We’ll always love Big Poppa.
Just paid tribute to late/great #BiggieSmalls on House floor. Gone but never forgotten. #WhereBrooklynAt
We’ll always love Big Poppa.
Just paid tribute to late/great #BiggieSmalls on House floor. Gone but never forgotten. #WhereBrooklynAt
“..they got money for wars but can’t feed the poor..”
Chinese billionaire and Alibaba founder Jack Ma believes that improper distribution of funds and hyper inflated US military spending, not globalization or other countries “stealing” US jobs, is behind the economic decline in America.
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.”
Another icon of the black community has passed away. Producers of the upcoming Tupac biopic are definitely going to press the gas with getting this into the theaters with the untimely passing of Afeni.
via Daily News
Afeni Shakur Davis, mother of late rap legend Tupac Shakur who was the subject of one of his most iconic songs and who oversaw his posthumous legacy, has died. She was 69 years old.
Marin County deputies responded to Shakur’s home in Sausalito, Calif., Monday night after she suffered a possible cardiac arrest, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday morning. She was taken to a local hospital and died just before 10:30 p.m.
Ran into this on accident this morning.
A revolutionary new way to watch YouTube.
Hello, After more than 20 years, I’ve finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the biggest turning point in popular music, and ultimately American society. I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making this story public as I was reluctant to implicate the individuals who were present that day. So I’ve simply decided to leave out names and all the details that may risk my personal well being and that of those who were, like me, dragged into something they weren’t ready for.
Between the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was what you may call a “decision maker” with one of the more established company in the music industry. I came from Europe in the early 80’s and quickly established myself in the business. The industry was different back then. Since technology and media weren’t accessible to people like they are today, the industry had more control over the public and had the means to influence them anyway it wanted. This may explain why in early 1991, I was invited to attend a closed door meeting with a small group of music business insiders to discuss rap music’s new direction. Little did I know that we would be asked to participate in one of the most unethical and destructive business practice I’ve ever seen.
The meeting was held at a private residence on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I remember about 25 to 30 people being there, most of them familiar faces. Speaking to those I knew, we joked about the theme of the meeting as many of us did not care for rap music and failed to see the purpose of being invited to a private gathering to discuss its future….
Go HERE to get the full story and opportunities to support this movie.
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.
What he said.
She uploaded this nugget of Hip Hop history a few hours ago. Biggie mentions doing a song with Tupac further displaying their close relationship before all the bullshit seeped in.
Poetess interviews the Notorious BIG in 1993 at the New Music Seminar in New York. Speaks on debut album and more.
Real talk from some vets in the game.
The one thing that confuses me about this story is how did Suge wind up killing his good friend when he alleged was attacked by two other men. Weird story indeed.
Suge Knight’s lawyer tells TMZ he’s confident murder charges will not be filed because his client has a sold defense … mortal fear.
Suge Knight has the award locked up for most drama-filled existence in the history of mankind and who can live to talk about it. More below from TMZ
Sources tell TMZ Suge’s lawyer is arranging for his client’s surrender to the Sheriff’s Dept. It is unclear if law enforcement will arrest Suge for hit and run or manslaughter. It’s possible the cops could conclude Suge is not legally on the hook because he fled out of fear for his life.
Suge Knight got into a fight on the set of a film project in Compton, ran over a man who later died, and then fled the scene.
This is a Must Watch for everybody.
Jeff interviews author John Potash, topics include: the corrupt oligarchy, Tupac Shakur, Tupac was an an activist before becoming a rapper, FBI war on Tupac Shakur, Black Panthers as community activists, Huey Newton, Black Panther Cubs, Mike Tyson, entrapment, targeting of political musicians, Death Row Records was a US intelligence front, conspiracy and cover up, MK Ultra, CIA and drugs, Afghanistan, Kurt Cobain, Jimmi Hendrix, and much more.
Wise words from Mr. Shakur.
Suge Knight speaks on his recent shooting whereas he was hit six times by an unknown assailant at Club 1 Oak in Los Angeles.
