[video] Dr. Umar Johnson on Prince, Michael Jackson & 2Pac’s Deaths Being Set Up

Since the recording of these interviews Dr. Umar has taken issue with the titling of Vlad’s previous parts of this interview even going so far as to calling him a ‘fuckboy’. Now Dr. Umar may have a point but taking the most salacious part of an interview no matter how minuscule is part of click bait marketing in order to gain as many views as possible. It probably lines Vlad’s youtube ad revenue bottomline but it also gives Dr. Umar more people watching his interviews.

Dr. Umar Johnson stopped by VladTV to talk about his thoughts regarding the murders of Prince, Michael Jackson and Tupac. Dr. Umar began by providing background on the deaths of the late celebrities. “Michael Jackson owned the rights to the Beetles; he owned a significant portion of Elvis’s catalog, who’s more popular than them, two guys? In the world of white music, and a black man owns the rights, Sony Records deliberately sabotaged Michael Jacksons last album…” Umar explained that if Michael had gone on tour, he would have had the liquid cash to pay off a debt he owed to Sony Records and he would have been able to keep his catalog. Umar went on to go into depth about how he feels the music industry works. “You know the music industry functions like any other white racist society; it gets down to lay down, so Michael was murdered.”

[video] Mopreme Shakur: 2Pac Knew He Was Gonna Die Early

– Mopreme Shakur, rapper and older step-brother to the late Tupac Shakur, recently sat down with VladTV and spoke about what drove ‘Pac to work so hard in the studio and what it means to hear his music today.

“It makes it easier to deal with him not being here,” Mopreme responded when asked about how he feels when he hears 2Pac’s music. “You smile because he did everything he said he was going to do.”

“It was just a shame we lost him so early,” Mopreme continued. “But I think in the spiritual realm – his inner clock – he knew he was gonna go early.”

Watch the clip to hear more from a somber Mopreme about his step-brother’s sense that death was not far off, and how it motivated him to work harder than everyone else to get his message out.

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My name is Gobi M. Rahimi and I had the honor of directing and producing Tupac Shakur’s music videos during his time at Death Row Records.
A few weeks before Pac was shot, I wrote the letter that Tupac signed, firing Suge Knight and his lawyer David Kenner. After that, the tension between Tupac and his label soared to new heights.
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Baby Makes Bold Claim: Says Lil Wayne’s Accomplishments Have Surpassed B.I.G. & Pac

 

 

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When rumors first surfaced back in January about Lil Wayne’s plan to release a rock album called Rebirth (Cash Money/Universal), a collective wave of WTF? quickly spread over the Internet. After all, Wayne’s sixth solo album Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal, 2008) was last year’s highest-selling rap album and easily one of the year’s high points for most rap fans. But, fear not: According to Bryan “Baby” Williams, Wayne’s mentor and father figure, as well as Cash Money Records co-CEO, the new album is less about Wayne going rock and more about him experimenting and growing as an artist.

“It’s not a rock record,” Baby told VIBE recently during an exclusive interview. “That’s what I think people are getting misunderstood. When you speaking about a rock record, you think he’s got a guitar and everything, but it’s not that. It’s going to be some of those types of beats, but it’s just great music. I don’t think no artist can do what he about to get done. My son is a rock star.”

Wayne’s first foray into the world of rock certainly sounds like he’s trying to switch up his sound. In January, he released Rebirth’s first official single, “Prom Queen,” which peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two weeks ago, he unleashed “Hot Revolver,” the album’s second single, which has climbed as high as #33 on the Hot 100. And just last week, a video emerged of Wayne, who has been attempting to learn to play the guitar for several years now, strumming along to a recording of “Prom Queen.” (Watch below) Still, Baby insists, he hasn’t lost his love for rap music. Continue reading

Death Row Records: The Aftermath

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During the ‘90s, Death Row Records linked the sound and do it yourself ethic of Stax and Motown with Hip Hop. It laid the blueprint for No Limit, Roc-A-Fella and a half dozen other independent labels. Along with the trademark sound emerged tales of industry shakedowns, studio beatdowns and a conflict that left two of Hip Hop’s greatest contributors dead. Things got so bad that Dr. Dre then Snoop Dogg and nearly everyone else departed, leaving thousands of unreleased recordings and plenty of drama in their trail. A few who chose to remain occasionally made headlines. As a shell of its former self, Death Row brought in a steady trickle of a couple million dollars annually, until a crippling lawsuit forced the label to sell its assets in a recent auction.

Canada’s WIDEawake Enertainment purchased the remaining Death Row assets for $18 million, simultaneously ending and starting a new era. As questions arose about the reintroducing the label’s analog material in a now digital Hip Hop landscape, the new owners promised a drastic change in the way business was conducted. After nearly a decade of re-releasing bootlegs and b-sides that were better left on the cutting room floor, stories of a board of trustees led by a suburban soccer-mom did little to ease the fears of die-hard Death Row fans.

In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, WIDEAwake/Death Row CEO Lara Lavi and Senior Vice President John Payne cut through the clichéd press clippings to explain why they can equally relate to the suits who write the checks and the artists who cash them. With ties that reach back to Death Row’s infancy as Future Shock Records, John and Lara have offered a full pardon of sorts for all the artists and music stranded on Death Row. In the following pages, you can judge if they’ll successfully take the hood off of Death Row’s iconic mascot without taking the hood out of the label’s master recordings.

HipHopDX: What initially attracted you to the Death Row purchase?
John Payne:
I was actually with Death Row from the very beginning. I did the Deep Cover Soundtrack, and I helped formulate the direction Death Row took before it kind of went a little negative. When the company went bankrupt, I worked with the trustees in identifying everything. Continue reading

Death Row Catalog Going On Sale…Suge Having Worst Month Ever

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First Suge gets knocked out cold out at an L.A. club, now he’s being forced to sell off his once-mighty Death Row empire.

After filing for bankruptcy in 2006, a judge has ordered that all assets for Death Row be auctioned off to the highest bidder on June 24. That’s some serious stuff, as it includes the rights to all the recordings of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre. The minimum starting bid is a measly $24 mil.

Get your bid in by June 10 if you’re looking for your own original copy of “The Chronic.”

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