Hip-Hop mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs is trying his hand in a new genre with a dance album. The Bad Boy Records boss dropped a new release called 11:11 on Wednesday (20Aug14), with hardly any traces of his extensive rap background.
The album is a 12-track collaboration with Israeli DJ and producer Guy Gerber, and is filled with beat-thumping dance tracks with minimal vocals from Combs.
11:11 is available to stream online.
Oscar-winning rappers Juicy J and Dj Paul have been accused of copyright infringement in a new lawsuit, filed in Atlanta, Georgia. Bank Bag Publishing boss Reggie Boyland claims the Three 6 Mafia stars and their label partners at Select-O-Hits, S.A.T. Entertainment Music and Scale-A-Thon Entertainment illegally sampled Pimps In The House and Listen to the Lyrics, tracks recorded by the rap duo 8Ball & MJG in 1996, on their second album Chapter 1: The End and their 2000 compilation Three 6 Mafia Presents: Hypnotize Camp Posse, among other releases.
Boyland filed copyright applications for the songs in May (14).
Ironically, 8Ball and MJG, who are not personally involved in the case, collaborated with Three 6 Mafia on the song Stay Fly, which was released in 2005.
Boyland owns the rights to the two songs at the centre of his suit.
According to Billboard.com, the complaint seeks an unspecified amount in damages, as well as an injunction against the defendants' sale of the infringing works and attorney's fees.
Paris Hilton's DJing career has really taken off - the socialite has landed two club residencies and a two-month tour. The hotel heiress and reality TV regular kicked off a turntable tour with a return to Ibiza club Amnesia on Wednesday (06Aug14), where she has a residency, and her upcoming tour will feature dates in Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S.
Hilton launched her career as an international DJ at club Amnesia last summer (13). Her Foam and Diamonds party attracts more than 10,000 revellers a week.
Earlier this year (14), she signed to rap mogul Bryan 'Birdman' Williams' Cash Money Records, and now boasts Lil Wayne and Drake among her label mates.
Everyone knows that you can't judge a cartoon or comic book adaptation by its trailer; you can, however, feel free to judge it by its theme song. Every great cartoon of the '80s and '90s lived and died by its theme song, and no show embodied that idea better than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The heroes on a half shell loved theme songs so much that every few seasons they re-inevented them, replacing synths with hip hop beats and adjusting the shrieking vocals to a different decibel each time. Even the films got in on the action, churning out memorable, if not impeccably crafted, earworms that would resonate throughout your skull for hours afterward. With the latest incarnation of the turtles set to hit theaters on August 15 (with a brand new theme song of its own, natch), we decided to take a look back at some of the sonic works of genius that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise has gifted us with over the years. And yes, you are about to be shell-shocked.
8. TMNT (2007 Movie) The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are no ordinary heroes. They’re goofy, ridiculous, and over-the-top... they’re literally mutated turtle warriors who live in the sewers and eat pizza. They deserve better than wordless, generic drama that would work just as well on any random action movie out there. Where’s the personality? Where’s the fun?
7. Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation The theme song itself is disappointingly unremarkable for all of the insanity that these opening credits suggest. There’s live-action turtles on motorcycles, some kind of witch who seems to have had the same hair and makeup designer as David Bowie in Labyrinth, plenty of weird CGI orbs, some of it is animated but most of it isn’t, there’s a brand new turtle… and the best you can come up with is “Na-Na-Na-Na-Ninja?” What a letdown. How did we tolerate that as children? Surely we knew we deserved more. (Start at 2:25 to judge for yourself.)
6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) The theme song for the 2003 animated series starts out strong, with the dramatic introduction, the wailing guitars and vocals that sound like a failed audition for a hair band. But the attempt to be exciting and retro starts to grate very quickly, and it feels like the composers were trying too hard to re-capture the '80s TV show, instead of embracing the essence of their turtles. Also, the phrase “heroes on a half shell” isn’t mentioned once, and that’s just unacceptable.
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secrets of the Ooze There is perhaps no phrase in the world that better encapsulates the ‘90s than “Vanilla Ice’s song for the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, ‘Go Ninja, Go.’” But the real beauty of this song isn’t in watching Ice and some turtles break it down in some baggy, high-waisted pants while his hair flops about with a mind of its own. No, it’s in Ice’s poetic lyrics where the song really shines, thanks to lines like “Lyrics. Fill in the gap,” and “Ninja, ninja rap.” And just in case you need time to recover from those pearls of song-writing, it ends on an extended dance break. That’s the voice of a generation right there.
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014 Movie) When you think Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, surely the first names that pop into your head are (Oscar winner) Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign, right? If you’ve never heard some of the most popular rappers of our day rapping about pizza, turtle power, and about wanting a cut of the cheddar like Shredder, you haven’t truly lived. Presumably, it was an attempt to bridge the gap between a child-friendly property and a more grown-up movie, but it really just succeeds in being a glorious cacophony of ridiculousness. If you’ve ever wondered what the sonic equivalent of a Michael Bay movie would be, well, this is it.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 Movie) The theme song for the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film caters to a very niche demographic: fans of old school hip hop and live-action interpretations of beloved cartoons, who has difficulty remembering key plot details. “Turtle Power” is basically a scene by scene summary of the film’s events set to a slick beat – and by slick, we mean “has a lot of DJ scratch effects in it” – but it’s just so ridiculous that it’s hard to be upset at the unimaginative lyrics. There are three dance breaks! We can’t get mad at that.
