Friday Rap-Up: DJ Bedz, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Flavor Flav
Locals Only: DJ Bedz Joins XM Radio
DJ Bedz has been handling business with Denver on his chest for quite awhile now.
From spinning the weekend mixes on KS107.5, to reppin’ as the official Denver Nuggets DJ, to mixtaping the heck out of the Mile High City and even appearing on BET’s Rap City as the in-house DJ., what else can he do? How about get a coveted one-hour mix show on XM Radio’s 66 Raw every Friday night? Bedz debuted his first show last week and he couldn’t be giddier.
“I can go crazy and play whatever I want, including hip-hop from Colorado artists,” Bedz said. “I have 100% control of my show within the parameters of the station. We play new, raw hip-hop as long as it falls under that description. No R&B. No dancehall. No ‘snack pack rap’ like Soulja Boy and ‘A Bay Bay.’”
But getting the gig took patience and time.
“I sent demos and radio demos to all the satellite radio programming directors relentlessly over the past three years,” Bedz said. “Then I befriended one of the personalities over at Raw 66, DJ Furious Styles. He put in the good word, and eventually the program director Leo G. hit me up and requested a demo show. He liked it and brought me on board to become one of his raw shogun mixers.”
Any local artists wanting to get their music on the air should hit up Bedz at email@example.com. And your chances are greater if you spit lines that big up Bedz, White Shadow Radio, and 66 Raw. For more info, playlists, and online rebroadcasts of Bedz show, check out his website.
Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Map Out Tour
There aren’t really any bigger superstars in R&B and hip-hop than Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z, and the two have come together for a national tour. The “Mary J. Blige & Jay-Z: Heart of the City Tour” will embark on a 25-date United States trek beginning on March 22 in Miami at American Airlines Arena. The duo will also do shows in Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles and other cities to be announced in the coming weeks. Both Jigga and Mary J. will be promoting their latest efforts, American Gangster and Growing Pains, respectively. Get the itinerary so far here.
Dr. Dre Tell-All Book in the Works
Long time friend and former right hand man of Dr. Dre, Bruce Williams, announced that he’s publishing a tell-all book about Dre’s career, titled Rollin’ With Dre - The Unauthorized Account: An Insider’s Tale of the Rise, Fall and Rebirth of West Coast Hip-Hop.
Williams, who wrote the book with Donnell Alexander, will spotlight Dre’s years as a member of NWA, to his time with Death Row Records, to helping launch the careers of Eminem, 50 Cent and The Game. The book will also talk about the behind-the-scenes action in the west coast hip-hop industry. A release date has yet to be announced.
Flavor Flav Joins Sitcom Cast
His reality show Flavor of Love may have run its course after this season, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be seeing Flavor Flav on television anymore. The Public Enemy hype man has been cast to star in a new sitcom called Under One Roof on the MyNetwork TV network. Flav will play as Calvester Hill, an ex-con who moves in with his rich and conservative brother. Sound familiar? The fact that the premise is pretty much a rip off of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air notwithstanding, Flav is happy about the new gig.
"I am real excited about my new sitcom Under One Roof," Flavor Flav told AllHIpHop.com. "I want to thank MyNetworkTV for believing in your boy because we are about to blow this out of the water. I am about to take MyNetworkTV and make it MY network."
The show is set to launch this Spring.
Step Up 2: The Streets (Soundtrack)
Just because the first movie was beyond cheesy and corny, and Step Up 2 will probably follow suit, doesn’t mean the soundtrack has to suck too right? Well, that depends on who you ask. If you’re into Flo Rida, T-Pain, Plies, Yung Joc and Missy Elliot, who are all on the soundtrack, it may be right up your alley. If not, keep it moving.
Half a Klip EP
Kool G Rap
Despite Kool G Rap’s personal problems (word is that he’s in hiding), he’s still trying get some elbow room in the crowded hip-hop scene. It’s a strange project to be honest. The production is uninspired and G Rap’s flow is a bit lazy; he even tries out a Jamaican(?) accent on one track. The entire project sounds forced.
Waiting to Inhale
Yeah, Afroman is still around and apparently is still getting high. Believe it or not, Waiting to Inhale is Afroman’s eighth album; and with songs like “Smoke Some Green,” “My Chunk,” and “Colt 40ty Fiva,” he offers proof that not much has changed.
-- Quibian Salazar-Moreno