Morning Show Update
November 30, 2006
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LL COOL J SAYS HE PROBABLY WON’T RE-SIGN WITH DEF JAM RECORDS
Hip hop veteran LL Cool J is working on what may be his last album for Def Jam Records under his current deal. The album, Todd Smith Pt.2: Back To Cool, will hit stores on March 6th and will be executive produced by 50 Cent. LL Cool J explained his reluctance to re-sign with Def Jam. He told MTV.com, “How am I gonna re-sign with competition? I’m not a idiot. I can’t depend on that man to promote my record while he’s somewhere writing rhymes. … I’m LL Cool J. I ain’t doing that, B.”
Cool J was referring to the fact that Jay-Z, who is president of Def Jam Records, has returned to the rap game. The rapper did share that for the right price, he may re-sign. He said, “I would rock with Def Jam if they wrote a big enough check. Me and Jay would be on that yacht like, ‘Hov! Hov! Write that check, homie.’ ”
As for the new album, Cool J explained that he has something to prove. He said, “I’m absolutely going to pulverize these cats. It’s going to be hysterical. It’s like a Mama Said Knock You Out type of record or Mr. Smith type of record. It’s a very good record. My last three records were R&B and more of me getting kinda into the emotional side of what I do. This is the aggressive side. Just ego. I’m getting into the party free, regardless. We unlocking the back door and sneaking 50 people in. This album, I’mma do a little street- corner joint. Smack them around, turn ‘em upside down and shake the change out their pockets.”
The rapper also explained how he and 50 Cent were able to develop a special chemistry. LL said, “We’re from Queens. We’re seven years apart in age. He knows what I’m into. We come from the same experience, so the music reflects that. And let’s face it, 50 reminds me of a place I was in awhile ago. I have been running around on tours. I have been in the suites, and I haven’t been on the blocks smelling like Guinness lately. It’s fun to work with somebody who rekindles those flames and makes me hungry again. It’s definitely working.”
NAS GETS PUT IN THE HOT SEAT BY EX-GIRLFRIEND
While Nas should be concentrating on the upcoming release of his Def Jam Records debut, Hip Hop is Dead…The N, the rapper has been force to field questions about a new book by his ex- girlfriend, Carmen Bryan. The two have a 12- year-old daughter named Destiny.
New York’s Daily News reports that Bryan’s book, It’s No Secret, shared the intimate details of her relationship with the rapper and her flings with Jay-Z and Allen Iverson.
Bryan accuses Nas of beating her, cheating on her, cutting her child support, and then inviting her for a threesome with Kelis just before he was scheduled to marry the singer.
Bryan shared that during one argument, Nas hit her with a closed fist and she “pulled out my pepper spray from my back pocket and sprayed Nas down like he was some rabid pit bull.”
She also alleges that Nas turned down a date with Beyonce because of her breath. Nas allegedly said, “To be honest, I can’t take her breath.”
It’s No Secret is in stores now.
Hip Hop Is Dead is due out on December 19th.
T.I. AND ASHANTI SHOOT VIDEO FOR NEW TUPAC SINGLE
Earlier this month, T.I. and Ashanti visited the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia, to shoot the video for the latest single from the deceased rapper, “Pac’s Life.” The video was directed by Gobi Rahmi, who explained the concept to MTV. Rahmi said, “The concept of the video is what ‘Pac’s mom wanted: using this organic environment to kinda do homage to her son. We created this unique environment in which people are traveling to this central area, which is the statue and the fountain to [the trees], which is the climax of the video. Throughout the video, we’ve got performances of T.I. and Ashanti, and we’re gonna see some never- before-seen footage of ‘Pac I shot myself.”
Shakur’s latest album, 2Pac’s Life, was released last Tuesday, November 21st. T.I. shared what he thought of the album and being able to record with the late legend. He said, “I heard it’s some of his best work. I was blessed to record the single. It’s an honor and pleasure to be involved with such a monumental artist. If you grew up in the ’70s, you grew up listening to James Brown and Marvin Gaye. This is my Marvin Gaye and my James Brown.”
2Pac’s Life features guest appearances by Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Keyshia Cole, T.I., Ashanti, Young Buck, Lil Scrappy, Carl Thomas, Outlawz, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Big Syke, and Papoose with productions from LT Hutton, Sha Money XL, Swizz Beatz and more.
