Friday. 9.8.06 2:02 pm
Friday. 9.8.06 1:41 pm
For all the Mary J. Blige fans who have been wondering about all the random new music is coming from, wonder no more. It seems Ms. Blige is releasing a new CD this year just around Thanksgiving.
Despite selling over 700,000 copies of The Breakthrough during it's first week of sales during last year's holiday rush, many of you said you didn't see what was SOHH special about the album. You said you were tired of Mary whining and her 'woe is me' approach to music.
Well this new album will be more of the same since it is the long-awaited greatest hits collection that was suppose to be released last year. As you remember The Breakthrough replaced Reminisce, last year's original scheduled release. Check out some of the songs that might be on Mary's new CD.
Listen to "Outta My Head"
Listen to "Turn Off The Lights" featuring Jay-Z
The new CD may also include "If I Don't Love You This Way" and "Fever". Download them here:
If I Don't Love You This Way and Fever.
But if you are not moved, feel free to stick around for our...
SOHH SOULFUL TOP 5 SONGS OF THE MOMENT!
Omarion - "Electric"
This dude ain't half bad. Don't let the baby hair fool you.
Justin Timberlake featuring Snoop - "Pose"
JT is the shit. One by one he is converting Usher fans to JT's Witnesses. Let the church say AMEN!
Mya - "How We Carry"
Don't sleep on Mya. She bosses up a little on this track that is clearly for the ladies.
Beyonce - "Irreplaceable"
One of the more bearable tracks from B'Day... "I can have another you in a minute...."
Christina Aguilera - "Hurt"
While Mimi is off on an adventure, this voice is a suitable seatfiller.
BONUS... check out this Usher featuring Pharrell track titled "Don't Take It Personal." I am not sure if it's new or left over from Confession
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Friday. 9.8.06 1:28 pm
Kelefa Sanneh of the New York Times is fastly becoming one of my favorite writers. In the Thursday, September 7th issue Sanneh pens a story about there not being a true summer hip-hop hit. Looking at the songs that ruled the Billboard charts, Shakira featuring Wyclef's "Hips Don't Lie", Nelly Fertado featuring Timbaland's "Promiscuous Girl" and Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" all come to mind, however none are a true hip-hop hit, and of course none are a true R&B hit.
But since we are in a culture where traditional radio is almost obsolete and iTunes and last.fm rules the popularity of songs I ask, what song ruled your summer? (add me as a friend on last.fm, user name: cartierkev so I can see what y'all listening to!)
At the top of the summer many latched on to LeToya Luckett's "Torn." Some were more into Chingy featuring Tyrese with "Pulling Me Back." One or two of your probably featured "Call On Me" by Janet Jackson featuring Nelly or "Deja Vu" by Jayonce. Last night, I looked at my iTunes and last.fm charts and it seems that Brandy gets the most burn on my computer even with no new material release. For some reason Cherish was pretty high on my list too. I reset the count on them just because that wasn't a good look.
What's on repeat in your car, cd changer, iTunes, Windows Media Player, Music Match Jukebox, WinAmp, 8 Track or casette player?
But now that summer is over and the picnics, roof top BBQs and concerts in the park are being replaced with house parties and weekend getaways (big up to those hitting the big Philly Meet Up) I have a few predictions for the fall.
John Legend's "Save Room" will run amuck on both urban and adult contemporary radio. Have you seen the video? Check it out. (best viewed in I.E.)
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I like that song... a lot.
I also predict that the lines between pop and R&B will blur even more with highly anticpated releases scheduled by Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Omarion, Mya and Alicia Keys.
If none of those work for you maybe a few of these will.
Chingyfeaturing Timbaland - "Let Me Love U"
Johnta Austin - "U Remind Me"
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Friday. 9.8.06 1:22 pm
It's not even a question; Trae is Houston's No.1 hip-hop draft pick at the moment. One spin of his madly enjoyable Rap-A-Lot debut, Restless, and you're convinced that this guy is in another realm. So, why have mass media outlets like BET and MTV constantly turned their backs on one of H-Town's finest? SOHH Houston caught up with the Screwed Up Click afficionado to discuss the shocking reasons behind BET's refusal to air his videos, why the original version of "Swang" never was taken off the album, and the long term implication of his stunted record sales. Swing in.
SOHH Rizoh: You're the No.1 draft out of Texas right now. Are you feeling any pressure?
Trae: Nah. I know I'll represent the city right. So, there's not any pressure.
SOHH Rizoh: "Swang" has been a huge hit for you. What really happened with the sample clearance situation?
Trae: It wasn't really so much as Michael Jackson to clear it. It was a dude named Rod Temperton or something. He just don't clear samples. He only cleared it twice -- for LL and Boyz II Men. What I did was I came back and remixed it once, my vibe wasn't there. We remixed it a second time and that was it.
