Rapper Cam'Ron is officially reuniting with his The Diplomats bandmates Jim Jones and Juelz Santana to embark on a new tour and work on their first new music in five years. The hip-hop group parted ways in 2007 following a fall out between founding members Cam'ron and Jones, but they put their differences behind them in 2010 and hit the road for a number of live dates.
They teased fans with the release of their comeback single Salute and have played a handful of shows in the years since, but now they have decided to head back into the studio to lay down lyrics for a new mixtape.
The band, also known as Dipset, has also made plans to perform on a five-stop tour, hosted by New York radio DJ Funkmaster Flex, this year (15).
Sharing the news of the latest reunion on Instagram.com, Flex writes, "I just spoke to @jimjonescapo x I just spoke to @Mr_Camron x I just spoke to@thejuelzsantana !!!!! These 3 men have put the bulls**t aside and are ready to rock!!!!"
The Diplomats have not released a new album since 2004's Diplomatic Immunity 2, while their last mixtape was unveiled in 2005.
Cam'Ron is planning to retire from rap next year (15) after the release of his new album Purple Haze 2. The Hey Ma hitmaker's 11th studio album will hit stores next summer, but the 38 year old is already looking towards the next chapter in his career.
In a message on Instagram.com, he writes, "Fresh off da flight to see my brother. HUD6 told me lastnite...AChangeGoneCome..my last album...PurpleHaze2 this summer..It's been fun..but HUD said we got other things to do (sic)."
Confirming the news to blogger Miss Info, he adds, "Yeah, It's a wrap. Time to move on.
"Movies and clothing are doing really well for me right now. I'm helping (reality star) Mendeecees with his album and... I'm building a club in Vegas."
Enterprising rapper Cam'Ron is hoping to cash in on the Ebola pandemic by selling personalised face masks to protect fans from disease. The Cam'ron Ebola Mask features a photo of Cam'ron talking on his cellphone.
Available online at DipsetUSA.com, the masks will begin shipping on 7 November (14).
Announcing his quirky new line of germ protectors, the Hey Ma hitmaker posted a shot of himself wearing a mask on Instagram.com, adding the caption, "Ebola is no joking matter. So if u have to be safe... Be fashionable."
The Ebola outbreak has cost over 4,400 people in West Africa their lives. The first person diagnosed with the disease in the U.S. died in a Texas hospital earlier this month (Oct14).
Rapper Cam'Ron has apologised to fans for missing a gig in London this week (beg02Jun14). The star had been due to play his first concert in the city in several years at The Forum in Kentish Town on Tuesday night (03Jun14), but the gig was called off at the last minute after the audience had already entered venue.
When it was announced that Cam'ron would not be gracing the stage, the news was met with jeers and cat calls from the irritated crowd.
The star has now taken to Instagram.com to explain his absence and apologise to fans who were left waiting for him to appear.
Cam'ron appears to suggest there were safety concerns over the show, writing, "Sorry to all my fans dat (that) came to da (sic) show but as u (you) can see they tried to line me up. And only da (sic) barber lines me up... They had 15 (people)... in front of da (sic) stage (that rushed the stage) and 35... outside... And I was wit 2 (people)... The people that brought me here were very very nice... but when I asked where the (security) was at? (That they were suppose to have) they never showed them to me... Not s**tting on them cause they were cool... But we can't play when it gets down to hammer time... So no I didn't get robbed... No I didn't get jumped... I was chillin (sic)... To rest of London... Love y'all... I really do and apologise again.. But y'all (others)... y'all blew yak chance again (sic)... Dumb a** gangsta's (sic)..."
Rapper Cam'Ron walked the runway at New York Fashion Week on Tuesday (11Feb14) to showcase his first-ever cape line. The Hey Ma hitmaker appeared alongside his fiancee at the Mark McNairy Fall/Winter 2014 show to introduce the public to the custom pieces.
He tells Complex.com, "Deirdre (McNairy's business partner) invited me last year, and then me and Deirdre connected... She heard about the capes (I like to wear) and thought me and Mark should collaborate and it came out dope (great)."
Despite his enthusiasm about the line, the rapper is not sure when the collection will hit stores.
