The life of late Dj Jam Master Jay is set to be celebrated by his Run-D.M.C. bandmate Darryl Mcdaniels at a back-to-school event on Thursday (15Aug13). Rapper McDaniels will join friends of the hip-hop hitmaker, real name Jason Mizell, at pal Eric James' Three Stripes Barber & Beauty barber shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to remember the slain hitmaker, who was killed in a New York recording studio in 2002.
James tells AllHipHop.com, "We still miss him terribly. We keep it positive and try to live our lives the way he lived his - by helping others. With this event we work to do something good for my community in Jay's name. Last year was our first event. We were able to distribute 50 free book bags to kids. This year we'll be giving out 100 book bags, 100 Adidas sneakers, Adidas socks and Adidas snap backs (caps). The book bags will be filled with school supplies, pencils papers, folders, crayons, rulers, glue and calculators."
Run-Dmc star Darryl Mcdaniels has launched a scathing attack on modern hip-hop music, accusing today's rappers of popularising gun and drug culture. The hip-hop pioneer is convinced too many current chart stars focus on negative themes in their music, without making any tracks with a positive message, and justify it by comparing their work to Hollywood movies.
He tells Britain's Metro newspaper, "A rapper will use this excuse - 'Man they don't go after Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis when they make their violent movies' and I go 'If you're going to use that excuse get off the mic, don't produce'. I'll personally kick your a** out of hip-hop cos if you're using that excuse go be an actor'...
"If you make a record about a gun, on that very same record or album there's gotta be a record about not using a gun. If you're making a record on the b**ch or the h**s (sic), there's got to be a record about your aunt who worked all of the days of her life to send all her children to college. It seems like stupid America celebrates a person that says 'Yeah I'm a drug dealer, I'm bringing the drugs into the hood'. The reason why hip-hop exists is because it started out with good intentions, once all the good intentions left the music became polluted, it became disrespectful, it became immature."
McDaniels also criticises the quality of many modern records, adding, "Ninety-eight per cent of hip-hop music that's out now I say is just bad demos... If you want to see real hip-hop you gotta go to concerts and festivals because hip-hop on (the) radio sucks."
Run-D.M.C. hip-hop pioneer Darryl Mcdaniels is set to launch his own comic book imprint. The It's Tricky star is teaming up with Spider-Man artist Damion Scott and Prince of Cats writer Ronald Wimberly to produce a 48-page graphic novel under his own publishing company, Darryl Makes Comics.
The story will focus on a superhero named Darryl, who spends his days fighting crime, and the 49 year old says, "This graphic novel will entertain, educate and inspire all who enter into the DMC universe and empower all cultures the same way I did with my music."
Much of the project will be funded by generous fans on Kickstarter.com, and Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, who has been tapped to serve as the firm's editor-in-chief, tells The Source, "We're putting it into the fans hands, just like hip-hop pushed CDs out of trunks. There's no corporate backing behind the comic, we're looking for the fans to (enjoy the comic and) push this for us."
Rapper Lil Scrappy has kicked his addiction to marijuana after a successful stint in a rehabilitation facility. The hip-hop star, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, voluntarily checked into a treatment centre in Atlanta, Georgia, in May (13) to seek professional help for his habit after allegedly failing a court-ordered drug test.
On Saturday (29Jun13), he was released from rehab and his attorney Mawuli Mel Davis insists Lil Scrappy has changed his ways.
Davis tells TMZ.com his client will even begin mentoring teens in the coming weeks, adding, "Scrappy has had time to reflect, read, and write. He is now drug and alcohol free."
Rapper Lil Scrappy has entered a rehabilitation facility to kick his addiction to marijuana. The hip-hop star, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, checked into a treatment centre in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday (30May13) and will remain there until a court hearing on 16 June (13).
Earlier this week (29May13), it emerged Scrappy voluntarily decided to seek professional help for his habit after he allegedly failed a court-ordered drug test.
The 29 year old stands accused of violating his probation, which stems from a 2008 pot possession charge.