SOHH Rizoh: What was the vibe in the studio when yall recorded that song?
Trae: I had it done for awhile. I was on the road a lot so I didn't have a chance to sit down and go over my songs. When I got back to town and I really started working on my album heavy; I went and got with Hawk. We were at Mike D's house. I let Hawk hear it and me being the youngest one out of the camp, he was like, "That's gonna be a good look, bro." We ended up just doing the shit. We ended up adding another verse, so there's really four verses. There's a verse that people have never heard with me that was took out. Hawk did the spot of that verse. We're just giving back to our whole culture and our whole community and city because we're heavy believers of what we rhyme for, which is screwed up click movement. We did that with giving respect to Screw and Pat. But now the song is meant for Screw, Pat, and Hawk. The song means a lot more to me now. I take the song more serious. I love Hawk like we were out of the same womb, that's my bro. There's alot of crazy stuff that happened, but you know it made me stronger.
SOHH Rizoh: A lot of people mistake you for a newcomer but you've defintely been doing your thing for a long time. Why do you think it took so long for the buzz to finally catch on?
Trae: I never used a branch, a certain way to get advanced. I made my own way. I wasn't featured on a lot of people's shit and I wasn't seen with a lot of people. I was just always doing my own thing. I ended up bringing myself to how it needed to be.
SOHH Rizoh: Let's talk about your commercial expectations for this album. What did you...
Trae: I mean, right now... With me they know I'm like a longevity artist. I don't have to sell alot of units upfront because I'm going to sell over a long period of time. if you realize all people have to do is see or hear me. Once they see or hear me, it's on. So that's the situation with me right now.
SOHH Rizoh: Speaking of that, any plans of getting a video on BET?
Trae: Man, "Swang" was the most perfect video they could have had for BET and they didn't--
SOHH Rizoh: They didn't like that?
Trae: They just didn't buy it. Maybe it's because I didn't [gestures with his hands as if handling money]
SOHH Rizoh: Payola?
Trae: I don't want to put there business out there like that but I'm just saying ... I don't know.
SOHH Rizoh: Any plans for a follow up video? Maybe for the...
Trae: I don't know, because I do videos out of my own pocket. So it's like I don't want to waste no more money, man. Because that "Swang" video was it. Looking at all the shit they play, it's no way in hell that that shouldn't have made it.
SOHH Rizoh: That's not the one you were talking about that you spent $25,000 on?
Trae: Nah. I was actually talking about the other video I had before that.
SOHH Rizoh: Before "Swang"?
Trae:Yeah. And the funny thing is like how they got all them ... with the ... I had .. It was like I was already ahead of them. Before they even had them Hype Williams videos with the screens, I already had double screens, live as hell.
SOHH Rizoh: What did they say was the problem?
Trae: I didn't have girls.
SOHH Rizoh: That's crazy.
Trae: Enough eye candy. That's what it was.
SOHH Rizoh: Oh really. Was this from BET or MTV?
Trae: I don't think MTV even paid us no attention. That was straight BET.
SOHH Rizoh: Now it's alot easier to rhyme about the culture or rhyme about the lifestyle. You do alittle bit of that but you don't indulge in it.
Trae: Reality is always gonna be around and never go nowhere. That's the shit I live by.
SOHH Rizoh: Changing the topic a little bit. I spoke to 'Ro [Z-Ro] before he went in. He said that after his next album he's not gonna rap anymore. I'm sure he's probably mentioned it to you. What advice did you give him?
Trae: What it is man, me and 'Ro came up together. He's my cousin. When we're not in the same enviroment, we do our own thing. Sometimes, the vibe don't always be what it we use to. So, he might feel like that.... I think when he comes home I'm gonna have him around and we gonna have him on track like it's suppose to be.
SOHH Rizoh: You're both on Rap-A-Lot, though.
Trae: I just came on Rap-A-Lot. I've been on Rap-A-Lot on street level but I just came to Rap-A-Lot on as far as rap. We're gonna be alright. Right now my main focus isn't even music, my main focus first is making sure he's alright while he gone. My little brother gone too and my brother Dinkie gone. Well, hell that's what you see on the shirt [straightens his white tee to reveal the faces of the three incarcerated family members emblazoned on it].
SOHH Rizoh: That's a lot of pressure.
Trae: Yeah. This is what I do.
SOHH Rizoh:Someone sent me this [paper] and from what I can tell, Z-Ro is supposed to be out in 2008.
Trae: Two thousand-what!!!??? He's eligible for parole in December, right?
SOHH Rizoh: That's what the paper says.
