50 Cent, Samuel Jackson Enlisting In Iraq War Movie
Posted by TheEvilGenius on Friday, February 10 2006
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Samuel L. Jackson will soon have more in common than just a last name, as they're both up for roles in "Home of the Brave," a wartime drama set against the backdrop of the war in Iraq.
Written by first-time screenwriter Mark Friedman and directed by "Life as a House" helmer Irwin Winkler, the flick will follow three soldiers who return home from the conflict and find the readjustment difficult. Samuel L. Jackson has been cast as a middle-age doctor who is surprised to discover that his tour of duty at home is even more daunting than the one he just finished in the Middle East.
Jessica Biel, Christina Ricci and "7th Heaven" actor Brian Presley have also signed on to the independently financed film, which is expected to begin shooting in Morocco next month with a budget of $12 million. The production will also shoot in Spokane, Washington, and will then approach studios for a distribution deal.
50 Cent, who recently made his acting debut in the semi-autobiographical drama "Get Rich or Die Tryin' ", is in final negotiations to make "Brave" his first true attempt at playing a fully fictionalized character. The 30-year-old hip-hop superstar would be joining a rare attempt by Hollywood to address the war in Iraq, one that Winkler admits was a difficult sell.
Last year's military-themed flick "Jarhead," assumed by many to be commenting on the current conflict, was in fact set during the first Gulf War. "Home of the Brave" would be notable as the first military drama to address Iraq.
Police Seek To Question Busta Rhymes, Tony Yayo, Swizz Beatz About Murder
Posted by HipHopFoundry on Wednesday, February 8 2006
Police have widened their investigation of a murder that occurred Sunday (Feb. 5) on the set of Busta Rhymes' new music video.
In addition to seeking out G-Unit rapper Tony Yayo, authorities are now looking to question Swizz Beats and Busta Rhymes himself.
Detectives believe Busta Rhymes was standing on the sidewalk when the shooting took place. Authorities also believe the gunman may have escaped in Tony Yayo's car.
Israel Ramirez, 29, was shot in the back around 12:30 a.m. in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, N.Y. Busta Rhymes was shooting the video for a remix to his single, "Touch It."
Guests in the video included Mary J. Blige, Lloyd Banks, Swizz Beatz, Missy Elliott and other big name celebrities.
Police are investigating whether a feud between Swizz Beatz and G-Unit could have led to the shooting.
Swizz Beatz' artist, Cassidy, who was recently convicted of involuntary manslaughter, lyrically attacked G-Unit head 50 Cent in the video for Cassidy's "B-Boy Stance."
50 Cent took verbal shots at Cassidy in his own video for "Piggy Bank," while Ruff Ryders artist Jadakiss has had a very public feud with 50 Cent and G-Unit.
Sources said G-Unit members were berating Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean and his uncles Darrin "Dee" Dean and Joaquin "Waah" Dean, both heads of Ruff Ryders.
Other reports stated that Lloyd Banks refused to record his part of the video with Swizz Beatz in the room.
An argument ensued and studio security ordered a group of men outside the building. According to reports, Busta Rhymes followed the men outside in an attempt to calm the escalating argument.
The group of men began to push and shove each other "when an individual took out a gun and fired at least eight shots," said New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
While Busta Rhymes originally told police he was inside of the building, a member of Ramirez' family said that the rapper told them he had witnessed the shooting.
Amelin Fernandez, Ramirez' wife, told the New York Daily News that Ramirez and another bodyguard for Busta Rhymes was shielding the rapper when the gunman opened fire at someone behind the three men.
"It has nothing to do with you; just get out of the way," the gunman allegedly told Ramirez as he opened fire, striking the 29-year-old and fatally wounding him.
Yayo and other members of G-Unit allegedly fled the scene and authorities believe the gunman may have fled with Tony Yayo. Ironically, Ramirez had provided security to 50 Cent at one point in his career.
"He is not a suspect. They did not indicate he was a target at all," Tony Yayo's attorney, Scott Leemon said
The lawyer also told the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office that Yayo would not voluntarily answer any police questions about the shooting and requested not to be contacted by the NYPD.
Fernandez claimed that Busta Rhymes told her he was right next to Ramirez when the shooting occurred and that the rapper was trying to explain what happened, but "everyone was in shock."
Police confiscated video footage from the video shoot as well as footage that an MTV camera crew took of the shooting during the day.