Dr. Dre’s burgeoning relationship with Apple has been in the making for sometime, so all the stiff suit analysts can’t stop with the shock and awe that this deal is going down. Dre and Jimmy Iovine from the start said that they wanted to build the new Apple with Beats Electronics.
Angie Martinez teases some of a 2 hour interview with Hip Hop legend 2 Pac Shakur she has held onto for years and says it was never released as to not add to the East Coast, West Coast beef that was brewing at the time.
Just when you thought you had seen and heard every ounce on and off the mic of legendary Hip Hop superstar Tupac’s life comes another documentary from one of his personal videographers. More info below:
In the trailer to 7 Dayz, the forthcoming documentary from onetime Tupac videographer, Gobi M. Rahimi, the man ‘Pac agreed to let film what would be the final months of his life recalls in the immediate aftermath of that September 7, 1996 shooting, says he witnessed a nurse at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada inform Suge Knight’s mother that her son “is fine,” as he was just cut by either flying glass or a piece of shrapnel and would require only stitches for his injuries.
After TMZ broke the story about a Tupac sextape many in the Hip Hop community doubted the validity of the claims but TMZ has quashed any of that talk by releasing screen shots of the tape. Hit the jump to see the pics:
I guess Pac is back in more ways than one. Whoever this girl is she is about to become wildly famous and probably just as embarrassed. Hopefully she is not some soccer mom with a bunch a kids cause her kids are gonna get ridiculed like crazy.
A five-minute sex tape showing Tupac receiving oral sex while rapping and dancing has surfaced … and TMZ has seen it.
The tape, shot in 1991, begins with a bunch of groupies in a living room during a house party. Tupac walks into the room with his pants down to his ankles, his shirt off … sporting several chains.
This will definitely be a must watch even though he is probably the most hated man in Hip hop history I would dare to say.
Training Day’s Antoine Fuqua will direct and produce the tentatively titled project based on the life and exploits of the Death Row Records co-founder. Black Swan’s Bradley J. Fischer will produce alongside Fuqua. The Knight doc is the first in a series of new documentaries produced by Showtime that will spotlight iconic and controversial figures to be overseen by filmmakers.
Check out the final video to Meek Mill’s banger with Rick Ross ‘Tupac Back’
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Well it seems this story has sparked interest from the NYPD.
via Huff Post
NEW YORK — New York City police have begun an investigation into an online posting supposedly from a convicted felon who claims to have shot and robbed slain rapper Tupac Shakur.
Police spokesman Paul Browne said Wednesday if police determine the post is legitimate they will seek to interview the prisoner.
The claim was posted on the website AllHipHop.com. The person says he was paid $2,500 by another hip hop mogul to rob Shakur outside a studio in Manhattan in 1994. Shakur suffered gunshot wounds but eventually recovered. He was later killed in 1996 in an unsolved slaying.
Wow. We have definitely have been in a crazy resurgence of everything Tupac culminating with the street banger “Tupac Back” courtesy of Maybach Music signee Meek Mills and Rick Rozay. Now comes this out of the world news that Dexter Isaac has not only admitted to shooting Tupac Shakur back in 1994, but that Jimmy Rosemond aka Jimmy Henchmen paid him $2500 to do it. Unbelievable.
A man has admitted to shooting rap star Tupac Shakur in 1994 after allegedly being paid $2,500 dollars by James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond inside Manhattan’s Quad Studios in November of 1994.
Dexter Isaac, a former friend of Rosemond, is an inmate currently serving life in prison for murder, robbery and other offenses.
Isaac came forward Wednesday (June 15th) with the information on the eve of what would be Tupac’s 40th birthday.
Last week twitter was all abuzz about Suge Knight being arrested for the death of Biggie Smalls aka Notorious B.I.G. Well it seems that it was not some unfounded hoax, and that new evidence concerning the case has arisen.
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A task force made up of local and federal law enforcement agencies is actively pursuing leads into the 1997 slaying of hip hop artist Christopher Wallace, better known as Biggie Smalls or Notorious B.I.G., according to two sources familiar with the investigation. According to one law enforcement source, the investigation into the 13-year-old unsolved case was “reinvigorated” months ago as a result of new information, but the source would not elaborate further because of the ongoing investigation that includes the Los Angeles Police Department, L.A. County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI.
