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Just Weird: Rapper Gucci Mane Wants to Release 10 Projects in 1 Year

BRRRRR !!! Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane has set the bar high for himself as he plans on releasing 10 .. yes 10 albums in the next 15 months !!! If Gucci’s plan goes accordingly he will have 10 retail albums in stores by December 31, 2013. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Gucci Mane will unveil “Trap God,” his third mixtape of the year following “Trap Back” and “I’m Up.” By the end of 2012, the prolific Atlanta MC will have released a whopping 60 tracks — but Mane tells Billboard that 2013 will be an even bigger year. “My goal is to drop 10 projects in 2013,” says the rapper. “All albums. I gotta do it. I know the 10 projects I want to drop.” Of that output, Mane says that “maybe 30, 40 percent” of what we wants to release next year is complete. “I got a lot of work to do,” he admits. “We collectively have a lot of work to do, but we’re ready to work.” (Billboard) The often troubled rapper, who is as famous for his trials and jail stints as he is for his music, chalked up 2012 as rebound year. “I feel like this was a rebuilding year for me, and my whole record label,” says Mane, who released two collaborative albums, “Ferrari Boyz” with Waka Flocka and “BAYTL” with V-Nasty, in 2011. “Waka dropped a great album, but at the same time, I feel like it didn’t get the push it deserved. So I said, ‘This is the year I’m gonna power myself up and build my war chest, and regroup for next year.’” (Billboard) I applaud Gucci for dedicating himself to his work and art, but 10 albums ??!! In O N E year ??!!! What happened to putting out A GREAT ALBUM and riding off its success ?? You know QUALITY over QUANTITY .. The biggest concern I have about Gucci’s ambitious endeavor, is that his music may be made less valuable, which is a concern for the entire hip hop industry as well, in relation, to mixtapes and gaudy free releases. Dropping that many albums in such a short span, how can he push the full potential out of each project ? My biggest example is Bobby Brown … YES Bobby Brown !!!! Bobby Brown was the biggest artist in the world at one point when he released Don’t Be Cruel , cosisting of 9 tracks and 2 interludes, went 7X’s platinum with 4 top singles. In this age of downloads, ringtones, digital sales and the such, it just seems to make more “cents” and dollars to slow roll it a bit and not just oversaturate the market. One could saturate themselves into obscurity. All in all .. Good Luck Gucci and I hope its that fire !!!! Read More »

Doctors: Dr. Conrad Murray is Dying in Prison

The doctors who’ve examined Dr. Conrad Murray are claiming that if authorities don’t do something about it, he is going to die.  After being in jail for a year, the doctor has suffered injuries that doctors consider to be life-threatening.    Murray is in a high-security section of the Los Angeles County jail, protecting him from the general population for ... Read More »

Actor Leo O’Brien of ‘The Last Dragon’ Found Dead

Actor Leo O’Brien, star of the cult classic ‘The Last Dragon”, died today. He was 41 years old. The cause of death was not released, but a close friend of O’Brien, Taimak Guarriello, said “he’s been having a little problem.” “He’s been through a lot of tough times,” Guarriello said. “It’s unfortunate.” O’Brien played Leroy’s little brother Richie Green in the ... Read More »

Stacey Dash Learns: If You’re Black and Don’t Support Obama, You’re Going to be Tortured

