Thursday, March 16, 2006

Save yo' children, investigative reports!

Alright people it's time to trawl through the garbage and give you a round up of today's Hip Hop news so you don't have to bother...

After having a little spat with KRS One, Davey D has now weighed into the 'No Snitchin' debate that's currently going on...

Although he manages to sit firmly on the fence.
'The stop-snitching movement, publicized on DVD's and T-shirts, has become a thorn in the side of police coast to coast. They say too many crimes can't be solved because witnesses have clammed up. Since Scarface recorded ``G-Code,'' calling for people not to snitch, hip-hop has borne the blame.

However, it can be argued that such behavior was adopted after rappers saw it displayed by the authorities, including the Los Angeles Police Department.'
Fair enough Davey... Just don't Snitch.

SOHH are reporting that Charlize Theron has produced a documentary about some Cuban Hip Hop artists.

Sadly that's about as much information as they give about the film, they do however give a full profile of Charlize's career... Cheers fellas.

Next week expect the exciting news that Sandra Bullock has heard a Hip Hop track, complimented with all her achievements.

The film has been premiered at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

Also there were the Beastie Boys, who gave a Q&A session for fans.

Billboard reports that 'Mike D professed his love for the Prince film "Purple Rain," MCA talked about drinking with hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons and Ad Rock dished on his favorite books'.

Which sounds extremely exciting but wait it gets better... MCA didn't want to talk about Buddhism!

Calm yourselves down and click the link to read more exciting revelations.

Young MC has decided to sue for royalties from Tone Loc's 'Wild Thing' and 'Funky Cold Medina'.
Young MC wrote the lyrics for “Wild Thing,” a No. 2 hit for Delicious Vinyl labelmate Tone Loc, in about 35 minutes. But his work on “Funky Cold Medina” was subject to some dispute, with Delicious Vinyl principal Matt Dike telling Rolling Stone in 1990 that Young MC “only wrote three lines.”
Good luck to him in his case but the most interesting bit of information I found in the whole article is that he's apparently British. Can anyone confirm this?

I doubt we'll try to claim him as a shining example of the UK's influence on Hip Hop, like Slick Rick, but still... He wrote 'Bust A Move', that appears in 'Dude Where's My Car?' and I like that film.

'Eurweb' have written a small piece (more like an advert/copy of the presskit) about a new book, Hip-Hop Inc., which 'examines the rise of the rap music industry from obscurity in the South Bronx to a worldwide sales phenomenon.'

The book sounds quiet a good read until you see '(i)t is a story being told for the first time from a strictly business perspective.' Which to me means it'll be full of management speak and would bore the pants off me but if you're into that sort of thing check out Hip-Hop Inc.

Australia proves not to be Hip Hop by banning 'Marc Ecko's Getting Up'.
"The Review Board determined, in the majority, that the theme of graffiti as depicted and detailed in the game was beyond that of fantastical game play and provided elements of promotion of the crime of graffiti,"


In a 3-2 decision, the board notes that the game uses methods of teaching that include guided learning, expert advice and a system of rewards that can develop an expertise which can then be used outside this virtual world.

Furthermore, because there is not enough fantasy in simulated urban environment where the Getting Up is played, there is a likelihood that this "game-world knowledge" can be transferred to the real world.

"… whilst the game contained some fantastical elements, much of the game was based in current experience," the report said, noting that building, cars an trains etc all looked like those found in any modern city.
Now if that's not a good enough reason for people to go buy the game then I don't know what is. (It's actually supposed to be quite a good game as well.)

Never let it be said that Kanye West is an arrogant twat... He's much more annoying than that...

Not content with thinking his music is worthy of winning every award in existance and that we should all bow at his feet for creating 'Late Registration', he now seems so keen to prove to us just how important he and his music are by turning some of his tracks into a film.

Yes the prospect of him bitching about not winning Oscars has me reaching for the shotgun as well.

Richard Brown, one of the films producers, says "This project will synthesise Kanye's vision with a fantastic group of film-makers and create what will be a one-of-a-kind film experience."

He's got the Kanye babble down perfect, although he didn't mention that it would be the most important film to be made in the history of cinema, which will no doubt lead to Mr West being upset. Expect another producer to be announced soon...

eighteen18 have finally released 'Body Armour'. Wasteland Drifter say's "this album will probably be ‘loved by crusty students like (their) name was Herbalizer’ but should also be given a listen by anyone who enjoys the (roll out the cliché) ‘diversity’ that Hip Hop from the UK provides."

Yeah I know, shameless self-promotion of my review, but the album is more than worth a listen and is available from their website.

So buy it.

We're currently in the process of getting some posts together about Hip-Hop from the UK.

If there's any UK heads reading this who are making music and want a little bit of exposure, use the 'contact us' link at the side and we'll see what we can do.

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