Ramirez took the stand at the trial of Sean "Diddy" Combs' and Jamal "Shyne" Barrow's gun-possession and assault trial.
He testified that Combs did not have a weapon in his hand during a shoot-out at Club New York in Dec. 1999.
According to reports, Busta Rhymes has offered to pay for Ramirez' funeral.
Roc-A-Fella Rapper Freeway Collaborating With G-Unit For New Album
Posted by HipHopFoundry on Tuesday, February 7 2006
Roc-A-Fella rapper Freeway, of State Property fame, will collaborate with 50 Cent and G-Unit for his second album titled Free at Last, according to his manager.
The album is co-executive produced by Def Jam president Jay-Z and50 Cent and will be released Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella imprint via Def Jam, said Freeway's manager Ryan Press of Press Conference Management.
" Jay-Z, and 50 Cent will both be on my album," Freeway told AllHipHop.com. "I got mad love for . What people don't know is that we have been tight for a while. Our first album both came out in the same month, and we did a lot of shows and other things together back then."
50 Cent's longtime manager and G-Unit founder Sha Money XL also confirmed 50's involvement in the project, as well as Lloyd Banks and Young Buck.
The album is slated to feature Kanye West, Beanie Sigel, the Roots' Black Thought, Nate Dogg, and Mariah Carey, in addition to production by West, Just Blaze, Chad Wes, Scott Storch, Dangerous LLC, and Needlz, among others.
"Philly, I got a crazy joint with Black Thought. You already know what time it is with my joint I got with [Jay-Z]," said Freeway. "We only make classics, and the joint with 50 is stupid.
According to Press, Freeway is still currently signed to Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam and maintains good ties with Jay-Z.
Representatives for Def Jam could not be reached for comment.
"Jay-Z and Freeway have a great relationship and they're gonna work together for the album and other projects," said Press. "[They're] still very tight. There are no problems there. Freeway wants to put the Roc back were it is supposed to be."
Freeway made his first notable appearance on "1-900-Hustler," from Jay-Z's 2000 compilation album, Dynasty: Roc la Familia.
The rapper followed with his solo debut, Philadelphia Freeway in 2003.
His new album is due tentatively in May.
"The album is gonna be crazy. You're gonna hear growth from Freeway, the same classic hood bangers, and some stuff about why he has been in the cut for a minute," said Press.
He added that the album will also address the status of Freeway's relationships with G-Unit, State Property, and fellow Roc-A-Fella founders Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke.
"Any questions that you have about Freeway will be answered on the album," said Press. "He really wanted to stress that a lot of people are making songs that just come and go but if you check his track record, 'What We Do,' 'Rock the Mic,' and 'Flipside' are part of Hip-Hop history and are records that still bang in main rotation even though they are three years old."
Added Freeway: "I'm just very excited about my new album and also to help the unity in hip-hop and prove that young black successful people can work together in this game. It's gonna be big for the east coast. We need something like this."
Police Seek To Question Tony Yayo & Others In Busta Video Shooting
Posted by Renik on Monday, February 6 2006
Police are seeking to question G-Unit rapper Tony Yayo in connection with a shooting on a Busta Rhymes video set that left one man dead with a gunshot wound to the back.
While he is not an official suspect, police are seeking to question Yayo about a heated argument that took place on the set of the video, which was being filmed on location in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York.
Israel Ramirez, 29, was gunned down shortly after midnight on Sunday (Feb. 5), about a half-hour after a group of men were ordered to leave the building after an argument on the set.
He was rushed to Woodhull Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:10 a.m. Ramirez was in charge of guarding Busta Rhymes' cache of jewelry, which was being used in the video.
Police are investigating what rappers' entourages were present and if any of the men were connected to the shooting.
Rhymes was shooting a video for his latest single "Touch It (Remix)". The video's cameo appearance list included G-Unit members 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks, DMX, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and other high profile celebrities.
Yayo and Rhymes are labelmates on Interscope Records, home to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and 50 Cent's G-Unit Records imprint.
Contradicting earlier reports, Rhymes, Ramirez and others were in front the studio when shots were fired, sending people running for their lives.
The make of the gun used in the shooting has not been confirmed: reports have cited the shots came from an AK47, while others have identified the weapon as a 9mm or a .45. Eight spent shells were also recovered.
Police are scanning video footage to see of the murdered has been captured on tape but have yet to find a suspect or a motive in the shooting.
