Coachella Festivities took place over the weekend and Wu-TangClan were part of the line up. If you never seen Wu-Tang perform it’s pure energy bursts that light up the stage…..they killed it.
To see them work the the crowd with “Protect Ya Neck” and my favorite “C.R.E.AM.” there’s nothing like it, and no other crew commands the stage as they do……..their ish still resonates 20 years later…check it out below.
Suspect in Rapper French Montana tour bus shooting captured by Philadelphia’s finest. 20 year old Frank Briggs from Uptown, the Germantown section of Philadelphia was arrested and charged with murder.
According to Philly.com A 20-YEAR-OLD MAN has been charged with murder and a slew of related offenses for allegedly shooting one man to death and wounding another outside a rapper’s tour bus late last week.
Police say 20-year-old Frank Briggs, of Shedaker Street near Baynton in East Germantown, pulled up in a car and opened fire on a crowd gathered outside rap artist French Montana’s tour bus late Thursday night, after the bus stopped near a Holiday Inn Express on Columbus Boulevard.
Fatally wounded in the drive-by shooting was Jowann King, 26, of New York. A second man, age 28, was also wounded in the shooting, but survived.
Briggs is charged with murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, weapons offenses and related charges, police said.
Police have not said what motivated the shooting, but trouble has a way of finding Montana, whose real name is Karim Kharbouch.
He boasted to an entertainment website that he once survived a gunshot to the head and that he had beaten the murder rap that was pinned on him after the man who shot him was killed.
Just last month a fan left one of his shows in Las Vegas and allegedly shot and killed aspiring rapper Wayne Cherry Jr. as each drove along the strip.
Mjj says, It’s sad another young black man lost to the world of violence and the penal institution.
On behalf of the thousands of members of the Universal Zulu Nation, of which I am Minister Of Information, I write you this letter in peace and hope these words find you in the best of health and spirits. Brother, we at UZN have the utmost respect and love for all who choose to take our Culture to new heights, and we thank you for your part in creating new media that preserves our culture. It is with great sadness that we bring to your attention the obvious ills of your site, WorldStarHipHop.com. Mister O’Denat, you are well aware, or should be well aware that many are viewing your site’s content as very graphic and extremely violent. Before you brush this off as just another person’s opinion of your site and
the content you publish, please do not get it confused. This is not the case.
As I mentioned earlier, Mr. O’Denat, I am a representative of the Universal Zulu Nation, and we take our Culture quite serious. You are a Black man who has accomplished quite a lot without a formal education, and I’m quite sure when you dropped out of New York’s Grover Cleveland High School, you would never have imagined that you’d be as successful with your company, World Star, LLC. Doesn’t it bother you just a little that another Black man (that man being yourself), has “made it” out of the “ghetto”, only to display unnerving images and videos of young adults berating, belittling, and beating each other solely for the purpose of the enjoyment of who you are led to believe are “millions of Hip-Hoppers?”
Mr. O’Denat, the followers of your site are impressionable young men and women who “follow” you for a reason. As salacious as you may want your site to be, our youth are looking for answers and solutions to the many problems that plague our communities. The young people use your site as an outlet to escape the world they are living in, only to find that you place them right back at the starting point. Brother, you are well aware, or should be aware of the way Haitians are treated all over the world, including their own country. After all, Mr. O’Denat, you are Haitian, and you have even labeled yourself as a “Haitian Ghetto Nerd”, to gain God knows what kind of accolades. I am not Haitian, but I find it deplorable for a Haitian to associate such a dignified people with the “ghetto”, when Haitians come to this country to escape ghetto life.
Brother, I am sure you heard God speaking to you when the earthquakes in Haiti destroyed so many lives, and many of us di a fair share of work to help those in need. The repair for the damage done physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially will be an ongoing process that will take decades. But one of the brilliant brothers of Haitian decent is instead showering the world with what you call “the CNN of the Ghetto”. Brother, you are sadly mistaken if you would like the world to believe that hype. If you understand journalism 101, news is reported with two sides. Your excerpts of ghetto life, your lack of morality when accepting uploaded material, and your drive to maintain a site for the sole intent to destroy our Culture’s standing in these Americas is both uncouth and unacceptable by all of us at UZN. We are hereby separating ourselves and our followers from your site and what it supposedly stands for. Brother, if you were in fact the “CNN of the ghetto”, then you, as a former resident of Queens, NY should already know who Zulu is and what real Hip-Hop Culture is. Mr. O’Denat, there are many real Hip-Hoppers from Queens who laid the brick in the wall that you are trying to tear down.
