The Making of IllkidMaticcity
Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
This all took place Monday Afternoon......... Funny cause it all started from me hearing about this beat contest on the radio..and now....this...check out the video
Tuesday night they played the METS and i was watching the game from home with a good friend of mine Ali... I had the TV on Blast so we could hear the intro music when Ryan walked up and we heard it clear as day......He didn't hit a homerun the night before but..so soon as the pitcher threw the 1st pitch...."Smack!!!" Deep to Left Field ...it's Outta Here...Homerun!!! that felt good...and every single time he went up to bat...we heard the horns
Me and My Number 1 Fan..lol
Friday, August 22, 2008
CHECK OUT MAINO IN SMOOTH MAGAZINE/ OCT. 2008
They mention the song Vers & I Produced for Maino... "Runaway Slave"
Named after a novel by Sidney Sheldon, Bed-Stuy native Jermaine " Maino" Coleman's Debut Full-Length tells the harrowing story of his transition from parolee to rapper. rhyming was something maino picked up out of boredom while serving a 10-yr bid in solitary confinement. It's clear that his skills are being honed, but what he lacks in finesse, he makes up in power. He has Exceptional ability to translate his raw emotion into words, especially as he details he despair of warring with his baby-mama on the fiery " Kill You" and the equally-revealing "Runaway Slave." He certifies his rugged personality with cuts like "I'm Sorry," a Cool & Dre production driven by synthy pianos and Maino's Iceberg Slim Mentality, and "Gangsta," which is propelled by a battering blues sample. By the end of the record, it's evident that Maino's still very much an uncompromising gangsta. The Only Difference is that he switched lanes for a steadier cash flow, Probably a good call on his part.
3 1/2 Stars out of 5
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
It's been some year for Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter. In the past 12 months, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-born hip-hop demigod released a platinum album, signed a 10-year, $150 million deal with concert promoter Live Nation and tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Beyoncé Knowles. Quite a record. But only good enough for a silver medal.
While Jay-Z topped Forbes.com's inaugural Hip-Hop Cash Kings list of the top-earning people in the business last year, in 2008 he cedes the throne to Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, who raked in $150 million over the past 12 months--almost twice what Jay-Z made.
The new king of hip-hop wealth banked $100 million after taxes on one deal alone when his stake in VitaminWater's parent, Glacéau, was bought by Coca-Cola as part of a $4.1 billion deal. 50's portfolio also includes the popular G-Unit clothing line and record label, plus films, videogames and a slew of platinum albums, including last year's Curtis. Also in the works: a mining partnership with South African billionaire Partrice Motsepe.
50 Cent isn't the only star in the growing firmament of "hip-hopreneurs." After years of violent rivalry marked by the murders of such icons as Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., rap's focus has shifted from beef to cake--making money, that is. Unlike most pop and rock musicians, who make the bulk of their earnings from record sales and tours, rappers have more diversified portfolios.
These impresarios have mastered the arts of branding and cross-promotion, with licensing deals for everything from booze to books. Others own record labels, clothing lines, bars and restaurants. As 50 Cent says of lesser entrepreneurs, "They're trying to buy some Gucci / I'm trying to buy the mall."
For the second year in a row, Sean "Diddy" Combs finished third on our list. The ageless Dapper Don of rap banked a cool $35 million from his revenue streams, including his clothing line Sean John, record label Bad Boy, premium vodka Ciroc and two reality-TV shows. Last year Diddy collaborated with fellow list-toppers Jay-Z and 50 Cent to release "I Get Money (The Forbes 1, 2, 3 Remix)" in honor of their success.
Kanye West clocks in at No. 4 with $30 million. The pink-polo-sporting rapper and producer released his third solo album, Graduation, last September. After handily outselling 50 Cent's Curtis in a head-to-head opening-week matchup, West's album went multiplatinum and won four Grammys. West has penned hits for Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Diddy, among others. Earlier this month, he headlined the music festival Lollapalooza in his native Chicago.
Some hip-hop legends don't need to do anything to keep earning outrageous sums of money. Andre "Dr. Dre" Young banked $15 million even though he hasn't had a hit in years--he still gets rich on royalties from two decades of hits. A founder of the seminal rap group N.W.A he released his multiplatinum solo opus The Chronic in 1992 and has produced hits for the likes of Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Eminem and Tupac Shakur.
Tupac himself pulled in a handsome sum this year--about $15 million--even though he's been dead for over 10 years. Tupac is probably having himself a last laugh from beyond the grave, knowing that his onetime friend Suge Knight isn't cashing in on the bonanza. Knight, the bodyguard-turned-president of Death Row Records, long rumored to have arranged Shakur's killing, filed for bankruptcy and put his Malibu, Calif., mansion up for sale last June.