by Dr. Boyce Watkins Actress Stacey Dash, best-known for her appearance in the film "Clueless," is having her core ripped over her recent endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.   After mentioning her support for Romney on Twitter, fans went ballistic on Dash, calling her every name in the book. “Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future,”  Dash tweeted . That''s when the hounds came after her for expressing her opinion. “You’re an unemployed black woman endorsing @MittRomney. You’re voting against yourself thrice. You poor beautiful idiot,” said one of her respondents. Dash didn't back down, but kind of did.  When you're a celebrity depending on black people to support you, you pretty much have to do what they tell you to do. “My humble opinion… EVERYONE is entitled to one," Dash responded, mistakenly presuming that most black people respect the concept of freedom of speech. I remember speaking on a European cruise for the National Professionals Network this summer.  We spoke about the Obama Presidency in front of a group of highly-educated black professionals.  One woman stood up and said that she supported Mitt Romney and felt that African Americans are better off abandoning the Democratic Party. I was shocked and disappointed by the fact that the woman couldn't get a sentence out without being booed down by people who felt that she was some kind of sellout for not supporting President Obama.  They didn't want to hear her arguments, because some of us fear even considering a point of view that might cause us to change our minds.  When I saw how the crowd reacted to this woman for simply stating her opinion, that's when I knew we were headed into very dangerous territory. The Obama presidency has been a true learning experience about the black community and manner by which we utilize our democratic freedoms.  Since President Obama was elected, nearly any voice of dissent, on any level, has been squashed by the masses, as if all those who dare to have a differentiating opinion should be tarred and feathered in public. This hasn't been helped by all of the black public figures who lined up to make it clear that no one in the black community has a right to even question any decision that comes out of this administration.   Voting for President Obama was not enough.  You must give his administrative complete dictatorial authority over all that happens in black America.  And even asking his administration to do more to earn your vote was considered to be an act of treasonous sabotage. I'm sorry my friends, but that's not democracy.  We disrespect the presidency and the concept of liberty by oppressing each other in the way that whites have oppressed us for the last 400 years.  Some of the behavior I've seen during the last four years has been nothing less than shameful. I don't agree with Stacey Dash's support for Mitt Romney, in large part because Romney doesn't care about poor people.  But the truth is that most black people don't care about poor people either, and even consider it criminal that Cornel West has been touring to promote poverty for the past year.  The fact is that President Obama can say or do damn near anything when it comes to limiting constitutional freedoms, dropping drones on innocent children, ignoring racial inequality, etc. and our infinite intoxication with his presidential power leads us to march along like little brainless soldiers who don't believe in making our own decisions. This way of thinking is very dangerous, and what we must understand is that with the power of a black presidency also comes the responsibility of doing all we can to ensure that we have a government that is for the people and by the people.  You don't get that kind of freedom by squashing all dissidents with force instead of logical arguments or handing over a blank check of approval to any leader because you are enamored with his charisma and racial identity.The easiest way to waste your vote is not by staying home at the polls.  The easiest way to waste your vote is to support an administration and then destroy anyone who asks for something in return. Stacey Dash has the right to support anyone she wants.  The challenge of Democracy is not whether you can support the rights of someone who agrees with you.  It is whether you can protect the liberties of those who disagree.  By renting our brain space to black public figures who've been rewarded for backing the Obama Administration, we are failing this test in a horrible way. Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition and creator of the Building Outstanding Men and Boys Family Empowerment Series. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.   The post Stacey Dash Learns: If You’re Black and Don’t Support Obama, You’re Going to be Tortured appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Nick Cannon Speaks Again, Not Concerned Wife, Mariah Carey, Will Be Shot by Nicki Minaj

The beef between American Idol's new judges, Mariah Carey and  Nicki Minaj seems to be taking its time to die down. On Saturday, while hosting the Safe Communications 1st Annual Family Day in Santa Monica, Mariah Carey's husband, Nick Cannon was asked about the beef again, by E! News. Cannon thinks that the much publicized "disagreement" between his Wife and Minaj is getting a bad rap, saying, "That's exactly what you called it was drama. With drama, it's theatrics. I'm not worried about that stuff." While 32 year old Cannon seems to be taking the feud lightly, his wife appears to have given it a little more weight, telling Barbara Walters of  "The View" that she was going to hire more security. Minaj is reported to have blown up when she did not like Carey's comments, last week Tuesday, at an “American Idol” taping. Talking about her conversation with Mariah Carey, during  Thursday’s telecast of "The View", Walters said, “She said that when Nicki walked off the set, multiple people heard Nicki say, ‘If I had a gun I would shoot the bitch,’” According to Daily News’ Confidential it was not the first time that Minaj threatened to shoot someone. The 29 year old performer reportedly put out a lyrical hit on fellow rapper Remy Ma in a 2008 freestyle rap. Some say the whole feud was exaggerated just to boost ratings for "American Idol". Cannon admitted that he was not sure there was actually a gun threat made, adding, “It made for good news. It sounded good, right?   The post Nick Cannon Speaks Again, Not Concerned Wife, Mariah Carey, Will Be Shot by Nicki Minaj appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Reporter to Tyler Perry: “Where’s Your Dress Tyler?”