You should already know about Run-DMC, Larry Smith, Salt-N-Pepa, Nas, MC Shan, LL Cool J and the founders of FUBU Clothing, to name a new. These men and women purposed to create a platform of expression for our Culture, and through the years, they have maintained and preserved that Culture. Mr. O’Denat, you are a Haitian, so you should know how serious Haitians are about their Culture. We are just as serious.
This is a new year, and the Universal Zulu Nation has begun a movement against anyone who is against us. Mr. O’Denat, either you are for Hip-Hop Culture, or you are not. There is no in-between, and no matter how many people have hyped you to believe that WorldStarHipHop is anything close to what this Culture is, they told you a lie. Mr. O’Denat, Hip-Hop Culture is FOUNDED on four spiritual principles. In case you haven’t already been schooled on what those principles are, they are: Peace, Unity, Love and Havin’ Fun. Mr. O’Denat, I pray that you do become a “CNN of the ghetto”, and that you someday get a camera and go to the ghetto yourself to record both sides of our neighborhoods. We still do have neighborhoods, brother.
Mr. O’Denat, can you imagine how much more hits WorldStarHipHop would have if you were intuitive enough to record rising Black political stars and activists, and some of the issues they discuss when trying to fix our problems nationwide? Or videos of Black political superstars like Barack and Michelle Obama. I would have loved to see the behind-the-scenes footage of the President at home with the wife and kids – on your website. I invite you to meet me in The Bronx, Boston, Virginia, The Carolinas, Chicago, DC, Maryland, Detroit, or any place that you feel more comfortable, so we may discuss the realities of “the ghetto” and how you can be better involved.
Mr. O’Denat, in closing I am asking you to remove the footage of the young man being forced to strip naked outside while people look on and another young man beats him with a belt while the camera man pours water on his fully naked body.
This is the link in question, Mr, O’Denat:
This is not the first time you have posted content that has been of this nature, and from the looks of it, this is probably Child Pornography. Therefore, I will forward the link and the video to the proper authorities to be sure that these young people are in fact of age and in full consent of being on your site in such a demeaning fashion. I’m unsure if this will bring about any charges, as there is a huge rumor on the streets that you are in fact working for the feds and are using your site as a cover up. But who knows? Mr. O’Denat, I again ask that you look into the fact that you and your site have misused our Culture’s name, committed fraud and falsely advertised your site as “Hip-Hop”. You have forced the hand of the Universal Zulu Nation to take further action should you continue to promote your “CNN of the ghetto” as “Hip-Hop”, and we are asking with all due respect that you include a disclaimer at the bottom of the front page of your website concerning your company and Hip-Hop Culture. A great
footnote on your site should be:
“World Star Hip-Hop is in no way affiliated with real Hip-Hop Culture or its’ founders or the Universal Zulu Nation. This site solely for entertainment purposes, and does not promote Hip-Hop Culture”
Mr. O’Denat, you are free to use the above language, or you may use any language you see fit that parallels the language above. Please contact me at your earliest convenience, should you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-297-7423.
DJ Kayotik Running Dallas Now Running The Mixtape World:
Any upcoming and aspiring rapper knows how hard it is to break into the hip hop industry and understands the crucial role DJs play as gatekeepers of new music. Known as the King of the Club, DJ Kayotik embraces his role as the pastor of the streets, bringing the music of independent and unsigned artists to the masses. Through all media even hip hop magazines.
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Born and raised in Queens, the Dallas transplant stays with his fingers pressed closely to the underground scene in both places. DJ Kayotik has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on Kayotik Khronikles, a series that is DJ Kayotik’s answer to the widely-popular DJ Drama Gangsta Grillz brand.
