Back in 1998, Fat Joe was on his third studio album, Don Cartagena, and he called on Big Pun, Nas, Jadakiss and Raekwon to help him with track-seven. Joined by Mack 10, the group shot a video and the rest is history. RevoltTV recently caught up with The Chef to get his thoughts on the infamous video shoot and what it was like having all those hip hop heavyweights involved at the time.
Nicki Minaj sounds as if she’s done making pop records, at least for now. During her appearance on the “Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg Morning Show,” the Young Money rapstress shared that she’s re-focusing on her hip-hop audience as she works on new material. “If I really wanted to right now, I could go back in and make another pop song to sell all this stuff, and I’m choosing not to do it,” she explained. “I’m choosing to get back to my essence and just feed the core hip-hop fan,” she said in the Hot 97 interview. “I feel like I did it, I don’t need to do it again. I don’t know how I’m gonna feel after the third album, but I know for the third album, I’ve just been getting back to that place where I was right before I dropped my first album, which is kill everything.”
It looks like the authorities aren’t so sure about rapper Tim Dog‘s death. Despite reports that the Bronx native died from complications from diabetes back in February, a warrant has been issued for his arrest in Mississippi. Born Timothy Blair, the rapper was convicted of swindling a Southhaven women in 2011. Prosecutor Steven Jubera says that if he’s alive, he’s going to jail. “I need proof,” said Jubera. His family is being asked to present proof that the hip-hop star is indeed dead.
Fat Joe pleaded guilty to tax evasion in December, and the hip-hop star was honest about the possible ramifications. In the wake of Lauryn Hill being sentenced to three months for failing to file federal taxes, Joe opened up about his own situation during an appearance on MTV’s “RapFix Live.” “I can’t really explain that ’cause I got a real court case going on, like facing jail time. But I guess after June 24. Hopefully, it goes well,” said Joe. “At the end of the day, I’m paying all the money back that’s owed — actually I have and I’ma just go like a man, stand up.”
“You gotta understand we hire guys who are supposed to have Harvard degrees to take care of us,” he added. “All the time you see artists, the first thing they did to you when you caught money was introduce you to a bunch of fancy guys with bow ties who are gonna take care of your money and all that and then you always see an artist or a celebrity or somebody like that goin’ down for it and these guys never go down for it,” he also said.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Busta Rhymes spoke about the significance guest spots have had on the hip hop industry. The superstar rapper shared his opinion as to why such towering figures like Nas, Eminem and Jay-Z don’t feature on as many artists‘ work as other stars.
“There’s one of two reasons to me why the same people appear on every song: one reason is either they’re just the hottest dudes, and the other reason is…” he said before pausing. “It’s interesting to me that Eminem isn’t on a lot of people’s sh*t. It’s interesting to me that Nas isn’t on a lot of people’s sh*t. It’s interesting to me that Jay-Z isn’t on a lot of people’s sh*t. A lot of the very dangerously lyrical motherf*ckers. I think there’s a fear factor that plays a role, because sometimes you really don’t know if you’re going to be happy with what you asked for – especially if you might get your a** whooped on your own f*cking record!” Busta was also asked when he realized features were becoming more and more important.
“A long time ago, especially for the artists that can’t carry a record on their own,” Busta answered. “And since the era of developing artists has died with record companies over 10 years ago, a lot of dudes had to come out here and figure out how to get hot on their own. A lot of the times, the novelty of a name that’s popping in the market is the easiest way. So the feature became more important than the record a long time ago. It’s unfortunate, but I think there’s a change happening: A lot of the new dudes aren’t doing it. They started to realize chasing down a hot motherf*cker was a sh*t-ton of work, cause when a hot motherf*cker think he’s hot, they become divas real quick.”
A third grader in Chicago may be forced to move away because the child has reportedly been receiving death threats from teenage rapper Lil Mouse. According to a FOX 32 News report, the eight-year old’s grandmother contacted authorities and stated that her grandson had been slapped and threatened by hip hop artist. “The students, the eighth graders have grouped up together…made a phone call and said he’s snitching, He need to get killed for snitching…One of the young men’s’ father threatened me outside the school. I wanna move [cause] he threatened me and I believe that he’s going to go through with it,” the woman told FOX 32 News. Lil Mouse has reportedly been charged with assault. “I wanna pack up and just go. I’ve already lost one child and I don’t want to lose another one,” the woman said. Her son was murdered in 2009.
Pioneering Hip Hop trio The Sugarhill Gang is the latest Rap act to document their frustrations with their label. Following Crooked I‘s Life After Death Row documentary about his own struggles, the trio of Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike and Master Gee are preparing the DVD release of I Want My Name Back. The documentary includes interviews with Naughty By Nature, and Grandmaster Caz.
The One Village Entertainment production will hit stores on June 11. According to a press release, the longtime Sugar Hill Records flagship artists are telling “the shocking truth about how greed and betrayal led to the band’s fall into obscurity. From chart-topping superstars to broke outcasts, band members Master Gee and Wonder Mike were left with almost nothing…not even their names. In their own words, this is the true and tragic story of the former original members of The Sugarhill Gang.”