OUTKAST AND JIM JONES TURN UP ON ‘WALK IT OUT’ REMIX
Atlanta-based rapper and deejay Unk recently got some help from OutKast and Jim Jones for the remix of his hit, “Walk It Out.” The song is the latest single from Unk’s debut album, Beat’n Down Yo Block, which was released through Big Oomp Records and Koch Records.
Unk, whose real name is Anthony Platt, explained how the remix came together. He told MTV.com, “It’s a blessing, man. We was in St. Louis at one of the shows. … I hooked up with Jim and I rapped to him. Jim is a good dude, and he said he was already with it. He dropped his verse that night. Then a week later, I heard that Andre  wanted to get on it. Big Boi later got on it.”
BEYONCE AUDITIONING DANCERS FOR WORLD TOUR
Beyonce is gearing up for her next worldwide tour to promote her smash album B’Day. After getting her all-girl band in place through a national audition process, Miss B will use the same technique to find a bevy of dancers for the tour.
Open call auditions will be held in five major cities early next month, where aspiring dancers can show off their skills. Dancers should be at least 18 years of age, and can be male or female and of any ethnicity.
Dance auditions will be held December 6th and 7th at the Alley Kat studios in Los Angeles, and December 9th at Dance 101 in Atlanta. Other tryouts include January 6th in Houston, January 11th and 12th in New York, and January 27th in Chicago, with locations to be determined. Start times for the auditions will be announced closer to the dates. Go to beyonce.com for more information on Beyonce’s 2007 World Tour Dance Auditions.
Meanwhile, Beyonce is enjoying yet another Number One R&B single, as the tune “Irreplaceable” landed atop Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart for this week.
The singer also stars in the upcoming film musical Dreamgirls, opening nationally on December 25th.
JENNIFER HUDSON SIGNS TO ARISTA RECORDS
With the early buzz about her Dreamgirls performance already garnering her acclaim, former American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson has just sealed a recording deal with Arista Records. Hudson is joining a label roster that includes such female stars as Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Annie Lennox, and others. She’ll also received guidance from none other than star-maker Clive Davis.
“Jennifer is a vocal wonder, a tremendously gifted artist,” said Davis, who is Arista’s founder and chairman of BMG U.S. “Her extraordinary voice gives her a signature sound and distinguishes her from every singer on the horizon today. Jennifer is a very exciting new addition to the Arista family.”
“Clive Davis is a legend and I feel more than honored to be associated with him,” Hudson gushed in a statement. “Because of his vision and hands-on approach, Arista already feels like home. I can’t wait for us all to make beautiful music together.”
She is expected to begin recording her solo debut early in 2007.
Meanwhile, Hudson has earned pre-release raves for her performance as Effie in the all-star screen version of Dreamgirls, opening Christmas Day. Hudson was plucked from more than 800 hopefuls who auditioned for the role, after being edged out of the final 12 in the 2004 season of American Idol.
Perhaps Hudson had an inkling of greater things to come when she was voted out of the popular talent competition way back in April of 2004. After the elimination, she told me: “In a way I’m relieved. You know, um, it wasn’t easy — especially for me — it was a hard journey you know? But I feel like it’s time to move on. There’s greater things in store and I’m happy that I get to open up a new door and walk through it.”
DARON JONES LEAVES 112, GROUP FUTURE IN JEOPARDY
Atlanta-based R&B quartet 112 is now short one member, due to Daron Jones’ recent departure from the group. The foursome have released five albums since their discovery by Sean “Diddy” Combs outside of Atlanta’s popular night club 112, in 1995. MTV.com has said that the future of the group is now in jeopardy and calls to the group’s label, Def Soul, weren’t returned at press time.
Jones, who is also the group’s in-house producer, has been keeping busy by producing hits for Keyshia Cole, Usher, Kelly Price, and Sammie.
Prior to the announcement of Jones’ departure, group member Slim explained that the foursome doesn’t always agree on everything. He said: “You know, creatively, we’ve changed in a lot of ways, and a lot of times we get together and don’t agree and want to say different things but I mean the consensus is to just vote on it and just roll. For the most part, the dynamic of the group in terms of the way we get along is pretty much the same.”
Slim added: “We grew up together — grew up in the same neighborhood. We went to the same schools and, like, for the most part, we really respect each other even though we’re four individuals. I mean, but when we come together, we’re definitely a group, and we pretty much know that we need each other. It’s not about the money because we love music. We’re true musicians and, you know, we could be singing in front of 50,000 people or we can be singing on the corner, but as long as one person is happy and we got our point across, we’re happy.”
112′ s last release was 2005′s Pleasure and Pain. The project continued a downward sales spiral for the group which began with 2003′s Hot & Wet.