“Kayotik Khronikles is a mixtape dedicated to the independent artist movement and the mixtape has been getting great response. Doesn’t sound like the typical independent artist mixtape. Kinda out a flow to it out my touch to it, definitely a different vibe from the normal. Sometimes you get a couple mixtapes, especially independent artist mixtape, and it’s overkill. This one, you might not know the records you might not know the artists but when you hear the flow of the tape itself, it’s an easy listen.”
With over a decade in the industry, DJ Kayotik is at the forefront of rap music because he knows and respects the culture and heritage of it. Unlike a hip hop site like Worldstar or MediaTakeOut that exploits or promotes the ugliness of the industry, DJ Kayotik is more concerned with the authenticity and growth of hip hop.
“Hip hop, the culture as a whole, is a leader in the music game and if you dummy down the leader that gives opportunities for other genres to take over,” says DJ Kayotik.
What advice does the King of the Club give to unsigned artists?
Be humble. Stay hungry, aggressive. Most importantly, make a timeless record. Don’t get caught up in the hype of
trying to make a radio or iTunes hit, warns DJ Kayotik:
“There’s a lot of hits out today but as a DJ I can personally say I can’t extract and pull too many timeless records that I know that five years from now I can drop in my club set or drop on the radio or wherever I’m at and it’s still a hit. And it’s nothing against artists out today ‘cuz they’re making good music but timeless record is that great music, those classic records, whether it be hip-hop, R&B, pop, whatever it is. We’re missing a lot of timeless records.”
DJ Kayotik hopes to continue his brand, Kayotik Khronikles. Already in heavy rotation in Dallas, Kayotik Khronikles is making waves down south, in the bay area of California and in his original hometown of New York. As he continues to be the pastor of the streets, DJ Kayotik has his eyes set on a bigger prize; he would like to sign a deal as both an artist and as an A&R hoping to keep on the tradition of shepherding a new artist to the masses.
Russell Simmons one of the most influential people in the World of Hip Hop, covers Forbes Life November issue. Russell aka Uncle Rush molded rap into the conglomerate business it is today, that’s why he’s $75 million strong. Like it or not he’s one of the major influences who assisted in providing the edgy talent of Run-D.M.C. and it’s cross over appeal.
In this 2012 issue he shares with us his plans of what’s to come. A brilliant mind who has knocked down brick and cement walls, that have allowed the Jay Z’s, Lil Wayne’s, Diddy’s, Master P’s, and other big timer’s to creatively make rap more than just a culture but financial freedom for years to come, if they play their hands right……..imagine that
Check out the excerpt ….
On his upcoming plans:
In January, he’ll debut Tantris, a yoga line for women and men. “It’s going to be high-end and sexy,” he says. “Something way more sexy than what Lululemon is doing.” He’ll also publish a book, Mass Mantra, which is a do-it-yourself guide to meditation.
On moving to L.A.:
“It’s new inspiration, new shit,” he says, explaining the move to L.A. “I’m gonna make a bunch of movies and TV. I’m gonna take my kids to school. It’s a new life.” He’s contemplating producing two small-budget films and has a new deal with a YouTube channel that will function as an incubator for talent and ideas that could be spun into TV and film.
On his new girlfriend:
He has a new steady – they’ve been on ten dates–named Leila Lopes, a 26-year-old Angolan who happens to be the reigning Miss Universe. Simmons stops short of calling her his girlfriend, though. He’s frequently photographed with comely young women. Lopes is charming and poised, “good company,” Simmons says. But when his friends started telling him “this is your Michelle Obama,” it freaked him out.
Mjj says….Russell has that talk game, and I absolutely love it…You can’t knock the Hustle.
In Charlotte, NC rumors have circulated and has been founded that rap impresario and Wu-Tang Clan member, Raekwon aka Corey Woods unfortunately isn’t the prime example of a stellar father. Tabatha, mother of his eldest child, Cori, (his name sake) was recently removed from her mother’s custodial care not by a court order or by choice, but due to the irresponsibility of Raekwon.
To further add fuel to the fire, Ms. Lewis, single working mother who has recently fallen upon hard times, is in fact due several thousand dollars in child support from the Wu-Tang member. Tabatha talks will Futuristic Blogger of HipHopNews24-7.com exclusively to share her story. This is only part 1 of a 4 part interview.