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:
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.
As a big fan of Tupac and the Outlaws, I was very shocked to see the transformation of group member Napoleon into a devout Muslim. Here is the trailer to his upcoming documentary called Napoleon: Life Of An Outlaw. Looks incredible.
Napoleon: Life Of An Outlaw is an upcoming Documentary about the life of Mutah Beale, better known as Napoleon of Tupac Shakur’s rap group the Outlawz.
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.
Will we see Tupac’s greatest hits now hocking cars? 18 million was probably a bargain for this historic catalog.
Music publisher EverGreen, which owns the catalogs of 2 Live Crew, Third Eye Blind, MC Hammer, Tupac Shakur and others, has signed a deal with WIDEawake, the Canada-based development company that acquired the assets of Death Row Records earlier this year, to be the worldwide administrative company of the legendary rap label. As part of a long-term arrangement, EverGreen will administer and handle licensing for all of the compositions and master recordings in the Death Row catalog, as well as the processing of all mechanical and performance royalties in the catalog.
“After purchasing the Death Row catalog in January, WIDEawake began looking for a partner to help monetize their rights,” David Schulhof, co-CEO of EverGreen, tells Billboard.com. “We already had a relationship through the estate of Tupac Shakur; WIDEawake was looking for an exclusive boutique company to help focus on licensing in the film, television, video game and ad world; and because we own the catalogs of Tupac and 2 Live Crew and Teddy Riley and others, they knew we already had experience in the genre. So, it just felt like the obvious choice for them to partner up with us for Death Row.”
With the new joint venture, WIDEawake extends EverGreen’s rights to market, promote and collect royalties on all the copyrights and master recordings in the Death Row catalog, including more than 10,000 released and unreleased songs by such artists as Tupac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound, Kurupt, Daz Dillinger and Nate Dogg, to list a few. It also includes never-before released albums by Crooked I, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, RBX, The Lady of Rage, Warren G, K-Solo, Danny Boy and DJ Quick, among others.
Somebody opened the B.I.G. floodgates this year. Must be Freedom of Information Act
From all firsthand accounts, the 1997 party was legendary. Everyone danced the night away and popped bottles. Big’s “Hypnotize” spun incessantly. No one had any idea that tragedy awaited them. Footage of the party has recently surfaced on the Net, and true to the stories from 12 years ago, heavy revelry abounds.
More than seven minutes from an amateur recording of the party show highlights such as Puff Daddy dancing to “All About the Benjamins” surrounded by a circle of women, along with various crowd shots of stars such as Missy Elliott, Irv Gotti, DJ Klark Kent, DJ Clue, Chris Tucker and Ginuwine. The party spinner, identified as DJ Ace, shouts out people such as Da Brat, Aaliyah and Jermaine Dupri. A note at the bottom of the screen said Biggie himself refused to be videotaped.
While the party was in L.A., the time on the tape seems to be in Eastern Time. Big left the party at 12:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m., but the video has everyone partying at 1:30 a.m. The party was actually shut down before that because it was too crowded.
“Rest In Peace to Tupac” – Ed Lover @ 5:58min
Whoever put this together analyzed the tape like he was the FBI, even caught a glimpse of Chris Tucker walking around.
For 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.
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.)”
(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)
With thousands of unheard songs by hip-hop heavyweights Tupac and Snoop Dogg, among others hitting the auction block later this month, fans would think they would have no problem finding buyers, but it seems as if former owner, Suge Knight, is a real turnoff.
New York’s Daily News reports that Knight’s Death Row Records will be going up for sale on January 15 but the label founder’s shady reputation may make it a tough sell. A source tells the paper that, “Some people don’t want to go near the catalog because they think Suge still believes it’s his.”
