Birdman plans to release 100 albums in 1 year

Rapper Birdman attends the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For BET)Rapper Birdman attends the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For BET)

Rapper and entrepreneur Birdman recently celebrated selling over half a billion records with Cash Money Records.

Yet he considers this feat as just a stepping stone to the next goal: selling 100 albums in 1 calendar year, according to MTV.

Birdman has 48 acts under his umbrella and wants to keep the records coming out.

“The goal is to keep developing and keep putting out, so to do that we have to keep buckling down, grindin’ hard and stayin’ focused. And that’s a big challenge, to put a hundred out,” Birdman said. “Everybody that’s doin’ this — outside of who we done rocked with — is really an enemy to me. So if you ain’t on the team, I’m after your head. If you’re doin’ what we’re doin’. We wanna do the most numbers every year, each year, the most digital numbers. That’s what we ’bout, if you doin’ this music and you ain’t rockin’ with us, you’re on the menu so that’s just what it is.”

Birdman is optimistic that he can make this goal a reality with superstars that include Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj, among many more.

Still, the 100-album marking seems lofty considering that the label only released five LPs in 2012.

Katt Williams Says Jamie Foxx Is Gay,

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In the next episode of the real life Katt Williams drama, the comedian and actor takes aim at his peer Jamie Foxx over his alleged sexual orientation and his decision to star in the film “Django Unchained.”

RELATED: Why Spike Lee Won’t See “Django Unchained” [VIDEO]

While performing on stage in Los Angeles Williams, who has had a string of recent run-ins in the street and on stage, said that Foxx was sleeping with one of his male artists.

“Who’s gay? Jamie Foxx,” said the comedian. “I can even tell you the name of the dude he f**ked. His name is Marcus Anthony; he’s the only dude signed to Jamie Foxx’s label.”

His verbal assault continued with a condemnation of the slave western “Django Unchained” and Foxx’s decision to take the lead role..

RELATED: Samuel L. Jackson On Gun Control, Django & Attracting Black Moviegoers

“They offered me the script and I said any n*gga that does this deserves to die…and the next thing I heard Jamie Foxx was in make-up.”

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The attack on Jamie Foxx seems to stem from a conflict in 2008 where Katt Williams was trading insults with Steve Harvey and Foxx took sides on his radio show. Watch the clip below.

Def Jam Confirms Signing Trinidad James

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Up and coming ATL rapper Trinidad James has been making so much noise with his single “All Gold Everything”  that he’s got everyone from Diddy  to Rick Ross trying to sign him.

Wednesday Twitter status’ flooded timelines reporting that James signed with Def Jam  for a whopping $2 million recording contract. To some it’s unbelievable being that James has only been rapping for about 11 months according to XXLmag.com.

Updated: Def Jam has just confirmed signing Trinidad James via their Instagram account.

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Well in this exclusive interview with Hoodrich Radio and Hot 107.9′s DJ Scream , Trinidad breaks down his unique style and explains why he’s in no rush to sign with a major label

Richest Rappers 2012 – Forbes Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists

Forbes Magazine released the Top-5 Richest Rappers Of 2012 with Diddy on top the list for the second year, Jay-Z dropped down to second after coming first in 2010.

Many of these rappers rose from rags to riches by tirelessly working simultaneously as producers, writers,musicians and businessmen. However, their hard work has quite literally paid off and has made them millions, according to Forbes.

Below is  the FORBES 2012 Top Five Wealthiest Rappers :


1. Sean “Diddy” Combs

Net Worth: $550 million – As of April 2012
Earnings according to Forbes: 2011: $35 million, 2010: $30 million

Diddy’s business ventures, along with his career as a rapper, made him the richest rapper on the planet, built fortune chiefly through clothing line Sean John, record label Bad Boy and Ciroc vodka. Acting gigs, television shows and guest appearances add to coffers. He told Forbes in 1999: “I’m gonna be bigger than David Geffen.” Not there yet.


2. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter

Net Worth:$460 million – As of April 2012
Earnings according to Forbes: 2011: $37 million, 2010: $63 million

The ’99 Problems’ rapper and Beyonce’s husband sold Rocawear clothing label for $204 million in 2007; signed 10-year $150 million Live Nation deal in 2008. Now boasts an impressive portfolio, including shares in the New Jersey Nets as well as his input in fashion, music and restaurant businesses.For more on the business of hip-hop, check out Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s new Jay-Z biography, Empire State of Mind, at http://jayzbook.com


3. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young

Net Worth: $260 million – As of April 2012
Earnings according to Forbes: 2011: $14 million, 2010: $17 million

Superproducer/rapper,Dr. Dre may not have put out a new album in the last 10 years,but the rapper and producer has reaped the rewards from his business. He helped launch careers of Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent. Expanded wealth with Aftermath record label, Beats headphones and HP laptop line. On 11th August 2011, Dr Dre reportedly sold 50% stake in Beats Electronics, the headphone company to Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC for £191 million ($310m).


4. Bryan “Birdman” Williams

Net Worth: $125 million – As of April 2012
May 2010 to May 2011 Earnings according to Forbes: $15 million

Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams,Cofounded Cash Money Records with brother Ronald and inked $30 million distribution deal with Universal in 1998; affiliated Young Money lineup now includes rappers Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. Lyrical boasts (“Richer than the richest!”) are simply not true. Bird has an estimated net worth of $110 million as of September 2011.


5. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson

Net Worth:$110 million – As of April 2012
Earnings according to Forbes: 2010: $6 million, 2009: $8 million

50 cent has made it to the top five particularly for his business-savvy, as the rapper got a neat nine-figure payout from the sales of Vitamin Water, when it was sold to Coca Cola; spent freely on cars, renovations to the mansion formerly owned by Mike Tyson. Cushion remains from catalog, acting gigs and 50 Cent-themed videogames, books, clothes and headphones. Future billionaire? He told Forbes in 2008: “It’s probably going to take me 10 years.”

http://www.therichest.org/entertainment/forbes-richest-rappers/

Sean Paul’s Ex-Girlfriend Sues For $80 Million, Writes Embarrassing Tell-All

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Reggae superstar Sean Paul is learning that hell truly hath no fury like a woman scorned. He is being sued by his ex-girlfriend for a whopping $80 million, claiming the singer starved her, had her forcibly deported, and pushed her to commit suicide.

 

According to Sean Paul’s ex  Susan Persson alleges Sean Paul “bribed Jamaican police” to have her removed from Jamaica and sent back to her home country of Sweden when they broke up in 2010.

Things get interesting when it comes to her supporting evidence. Along with filing legal documents in a Manhattan court (She filed in New York because his record company is here.), she presented a 120-page book, “Irie Jamboree: My life in Jamaica as a jet set slave with the enormous secret of a love affair with Jamaica’s perhaps most well-known Dancehall Artist,” that details their relationship. In the book are some explosive tidbits we’re sure Sean Paul isn’t too pleased about. Persson claims Sean Paul is a coke addict and because of his addiction had trouble sustaining an erection during sex.

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In an excerpt from the book, Susan Persson wrote, “Ever since [Paul] started using cocaine regularly, he has had severe erection problems. If it lasts one minute, it is a good day.”

The Grammy winner’s ex also submitted an American Airlines itinerary from Kingston, Jamaica to Stockholm, Sweden on June 24, when she filed the lawsuit. Sean Paul’s promoters, Headline Entertainment, made the plane reservation. She also claims once she got to her flight, immigration officers forced her to board the plane.

Sean Paul’s attorney’s responded to the allegations with, “He would not have the power to do that.”

Susan Persson also maintains that the night before she was to leave Jamaica, she attempted suicide because of Sean Paul. Persson’s documents stated, “I had tried to kill myself, losing more than one liter of blood from a cut on my wrist.”

Susan Persson is suing Sean Paul for $80 million on the grounds she was subjected to “starvation, homelessness, repeated suicide attempts, loss of ability to generate income.”

what do you think about this new lawsuit? Is Sean Paul innocent of the alleged transgressions? Let us know what you think!

 

Meek Millz & Cassidy Beef Over

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It looks like the Meek Mill versus Cassidy beef may finally be coming to an end as the MMG rep takes to Twitter to state that he’s “done.”

Well it looks like the bark may be bigger than the bite when it comes to the long awaited battle rap between Philadelphia emcees Meek Mill and Cassidy.

After building tons of hype over the past couple weeks over Twitter, and through several interviews, the two finally released official diss tracks aimed at one other this week.

First off was Cassidy with his ‘Me Myself & iPhone,’ to which Meek Mill responded with his track ‘Repo.’ Now after one song each, Meek Mill claims that he is “done” with the battling.