PART 2 COMING TOMORROW AT 8PM (RIGHT HERE ONLY) — STAY TUNE
We look back at some of the biggest mistakes in hip hop history: From Diddy to Suge, we count down some of the most questionable decisions in recent memory.
We countdown some of the biggest mistakes & lack of judgement calls in hip hop history.
15. Rick Ross Denying Parole Officer Accusations
Before Rick Ross was writing rhymes and creating street anthems, he was writing citations and patrolling the streets. When a 2009 Smoking Gun report emerged exposing Rozay’s past as a C.O, Ross quickly denied the allegations despite an overwhelming amount of evidence. Instead of burying the topic right away, Ross let it linger and he ultimately became a laughing stock for that period of time. (Although he’s recovered nicely since)
14. Nelly – Tip Drill
For most Americans their problems can be traced back to swiping their credit cards on multiple occasions,
but for Nelly it took just 1 infamous swipe to forever alter his career. In his controversial, yet entertaining 2004 X-rated “Tip Drill” video, Nelly took it upon himself to swipe his American Express (or was it a Visa?) down a stripper’s ass, which led to an uproar from females all across the country. Since 99% of Nelly’s fan base wears high heels, we don’t think it was wise of him to piss off damn near every female rights group imaginable. The swipe led to boycotts, corporate advertisers pulling ads in-which Nelly was featured on and more. Nelly’s career hasn’t been the same since.
13.Any Artist that Signs to Bad Boy Records
A sports franchise that screws up free agent signings, ruins young careers, never pays their employees, and has been irrelevant for the better part of a decade would be called the Los Angeles Clippers, but in the music industry, that unflattering description belongs to Bad Boy Records. Contrary to popular belief, Bad Boy isn’t cursed; it’s just run by an egomaniac that would rather showcase himself than his artists. Any artist that wants to be a star, and stay a star, and not have to worry about the executive producer tryna be all in the videos, all on the records, dancing, don’t go to Bad Boy Records, word to Suge Knight.
12. 50 Cent Black Balling Himself
After years of bullying his peers, criticizing and making a mockery of artists beneath him, 50 finds himself in a precarious position in which he’s struggling to produce any type of buzz for his free-falling music career. He burned a lot of bridges on his rise to the top and it’s coming back to haunt him. These days 50 releases a lot of music via his twitter page, but one has to ask, if he releases music and nobody hears it, did he really release music? On his quest to get rich or die trying, he essentially black-balled himself, and now fans are hoping he would stop trying to make music.
11. Hot 97 Giving Funk Master Flex a Radio Show
Flex is a legendary DJ who was one of the biggest influences back in the 90s, however, he’s also one of the biggest dick riders in hip hop history. Flex is a male-cheerleader who annoyingly giggles, instigates and kisses every rappers ass that appears on his radio show. There’s only 3 people who enjoy his radio show, and that’s the program director, the radio engineer and Funkmaster Flex, and we’re told all 3 are the same person.
10. Lil B Deciding to Rap
Title is self-explanatory
9. Jay Z Calling Out Nas @ Summer Jam 2001
If we learned anything from the ignorant WorldStar fight videos, it’s that the aggressor in a fight usually ends up taking a loss. And in this case, Hov was the loud ostentatious one showing off around his peers, Nas was the quite individual who paid the aggressor no mind and wanted no parts of the fight, until Jay threw the first punch. And Nas, seemingly out of nowhere unleashed a hail of fury that subsequently put an asterisk on Jay’s previously unblemished record.
8. Signing to Aftermath Records.
Dre’s former label Death Row Records was the destination for artists to, well, die, literally. Now Dre’s Aftermath Records is the destination where artists go to, well, die; figuratively. Just check the stats, Aftermath was established in 1996 and there’s been less than 10 albums released while having at least 50 artists signed in that period of time.
7. Signing to Death Row Records
Signing to Suge’s nemesis Bad Boy Records would leave you broke, irrelevant and bitter, but at least you’d still be alive. We’re not implying Suge Knight did a lot of evil stuff himself, we’re implying Suge Knight had goons to do the evil stuff on his behalf.