Trae: Right now...he'll be home soon. F**k what the paper says. God first. Real talk, he'll be home soon. Just remember that. It ain't gon' be in 2008.
SOHH Rizoh: Hopefully not. What exactly did he go in for anyway?
Trae: Some of that stuff is really personal, man. But, the point is they were stopped and the search didn't go right, man. My little brother is in there with him right now, too.
SOHH Rizoh: You think the cops might have been profiling him?
Trae: The cops knew what they were doing. The bad part is that it was the Black cop. The other cops weren't really trippin' but the Black part was the one that was really trippin' about it.
SOHH Rizoh: That's really messed up. Finally I want to ask you your opinion on this. It's been kinda quiet this year, I got to be honest you, as far as Houston. Other than your album and maybe Pimp's album I don't recall anybody else making a lot of noise right now. Why do you think it's been quiet compare to last year?
Trae: Everybody's regrouping, trying to come back again. You got Slim [Thug] fixin' to come again, Paul [Wall] fixin' to come again, you got Poky fixin' to drop, you got -
SOHH Rizoh: Lil' Keke
Trae: Lil' Keke gonna drop. You got the Screwed Up Click fixin' to take over. We've been sitting on that album for a while that might get ready to drop. We've got a lot of stuff still coming.
SOHH Rizoh: Is that gonna get any major distrubution? The S.U.C. album, that is.
Trae: I couldn't tell you that right now. Ain't really decided. I could tell you one thing: it's jamming. And I can tell you another thing my solo album will probably be out this year again.
SOHH Rizoh: Are you working on that already?
SOHH Rizoh: What is it called?
Trae: I don't know. I haven't really thought of it. Depends on my mood.
SOHH Rizoh: Got'cha. Well, thanks for doing the interview.
Trae: Thanks, man.
-Interview with Z-Ro Pt. 1
-CD Review: Trae's Restless
Posted by SOHH Rizoh at September 8, 2006 06:42 A
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Friday. 9.8.06 12:38 am
By Nolan Strong and Chris Richburg
Date: 9/6/2006 8:40 pm
Mogul and restaurateur Sean "Diddy" Combs and his longtime girlfriend Kim Porter are expecting twins.
Combs has an eight-year-old son named Christian Casey with Porter and a 12-year-old son named Justin, from a previous relationship with Misa Hylton-Brim. Porter also has a 15-year-old son named Quincy from a previous relationship with Al B. Sure.
"When you hear some news like that, it kinda blows your mind in a great way," Sean "Diddy" Combs told AllHipHop.com. "From a far, you see other people talk about twins and it's hard to grasp the reality of that. On a short note, I was happy before, I am ecstatic now."
Combs, who is known for his international exploits, said he was welcoming the opportunity to clear his schedule for his new family members.
"I definitely think it's gonna slow me down a little bit more because I gotta do what I'm supposed to do," Combs said. "I gotta make sure the majority of my time is spent making sure my kids are straight. I aint gonna slow down all the way, but I am going to slow down a little bit."
The good news comes as Combs prepares his new album Press Play, which is due in stores Oct. 17.
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Friday. 9.8.06 12:31 am
By Nolan Strong and Alexis Jeffries
Date: 9/7/2006 7:59 pm
50 Cent and Sean "Diddy" Combs ended their feud Wednesday after mutual acquaintances of the two moguls persuaded them to end their beef, official sources said.
Sources close to the negotiations told AllHipHop.com that the two spoke in person last night (Sept. 6) about their verbal jabs at each other on upcoming albums and mixtapes.
"We are definitely doing a 'cease fire,'" Chris Lighty, CEO of Violator Management, told AllHipHop.com.
According to sources, 50 Cent's complaint with Combs emerged after the Bad Boy mogul refused to release Bad Boy recording artist Mase from contractual binds so that he could sign to 50 Cent's G-Unit imprint.
50 Cent lashed out at Combs on Hip-Hop Is Dead: G-Unit Radio Part 22, a new mixtape.
Who shot Biggie Smalls/If we don't get them they're gonna kill us all/Man, Puffy know who hit that ni**a, man, that n***a saw him/He's scared 'dem boys from the West Side will break him off, jump on his ass,so he run to Harlem to shake 'em off," 50 Cent raps on the song "Hip-Hop.
Elsewhere on the mixtape, the track called "Get Down," featuring Tony Yayo and Hot Rod, finds 50 Cent taking more jabs at Combs.
However, an unreleased version of the intro track to Combs' upcoming album Press Play began circulating the internet, leading to speculation that Diddy's yelling of "I'm richer, b***h!" on the song was directed at 50 Cent.
Sources said that the track was recorded before Combs' and 50's beef went public. In an interview with Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex, Combs downplayed the turmoil between himself and 50.
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