1. 50 Cent - $150 million
2. Jay-Z - $82 million
3. P Diddy - $35 million
4. Kanye West - $30 million
5. Timbaland - $22 million
6. Pharrell Williams - $20 million
7. Swizz Beatz - $17 million
8. Snoop Dogg - $16 million
9. Dr. Dre - $15 million
10. Ludacris - $14 million
11. T.I. - $13 million
12. Lil Wayne - $13 million
13. Eminem - $12 million
14. Common - $12 million
15. Akon - $12 million
16. Jermaine Dupri - $11 million
17. Lil Jon - $11 million
18. OutKast - $10 million
19. Chamillionaire - $10 million
20. The Game - $10 million
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Horne told Reuters that he had spoken to Hayes' wife, who confirmed that Hayes was found unconscious at his home, and rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
His work on director Gordon Parks' urban crime drama "Shaft," a project he had hoped to star in, was the first of many forays into movie soundtracks. He got in front of the camera for the 1974 cult classic "Truck Turner" and had kept busy with film work ever since, recently appearing in the hip-hop drama "Hustle & Flow."
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)
Lil Wayne Tha Carter 3 this week 78,742 total 2,075,960
Nas Nigger this week 41,023 total 291,380
Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad this week 34,290 total 1,550,572
UsherHere I Stand this week 18,293 total 948,524
Plies Definition of Real this week 15,609 total 433,592
David Banner's Greatest Story Ever Told, which was met by mixed reviews from critics, also remains lukewarm on the charts. The Mississippi rapper sold 15,200 copies this week, for a total of 88,300. Three 6 Mafia's Last 2 Walk holds steady at #33 with 13,700 units sold this week. Driven by having the lead single on the highly anticipated Pinapple Express movie soundtrack( "Paper Planes"), M.I.A climbed her way from #151 to #62 with Kala selling 8,582 this week. Meanwhile Rick Ross comes in at #80 with Trilla selling 7,200 copies. Tech N9ne's Killer grabs the #144 spot with 4,600 sold.
David Banner Greatest Story Ever Told this week 15,269 total 88,383
Three 6 Mafia Last 2 Walk this week 13,781 total 184,534
M.I.A Kala this week 8,582 total 250,555
Rick Ross Trilla this week 7,244 total 645,059
Will August heat up on the charts with new albums on the horizon from heavy-hitters like The Game and Ice Cube?
Author: Aliya Ewing
I doubt it ..lol
Perez is concerned over a certain line in which she believes that West is referring to her breasts, "You got D's motherf**ker, D's, Rosie Perez."
"I'm a woman of a certain age and if you're gonna mention me in a song, have a little respect," Perez explained. "He mentions my breasts. When you walk down the street and you have 15-year-old boys.. and they're like, 'Yo, Rosie, D's D's, Rosie Perez,' it's no good."
Perez is best known for her roles in Do The Right Thing and White Men Can't Jump and the actress recently appeared in the comedy Pineapple Express.
Kanye West has yet to respond to the situation
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Aight so...right at this moment I've been working on tracks that sound "50 cent -ish "in hopes of landing a placement on his next album. So one day I was in the studio with Rain and we were talking about the whole thing that happened between 50 and Young Buck and how crazy that whole thing was....when i decide to name the track i was working on..."Cry Baby".....Not coming at Young Buck but coming at every and any one that complains about 50 cent...and just being a big "Cry Baby"about it..Now of course..your 1st thought would be, Young Buck, which would make you want to listen to the record to see what 50 might say but i think it'll be a bigger record if he talked about everybody "Crying in the Game now"..including Young Buck ..lol...(that wasn't right)..you know how 50 do.....Anyway i thought the idea was real dope and so did rain.....So after the track was done i laid down a "rough idea" of the hook and what it MIGHT sound like if 50 were to rap to the track.... about a hour later i went over to see my friend DJ Supa and ask for some feed back....he heard the 1st 10 seconds of the track and stopped the record then he,...well ....just Watch the Video...Crazy!..One of the Best DJ's in New Jersey!!!!
Keep your fingers crossed for me....
Aight so most of you know the whole story behind this track so im not gonna go into it...But this is just a "What if " it did get pick.. Let's see what the video would look like...
Let me know what you think?
Fabolous Ft Ne-Yo " Make Me Better" Prod by Versatile&Dilemma