According to the New York Post, police are having difficulties contacting Busta Rhymes and at least 50 other people that believe were at the scene of the shooting.
Freeway Officially On G-Unit!
Posted by HipHopFoundry on Saturday, February 4 2006
On G-Unit Saturday on Shade 45 Whoo Kid just announced that Freeway is "Officially on G-Unit"!
Click here to listen to the track
more news coming soon...
50 Cent's New Album This Year?
Posted by Renik on Thursday, February 2 2006
It looks like 50 Cent might be dropping his next album this year. Fifty just released a new diss single aimed at the Game called "Not Rich, Still Lyin'," on which he actually imitates Game's voice.
Toward the end of the record, 50 says he has a new album coming out on July 18 because he "can't stay away." "Y'all thought I was gonna let y'all eat?" he laughs.
50's reps at Interscope Records could not be reached for comment.
G-Unit: In With The Old
Posted by Renik on Monday, January 30 2006
Mase's 10 Years of Hate mixtape is really hot (see "Mixtape Monday: Juelz Santana Sticks With Def Jam, Pimp C Gets Back To Work"). You can't even tell that Mase Murda ever left. Mase has always been good, but he threw a lot of people off by going back on his statement that he'd never rap again when he joined the ministry. Now that he's returned (with the notorious G-Unit in his corner), you have to wonder why he ever left rap. If you're looking for some nice hooks and lyrics, cop 10 Years of Hate. If you can't get over his conversion and backslide, I suggest you leave this alone. Mase is back with style and some may not be able to handle it.
Mobb Deep are going to shake the dust off of most cats out there (see "Mobb Deep, 50 Cent Get Tattoos To Prove Their Loyalty"). They first came out at one of the hardest times to get heard, and they managed to earn respect not only as independent artists but as a family. This deal with G-Unit was a leap to switch on the light that should have been shining on the group 10 years ago. Mobb Deep put their blood, sweat and tears into making it.
Mobb Deep, 50 Cent Get Tattoos To Prove Their Loyalty
Posted by Renik on Thursday, January 26 2006
For die-hard Mobb Deep fans, it really doesn't matter if the Mobb are signed to G-Unit Records or Sugar Hill Records, as long as Havoc and Prodigy maintain their grisly sound and fast-lane-living-inspired lyrics on their next project, Blood Money.
"We can't do nothing else but keep it Mobb. That's it." Mobb Deep's Prodigy.
So when word got out that the Mobb were not following their usual MO of artist autonomy, and that they were letting their new label's CEO, 50 Cent, have a huge hand in determining the direction of their new album, some were questioning if Hav and P. would be the same.
"It made me feel good 'cause people is talking," Havoc said at his team's Queens, New York, studio. Prodigy was sitting right next to him, along with their new artists 40 Glocc and Nice. "Now they waiting to hear what we coming with. If they thought that [we'd sound different], it's not gonna be that. It's gonna be the Mobb. When we was having the meetings with Fif initially [about signing to G-Unit], he was like, 'Just do what y'all do and I'll do what I do,' as far as the marketing and promotion, getting us into the spotlight. He never tried to change us. We never worried about trying to change to fit our new team. That would have never happened."
Leave it to Prodigy to be way more blunt when addressing the doubters. "We can't do nothing else but keep it Mobb," he said. "That's it."
The Mobb Deep and G-Unit alliance seems to go deeper than just business a true kinship and pledge of loyalty have been forged. Prodigy has the words "G-Unit" tattooed on his right hand and 50 has "Mobb Deep" tatted on his wrist (click here for photos). Fif also gave both Mobb members new Porsches when the ink dried on their contracts. The two sides knew right off the bat that things would work.
"Even before we signed, when [our signing was just] up in the air, he sent us two tracks, which happened to be 'Outta Control' and the other one was 'A Party,' " Havoc said. "We knocked those out. It was an ill feeling, 'cause we hadn't signed yet and he sent us songs and we was bangin' them out."
Before the tandem signed to G-Unit last spring (see "50 Cent Wants To Sign Mobb Deep, M.O.P. To G-Unit Records"), they had 10 new tracks already recorded. Upon signing, they worked with 50 and came up with 20 more before going on the Anger Management Tour over the summer. In the past few months, they've completed an additional 20 tracks, bringing the total number to a fitting 50 songs.
"He picked a lot of beats," P. said of 50 Cent. "It was a 50/50 thing on the beats. A lot of beats he picked were hot."
