Benzino: Pump Up the Volume Published November 09, 2005 by Tiffany Hamilton

Ray Benzino might be setting up his personal Tet Offensive, a series of aggressive moves in his long running war again “the machine.” And like the famous strategy in a war torn 1960’s Vietnam, Benzino hopes to topple his adversaries in a spectacular fashion and drive them out of Hip-Hop for the good of the culture.

If this offensive is to work, Boston native must contend with a number of obstacles from his cumbersome work as The Source’s Co-Owner/ Chief Brand Manager to and his plethora of enemies and his other affairs.

Rumors have swirled of The Source’s financial woes, sale, and eviction. If that weren’t enough, Benzino and the magazine have not only criticized G-Unit for [being agents of the corporate machine?], but also accuse radio heavyweights like Funkmaster Flex of accepting pay for play. Although his foes deny the charges, ‘Zino is pursuing them using every weapon in his arsenal. Read the war report from Zino’s uniquely abrasive perspective.

AllHipHop.com: Let’s touch on the issue of The Source and bankruptcy, what is really going on?

Benzino: We are definitely not filing bankruptcy, that’s a lie. Dave has been handling the finances since day one. What happened is he took out a loan to get in on the Internet stuff; the next thing you know we are indebted to this bank because of the high interest rate. It’s funny that in Hip-Hop, everyone has money except for the artists. There is a big corporate machine that basically exploits our music and our artists, and this is exactly like one of those situations where corporate America thought they could get over.

AllHipHop.com: Besides the issue of bankruptcy, there is also speculation that financial troubles is leading to an eviction of The Source at your 23rd street office in New York.

Benzino: We are not being evicted. We are just looking for a smaller space because we aren’t using it. There is no reason to continue paying for a space that we aren’t using, so we are in the process of shopping around.

AllHipHop.com: Speaking of businesses – many are still wondering why you are still beefing with artists at Aftermath?

Benzino: You know what we have explained the issue with Eminem and Jimmy Iovine repeatedly. I really can’t understand how he can be rated one of the top rated MC’s when he is exploiting our music. I mean, it’s crazy because we have beef with Interscope, who basically has everything locked down. People won’t advertise with us. So we decided to go through a restructure just like any other business. But everyone wants to talk about The Source, but everyone wants a business like The Source, I hate the fact that we get criticized for promoting ourselves. If you look at it, we aren’t doing anything different than Russell Simmons or Damon Dash. Honestly, if you wear two hats, of course you’re going to cross-promote between the two.

AllHipHop.com: Recently there has been a lot of friction between you and Funkmaster Flex, what’s the issue and how did that start?

Benzino: First off, I would like to say there is no beef. He talks a lot of trash [on air at Hot 97] and when he leaves, he has a group of security guards, but one day he is going to slip and when we do collide you are going to hear about it.

AllHipHop.com: Touching on another subject dealing with the payola scandals, what is the deal behind this lawsuit you are filing against the industry?

Benzino: We are filing a lawsuit against the major forces in the industry for the middle-man, because it’s the middle man who doesn’t get their artists played in a major market like New York – because they aren’t paying. We are linking up with all the artists and managers, anyone who has tried honestly to get they stuff heard and couldn’t because they wasn’t paying. In all honesty, Flex thought he was going to be gone a long time ago because of the payola. I ain’t going to lie, I used to pay Flex back in the day, but now because he down with G-Unit he want to trip, b*tch please. That’s why I am telling you, if we ever met up, it’s a wrap.

AllHipHop.com: A lot if people have been coming down on The Source not because of the “G-U-Not” issue, but because the attack seems to have been going on for a long time now.

Benzino: We basically are taking a stand, but while everyone points out the fact we are standing up, no one is saying anything about XXL being bought out to put them on the cover every month.

AllHipHop.com: Steve Stoute has been on Hot 97 talking about he loaned Dave Mays money for The Source and he’s made reference to the fact that he is in the process of looking into buying The Source.