Tyler Perry posted a Facebook message today expressing his frustration at those who wonder whether or not he can be a success on his own, without “Madea.” Perry said that during a press conference, a reported asked him, “Where’s your dress Tyler?”  He said the reporter went on to ask, “Do you think your audience will come and see it?” ... Read More »

Go Ladies! Steel Magnolias Kicks Butt in Lifetime Ratings

It appears that black television works very well, especially the positive stuff.  While some speculate that the show will probably never get the kind of audience we might see on “Basketball Wives,” “Steel Magnolias” has been a hit for Lifetime. The show is a remake of the 1989 classic with an all-black cast.  The show pulled in a super impressive ... Read More »

Janet Jackson Demands Retraction of Vanity Fair Story about Her Brother’s Burial

Vanity Fair recently published an article that has Janet Jackson fuming. In the story published on the Internet and in the November, 2012 issue, the magazine claims that Michael Jackson’s burial back in 2009 was delayed because Janet insisted that Michael not be buried until she was reimbursed for the $40,000 deposit on his burial plot. “Untrue” and “outrageous,” lawyer Blair G. ... Read More »

Weezy At it Again: Allegedly Caught Kissing Stevie J Live on Stage

When one thinks of men greeting each other, especially rappers, one can conjure images of handshakes, daps, fist bumps, or maybe that “industry” dap/hug thing.  It seems like Lil Wayne channels his ”mafioso”  roots and kisses dudes … o.O …. Last night, video footage of Lil Wayne at Miami’s hotspot Club LIV allegedly shows Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Stevie J planting a quick kiss on the lips of the Young Money front man.  This morning the Hot 97 Morning Show phoned up Stevie and got reactions from him and his protege’ Joseline about the footage. Joseline responded: First of all, who does that? Second of  all, my man doesn’t play those type of game. With Lil Wayne? Who does that. They  don’t even talk. They don’t even know each other outside of the videos. Where is  all this hate coming from? Wayne been kissing dudes for a long time. Since I was 15 years old, I’ve seen Wayne kissing dudes but what does  Wayne has to do with my man? Stevie J hopped on the phone and responded to the footage as well. I’m in LA. I can’t really tell? [**while watching the footage**] Hold on, play that again right  there. [**plays the footage**].  That wasn’t me. I wasn’t in Miami but whatever  someone feels they need to do, let them do that. I’m in the studio making hits. Stevie J also called into the Tony Sculfield & The Morning Riot Show and said: I’m in Los Angeles man. I’ve been in the studio getting that bread. I’m working on this Rihanna and Mariah project. I’m  a legendary producer. I leave that guys kissing to the other guys. Weezy made headlines back in 2006 when photos of him and BirdMan circulated with them engaged in a reported “mafia kiss” … o.O … Click on link to see footage of Weezy kissing man on stage Click on link to hear Joseline and Stevie J react     Read More »

Uncle Luke Says Election Could Come Down to Women’s Rights

Miami music legend and recent Mayoral candidate Luther “ Uncle Luke” Campbell  recently gave his thoughts about the upcoming presidential election and believes it may come down to women’s rights getting ample attention from the candidates and our government. Luke, known worldwide for his sexually explicit lyrics and sexually charged anthems, points out that a women’s right to choose could ultimately be at risk if people ignore next month’s election. You see, the First Amendment rapper and 2 Live Crew founder best known for his NSFW rhymes focused on the southern female hemisphere and his 2011 Miami-Dade County mayoral candidacy on the “tax stripper” platform is dead serious about standing up for women’s voting right. “This is a women’s election. This is about women’s rights,” Campbell recently told MTV News Power of 12 correspondent Andrew Jenks . “Right to choose. If people don’t go out and vote then you’ll get a guy in office that’ll probably overturn [the landmark Supreme Court abortion ruling] Roe v. Wade … you’ll probably get the health care reforms overturned.” ( MTV ) Grammy winning artist Alicia Keys recently discussed women’s rights in this election and noted President Barak Obama’s understanding and respect as it pertains to women’s needs. “I think that we as women have a really important obligation to utilize our voices to stand up for the man who will honor the things that we need as women in this country. We made so much progress over the years–obviously–and there’s just no reason to go backwards,” Keys told SOHH correspondent Amber McKynzie . “And I personally–obviously I’m an Obama supporter–feel that he really does understand women’s issues.” ( SOHH ) “He’s been raised by a super strong woman; he married a super strong woman; he raising two incredibly strong women; so he’s personally connected to what is important with women’s issues,” she added. “I think that’s such a big deal to us, we can’t just let that go to anyone. We have to be really, really, really focused on making sure that every woman that we know is going out vote for someone that we know know is going to support and continue to encourage us to be and get everything that is our just due. Anything other than that is just not the right thing.” ( SOHH )   Read More »

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