The group’s 1996 self-titled debut, 1998′s Room 112, and 2001′s Part III, were all certified double platinum for sales of two million copies each.
TONI BRAXTON EXTENDS RUN AT THE FLAMINGO
Songstress Toni Braxton has been pulling in the crowds nightly with her stage act, Toni Braxton: Revealed, at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas since she began her limited run in August. Now comes word that Braxton’s engagement at the Flamingo has been extended even further, with dates running through the summer of 2007.
A six-time Grammy Award winner, Braxton showcases her vocal and dancing skills in this full-scale musical production. The show includes an array of hits from her own recordings as well as from her Broadway engagement as Belle in Beauty & the Beast. For tickets and upcoming show dates, go to tonibraxton.com/flamingosite.html.
Braxton’s most recent album was 2005′s Libra.
ED BRADLEY LEAVES $6.5 MILLION TO FAMILY, FRIENDS
Newsman Ed Bradley, who died November 9th of leukemia, was eulogized last week in New York by those who remembered the 60 Minutes anchor as not only a pioneering African American journalist, impassioned music lover, and dedicated humanitarian, but a devoted friend and family man. This devotion was made plain last week, as Bradley left $6.5 million of his estate to family and friends.
Citing court documents outlining the details of Bradley’s last will and testament, The New York Daily News reported that the bulk of his estate, $5 million, went to his wife Patricia Blanchet. She also received the jewelry, cars, sculptures, paintings and other artworks from their homes in New York and Aspen, Colorado.
Another $500,000 was split evenly between Blanchet’s parents and her sister, Natacha. Bradley’s godson Cordell Whitlock, a TV reporter in St. Louis, received $250,000.
Other friends, including well-known New York literary agent Marie Dutton Brown and former journalist Priscilla Higham, the founder of South Africa-based nonprofit group African Solutions for African Problems, also received generous sums from the newsman.
Bradley’s will was reportedly filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court the day after his death. It had been signed at his attorney’s office five days before Christmas of 2005.
BLACK LEADERS CALL ON ENTERTAINERS TO STOP THE N-WORD
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, and other black leaders held a press conference Monday to announce their intent to get entertainers to abolish the n-word. “We want to give our ancestors a present,” Jackson said, saying he plans to meet with TV networks, movie studios, and musicians over the issue. “Dignity over degradation.”
The commonplace use of the racial slur was brought to light recently by former Seinfeld actor Michael Richards, who spewed the word repeatedly at African American hecklers during a Hollywood standup gig November 17th. A cell phone video of his tirade was seen by millions on the Internet.
Richards has since issued several apologies through various media, including Jackson’s syndicated radio show on Sunday. Richards said that he is not a racist, and that his words were fueled by rage.
Comedian Paul Mooney, who early in his career wrote material with the late Richard Pryor, said that while he was also known for using the n-word frequently in his standup routines, he will no longer do so after watching Richards’ rant. “He’s my Dr. Phil,” he said. “He’s cured me.”
During the press conference, Jackson also called for a boycott of the newly released DVD box set of the seventh season of Seinfeld.
AUTHOR BEBE MOORE CAMPBELL DIES OF CANCER
Bebe Moore Campbell, author of several best- sellers including Brothers and Sisters and What You Owe Me, died Monday (November 27th) at her home in Los Angeles, of complications due to brain cancer. She was 56.
Campbell excelled at defining the racial and social politics of her setting through the eyes of several characters from various ethnicities. Her first novel, Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine, was published in 1992 and spanned a 40-year period dealing with prejudice in the United States. The book earned her an NAACP Image Award for literature. Another novel, Brothers And Sisters, dealt with race relations in the corporate world after the 1992 Los Angeles riot.
She was also the author of non-fiction works, including Successful Women, Angry Men: Backlash in the Two-Career Marriage and Sweet Summer: Growing Up With and Without My Dad.
Other novels include Singing In The Comeback Choir, What You Owe Me, and 72 Hour Hold. She also wrote children’s books, including 2003′s Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry, which won the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Outstanding Literature Award. Another children’s book, I’m So Hungry, will be released next year.
Campbell also wrote frequently for magazines and newspapers, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Essence and Ebony.
“My wife was a phenomenal woman who did it her way,” husband Ellis Gordon Jr. said in a statement. “She loved her family and her career as a writer.”
Moore Campbell is survived by her husband; a son, Ellis Gordon III; a daughter, Maia Campbell; her mother, Doris Moore; and two grandchildren.
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