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.


[pics] Check out 50 Cent’s ‘Sleek Audio’ headphones

Since headphones are selling and the music isn’t, 50 Cent follows Dr. Dre’s brilliant business move by getting involved with Sleek Audio to produce his own line of high end headphones.


via Engadget

Sleek — which tickled our ears quite pleasantly with last year’s SA1 — is apparently gearing up to unveil something special here at CES. Mum’s the word on what, exactly, but judging by the image above, we’re assuming it’ll be a pair of high-end wireless (Kleer?) headphones with the backing of 50 Cent.

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Dynamic Inks Major Deal With Fox Sports Network

Kudos to Felisha and the gang for this new deal with Fox Sports Network. I have seen her take this organization to new heights in the last couple of years. Her persistence with helping to grow and develop producers is unmatched in this industry, where creatives are taken advantage of everyday.

If you are an upcoming producer I suggest that you contact Dynamic Producer and become a member and learn as much as you can about the music industry. Congrats all around and hopefully they make a ton of money with Fox and bring more talented producers to the forefront. Press release below:

Felisha Booker

ATLANTA, GA (11/17/09) — Dynamic Producer has secured a major music licensing agreement for its newly formed division,Dynamic Licensing, to provide music for Fox Sports Network.  Under the agreement, Dynamic Producer will become a main supplier of music synchronized with Fox Sports’ stories, features, and sports clips.  In addition, Dynamic Licensing was tapped to help orchestrate the sonic makeover of FSN’s show, Final Score, a national news sports program that airs nightly.  “We are very pleased with our new found relationship with Dynamic Producer. Their area of expertise is one that we’ve needed to fulfill for sometime.   We look forward to cultivating this relationship,” states Jerry Davis, Music Supervisor, FOX Sports / FSN.  In the fast paced world of sports broadcasting, the demand for exceptionally high quality music is insatiable.  It takes a firm with access to a continuous supply of excellent music to meet that demand.  “This is an exciting moment for us as it puts us one step closer to helping producers realize their potential and monetize their passion for music.  Equally, we look forward to providing FSN with a superior quality of music to accompany their programming,” states Felisha Booker, Founder, Dynamic Producer/Dynamic Licensing.

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Eminem sues Apple & Aftermath Records?

Now can somebody explain to me how this works? How could this stuff go on without Aftermath clearing Eminem’s songs before they gave permission to Apple to post it on iTunes? Somebody is getting fired quick! Read story below:

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via Yahoo

DETROIT – Eminem‘s music publisher wants a bigger slice from Apple.

Eight Mile Style LLC and a co-plaintiff, Martin Affiliated LLC, are suing Apple Inc., claiming they never authorized the use of 93 songs in a downloadable format on Apple’s popular iTunes service.

The non-jury trial is expected to start Thursday in the rapper’s hometown of Detroit, unless a settlement is reached Wednesday with the help of U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia Morgan.

Eight Mile also is suing Aftermath Records, which controls the recordings in question, saying it didn’t have the right to make deals on digital downloads.

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Nipsey Blogs for XXL, Releases Artwork for New Mixtape

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What up y’all it’s ya boy Nipsey Hussle. This first blog I’ma let you know what you can expect from me for the week and what I been gettin into.

I’m out here in LA filming a movie with my homie Ving Rhames called The Wrath of Cain in which I play one of his sons. That shit been mind blowing to me so I’ma take one of my days of bloggin to talk about that. You can expect that on Tuesday. I also been workin on my album South Central State of Mind which drops December 22nd so I been tryin to balance the filming with the music shit.

I just finished my new mixtape Bullets Ain’t Got No Names Vol.3 which is my best work to date. Y’all gonna go nuts when you hear it! That’s hosted by the homie Whoo Kid, Jonny Shipes and The Empire. Below is the cover artwork you see it here first on my XXL takeover so stay tuned I’m here all week. Let me know what yall think of the cover.

Other than that I just been dealing with my everyday life. A lot of people been askin me about how I feel about West Coast music and the state of it and what the problems have been with breakin new artists and what I did to break myself out here so I’ma discuss the whole West Coast music shit and my mind frame on it in my Thursday blog. Friday I’ma give my fans the Updated West Coast and I’ma name my top 5 new artists and top 5 new producers who I wanna shine the spotlight on like my homie Game did for me. Hussle music All Money in No money out…—Nipsey Hu$$le

50 Cent Asks Fans To Join Him At Brooklyn Video Shoot


via XXL

50 Cent is set to film the video for his latest single “OK, Alright” in Brooklyn on Thursday (June 18) and fans looking for some camera shine will be able to get in on the action.

Applicants over the age of 21 can submit photos of themselves to Hot97.com or Thisis50.com and 150 lucky ones will get picked to appear in the video.

The Dr. Dre produced single appears on 50’s War Angel album, the digital LP available for download tonight (June 16). As previoulsy reported, the Queens-bred rapper plans to follow-up the project with more mixtape heat before the oft-delayed Before I Self Destruct drops sometime in the fourth quarter.