The former hip-hop mogul was forced to put the music up for sale after filing for bankruptcy in ’06. Authorities have tried unsuccessfully to put the extensive library on the auction block before, but all the prior deals have fell through. As XXLmag.com previously reported, Suge was accused of hiding a portion of Death Row’s catalog from Global Music Group, an indie that tried to buy the West Coast label last year.
Along with Death Row going up for sale, Knight’s Malibu mansion was auctioned off for $4.5 million just last month. The 8,272 square-feet house was built seven years ago and has 9.5 bathrooms, a pool, a spa and mountain and ocean views. It’s estimated value is over $6.2 million.
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Many of today’s biggest rap stars have something in common besides successful careers: they’ve all been shot and have lived to rap about it. Their tales of gunplay, their reactions to the violence, and their changed attitudes after having survived near-death experiences are varied and always compelling.
NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLET takes the viewer deep into the psyche of these incredibly talented artists, who share a common thread: the permanent physical scars from the bullets that almost took them out and the corresponding emotional scars that affect them in profound and personal ways.
via Wooohah/Sandra Rose
I wish I was a dad so I could make my kids get me this for Father’s Day. And I don’t even play chess. This chess set was featured in the recent viral Greg Street/Jermaine Dupri video and features 32 hand crafted chess figurines of hip-hop’s greatest artists including Snoop, Jay-Z, Missy, Luda and of course Biggie and Tupac. Set will cost you $5 grand and can be ordered at Incidentals. RZA should be all over this. Check out more closeup pics after the jump.
Death of a Dynasty?
They say a picture is worth a thousand words…well this one says it all! Check the pics of the culprit, the man responsible for putting a LEGEND to bed and they even got pics of Suge and his boys rat-packing the dude.
Death of a Dynasty?
The brawler, who owns a barbershop in L.A., tells us he was playfully arguing with a friend outside the club about money when Suge, who’s also friends with the man, misunderstood and thought it was serious. He stepped up to defend his boy — and that’s when the altercation took place. He also says reports he had a weapon are untrue.
Get this — the barber (he didn’t want us to use his name) is only 5’10” and weighs 173 lbs. Suge stands 6’3″ and tips the scales at 315 lbs. Dayum!
Source: My Way News/AP via Blender
Ohh how sweet it is to find out that some of your most sanitized commercial artists are really not as squeaky clean and dumb as you would like them to be. With political season in high gear, it is only right that a R&B mega-star would add some of her most controversial theories to an image that has always been just shut up and sing.
There’s another side to Alicia Keys: conspiracy theorist. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter tells Blender magazine:
“‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. ‘Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.”
Keys, 27, said she’s read several Black Panther autobiographies and wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck “to symbolize strength, power and killing ’em dead,” according to an interview in the magazine’s May issue, on newsstands Tuesday.
Another of her theories: That the bicoastal feud between slain rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. was fueled “by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing.”
Tupac& Biggie Freesyle
LA Times who themselves have had shakeups in their news divisions this week with their focus being shifted to the web, have totally retracted their story provided by Chuck Phillips.The story “An Attack on Tupac Shakur Launched a Hip-Hop War” made news about two weeks ago when Phillips charged that he had evidence that Diddy and Jimmy Rosemond had prior knowledge of an violent shooting and assault on legendary rapper Tupac at a recording studio in NYC.
An article and related materials published on the Los Angeles Times website on March 17 have been removed from the site because they relied heavily on information that The Times no longer believes to be credible.
The Times has since concluded that the FBI reports were fabricated and that some of the other sources relied on — including the person Philips previously believed to be the “confidential source” cited in the FBI reports — do not support major elements of the story.
Full retraction here
Still recovering from a severe stroke, Cali crooner Nate Dogg has been ordered to leave the guns alone and to take a domestic violence course. This all stems from an incident in 06. Full story at Thug Life Army
LA Times reporter Chuck Phillips who set a new firestorm of press with his recent article about the shooting Tupac Shakur at Quad Studios. The article stated that associates of Sean “Puffy” Combs organized the ambush on Tupac and that he and Biggie Smalls knew of its occurence a week prior. Chuck has given a new interview which he feels that these murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur would be solved if it were “Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie”. Click here for interview