"So here we are, still doing the same thing, but with a better team," Havoc added.
Mobb's Blood Money comes out on March 21 and features cameos from several members of the G-Unit. The first single is called "Put Them in Their Place"; other tracks on the album include a record with 50 Cent called "Pearly Gates" and one produced by Dr. Dre called "Nightmares." ("Working with Dre, as you can imagine, is ill," Havoc said with a smile. "It's that Dre darkness.")
Prodigy offered little explanation for how they came up with the album title, other than saying, "All money is blood money."
A New G-Unit First Lady??
Posted by Renik on Thursday, January 26 2006
G-Unit began as a crew of a tight-knit few. After success came, the company expanded to bring in artists of different genres and styles. With Mase, Mobb Deep and M.O.P. on the line-up, G-Unit has a roster full of potential stars.
Now, Vibe.com is reporting that another star may be heading over to the Unit.
No, DMX wont be going over, but a female will.
That female happens to be none other than R&B star Keyshia Cole. The singer and her people have not confirmed any of the reports, but Vibe remains confident that Cole will be leaving to go to G-Unit soon.
In an interview, Cole dispelled rumors that she would be leaving her current home at A&M Records.
However, Cole did say she would leave if the money was right.
Sounds like bad news for Olivia who was previously deemed the first lady of the crew. Still, reports say Olivia hasnt been dropped and most likely will stay.
However, it seems as though G-Unit is seriously interested in Cole
50 Cent Comments On Nas Signing To Def Jam And Working For Jayz-Z
Posted by Renik on Wednesday, January 25 2006
50 Cent was interviewed on a Dutch radio station last Monday and he told what he thought about Nas signing to Def Jam.
"I don't understand that. To be honest with you, I think won the battle and lost the war (...) 'cause now he's signed to Jay-Z. Creatively, Nas did a great job with Ether and then 'cause he wasn't handlin' his business he has to go work for Jay-Z."
When asked why 50 can't understand Nas signing with Def Jam, 50 cent answered "I can't understand it because Jay-Z slept with his baby's mother. For the rest of his life, everytime he looks at his daughter, his daughter is a product of the relationship between Nas and Carmen and now when he looks to the face he has to see Jay-Z."
"Right now, Nas' career is so damaged at this point that he's gotta do something to make money."
When asked if he sees himself working with Nas in the future, 50 Cent responds "I don't, to be honest with you."
G Unit Radio Part 16: Ma$e, Crucified For Da Hood
Posted by Renik on Saturday, January 21 2006
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01. Murda Mase Intro
02. Murda Mase 10 Years of Hate
03. Murda Mase Majesty
04. Murda Mase Check Cleared
05. Murda Mase Dont Need Security
06. Murda Mase Harlem Interlude
07. Murda Mase Goin Back to Harlem
08. Murda Mase Goin Back to ATL Interlude
09. Murda Mase From the A Now
10. Murda Mase feat. 50 Kamakazi
11. Murda Mase feat. 50, Young Buck, Spider Loc They Dont Bother Me
12. Pop Off Interlude
13. Murda Mase Sorry Pop Off
14. Murda Mase - Lets Go
15. Murda Mase Gat Man
16. Murda Mase Throw Back
17. 50 Cent Tribute Interlude
18. Murda Mase Got My Nine
19. Murda Mase Gotta Survive
20. Murda Mase Mixtape Tour Interlude
21. 50 Cent feat. Mase Window Shopper Remix
23. DJ Whoo Kid Shade 45 Interlude
24. 50 Cent feat. Olivia Best Friend Remix
50 Cent Threatens To Quit Music
Posted by Renik on Thursday, January 19 2006
Hip Hop hard man 50 Cent has said that he plans to make two more albums and then move on to other project.
Fiddy, real name Curtis Jackson, says he hopes to move into a role akin to that of Dr Dre where he produces and nurtures up and coming artists.
He told the BBC: "I can tell you now you're only gonna get two more albums from me. I'm gonna fulfil my album requirements, with Shady Aftermath records, and then I'm not sure what I'm gonna do."
He added: "I'm not sure I'm gonna be working in films afterwards. I think I wanna stay in the music business, just behind the scenes."
He went on to say that he also believes that his friend and mentor Eminiem will never return, he said: "I don't think Em will be performing again. I think, maybe, I can get him to make a record with me. But I'm not sure he'll make a record by himself again."