“I have two other tapes to follow it,” he revealed last week. “Fourth of July, Sincerely Southside Part 2 coming out with mostly ’90s music on it. Timeless music, classic hit records. Then, after that, there’s a G-Unit mixtape. It’s actually untitled. I’ll be finished with it in the next day or so.” 

[video] Dr. Dre Dr. Pepper Ad

When he’s not slinging The Chronic, the good Doctor is slinging Dr. Pepper and hopefully hyping the anticipation of Detox, which is quickly descending into the “Phantom of all Albums” category. Well, here is the world’s first listen to a Detox beat, courtesy of the good Doctor(s).

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Eminem’s “Relapse” Tarnishes The Alchemist’s Effort, “I Wanted To Throw [My Album] Away”


via SOHH

Eminem‘s official deejay, The Alchemist, recently spoke on what fans should expect from the upcoming release of Relapse and how it could possibly become an instant classic.

Promising a full release of Dr. Dre beats, Al said Em stepped his rhymes up for each track this time around.

“I just got back from Detroit, was with Em for like three or four days working,” Al explained. “Got a chance to listen to the whole album and man, I love my album and it’s coming out in mid-June, when he played his album I wanted to throw mine away, straight up… Like when he was playing me the album, like, I didn’t wanna say it ’cause I was like thinking of his whole body of work and I was like, ‘This might be some of his best body of work,’ in my opinion. It’s 16 Dr. Dre beats, it’s like Em kinda decided, I’m assuming, when was the last time you heard a full production of Dr. Dre’s music through and through, minus one joint, Em did one joint. The attention Dre put on those beats is the equivalent to the attention Em put on to the writing.” (The Maguire) Continue reading

Eminem’s ‘Bottle’ Breaks Digital Record

50 was smart to also snatch this for his album too.


via Billboard

The rap triumvirate of Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent will soar 78-1 on The Billboard Hot 100 to be posted tomorrow morning (Feb. 12) with “Crack a Bottle,” which sets a Nielsen SoundScan record for opening week download sales (418,000).

The first-week sum outpaces the prior mark of 335,000 downloads shifted by T.I. featuring Rihanna in the Oct. 18, 2008, issue. Among all weekly totals, “Bottle” ranks third behind Flo Rida’s “Low” (467,000 on Jan, 12, 2008) and Lady GaGa’s “Just Dance” (419,000 on Jan, 10, 2009).

“Bottle” is the second Hot 100 No. 1 for both Eminem and Dr. Dre. Slim Shady’s only leader was 2002’s “Lose Yourself,” which spent 12 weeks at the summit, while Dre last led in 1996 as a featured artist on Blackstreet’s “No Diggity.” 50 Cent ups his No. 1 take to four, having last topped the list with “Candy Shop” (9 weeks in 2005).

The trio, each with highly anticipated albums on the way, previously collaborated on “Encore,” which peaked at No. 25 on the Hot 100 in January 2005.

Nas to Appear on Detox


via Billboard

Nearly seven months after the release of his Grammy Award-nominated album, “Untitled,” Nas says he’s just “chilling out” these days, “trying to get myself together creatively [and] just [keeping] my head all straight to figure out what the next move is.” That said, the rapper tells Billboard he’s put down a few ideas for new songs on his Blackberry and that he has “a couple of special things up my sleeve that should be unveiled in the next few weeks.” That’s about all he’ll say about them, although he promises that one of the projects “is history.”

After guesting on records by Young Jeezy, the Game, DJ Khaled and Keyshia Cole in 2008, he has a couple of other features lined up for the new year — including a shot on Dr. Dre’s “Detox,” whenever it comes out. “I did a joint. I think it’s crazy,” Nas says of working with Dre. “He’s someone I’d love to do a whole album with one day. He’s incredible. I think he’s the best producer of all time.” Nas is up for two Grammys at the Feb. 8 ceremony in Los Angeles, including best rap album for “Untitled.” “In all honestly, the fact that hip-hop is even at that stage now, for a guy like Lil Wayne to even be nominated for the best album Grammy and me to be nominated, it’s just a blessing,” he says. “Whether I win or lose, I’m happy hip-hop made it that far.”

[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.)


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.


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.”


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.”


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.


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)

Reports Say Em and Dre Music Used for Torture in War Against Terror


via HipHopDX

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that declassified Army documents approved soldiers to use various forms of popular music as torture devices for known terrorism suspects. The documents approve “yelling, loud music, light control: used to create fear, disorient detainee and prolong capture shock.” Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who served as U.S. military commander in Iraq, authorized the torture technique in September of 2003.

Binyam Mohammed who was held at the “Dark Prison” in Kabul, Afghanistan says U.S. forces bombarded him with repeated listens of Dr. Dre, Eminem, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica, which left inmates screaming and smashing their heads against prison cell walls.

