Friday Rap-Up: SP Double, F.O.E., Ghostface Killah, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne
When it comes to hip-hop, one of the main requirements in making the music is to represent where you’re from. Although Colorado may not seems as fresh as places like New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta or Chicago, most Colorado emcees are very proud to represent the state where they reside. And here are two Colorado sons who are proud to do just that:
"Colorado Stand Up"
SP Double feat. Procise and On Point
Ghostface calls out fans for downloading
Ghostface's new album, Big Doe Rehab dropped back in December and sales aren't quite what he expected. The culprit? Ghost thinks fans on the internet downloading his album are the ones picking his pocket, and he isn’t too happy about. In a YouTube video, Ghost takes his fans to task about downloading.
Stream his rant, via the glories of the web, here:
50 Cent launches film production company
If 50 Cent seriously plans to retire from rapping anytime soon, he’s gearing up for his post-hip-hop career. During the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this week, 50 Cent announced that he will be launching an as-yet-to-be-titled film production company. The rapper partnered with longtime manager Chris Lighty and Randall Emmett to launch the venture. Lighty and Randall produced the films Home of the Brave and the upcoming Righteous Kill, which both star 50 Cent. Even though he hasn’t announced the new venture’s first project he emphasized that he’s still about the music.
“My passion for music hasn't changed,” 50 told MTV News. “I'll have plenty of time to create the music I'm conditioned for while moving around. I created the entire soundtrack for Get Rich or Die Tryin' while I was on set. And it was the best-selling movie soundtrack of that year. We sold 3 million copies of it.”
Lil Wayne arrested with coke, ecstacy
You would think that when you reach a certain level fame, like Lil Wayne, you would gather a couple of “weed carriers.” Weed carriers are those guys in a person’s entourage who don’t really have a talent, have no professional title, have no particular investment in the artist and are just around to carry the artist’s weed so the artist doesn’t get busted with the paraphernalia. Apprently, Wayne’s carriers had a day off earlier this week. According to the Yuma Sun, Lil Wayne was arrested in Yuma, Arizona on Tuesday after a vehicle search belonging to the rapper by the Border Patrol on Interstate 8 near Dateland, uncovered illegal drugs including 105 grams of marijuana, 29 grams of cocaine and an unspecified amount of ecstacy. He was arrested on three felony counts: possession of dangerous drugs, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Thursday he posted a $10,000 bond and was released. He’s scheduled to appear in court today to see if he will be charged with the felony counts.
Noyd has been down with Mobb Deep since the group first stepped on the scene back in the early '90s, but has never quite matched that success as a solo artist. But he’s still continually making hardcore, East Coast street hip-hop for his loyal following and his new album, Illustrious continues down that path.
Black Milk is a rapper/producer from Detroit who has been making a lot of noise in the hip-hop underground in the last couple of years. With his new album, Caltroit, he calls upon big names like Busta Rhymes, Stat Quo, Ras Kass, and Elzhi to give him a hand.
Playatical & Chino XL
Colorado rapper and producer Playatical went out west and connected with well-known rhyme slinger Chino XL to create Something Sacred. With the combination of Playa’s beats and Chino XL relentless rhymes and ill punchlines, this album won’t disappoint.
-- Quibian Salazar-Moreno