“We got u back popping now make a single and tell ya new label send da check 2 me for good marketing!” Meek continued tweeting, “No more attention on broke n*gga sh*t….. I’m done…. Time 2 get this money! Nothing else #mmg #dcr,” Meek tweeted December 27th. U missed the service it was nice! lol RT @JHarden13: WOW@MeekMill”

Of course it didn’t take Cassidy long to respond to the remarks, and the former Full Surface affiliate was apparently not impressed with Meek’s diss track.

Where’s the funeral? He expected to kill me wit that bullsh*t! 5 min song! Not 1 quotable bar! They need to repo his rap book.. Lol,” Cassidy tweeted.

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RZA Talks About ‘The Man With The Iron Fist’

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When Robert ” RZA” Diggs was pillaging old kung-fu flicks as a New York teen, he never imagined he’d one day be directing one. Since producing the landmark “Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers” (Loud) in 1993 and spawning the lengthy, fruitful career of the Wu-Tang Clan, the Grammy Award-winning beatsmith has tapped into nearly all sides of the entertainment industry: collaborating with everyone from the Black Keys to Kanye West, penning two books and landing roles in films including “Funny People” and “American Gangster.”

This month, RZA makes his directorial debut with “The Man With the Iron Fists,” a kung-fu film starring Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe that’s “presented by” Quentin Tarantino. The film’s soundtrack, which bowed at No. 31 on the Billboard 200, was his label’s (Soul Temple Records) first release, and the film opened with $7.9 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

1. What was the biggest difference between producing an album and directing a film?
The amassment of work and people. It’s hard work to make an album, but there’s maybe 12 people that help. For a film, you’re talking about a cast and crew of 400-600 people. Doing music videos is one thing-maybe two days to prepare. This is more like 100 days of preparation, 60 days of filming, another 100 days of editing. This thing took a lot of time.

2. What were you able to do with special effects and fight scenes in this film that wasn’t possible during the golden era of kung-fu films?
Well, take a movie like “Five Deadly Venoms.” You’ve got the Toad, where you couldn’t penetrate his skin, and you had to find his weak spot. In today’s technology, we could take an idea like that and make brass bodies. A guy who’s able to channel his chi and turn his whole body to solid metal. We got the actor to act it all out, and then took a CGI copy of his body and made it brass.

3. One of the more notable songs on the soundtrack is Kanye West‘s “White Dress.” How did that come together?
Kanye is a great artist. I had a chance to work with him on [his ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy‘] and [West and Jay-Z‘s] ‘Watch the Throne.’ When I got back from [filming in] China, I was in my editing room and I reached out to him to come look at a scene and potentially give me a song for the score and soundtrack. He came through, dug what he saw and wrote this song for us. He killed it.

4. Also on the soundtrack are Brooklyn upstarts the Flatbush Zombies. Are there other new MCs you have an eye out for?
Joey Bada$$ is representing good. A$AP and them, I love that crew. Meek Mill and Wale. Kendrick Lamar and his folks. It took time, but now my generation can say, “OK, we’ve got some talent in the driver’s seat. Hip-hop will go on.” The only thing they need is consciousness. We all like to party. But at the same time you want some imagery out there representing social consciousness and awareness. My generation had that balance. Now we could use some of that.

5. Do you plan to write more books?
Yeah, I’m already working on it, putting down some beautiful ideas. Sometimes a man is shy to expose his life. But I realize my life sometimes helps other brothers escape hell. Reading about Jesus — not comparing myself to Jesus — but reading the Good Book and of men of history, we see them make it through challenging times. It helps us when we face these odds. The master always leaves clear footprints, and I’m trying to leave some footprints for these kids so they can say, “Hold on, man, I know which way to go.”

6. Several artists have taken executive positions at major labels recently. Have you been approached by anyone, and would you be interested?
I haven’t been approached by anyone. I’m really comfortable with filmmaking. A director’s an executive: He’s got to have his hands on music, he has to know how to control talent-all these things that I did as a producer I can do as a director and more. I don’t just do things for myself, honestly. I want brothers who come from my hood and any urban area to realize, it’s many paths we can take. And I’m proving that as one man-imagine what they could do.

http://www.billboard.com/charts/rap-albums#/news/rza-talks-kanye-west-collabo-co-signs-joey-1008011082.story