“There was loud music, [Eminem‘s] ‘Slim Shady’ [click to read] and Dr. Dre for 20 days. I heard this nonstop over and over,” says Mohammed. “The CIA worked on people, including me, day and night for the months before I left. Plenty lost their minds.”

While few are sympathetic to the plights of alleged terrorists, despite the fact that many of the practices violate Geneva Conventions, some of the artists whose songs were used are quite upset.

Tom Morello, whose work with Rage Against the Machine was also used, has joined with a group of other musicians to protest the use of their music as a weapon.

“I suggest that they level Guantanamo Bay, but they keep one small cell and they put Bush in there…and they blast some Rage Against the Machine,” Morello said.

Dr. Dre Sues Friend For $100,000

via HipHopDX

Dr. Dre has filed a lawsuit against Bruce Williams [click to read], author of Rollin’ With Dre: The Unauthorized Account: An Insider’s Tale of the Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of West Coast Hip Hop for a sum of $101,377.85.

According to TMZ.com, Dre alleges that he loaned Williams the money, which was never returned.

Williams released the book last march, which detailed his life working alongside the Hip Hop producer. He was described as Dr. Dre’s go-to guy for over 16 years. The book touches on Dre’s personal and professional life, as well as describing some of the more mysterious events in Hip Hop, such as Death Row’s internal operations.

It is, at this point, unclear what Dre’s alleged loan was for ; in Williams’ book, he details a falling out with the

Dr. Dre’s 20 Year-Old Son Found Dead in LA

via Hip Hop DX

According to The Los Angeles Times, the 20 year-old son of Hip Hop superstar Dr. Dre was found dead Saturday morning, when his mother attempted to wake him.

The city’s coroner told the newspaper that reports stated that the young man born Andre Young, Jr. had been in Los Angeles partying, when he returned to his mother’s Woodland Hills, California residence at approximately 5:30 am.

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Associate Accuses Rev Al of Shaking Down Dr. Dre For Half-A-Mil

Sharpton Shakedown?

via HipHop DX

In an upcoming interview for HipHopDX with Dr. Dre’s former right hand man for over a decade, Bruce Williams, it was revealed that Rev Al Sharpton gave Dr. Dre and his Aftermath camp an ultimatum – Half a million to squash the 50 Cent/Game beef or they would march.

“He said if we didn’t have a million, we marching. It’s that easy,” Williams stated exclusively to HipHopDX. He also makes mention of the situation in his recently released book “Rollin With Dre.”

“We got a lot of black leaders that don’t do shit to me. I don’t see what they do,” he continues. “In the (Game/50) situation (Sharpton and company) are going to come and say ‘we need X amount of money’, whether you are going to give it to charity or not? Why don’t you come and say ‘hey, let’s all of us sit down and figure this out?’ Don’t come and say ‘give me a half a million dollars or we marching!’ That didn’t even get the situation resolved. You seen it. They didn’t even look like they squashed anything.”
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Idris Elba, The Game,& Common Tops at The Box Office

Scene from this weekend's #1 movie Prom Night
Some of urban culture’s biggest stars had a major impact in this weekend’s movie tallys. Eldris Elba star of box office hit Prom Night, is enjoying a sucessful transition to Hollywood from being reverred on television’s The Wire.. And hip hop superstars The Game & Common prove that they are viable movie stars in Kenau Reeve’s Street Kings. Their movies clocked in at the 1 & 2 positions to lead this weeks new movie releases.

The teen horror movie “Prom Night” was the belle of the ball at the weekend box office in North America, earning an estimated $22 million during its first three days, distributor Sony Pictures said on Sunday.

Also new was the violent cop thriller “Street Kings,” starring Keanu Reeves, at No. 2 with a solid $12 million, and the dark family comedy “Smart People” at No. 7 with a modest $4.2 million.

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The Game Surrenders to Authorities


The Game has finally turned his self in to do 60 daysfor alledgely having a gun and making terroristic threats. Claiming that he was innocent and did not want an expensive trial  he opted to plead guilty. With no single or release date for LAX in sight, maybe this short time away will spark some fire back into The Game.

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Dr. Dre Develops Line of Beverages

Source: SOHH
Dr. Dre will be mixing more than tracks thanks to the latest venture he’s signed on to endorse. In conjunction with Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd Dre has assumed responsibility to market and develop his own signature line of alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages. According to J. Patrick Kenny, President & CEO of Drinks Americas said, “We are thrilled to be working with Dr. Dre, a true icon, as an owner and our partner in brands that will reflect his tastes and personality. Unlike hiring a celebrity to help grow an existing brand, Dr. Dre is an equity owner of the brands and will be involved as our partner at every stage of the process.” Only in Hip Hop can you endorse an alcoholic beverage while the world awaits the release of the long awaited album “Detox.” Ah, gotta love the irony. In addition to this new venture Dre has also signed on this year to endorse his own line of heaphones via a deal with Monster and he has partnered with New Line Cinema to form his own film company called Crucial Films.