He continues, "I don't know when we're going to put them on sale yet, I don't know when they'll be on sale for everybody."
Rapper Cam'Ron is cleaning out his closet and selling off famous items from his wardrobe, including his gaudy pink mink fur coat. The Hey Ma hitmaker is using social networking retail website Fancy.com to offload his wares and offer fans the opportunity to own one-of-a-kind items, including a Gucci sun visor, which has been listed at $2,700 (£1,688).
The pink mink the New York native famously wore in the early 2000s is also among the lots up for grabs; it is being sold together with a Jeff Hamilton leather jacket for a total of $75,000 (£46,875).
The item description reads: "Originally owned and worn by Harlem's finest, rapper Cam'Ron, this exclusive, one-of-a-kind pink mink coat is a part of hip-hop history.
"The mink has appeared all over magazines, TV, and the Internet and can now be all yours. You won't find anything like this anywhere. Besides keeping you extremely warm, the Pink mink is a perfect addition to any fur aficionado's collection."
Rapper The Game is reportedly in talks to join the cast of a Los Angeles spin-off of hit U.S. reality show Love & Hip Hop. The Dreams hitmaker broke the news to fans on his Instagram.com page on Sunday (12Jan14) after sharing a photo of himself at a "business meeting" with the show's executive producer Mona Scott-Young and her team.
In his caption, he included a hashtag for LHHLA, suggesting the get-together had to do with a new Love & Hip Hop spin-off.
The franchise chronicles the lives of several women who are romantically involved with hip-hop stars like Joe Budden, Jim Jones, Cam'ron and Fabolous.
The Game previously appeared in his own fly-on-the-wall programme, Marrying The Game, with his former fiancee Tiffney Cambridge, but the on/off couple split after the second series of the show aired in the U.S. last year (13).
It is not yet known if Cambridge will be part of the new series of Love & Hip Hop as she and The Game attempt to repair their relationship.
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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Santa delivered the goods at the box office this weekend as Santa Clause 2 arrived to a gift-wrapped $29 million.
The Ring remained in the winners circle with $18.5 million, with no percentage drop at all from last weekend.
I Spy kicked off in third place to a disappointing $14 million.
Jackass: The Movie was still laughing in fourth place with $13.1 million.
Ghost Ship sailed into fifth place, down 43 percent with $6.6 million.
Also helping to boost this weekend's totals was Twentieth Century Fox's IMAX release of Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones with an out of this world $1.5 million. (For details, see OTHER OPENINGS below).
Key films were down about 18 percent from last year -- $114.6 million versus $139.9 million.
There also was record setting news on the home entertainment front as Sony Pictures Entertainment announced its DVD and videocassette release of Spider-Man had sold a projected 11 million combined units this weekend. Sony ESTIMATED Spider-Man will do a record setting $190 million in retail revenue in North America its first three days in the marketplace. (For details, see the related news story here.)
THE TOP TEN
Buena Vista/Disney's G rated comedy sequel Santa Clause 2 opened to a chart topping ESTIMATED $29.0 million at 3,350 theaters ($8,662 per theater).
Santa's average per theater was the highest for any film playing in wide release this weekend.
Directed by Michael Lembeck, it stars Tim Allen.
The original Santa Clause opened the weekend of Nov. 11-13, 1994 in second place to $19.3 million at 2,183 theaters ($8,851 per theater). It went on to gross $144.6 million in domestic theaters.
"It was one of those films that the theater manager grapevine had told us weeks and weeks ago that this was going to be a big hit," Buena Vista Distribution president Chuck Viane said Sunday morning about the sequel. "Inside the operations of all the theater chains, they knew it and they were prepared. We had great showtimes, multiple screens, more seats than you could imagine and it was a nice ride."
Asked about starting the holiday season as early as Nov. 1, Viane explained, "I think it's much like the summer season -- November being such a prolific grossing month that you can use any part of it to launch a movie. And for something like ours we had a movie that had great anticipation behind it. (The film) lived up to what the audience was looking for. The CinemaScores were all A (grades)and in our own college tracking we scored a 90. The original scored an 89.
