Friday Rap-Up: Suge Knight, Outkast, YouTube Live
Suge Knight files lawsuit against Kanye West
Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight has filed a $135,000 lawsuit against Kanye West for a gunshot wound and a robbery of his diamond-stud earring that occurred at West’s pre-MTV Music Awards party back in August 2005. According to TMZ, Knight believes that West should be held responsible for letting the thugs in the party.
"As the hosts of the Party, Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music also owed the guest of the Party a duty to maintain the Party premises in a reasonably safe condition," the suit reads. "While at the Party, shortly after midnight at approximately 12:40 a.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2005, Mr. Knight was in a VIP room at The Shore Club, where he was shot in the upper right leg. Mr Knight did nothing to provoke the shooting, and he is unaware of who shot him and why he was shot."
Knight is also asking for West to pay all his attorney fees. No trial date has been set and West has not responded to the suit. Looks like Knight is hard up for some cash.
Three albums from Outkast next year
In a recent interview with MTV News, Big Boi announced that his new album, Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Song of Chico Dusty, is finished and will hit stores in the first quarter 2009. The rapper also said that his partner, Andre 3000, will also release a solo album early next year and the two will join forces to work on a new Outkast album for late 2009.
"Me and 'Dre were on the conference call [recently]," Big told MTV. "He's working on his album; my album is done. We're gonna wait until the top of the year — January or February — to put it out. Then 'Dre is gonna come hit y'all, and [then] we're gonna do the Outkast album. So y'all gonna get three records from the 'Kast next year."
Big Boi is also pursuing a little bit of acting as well. He will appear in the November 25 episode of Law & Order: SUV, as a rapper who gets busted and starts working for the cops.
YouTube Live taps will.i.am, Mike Relm, Soulja Boy for live show
It appears that YouTube is finally taking advantage of all the stars they created with a live show on November 22 at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. The mega video-sharing website has tapped will.i.am, DJ Mike Relm, Hammer, Akon, Soulja Boy Tell Em, and a host of others to celebrate YouTube sensations and the site’s place in pop culture.
"For nearly three years the YouTube community has been defining pop-culture and in the process has made the site both a place to find and be found," YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley told the Associated Press. “YouTube at its core is a platform where everyone from the famous to the seemingly unknown shares a single stage and YouTube Live is a physical manifestation of this idea."
The show will be two hours and if you can’t make it out to San Fran for the event, you can catch live on YouTube.com/Live. The entire show will stream through the website, along with a “Vlog Squad” giving fans a behind the scenes look of the show.
Jedi Mind Tricks
A History of Violence
It’s been a couple of years since we’ve got a Jedi Mind Tricks album, but it doesn’t seem that way since Vinnie Paz and Stoupe seem to have their hands in all types of projects. But with any JMT album, A History of Violence finds the socio-political lyrics that the fans have grown to love over dark, brooding, head nodding beats.
Kurupt with Roscoe
Frank & Jessy James Story
Kurupt was once one of the best emcees representing the west coast (even though he’s from Philly). But nowadays it seems he’s struggling to stay relevant. He’s hooked up with his brother Roscoe for this album which really doesn’t offer much groundbreaking stuff. It’s run of the mil mix between club and street influenced tracks with appearances from Too Short, Kokane, and Gail Gotti.
9th Prince (Killarmy)
Prince of New York
New York emcee 9th Prince is actually the younger brother of Wu-Tang’s RZA and a founding member of Wu-affiliate’s Killarmy. Apparently he’s been locked up for the couple years or so, but was able to record some track to put together an album. The album has the late 90’s Wu feel and features appearances from Masta Killa, Trife Da God, Tekitha, Tommy Whispers, and Islord. And no, there aren’t any RZA beats on the album.