Friday Rap-Up: Bionik Brown, Ozone Awards, Large Professor, DMX
Even though hip-hop artist Bionik Brown had only lived in Denver for short time before his passing this week, he became familiar with the local music scene quickly and scored gigs easily thanks to his dope skills on the mike. In honor of Bionik’s memory, after the jump we've posted a couple of segments from his great live show.
Fight Pops Off at Ozone Awards
The biggest hip-hop story of the week went down in Houston at the third annual Ozone Awards. The award show, which is hosted by southern hip-hop rag Ozone Magazine, celebrates the music made by Southern-based artists. The celebratory mood turned sour when Houston rappers Trae the Truth (pictured above) and Mike Jones threw hands backstage. Although the reason for the fight is unknown, Jones walked away with a bloody nose. Statements from both rappers still didn’t explain what spurred the beef, except that they just don’t like each other. Check out the Trae's statement here (http://allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2008/08/13/20408402.aspx) and the statement from Mike Jones here.
Veteran MC/Producer Large Professor Preps New Album
During the '90s, Large Professor lead seminal hip-hop group Main Source. After the group’s breakup, the MC did release a couple of albums, but spent most of his time producing classic tracks for the like of Nas, Common, Organized Konfusion and others. The rapping producer is back with a new album, aptly titled, Main Source.
“I called this project Main Source because I felt on the music tip I went back to the original recipe,” Large Pro told Allhiphop.com. “That recipe is Main Source [the group]. When it comes to that real Hip-Hop, Large Professor is the main source of that.”
Source will reportedly feature appearances from Jeru the Damaja, Lil Dap (of Group Home), Mikey D, Lotto and several other up and coming artists. Look for the album to drop on September 16.
On Tuesday, DMX was scheduled to appear in a Phoenix court to answer to drug possession charges. He was a no show. When the judge told DMX’s lawyer he had until 4 p.m. to bring the rapper in or a warrant would be issued, the public defender returned just in the nick of time to inform the judge that DMX couldn’t come because he was in a hospital. Too bad it didn’t matter.
"We provided intake documentation, and the judge said it was insufficient," public defender Charles Kozelka told MTV News. "The judge said he should have informed the court sooner, and because it was the second time he'd missed court in this case, she issued the warrant."
Kozelka would not say why DMX was in the hospital and he wouldn’t verify if the rapper checked into a rehab, but it appears that X is getting some sort of help. Regardless, expect a headline in the coming weeks of DMX being arrested or turning himself in.
Talento de Barrio
Even though Daddy Yankee is a talented artist, if you have one album, you have them all. Yankee is still doing the reggaeton thing, even though that ship has sailed. Despite this, the record still sounds decent, and you can’t help wanting to get up and dance to it.
Look What You Made Me
By now, a lot of people have forgotten about Yung Berg. His 2007 hit, “Sexy Lady,” was supposed to launch his career, but the single was followed by nothing. Almost a year later, Yung Berg is finally releasing his debut album with little fanfare. The record features cameos from Twista, Ray J, Trey Songz, Amerie and Collie Buddz, plus Ray J’s hit single “Sexy Can I." His new single, “The Business” is slowly getting some rotation, but as whole, the album isn’t anything special.
Only on the Left Side
Dog Pound Gangstaz
For years, Daz Dillinger and other Death Row refugees have been trying their hardest to recapture that mid-'90s energy and sound that put the Dogg Pound and crew on the map. Listening to Daz’s latest, he isn't any closer. Daz even goes as far as trying to recreate classic West Coast tracks like Ice Cube’s “My Summer Vacation” and NWA’s “Dopeman.” While the rapper may have been trying to pay homage, it actually comes off as biting. Maybe Daz and crew need to reconnect with Dr. Dre, Warren G, Soopa Fly and Battlecat and work on producing some decent hip-hop.