,” the announcement says. “As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka “Gay Tony”), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.” I have one word: fabulous.

The fascinating bit is that both this piece of content and The Lost and The Damned will be released as a retail product, on disc, for $39.99 at some point in the future. The disc will not require Grand Theft Auto IV to play, being a purely standalone product called Episodes from Liberty City. Pretty cool stuff.

The Ballad of Gay Tony will be coming this Fall for 1600 Microsoft Points, or $19.99.

Billionaire club in bid to curb overpopulation

Overpopulation huh? This planet can support any number of people you put on it, so that’s B.S. The planet can’t sustain the mismanagement that industry has wrecked on it, that’s why she’s bugging out. Plus, I guess no one remembers that the Rockerfellers were the progenitors of the eugenic philosophy that many of these powermongers share. SMHgates_buffet

via TimesOnline

SOME of America’s leading billionaires have met secretly to consider how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the world’s population and speed up improvements in health and education.

The philanthropists who attended a summit convened on the initiative of Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, discussed joining forces to overcome political and religious obstacles to change.

Described as the Good Club by one insider it included David Rockefeller Jr, the patriarch of America’s wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, and the media moguls Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey.

These members, along with Gates, have given away more than £45 billion since 1996 to causes ranging from health programmes in developing countries to ghetto schools nearer to home. Continue reading

50 Cent to Play Informant in New Movie

via SOHH

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson‘s role in the upcoming film Caught in the Crossfire has been revealed online with the rapper starring as a police informant.50cent

The name of the character the G-Unit leader plays has been kept under wraps, but Fif has spoken on his reaction to filming in Michigan.

The movie has a police theme, with officers searching out crooked cops with the help of a police informant, played by 50 Cent. The movie’s directors and crew are keeping a lot of their work under wraps. But the stars say they are enjoying their time in Grand Rapids. “It’s quiet enough for me to enjoy myself,” 50 said. “It’s laid back out here. It’s not so much going on that I’m uncomfortable being out and about.” (WZZM News)

Fif’s latest film project will reportedly focus on corrupt police officers.

Brian Miller, director and writer of the film, said Grand Rapids was an obvious choice to film, even without the state’s new incentives for filmmakers. The film, he said, is a story about two police officers and criminal informant who are caught in the crossfire between a gang-related retaliation and their own police department, with the life of a child in the balance. “It’s a gut-wrenching thriller,” Miller said. “It’s a h*ll of a cast we put together.” (Michigan Live) Continue reading

Drinking from Plastic Bottles ‘Increases Exposure to Gender-Bending Chemical’

Well, just came from D.C. and said it must be something in the water to account for all the gender-bending, guess its the Poland Spring!

via AlterNet

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time that polycarbonate containers release the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) into liquid stored in them.water_bottles_turqoise

BPA has been shown to interfere with reproductive development in animals and has been linked with cardiovascular disease and diabetes in humans.

Experts warned that babies are at greater risk, because heating baby bottles increases the amount of BPA released, and the chemical is potentially more harmful to infants.

Study author Karin B. Michels, associate professor of epidemiology at HSPH and Harvard Medical School, said: “We found that drinking cold liquids from polycarbonate bottles for just one week increased urinary BPA levels by more than two-thirds. Continue reading

[video] Did the Internet Kill Journalism?

This is a panel held to discuss the impact that the internet has had on journalism and the role that Hip Hop played in last year’s historic election. Although this is an introductory clip, we will be following with a more complete version in a few days. Stay tuned and get familiar with Hip Hop’s media elite.

THE INTRODUCTION TO THE PANEL

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The Loop 21’s roundtable “Journalism in Color”. Erik Parker (SOHH), Elliot Wilson (Rap Radar), Chuck Creekmur (All Hip Hop), Steve Raze (All Hip Hop), Kevin Clark (Giant), Sheryl Huggins (AOL Black Voices), Andreas Hale (BET), Nile Ivey (BET), Charlamagne (radio personality), Blackspot (Global Grind), Jayson Rodriguez (MTV), Chloe Hilliard (Freelance Cultural Journalist).

DID THE INTERNET KILL JOURNALISM?

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Jay-Z Rumored to Bring Roc-Nation to SONY

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With news that Jay-Z has reportedly bought out his contract with Def Jam for $5 million, rumors are circulating that the Brooklyn MC is in talks to bring his Roc Nation imprint to Sony.

HitsDailyDouble.com reports that Jay has several connections to the company. Epic president Amanda Ghost is managed by Roc Nation and Hov’s business partner Jay Brown, and recently Brown has been seen around town on several occasions with Columbia/Epic Label Group Chairman Rob Stringer. Inside sources reportedly involved in the deal say that the partnership should be finalized soon, with Roc Nation releasing material on both Columbia and Epic. Continue reading

Twitter Proposes TV Competition

via Yahoo

NEW YORK – Twitter, the Web site that asks what everybody’s doing, says it wants to be doing a TV series.twitter-logo

The social-networking service said Monday it has teamed with Reveille productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners to develop an unscripted series based on the site, which invites 140-character postings from members around the world.