Rapper Lil Scrappy is preparing to check himself into a rehabilitation centre after revealing his addiction to marijuana is "out-of-control". The hip-hop star, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, is facing probation violation allegations after he submitted a cold urine sample in March (13) and then refused to take a second test, amid speculation the original one had been tampered with.
He spent a night in jail in April (13) over the incident, which relates to his probation from a 2008 pot possession charge, and he failed another drug test during a court hearing in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month (May13).
Now Scrappy is planning to seek professional treatment in a bid to kick his habit and help him avoid "longer-term trouble".
He says, "I'm not just trying to cure the feeling for right now. There's no good in it. The only good I get out of it is the feeling for the time being. After that, it's trouble right after that."
Scrappy has also learned to take responsibility for his actions and he insists he's serious about giving up pot: "I don't blame the judicial system for me being in my situation. I've put all fingers on myself. I have a willpower that God blessed me with, but I wasn't able to use it because of my addiction."
The 29 year old is planning to enter a drug treatment facility before his next court date in early June (13).
Danny Boyle paid tribute to fellow director and former collaborator Hamish Hamilton as he scooped the top honour at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Craft Awards on Sunday (28Apr13). Hamilton was handed the ceremony's Special Award in honour of his lengthy career, in which he has taken charge of Madonna and Beyonce's Super Bowl half-time shows, as well as overseeing the Oscars and concerts for stars including Neil Diamond, U2 and Robbie Williams.
Boyle, Beyonce, Bono, Usher and Williams all recorded video messages to be shown at the annual prizegiving, which recognises behind-the-scenes talent.
In his tribute clip, the Slumdog Millionaire moviemaker praised his pal for the work they did together on last year's (12) opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
He declared, "Imagination is not the ability to invent but to reveal what is already there. Hamish has that."
The 2012 Olympics were a big winner at the London event - three prizes were handed out to the technical teams behind coverage of the games, while Darryl Hammer bagged the Production Design honour for Sienna Miller's Alfred Hitchcock drama The Girl.
Rapper Lil Scrappy is a free man again after he was released from jail on Wednesday (24Apr13). The hip-hop star, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, surrendered himself to police in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday (23Apr13), after lawmakers issued a warrant for his arrest over a possible probation violation of his 2008 marijuana possession charge.
The issue stemmed from his refusal to submit a second urine test after the original sample he provided last month (Mar13) was cold to the touch, prompting the suggestion it had been tampered with.
A judge decided to recall the warrant on Wednesday upon request from Richardson's lawyer and he was allowed to go home.
A hearing has been set for 16 May (13) to resolve the issue.
Hip-hop star Lil Scrappy has been taken into custody after surrendering to police in Atlanta, Georgia. A warrant for the rapper's arrest was issued after he allegedly refused to submit to a second urine test after the sample he provided last month (Mar13) was cold to the touch and prompted the suggestion it had been tampered with.
Lawmakers considered his behaviour to be a violation of his probation relating to a 2008 marijuana possession charge.
On Tuesday (23Apr13) morning, the 29 year old, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, turned himself in to a local detention centre, according to TMZ.com.
This isn't the first time the star has fallen foul with the law - he was jailed last year (12) for a previous probation problem.
Hip-hop star Lil Scrappy is a wanted man after Georgia officials issued a warrant for his arrest. The rapper, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, was required to submit to a urine test in Atlanta, Georgia in March (13) as part of his probation relating to a marijuana possession charge following his arrest in 2008.
According to TMZ.com, officials claim the urine sample was cold and they asked the star to provide a fresh batch - but he allegedly refused.
His refusal was classed as a violation and a warrant has been issued for his arrest - but the musician, who was jailed for a previous probation problem last year (12), wants to address the issue in court next month (May13), according to his lawyer.
Mawuli Mel Davis tells TMZ, "It is our hope that the Judge will recall the revocation warrant that is currently pending against Mr. Richardson. Since Mr. Richardson's release from jail, he has been reporting to probation as ordered and doing his best to comply with all conditions of probation."