"So people came in with some pretty high expectation and (Michael Lembeck) made a film that people loved. I think this is one of those roles Tim could do forever if he wanted to because the audience has a love affair with Tim in this love. He delivers. He makes you believe he's Santa Claus. But the nice part is, you can expand the (holiday) season much like early May is now the launch of summer. We believe that this (early November date) is just a logical launching pad for films for the holiday."
Asked about the eight year period between the original and the sequel, Viane replied, "The movie is a perennial bring-back every Christmas. People fall in love and watch it on TV or on their DVDs or whatever. All we did was bring what they were looking for (into theaters) and with a very smart and warm story, wonderfully delivered. These are the kind of weekends you look forward to."
Where is Santa 2 heading? "With all of the exit (poll data), I'm thinking this is another one of those $100 million-plus movies," Viane said. "Obviously, we're off to such a terrific start. In my wildest dreams I never thought we'd be number one by over $10 million. And who would have ever 'thunk' that we could have got to the point of doubling the gross of the film we went head and head with? These things all suggest we're going to be around. We have two weeks clear in the marketplace and I think we'll be in very, very good shape before we take on the head-on competition with Harry Potter (and the Chamber of Secrets). I think we will weather that (when it opens Nov. 15).
"We will play very well through the Thanksgiving holiday. As people get closer and closer to the holiday, I think we're going to get some return visits. I'm pretty comfortable that all that will happen. It's always (interesting) when you listen to people walking out of a theater. So many of them said, 'Gee, I can't wait to see this again before the holidays.' It's a true testament to how well the movie's playing."
DreamWorks' PG-13 rated horror thriller The Ring held on to second place in its third week with a solid ESTIMATED $18.5 million (-0%) at 2,808 theaters (+174 theaters; $6,585 per theater). Its cume is approximately $64.9 million.
Directed by Gore Verbinski, it stars Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson and Brian Cox.
"Last weekend was up 23 percent from the first weekend, so it's pretty amazing right now the way it's playing (with no drop in the second weekend)," DreamWorks distribution head Jim Tharp said Sunday morning.
What accounts for the great legs? "It has to be word of mouth," Tharp replied. "The sneaks -- we had 400 of them (the weekend before opening) -- were 60-70 percent capacity. So it didn't sell out for those. Even the opening Friday night, we didn't sell out. But since then the movie's been playing fantastically. It's all word of mouth."
Columbia's opening of its PG-13 rated comedy I Spy finished third with a quiet ESTIMATED $14.0 million at 3,182 theaters ($4,400 per theater).
Directed by Betty Thomas, it stars Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson.
Paramount and MTV Films' R rated comedy Jackass: The Movie tumbled three slots to fourth place in its second week, holding better than expected with an ESTIMATED $13.1 million (-42%) at 2,530 theaters (+21 theaters; $5,178 per theater). Its cume is approximately $42.5 million.
Directed by Jeff Tremaine, it stars Johnny Knoxville.
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow's R rated horror film Ghost Ship dropped anchor in fifth place, down two rungs in its second week with a slow ESTIMATED $6.57 million (-43%) at 2,787 theaters ($2,357 per theater). Its cume is approximately $21.3 million.
Directed by Steve Beck, it stars Julianna Margulies.
IFC Films' release of Gold Circle Films and HBO's PG rated romantic comedy blockbuster My Big Fat Greek Wedding slid one slot to sixth place in its 29th week, still showing great legs with an ESTIMATED $5.62 million (-9%) at 1,977 theaters (+10 theaters; $2,843 per theater). Its cume is approximately $185.2 million, heading for more than $200 million in domestic theaters.
Directed by Joel Zwick, it stars Nia Vardalos and John Corbett.
Buena Vista/Touchstone's PG-13 rated romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama dropped three notches to seventh place in its sixth week with a still sweet ESTIMATED $4.6 million (-29%) at 2,441 theaters (-741 theaters; $1,905 per theater). Its cume is approximately $113.5 million, heading for $125 million in domestic theaters.
Directed by Andy Tennant, it stars Reese Witherspoon.
Revolution Studios and Columbia's R rated romantic comedy drama Punch-Drunk Love went wide in its fourth week, placing eighth with an okay ESTIMATED $4.2 million at 1,252 theaters (+771 theaters; $3,355 per theater). Its cume is approximately $11.1 million.
Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, it stars Adam Sandler and Emily Watson.
Universal and Dino De Laurentiis's R rated thriller Red Dragon, presented in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, fell three limbs to ninth place in its fifth week with an uneventful ESTIMATED $2.66 million (-43%) at 1,956 theaters (-930 theaters; $1,360 per theater). Its cume is approximately $89.0 million, heading for $100 million.
Directed by Brett Ratner, it stars Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Mary-Louise Parker and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Rounding out the Top Ten was Fox Searchlight Pictures' PG-13 rated urban appeal romantic comedy Brown Sugar, which was ninth last week, with a less tasty ESTIMATED $1.7 million (-39%) at 855 theaters (-291 theaters; $1,988 per theater). Its cume is approximately $24.6 million.
Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, it stars Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan.
This weekend also saw the arrival of Twentieth Century Fox and Lucasfilm's blockbuster Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones in a special IMAX release to a sensational ESTIMATED $1.45 million at 58 theaters ($25,000 per theater). Its cume is approximately $303.6 million.
"We're playing at 32 institutions and in 26 commercial theaters," Fox distribution president Bruce Snyder said Sunday morning. "They did better than I thought. There were lots of $20,000 Saturdays out there on this. It's fantastic!"
Lions Gate Films' R rated thriller The Weight of Water arrived to a soggy ESTIMATED $50,000 at 27 theaters ($1,865 per theater).
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, it stars Elizabeth Hurley, Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn and Sarah Polley.
There were no national sneak previews this weekend.
On the expansion front this weekend saw United Artists' R rated satiric documentary Bowling for Columbine released via MGM widen in its third week with a still impressive ESTIMATED $1.65 million at 162 theaters (+51 theaters; $10,185 per theater). Its cume is approximately $4.6 million.
Written, produced and directed by Michael Moore, it won the Special Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Miramax's R rated drama Frida went wider in its second week with a promising ESTIMATED $1.02 million at 47 theaters (+42 theaters; $21,595 per theater). Its cume is approximately $1.3 million.
Directed by Julie Taymor, it stars Salma Hayek.
Miramax's Comedian expanded in its fourth week with a chilly ESTIMATED $0.72 million at 225 theaters (+195 theaters; $3,317 per theater). Its cume is approximately $1.2 million.
Directed by Christian Charles, it stars Jerry Seinfeld.
Miramax's Dimension Films label went wider with its R rated urban appeal action drama Paid in Full with a dull ESTIMATED $0.63 million at 273 theaters (+5 theaters; $2,289 per theater). Its cume is approximately $2.3 million.
Directed by Charles Stone III, it stars Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris and Cam'ron.
HBO Films and Newmarket Films' PG-13 rated comedy drama Real Women Have Curves added theaters in its third week with a quiet ESTIMATED $0.48 million at 124 theaters (+16 theaters; $3,802 per theater). Its cume is approximately $1.2 million.
Directed by Patricia Cardoso, it stars America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros and George Lopez.
Artisan Entertainment's R rated comedy Roger Dodger widened in its second week with a hopeful ESTIMATED $0.16 million at 25 theaters (+21 theaters; $6,311 per theater). Its cume is approximately $0.2 million.
United Artists R rated drama All or Nothing expanded via MGM in its second week with an uneventful ESTIMATED $43,000 at 16 theaters (+9 theaters; $2,714 per theater). Its cume is approximately $80,000.
Written and directed by Mike Leigh, it stars Timothy Spall.
Key films -- those grossing more than $500,000 -- took in approximately $114.62 million for the weekend, down about 18.05 percent from last year when they totaled $139.86 million.
Key films were up about 15.54 percent from the previous weekend this year when they totaled $99.2 million.
Last year, Buena Vista/Disney's opening week of Monsters, Inc. was first with $62.58 million at 3,237 theaters ($19,332 per theater); and Sony's opening week of The One was second with $19.11 million at 2,894 theaters ($6,604 per theater). The top two films one year ago grossed $81.7 million. This year, the top two films grossed an ESTIMATED $47.5 million.