*Note* (Opinions expressed in this particular post concerning Suge Knight & Death Row records are solely of that of the writer, and doesn’t reflect those of HH365 Media Group)
6. Soulja Boy
Refer back to #10
5 Lil Wayne’s Wardrobe @ MTV Awards 2011
So we know that the “Goblin” thing has kind of caught on, and we’re supposed to think it’s cool to dress like a complete moron if you’re expressing your inner martian. But when you emerge from a tunnel wearing women’s pants and crooning your softest song to date, it doesn’t make us think of you as a goblin. It makes us think of you as a prom queen.
4. Drake Beefing with Common
Beefing with Common isn’t a wise thing to do, just ask Ice Cube. That beef in 97’ ended when Cube called Minister Farrakhan to help intervene and squash the beef. However, being that Drake is half-white & a Jew were not sure Farrakhan will assist this time around. So Drake should just lay low until till things simmer down so he can return to doing what he does best, which is singing and making the same song, over and over again.
3. Signing Shyne to Def Jam
Quick Update on some of the players involved in the 1999 Shooting in New York.
-Shyne serves nearly 10 years in prison for Diddy.
-L.A. Reid signs Shyne
-Shyne releases some of the worst music of all time, in any genre.
-The U.S. quickly deports Shyne to Israel, presumably after hearing his music.
-Def Jam Fires L.A., and he heads to X-Factor
-J-Lo gets divorced
-The NYC man who instigated the 99′ shooting, was found dead earlier this year outside of a Manhattan nightclub.
-Meanwhile Diddy is somewhere laughing at one of his beach houses in Miami.
2. Vibe Magazine’s 1996 East vs West Cover
Although there were several publications that fed into the beef between Death Row & Bad Boy, Vibe was the biggest urban media outlet that continually accentuated and fueled fire into the beef. They coined the “East vs West” term and turned a dispute between two record labels, into an all out coastal war. Even the former EIC Kevin Powell now regrets the cover and the stuff they did. Sure the beef would have probably still went on with or without the cover, but it sure didn’t help matters.
1. Twitter & Hip Hop
For a genre that rose fully-formed from the concrete Hip-Hop has started to seem awful soft these days. Partly that’s a good thing; expansion of subject matter leads to more diverse artists saying all kind of different things. But it also leads to some really lame shit. And the lamest of the lame happenings in current hip-hop is the twitter beef. Because there’s nothing at risk and there’s no skill involved. All the drama of the hip-hop battle, where dudes clowned their enemies through rhyme, all the tension of seeing two men compare skill face to face has disappeared, replaced by inane insults hurled safely through modems. In fact, the wackest participant often wins the twitter beef, simply because they’re lame enough to keep going when the realer dude has better stuff to do with his time. We don’t even hear good diss songs anymore because rappers are letting a website represented by a cute little bird do all their talking for them. Stop this trend. If you hate a dude, write a sixteen or a verse or a song about how much he sucks. Don’t condense it into 140 characters. Negro please
In May 2007, Arioose and an unnamed juvenile wearing mask allegedly entered a small convenient store in Elizabeth, New Jersey and robbed the Haitian store owner (Fan-Fan) at gunpoint. The two juveniles then fled and were later apprehended by Elizabeth police and charged with a first-degree armed robbery.
This was not Arioose’s first charge or first time arrested. In fact, he had several open cases involving drug dealing, resisting arrests, and assaults before Union County Juvenile Judge, the Honorable Frederic R. McDaniel. Notwithstanding those other cases, this first-degree robbery charge was the most serious charge Arioose faced and which later would change his life for good.
Due to Arioose’s continued criminal episodes and the violent nature of the robbery offense, the Union County prosecutor’s office elected to waive Arioose to adult court to be prosecuted and treated as adult offender despite the fact that he was a juvenile at the time of the incident.
Arioose, represented by criminal defense attorney Karam Nahas, was able to defeat the waiver and remain within the jurisdiction of the juvenile criminal justice system. At that time, Nahas had other violent clients who were waived by the Court and treated as adults despite being juveniles. If the prosecution’s waiver was successful, Arioose would have been exposed to a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years in an adult prison for the crime he would later be convicted of.
Prior to trial for the first-degree robbery, Nahas was able to negotiate a plea offer with the Union County Prosecutor who agreed to mitigate Arioose’s charge and recommend a probationary sentence should Arioose provide information to the prosecutor to incriminate his co-defendant. Despite his counsel’s efforts, Arioose refused to cooperate with the prosecution, remained silent, and stood trial in July 2007 for a first-degree armed robbery before the same Judge McDaniel who adjudicated his past cases and came to know Arioose too well.
