Saturday, December 18, 2010
There has been speculation for over a year that Eminem's Shady Records was going to ink the lyrical supergroup Slaughterhouse to a deal. Joe Budden, who has been the most forthcoming about the situation, told MTV that the deal is still not done.
“The deal is not done. If everything goes according to plan, [then] hopefully. [It's] too premature for me to speak on," said Budden. In April Royce told fans that the deal was a week from being done, obviously that was not the case. In late October Budden verified the deal wasn't done, but did give the album a tentative release date. Until the ink the is dry, the questions will keep coming.
"I’ve been answering that same question for a … year and change. Maybe ever since the Drake “Forever” video … when Slaughterhouse was standing with Eminem, I’ve been answering Eminem questions,” he said. “Eminem is a whole ‘nother entity, the guy’s nominated for 10 Grammys.”
Budden, who teamed up with his former nemesis Saigon, went on to talk about Em's dedication to Hip Hop. "Em, to be as successful as he is, and I'll just tell this to anybody with two ears, or one ear, for that matter, is just one of the most supportive hip-hop people that I've met," Budden said. "He's really, really just into hip-hop and rap and lyrics. He's just really into all of the things that group was built around."
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In the late 1990s, Harlem, New York emcee G-Dep was one of the more well-known second generation rappers on Bad Boy Records. After an appearance on Gang Starr's Moment of Truth album, the patiently-waiting Bad Boy Records artist found success with Diddy and Black Rob on the song "Let's Get It." He would release one album on Bad Boy, 2001's Child of the Ghetto, to limited commercial response.
The New York Post has confirmed that this week, G-Dep admitted that he committed a 1993 robbery and murder in Harlem. The 36 year-old rapper reportedly walked into New York's 25th Precinct and announced his guilt to what police authorities had called a "cold case."
The reports say G-Dep was bothered by his conscience in the matter.
After his confession, G-Dep was booked on murder charges and is being held without bail. The paper reports that G-Dep has been arrested more than 25 times since 2003.
While the beef between Lil' Kim and Nicki Minaj continues to heat up, Kim added some context to the matter with an interview with Hot 97's Angie Martinez.
"A lot of people might not know this, but me and [Cash Money co-CEO] Slim were very good friends," said Kim. "Very good friends for four or five years. My thing is this: I haven't been doing music like that for a second and I looked at her buzz as a way in for me. I'm like, 'OK, this is a good thing. This a way for me to kind of come back in.' "
However, explains Kim, the response to her verses were more positive than Nicki's, which was allegedly the source of the subliminal shots from Minaj.
"I saw her coming up," added Kim. "I saw her coming in the game, like, 'All you chicks that been in the game for 10 years, move over. Y'all need to sit down.' And this and that. I thought that was disrespectful."
Lil' Kim says she's not interested in beef. "I'm not looking for someone to start a war with. That's not me. That's not what I do."
Long before he was engaged in lawsuits with rappers, Donnell “Freeway Rick” Ross was part of an elaborate drug operation that moved over 100 kilgrams of cocaine daily and brought in $3 million each week. After having portions of the story told on BET’s “American Gangster” series and in journalist Gary Webb’s Dark Alliance, Ross has aspirations of bringing his story to movie theaters.
“I’ve met with almost everyone in Hollywood,” Ross, told the Wall Street Journal. “All of them wanted to do the story but they didn’t want to pay me. I don’t think that they really respect my value or the value of my story.”
After a chance meeting at a San Diego Wal-Mart, film director Nick Cassavetes befriended Ross. Cassavetes previous work includes The Notebook, My Sister’s Keeper. The picture would be familiar territory for Cassavetes, who wrote the screenplay for Blow, which based on the life of convicted drug trafficker George Jung. A screenplay for Ross’ biopic is rumored to be within weeks of completion, with filming scheduled to begin in April.
“If and when they come to me to direct, I’ll be there with bells on,” Cassavetes said. “I want to present all sides of what actually happened. Not hearsay. Not rhetoric or hysteria. I want to let the audience decide whose to blame if anyone.”