The show would harness Twitter to put players on the trail of celebrities in an interactive, competitive format.

The producers call their proposed series the first to bring the immediacy of Twitter to the TV screen. Continue reading

Canadian TV rapped for Obama assassination joke

via Yahoo

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s public broadcaster was wrong to show a skit that joked about the possible assassination of U.S. President Barack Obama and suggested he could be a thief, an industry panel ruled on Monday.obama-speech

The New Year’s Eve “Bye Bye” comedy program — shown by the French-language Radio Canada network — generated more than 200 complaints. In one segment, two hosts discussed Obama’s election in November 2008. Obama, who took office in January, is the first black U.S. president.

“We’re not racists. It will be good to have a Negro in the White House. It will be practical. Black on white, it will be easier to shoot him,” one of the show’s hosts remarked. Continue reading

Tyson’s Daughter in ‘Tragic Accident’

Our condolences to the Tyson family…tragic

via FanHouse

PHOENIX (May 25) – Boxer Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter is on life support after she was found with her neck on a treadmill cable Monday, police said.mike_tyson

The girl’s 7-year-old brother found her on a treadmill with her neck on a cable attached to the exercise machine at their Phoenix home, police Sgt. Andy Hill said, calling it a “tragic accident.”
The boy told the girl’s mother, who was in another room. She took the girl off the cable, called 911 and tried to revive her.
Responding officers and firefighters performed CPR on the girl as they rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was in “extremely critical condition” and on life support, Hill said.“Somehow she was playing on this treadmill, and there’s a cord that hangs under the console – it’s kind of a loop,” Hill said. “Either she slipped or put her head in the loop, but it acted like a noose, and she was obviously unable to get herself off of it.”
Hill said former heavyweight champion Tyson had been in Las Vegas but flew to Phoenix immediately after learning of the accident. Police didn’t release the girl’s name.
Tyson could not immediately be reached for comment. Calls to three of his representatives were either not returned or not answered.
Hill said everything in the investigation pointed to an accident. “There’s nothing in the investigation that revealed anything suspicious,” he said.
He added that responding to calls involving children is an officer’s most difficult duty.
“Those are the things that stay with you in your career,” he said. “We always hope for a miracle – not to have the worst happen to a child.”

Stars Align to Honor Tupac on His Bday w/Benefit Concert

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via HipHopGalaxy

AFENI SHAKUR AND MIKE EPPS JOIN FORCES TO PRESENT A STAR-STUDDED BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION & BENEFIT CONCERT FOR HIP-HOP ICON TUPAC SHAKUR SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY MIKE EPPS, CO-HOSTED BY M1 OF DEAD PREZ !

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts is proud to announce a star-studded birthday celebration & all-star benefit concert presented by Afeni Shakur and Hollywood actor/ comedian Mike Epps (June 16, 2009) in honor of the late hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur, it was announced today by Epps’ Naptown Productions.

The unique partnership was created by Epps, who despite juggling a national comedy tour, promotion of the new DVD “Funny Bidness” and two box-office films, “Next Day Air” and “Janky Promoters”, decided to augment his schedule by honoring the late rapper’s birthday with a fund-raising event to support The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts and an unforgettable birthday celebration.

“I’m a long-time fan of Pac’s music. It’s always been the soundtrack for overcoming struggle and when my life was in a desolate place it was his messages that helped bring me through,” says Epps. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for his inspiration. It’s an honor for me to stand alongside his mother, Afeni Shakur in celebrating such a personal Continue reading

T.I. packs Atlanta arena before heading to prison

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via PopEater

ATLANTA -Grammy-winning rapper T.I. told fans he would stay optimistic when he heads to prison on a federal weapons conviction. The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford J. Harris Jr., performed for a packed audience Sunday night in Atlanta’s Philips Arena less than two days before he is to begin serving the sentence of a year and a day.

“I’m going to stand up tall, head up high,” he said. “Thank you for all of your support.”
Many in the packed crowd of about 16,000 people held up encouraging signs, like one reading “T.I. We Will Miss U!”
He must report by noon Tuesday to the Federal Correction Institution at Forrest City, Ark. He was arrested after prosecutors said he tried to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers from undercover federal agents in 2007. Continue reading

[video] Rick Ross on Lift Every Voice

The Biggest Boss bangs a left and goes religious on Curtis. Instead of sitting down with Farrakhan and mediating his beef, he takes the alternate route and goes on BET’s Lift Every Voice and says he feels he’s victorious in his squabble with 50 cuz he has Jesus on his side. Only in Hip Hop, only in Hip Hop folks.

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Batzarro “Batman” New Era 59/50 Fitted Hat.