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) From a songwriting stand point, this theme song barely scrapes past “Turtle Power,” in terms of creativity and complexity. But as far as an introductory song for a children’s show, it’s pretty well done. It introduces all of the characters, the premise, throws in a few clever puns about being “shell-shocked” by a “lean, mean, green ninja team,” and the beat is surprisingly catchy. Sometimes you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Sometimes you just need something that will make kids sit still for thirty minutes at a time, and a slightly shouty chorus that will no doubt echo through the house for hours afterwards.
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) It’s the classic theme song formula: throw together a repetitive chorus, some clever rhymes that establishes the show’s premise and set it all to some sweet, sweet '80s synths. Add the right amount of sugar and you can practically picture children jumping around their houses, screaming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” over and over again. It’s simple, it’s memorable and it will be stuck in your head for the next nine hours, and recur every time someone brings up the heroes on a half shell. You’re welcome.
Rapper/actor Ice Cube has opened up about his controversial decision not to cast the late Eazy-E's son as the hip-hop icon in his forthcoming N.W.A. biopic, insisting the role required an experienced actor with "a lot of range". Eazy-E's son, Eric Wright, Jr., auditioned for the Straight Outta Compton film job and recently admitted he was disappointed after movie bosses decided to cast newcomer Jason Mitchell as the younger version of his tragic father.
Now Ice Cube, who is serving as one of the project's producers, has explained the reasons behind the decision, insisting aspiring actor Wright, Jr. simply wasn't a good fit.
Speaking to Colorado radio station KS 107.5, Ice Cube says, "He (Wright, Jr.) is an up-and-coming actor trying to do it, but we needed somebody who was a little more polished to play Eazy, because he goes through a lot in his life. He goes from selling dope in Compton to fighting for his life in a hospital bed. So we needed to find an actor with a lot of range. And we just couldn't use just anybody. We gave him (Wright, Jr.) a shot, and it just didn't work out."
Wright, Jr. wasn't the only N.W.A. offspring snubbed for a role in the film - Dr. Dre's aspiring actor/rapper son Curtis Young was also passed over in favour of Corey Hawkins, although Ice Cube's kid, O'Shea Jackson, Jr., will play his dad onscreen.
Meanwhile, the remaining N.W.A. bandmates MC Ren and DJ Yella will be played by Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown, Jr., respectively.
F. Gary Gray will direct the film about the rise of the iconic California rap group and their split in 1991.
The biopic is scheduled for release next summer (15).
Rap superstar Jay Z and rockers No Doubt have been tapped to headline the 2014 Global Citizen Festival.
The free concert will take place on 27 September (14) in New York City's Central Park and will be hosted by officials at the Global Poverty Project (GPP), which aims to end extreme world poverty by 2030.
A statement from Jay Z reads, "Change only takes place when and where there is action. I'm joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible."
No Doubt's Tony Kanal adds to RollingStone.com, "Global Citizen will be the first show No Doubt has played together in two years. It's a great way to get us back on stage. It was such an honour to be asked to play this particular concert. It's unacceptable that over one billion people live in extreme poverty, and it's got a pretty eclectic line-up, which reflects the event's true spirit of diversity."
The hitmakers will be joined by pop stars fun., country singer Carrie Underwood, hip-hop group The Roots and dance DJ Tiesto. Tiesto says, "It's going to be an amazing show in one of the most unique venues in the world."
Rap mogul Dr. Dre halted plans for his son to portray him on the big screen in N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton over fears he didn't have enough acting experience. F. Gary Gray will direct the film about the rise of the California rap group, which included Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella, and their split in 1991.
The cast was announced last week (ends22Jun14) and includes O'Shea Jackson, Jr., playing his father Ice Cube, and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E.
Newcomer Marcus Callender landed the role of Dre, but the hip-hop veteran's aspiring actor/rapper son Curtis Young reveals he auditioned for the role first.
He says, "I actually tried out for the role, 'cause the casting company called me. But my father wanted somebody with more acting experience, and I haven't been acting for a long time, so I'm happy for the guy that got the role. It's one of those things where we want what's best for the movie and for the film. I had a lot of fans that were upset about it, but whatever's best for the film."
The biopic is set for release in 2015
British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran took part in a musical game on TV by converting iconic hip-hop anthems into country tracks during an appearance on Live From MTV this week (beg09Jun14), picking out rap song titles from a cowboy hat and transforming them into a country style. Sheeran, armed with just his guitar, successfully transformed Jay Z's classic 99 Problems and All I Do Is Win by DJ Khaled, as well as R. Kelly's Ignition (Remix).
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Rapper Ice Cube's actor son O'shea Jackson Jr. has reportedly been cast to play his famous father in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
The hip-hop star's legendary rap group is getting the big screen treatment in a film named after the rappers' 1988 debut album, and Ice Cube has previously championed his 22-year-old son for the lead role. Now, multiple sources tell TheWrap.com that his campaigning has finally paid off, and Jackson has reportedly been offered the part.
Universal Studios executives have yet to confirm Jackson's casting. Straight Outta Compton tells the story of Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991.
Poor Righteous Teachers DJ and producer Father Shaheed has been killed in a motorcycle accident. News of the star's death first surfaced online early on Monday (26May14) when fellow hip-hop veterans Public Enemy shared a message of condolence on their Facebook.com page.
The note read, "The PE family sends condolences out to the family and friends of DJ Father Shaheed from Poor Righteous Teachers, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident."
Further details about when and where the incident took place have yet to be revealed.
Shaheed rose to prominence with New Jersey rap trio Poor Righteous Teachers in the late 1980s and the group scored its biggest hit in 1990 with the release of Rock Dis Funky Joint.
The DJ's bandmates, Wise Intelligent and Culture Freedom, have yet to comment on his passing.