Rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will split for good next year (15) after releasing a final album and completing a farewell tour, according to a U.S. report. The band, which has been part of the music industry since 1991, will reportedly bow out in 2015 after 23 years.
Editors at TMZ.com report the five original members will head into the studio to record one last album, before going on a world tour which will mark the end of their time together.
The report also suggests they will follow in the footsteps of Wu-Tang Clan by auctioning off one copy of the record for at least $1 million (£588,235).
The tour is said to be slated to start in December (14).
Rapper Wiz Khalifa has been given the thumbs up from his hip-hop idols Bone Thugs-N-Harmony after showing off a new tattoo of the band on his thigh. Group member Bizzy Bone tells TMZ.com the ink is "proof" they are "legends in the hip-hop game".
Snoop Dogg's former Tha Eastsidaz bandmates Tray Deee and Goldie Loc are set to reunite 11 years after they split. Incarcerated rapper Tray Deee is set to be released from prison in March (14) and he has already booked his first public performance for April (14), when he will team up with Goldie Loc for the Krush Groove 2014 concert in Inglewood, California.
It is not yet known if Snoop Dogg will join his old pals to complete the group line-up.
Tray Deee, real name Tracy Davis, was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for attempted murder in 2005 following a gang shooting in 2003, when the trio disbanded.
Other acts due to hit the stage for the Forum event include Method Man and Redman, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Too $hort.
Mariah Carey is probably best known for her five octave vocal range, her diva antics, and for being the one pop singer who brought the late Ol' Dirty Bastard to the ears of the mainstream back in 1995. She is the unofficial queen of hip-hop collaborations and nobody -- not nobody -- can do it like Mariah. Having worked with everyone from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to Rick Ross and Meek Mill, it seems like she's pretty much covered all bases. And according to a recent Instagram photo, she's back in the studio with Jermaine Dupri and Nas for a track on her upcoming album. But there are still a few rappers we'd love to see her work with! Before we get to them though, we should probably enjoy an oldie but goodie:
We love Kanye West, but he's kind of a diva, right? The musical magic these two could make together would be amazing, but we'd also give anything to see both of them struggle like hell to share the spotlight: all kinds of hilarious, amazing, epic.
Kendrick is great because he has so many varied styles of rap and -- like Mariah -- different vocal ranges that he can tap into at any time. His recent collaborations with Miguel and Robin Thicke tell us that he knows how to drop a great rap feature, so we'd love to see him take a Mimi track to the next level.
Mariah has worked with many-a-femme rapper, including Da Brat and Nicki Minaj. Since we consider Azealia to be the next big thing (if she can get her stuff together), we'd love to hear a divalicious track from these two. Plus, can you imagine all the mermaids and butterflies that'd be in the video? Awesome.
We all know Mimi loves her Harlem rappers -- past collaborations with Ma$e and Cam'Ron have proved to be all kinds of dope. And we also know that she loves a rapper with a grill, so we can't imagine a better link-up than one with A$AP Rocky. As long as he doesn't grab her on the butt on stage (à la Rihanna), he should be fine.
Okay, so M.I.A. may not be considered a rapper by some standards, but we definitely consider the Sri Lankan-British artist to be a member of the Hip-Hop community. She proved that she can pull off a brilliant, feminine, collaborative effort with last year's Bad Girls remixes (featuring Missy Elliot, Rye Rye, and Azealia Banks), and we think her unique sound alongside Mariah's would produce something pretty damn extraordinary.
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Mc Lyte was honoured at the BET Hip-Hop Awards on Saturday (28Sep13) for paving the way for female rappers. The 42 year old, who was the first woman to release a full-length rap album in 1988, was handed the I Am Hip-Hop Award by rapper Eve at the event at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Georgia.
Eve told the star-studded crowd, "She set the precedent for female freestylers. I'm truly, truly honoured. She has meant so much to me in my career."
Fellow female rap veteran Queen Latifah recorded a video message praising MC Lyte, as did superstar couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Accepting her prize, Lyte, real name Lana Michelle Moorer, said, "Please keep the dream alive, I am with you."
Other winners including Drake, who was named the People's Champ. The full list of award recipients will be revealed when the prizegiving is broadcast in the U.S. on 5 October (13).
Kendrick Lamar took to the stage to perform a four-minute freestyle rap, while Montana, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony also played.
Snoop Dogg hosted the ceremony.
Holograms of late hip-hop icons Ol' Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E have not been able to save touring rap festival Rock The Bells - event promoters have reportedly scrapped the remaining dates due to poor ticket sales. This weekend's (28-29Sep13) event at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. has been cancelled and reports suggest the planned festivities at New Jersey's Meadowlands Racetrack, scheduled for 4 and 5 October (13) have also been axed.
According to XXLmag.com, the festival bosses will take a $3 million (£2 million) loss.