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Rock-N-Jocks just received in stock this Batzarro “Batman” New Era 59/50 Fitted Hat. This is the hat for all the true batman fans. The front of the hat is light grey, with the upside down embroidered batman logo in black. The bill, sides and the back of the hat are all in royal blue. The back of the hat has the embroidered “DC Comics” logo in black and yellow. Quantities are extremely limited. Go get yours and many more at http://www.rocknjocks.comRock-N-Jocks just received in stock this Batzarro “Batman” New Era 59/50 Fitted Hat. This is the hat for all the true batman fans. The front of the hat is light grey, with the upside down embroidered batman logo in black. The bill, sides and the back of the hat are all in royal blue. The back of the hat has the embroidered “DC Comics” logo in black and yellow. Quantities are extremely limited. Go get yours and many more at http://www.rocknjocks.com

Carmelo Signs Deals with Block Entertainment

via Baller Status

Carmelo Anthony is hoping to take his Denver Nuggets to the NBA Finals by beating the Los Angeles Lakers. But aside from his basketball career, he’s also trying to get thing in the music business going as well.carmeloanthony

The basketball superstar recently inked a deal with Atlanta based label Block Entertainment — responsible for the success of Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe, and the Boyz N Da Hood — for a joint venture with his own Kross Entertainment imprint.

Via the deal, Anthony’s label will focus on breaking their Atlanta artist Diego Ca$h, who has made a name for himself on the mixtape circuit thanks to collabos with heavyweights like DJ Drama and DJ Smallz.

“I am privileged to be in a position where I am able to work with such seasoned individuals in the music industry,” Ca$h said. “I plan to continue to create quality rap music while furthering my brand as a rap artist.”

Anthony is well aware that crossing over from sports to music isn’t the easiest, even with his celebrity status.

“By joining forces with Block Entertainment, I am looking forward to a great business relationship,” the Nuggets stars said. “In addition to long term musical success, this movement will mark new territory in not only the Atlanta market but all over the country as well.” Continue reading

[video] Lebron James Hits The Game Winning 3 Pointer – Cavs Gain 2 Game Lead

What an action-packed day the 22nd was. First we woke up to the “punch” felt around the world, the clocking of Charles Hamilton that has given a proverbial black eye to the weirdo/hipster movement that has already been losing steam of lately and now this. The bonafide shot heard/felt/seen around the world via the phenom KING JAMES. One word: AMAZING

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Brazil fashion show agrees to black model quota

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via Breitbart

Latin America’s top fashion event, the Sao Paulo Fashion Week (SPFW) to be held in Brazil next month, has agreed to boost the number of black models on its catwalks after being targeted by anti-racism campaigners.

Under the terms of the deal, signed Thursday with prosecutors in the state of Sao Paulo, the number of black and indigenous models have to meet a set quota, otherwise fines could be levied against labels taking part.

“The management of the SPFW is going to indicate to all the labels that at least 10 percent of the casting has to be composed of black, African-descendant or indigenous models,” it said on its website.

The move came after the prosecutors threatened legal action against the SPFW’s organizers unless they increase the number of black models.

In the last SPFW, in January, just eight of the 344 models were black. Continue reading

[audio/video] Trappin’ Ain’t Dead x Stay Strapped RMX

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YOUNG JEEZY– Trappin’ Ain’t Dead
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With Gucci Mane making his power moves, Young Jeezy has obviously been in the lab carefully considering his next move. By the sounds of things he’s been cooking up another hood classic. With T.I.P. about to go do his bid, Wayne putting in his bid for Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, and Rick Ross steady losing credibility altitude, the throne is up for grabs.  Who better than the Snowman to heat things up this summer? Here goes the lead single off of his upcoming mixtape, Trappin’ Ain’t Dead and the tracklisting. Continue reading

Citigroup Chairman Dick Parsons Has Love Child With Model…

via Daily News

Picture 11It’s no secret that Citigroup board Chairman Richard Parsons has been working for months to repair the financial giant.

But, until now, even his closest associates didn’t know he also was wrestling with a personal crisis – how to tell his wife and three children he has fathered a child with another woman.

Parsons and model-philanthropist MacDella Cooper are the parents of a baby girl named Ella.

The 61-year-old former Time Warner chairman said only: “This is a private matter, and I prefer not to talk about it at this time.”

Cooper, 32, also declined to discuss the circumstances of her daughter’s birth.

“My private life is private,” the striking beauty said. “I’m sure you can draw your own conclusions.”

Cooper gave birth last August, according to a source, who said Parsons will support the child and has set up a trust fund for her education.

The widely admired executive is said to have become close to the former model – who says she has worked for Ralph Lauren and appeared in Glamour magazine – through his support of her MacDella Cooper Foundation, which she founded in 2004 to help orphans and abandoned children in her homeland of Liberia.

Besides making donations, Parsons was the keynote speaker at her foundation’s gala in October 2007

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[video] Common is DOW JONES

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I’m feeling how they shot this, it really captures the feeling of an old school Blaxploitation flick. Wasn’t that floored by Common‘s performance in Terminator:Salvation but I still do believe he has a future in Hollywood if only he can casted in a roll that is more familiar to his swag. I’m not buying into the tough guy image.

Michelle Obama on Time Magazine

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via The Sheila Files

First Lady Michelle Obama is the cover on the new issue of Time Magazine. “There are thousands of Michelle and Barack Obamas all over this nation,” Mrs. Obama told the newsweekly. And I totally believe that is true. The example that Barack and Michelle have set for this nation has done soooo much for the people they have really no idea.