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Single of the Week: "Sunny," Promise Pseudo
Wire To Wire
We disliked Soulja Boy, and then we read this Scarface interview where 'Face said he respected him, so now we respect him too. We're sheep. Oh, and for those of you all who know who she is, scroll down to about halfway through the article where he's asked about white rappers. He takes a pretty direct shot at Ozone head honcho Julia Beverly. And going hand in hand with that...
Soulja Boy released a video on YouTube apologizing for anything inappropriate he may have said during recent beefs with Ice-T and Charles Hamilton. No word yet on when he'll be apologizing for "Ya Trick Ya."
The RIAA is switching it up a bit with regards to pursuing illegal downloaders - the record-industry lobby is actually looking to strip people of Internet access before they're even convicted of a crime. This made us upset until we realized that it's pretty much the same as hating the new Paul Wall album before it comes out (which is happening early next year, mind you). And that seems totally fair.
Throwback satellite-radio hip-hop stations The Strobe and Backspin, originally cancelled by Sirius XM, are being brought back on-air following listener protests. We don't have Sirius XM, so this doesn't really affect us too much, but we do have YouTube, which means we can post this.
Rick Rubin, labeled by MTV as the most important producer in the last 20 years, looks like he's being removed from Sony. We've always liked Rubin for two reasons: a) He played a part in Jay-Z's "99 Problems" video, which is one of our all-time favorite Jay songs; and b) He kinda looks like we imagine local DJ Ceeplus Bad Knives will look in about 10 years.
Akon pled guilty, and will avoid jail time for that whole throwing-a-teenager-off-the-stage thing. Apparently, he was going to get two and a half years inside, but his lawyer found a loophole that lets those who sing shitty hooks off the hook for such offenses. Good for him. Hopefully this has no bearing on his forthcoming cartoon endeavor.
We were reading this article about why T.I.'s "Whatever You Like" is so popular, and ended up stumbling across this totally badass cover (above). And here, he somehow makes Lil' Wayne's "Lollipop" considerably less annoying.
The World's Greatest Entertainer, Doug E. Fresh (right), is not the World's Greatest Financial Advisor.
Mos Def's lawyers have a poor understanding of how a lawyer-client relationship works, apparently: Mos Def Sued By Own Lawyers.
In easily our favorite newsbit this week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a detailed list of songs that have been used by the government to torture terrorism suspects. On the list: Metallica, "Enter Sandman," AC/DC, "Hell's Bells," Queen's "We Will Rock You" and the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive." Sounds about right.
Three CDs out this week you otherwise never would have heard of (but are available on amazon.com nonetheless):
Slim Thug, Boss Hogg on Candy
Young Jeezy, Crazy World
Sean Kingston, Kingston's World
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