The touring festival kicked off earlier this month (Sep13) with two events in California featuring J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Kid Cudi.
Headliners Wu-Tang Clan appeared with a virtual Ol' Dirty Bastard and a hologram of Eazy-E joined Bone Thugs-N-Harmony onstage.
Rap legend Eazy-E made a return to the stage from beyond the grave on Saturday (07Sep13) - as a hologram. The late N.W.A. star appeared during Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's set at the Rock the Bells festival in San Bernardino, California.
Eazy-E's digital reincarnation, on what would have been his 50th birthday, initially freaked fans out as the 'ghost' of the rap star simply appeared before them, stating, "What's up L.A.?" before launching into Boyz In the Hood and Straight Out of Compton as his rap peers looked on.
The avatar disappeared after asking, "How y'all feeling out there?" and "What up hot dogs?" and then launching into Bone Thugz-N-Harmony's Foe Tha Love of Money. The eerie Eazy-E spent a total of three minutes onstage alongside the rapper's proteges and former N.W.A bandmate DJ Yella.
The rap collective ran through their set with the hologram on Friday and Wish Bone told Rolling Stone it was strange to be onstage with Eazy-E, who died almost two decades ago: "It was kind of really crazy in rehearsals because I couldn’t really focus that much looking back at Eazy-E. It ain’t no flat on the wall screen, it was for real, it was real freaky."
TDE collective Black Hippy, featuring Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock co-headlined the first night of the Rock the Bells event with Kid Cudi.
Wu-Tang Clan headlines the second day on Sunday night (08Sep13) and they're expected to bring out another hologram - late bandmate Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony star Bizzy Bone has spoken out to silence false rumours suggesting his dramatic weight loss was linked a drug problem, insisting the gossip is untrue. The rapper is sporting a newly svelte figure after shedding around 80 pounds (36 kilograms), but he is adamant his massive weight loss is down to cutting out alcohol and taking up a healthy new diet and fitness regime.
He tells Allhiphop.com, "I'm perfectly healthy... I'm probably the healthiest I've ever been in my life... A brother done (I have) lost 70, 80 pounds. I had to. I was too damn fat, and it was all from alcohol. As far as me drinking and things of that nature, I've gone out maybe six times in a year and six months... Never have I done anything else. No Mollies (ecstasy), none of that s**t. No crack. No coke. The farthest I've ever been is opium back in my younger days... All that bulls**t. I ain't got time for that."
The star goes on to insist he felt obliged to speak out to silence the untrue rumours, adding, "I can't walk into any business places that's (sic) conducting distribution, marketing, promotions and them take me serious if I don't answer these things. So if I leave it out there and say I don't care what anybody say about me it starts affecting my business. I have to say, 'Nah, it nothing like that (sic). I ain't never (sic) done no s**t like that'."
Rap act Bone Thugs-N-Harmony halted a performance in Wisconsin last week (ends28Jul13) to pay tribute to the man who saved three women in Ohio who had been held captive for 10 years. The hip-hop group was performing at the The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee on Friday (26Jul13) when they stunned the crowd by bringing Charles Ramsey onstage.
Ramsey helped free Amanda Berry after hearing her screaming from his neighbour's home in Cleveland in May (13), and the group took time to pay tribute to him.
Standing alongside Ramsey, the rappers shouted, "He's a motherf**king hero!"
His appearance came on the same weekend rapper Nelly brought Berry out on stage in front of his fans at a gig in Ohio.
The son of hip-hop icon Eazy-E has given his blessing to a planned hologram of his father, which will be part of America's touring Rock the Bells festival, insisting it's the perfect way to celebrate what would have been the rapper's 50th birthday. Promoters recently announced the annual event will feature a virtual performance from the late N.W.A. icon, with his proteges Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and the legend's son, fellow rapper Lil Eazy, can't wait to witness his dad's 'live' return when the tour kicks off in San Bernardino, California on 7 September (13) - the anniversary of Eazy-E's birth.
Lil Eazy tells TMZ.com, "(The hologram will be the) dopest (best) 50th birthday present ever. I am happy my father gets to get honoured... it's exciting."
Eazy-E lost his battle with AIDS in 1995.
Lil Eazy's approval will be warmly welcomed by Rock the Bells bosses - plans to bring Ol' Dirty Bastard back to life as a hologram to join his Wu-Tang Clan bandmates onstage at the upcoming festival have hit a stumbling block due to objections from the rapper's widow. She recently filed a cease and desist order against event executives to ensure her husband, who died in 2004, would not be included in the highly-anticipated digital performance.
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg sparked the new interest in bringing rappers back from the dead for virtual stage performances when they stunned Coachella festival fans in California last year (12) by beaming slain Tupac Shakur on to the stage during their collaborative set.