At trial, the victim of the armed robbery Fan-Fan testified against Arioose and his co-defendant who at that time was on the run. Fan-Fan testified that he was robbed at gunpoint and by a knife while at his store by Arioose and the other juvenile. Arioose was later convicted of the charge and sentenced to three years in the juvenile prison of New Jersey.
During his incarceration, Arioose reached out to Nahas explaining to him that he wanted to change his life and become a professional music artist. Nahas took a liking to the talented young convict after hearing his first demo CD recorded in prison. At that time, Nahas agreed to help Arioose change his life and pursue a career in music upon his release only if Arioose promised to change his mind set and begin a productive personal and professional career.
Upon Arioose’s release from prison, Nahas traveled with Arioose to Miami where they recorded the first unreleased tracks outside of prison at Studio Center in Miami Lakes. Arioose worked with music engineers Drop and Manny Mercado. Studio Center has recorded such artists as Flo-rida, Black DADA, Raekwon, Capone-N- Noreaga, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Juvenile and works with recording labels such as Sony/BMG, Warner Bros., Atlantic, Jive, Universal and Def Jam.
Returning from Miami, Nahas contacted famed photographer Tom Medvedich to conduct a photo shoot with Arioose in his neighborhood of Elizabeth and in front of the store he robbed. Tom Medvedich has photographed for the Source, XXL, and Spin magazine and has shot other artists such as Rick Ross, Pharrell, Jay Z, Raekwon and Spike Lee to name a few. After explaining to Medvedich the story behind the robbery, Medvedich decided to shoot Arioose in front of Fan-Fan’s convenient store – the store that Arioose had robbed nearly four years ago at that time.
During the shoot, the place that previously was a convenient store was now closed and apparently out of business. As Medvedich shot Arioose in front of the store, an older man appeared and curiously walked towards the store. Nahas immediately recognized the man to be Fan-Fan, Arioose’s robbery victim who appeared to be older and weathered from the hardships of life.
At that point, Nahas and Arioose approached Fan-Fan who also immediately recognized the criminal defense attorney who cross-examined him as well as the suspect who attempted to rob him as juvenile. For Arioose and his team, that day was a very special moment. Arioose was able to apologize and reconcile with the man he robbed and traumatized. Interestingly, a man that could very easily have been Arioose’s father, as both Fan-Fan and Arioose are Haitians and slightly resemble one another.
Arioose, Nahas and Fan-Fan spoke for some time as Arioose explained to Fan-Fan what he’s accomplished since prison and how he is now pursuing a career in music. Fan-Fan hugged Arioose and shook his hands commending him for his positive actions and was visibly happy to see that Arioose had changed his life from a negative to a positive. Fan-Fan pledged his support and encouragement towards Arioose and formally forgave him for his past.
The appearance of Fan-Fan at the photo shoot was symbolic of Arioose’s world coming back full circle and was unplanned or premeditated. Five years had elapsed since Arioose had allegedly stuck a gun in Fan-Fan’s face and since that time, both Fan-Fan and Arioose moved on but never had forgotten. When Arioose was asked about the impact of seeing Fan-Fan outside of the courtroom, Arioose replied, “It was a life-changing moment for me. I was blessed to have the opportunity to confront Fan-Fan outside of the courtroom, man to man, and understand who he was as a person. To shake his hand and understand that I now have his support was a way for me to put closure to my past and move forward with a fresh slate.”
When Nahas was asked about how he felt seeing the victim that he questioned in Court years ago, Nahas explained, “In our business, we rarely see a positive outcome from a negative event. Personally, it was good to see Fan-Fan after all these years on non-adversarial terms. I aggressively cross-examined him during a heated trial and he did not take it personally. He understood that it’s the nature of our business. For Fan-Fan to forgive Arioose and support his second chance at life despite what he’s done speaks volumes as to Fan-Fan’s noble character.”
All these events are true and all the people involved in this article, even the Union County prosecutor who brought Arioose to trial, continue to encourage Arioose’s development as a professional music artist.