Benzino: Steve has always been on Dave’s d**k. He’s on Hot 97 lying. Notice how he’s saying, “He was going to buy The Source,” he wasn’t going to do nothing. We bought his house back in the day when he was in trouble, and turned it into the Made Men headquarters, I mean this is the same guy that was chased by Foxy Brown and smacked across the head by Diddy; so he has always been a peon. The best description I have for Steve Stoute is a crab who jumps on everybody’s d**k. Dave borrowed $500,000 from him and gave it back to him, then he tried to ask for $100,000 in interest. Put it like this: anyone who mentions my name will get the business. Chubby Chubb got it, DJ Enuff apologized, so it’s over. But next time I see Flex and Tony Yay,o it’s on. I want everyone to know that Flex and Tony Yayo aren’t allowed in Boston.

AllHipHop.com: Speaking on Tony Yayo, what happened with him being on the cover of The Source?

Benzino: Tony Yayo saw me in South Beach, ran across the street and started talking that trash about how 50 best not be on the cover.

AllHipHop.com: What happened to The Source Awards and is it going to be held again?

Benzino: UPN had it for a year, but UPN was really scared of the Hip-Hop audience. Too many people say they support the craft, but then they turn their back on it. I mean now they do the Vibe awards, which is some cookie cutter bulls**t; some stuff for Steve Stoute and Russell Simmons. They are too busy trying to reach a suburban audience, that they aren’t paying attention to the ‘hood. But we are in the process of taking The Source Awards to another network, so we are looking at hosting it in January of 2006.

AllHipHop.com: So what happened at BET?

Benzino: The same thing that happened to Free and AJ, the same people that had problems with them is who we have issues with. I mean there is so much stuff going on with them up there that it’ crazy. You got Scott Mills who has a family, dating some guy in the legal department and he was the main one with issues about Dave and I showing up at our own awards show. So you best believe that is one case that we will win in court, because the contract we had with BET was straight black and white and it was for three years, so I am waiting for that day in court.

AllHipHop.com: Is there anyone else you want to air out that has been putting you on blast?

Benzino: I mean everyone over at Hot 97, Angie Martinez she talks all that s**t. You know what, here is a contest: I got $97.00 for anyone who can guess who the father of her baby is.

AllHipHop.com: Other than issues with side talking, what’s next for Benzino?

Benzino: Right now the next issue of The Source is taking an in-depth look at Hip-Hop behind bars, we are in the process of releasing a Source sponsored Hip-Hop hits album with Warner Music. We have launched three additions to The Source Magazine family which is The Source Latino, The Source France, and The Source Japan and last but least we have The Source ringtones. So we are definitely doing it big and not going for broke.

RZA Launches Wu Tang Latino Published June 08, 2005 by Tiffany Hamilton

The RZA has teamed up with Ray Acosta, former VP of Musica Latina and Marketing at UBO, to launch a new label, Wu-Tang Latino. “Wu-Tang Latino is the perfect fusion between Hip-Hop and Reggaetone,” Acosta, President of Wu-Tang Latino, told AllHipHop.com. “I felt it was necessary because we [as Latinos] love Hip-Hop but in the love for Hip-Hop, we were losing our culture. So I feel that this joint venture with RZA is the perfect solution because it’s Hip-Hop and Reggaetone, but it’s not too overwhelming from either side to where you don’t know what you’re listening to.”

The label has already signed four artists who all plan on dropping albums next year.

“I am happy with the venture” artist/producer Rameses said. “I have been a fan of Hip-Hop since forever, so to team up with members of the Wu-Tang Clan and to be on a label that has the same vision for my music as I do, is incredible.”

In addition to Rameses, artists Ruster, NP Killah, Shown Black and Gil will be some of the artists featured on the upcoming Wu-Tang Latino mixtape due out in August.

“We just want to bring everyone together.” Acosta continued. “We want to create our own type of music on the East Coast, because we have Reggaetone, but the West coast has Regional Hip-Hop for Mexicans. Eventually I would like it all to be classified as Latino Hip-Hop to embrace us all.”

Look out for the debut single from Rameses featuring Mef to be out as soon as next week.

Hip-Hop Summit Coming To Morgan State University Published April 12, 2005 by Tiffany Hamilton

Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael S. Steele will join the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Chairman and Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, as well as a host of hip-hop executives and artists at the Maryland Hip-Hop Summit, which is taking place at Morgan State University on Thursday, April 21, 2005. Simmons will be joined by Warner Music Group Executive Vice President and Baltimore native Kevin Liles, and Reverend Run, discussing the theme, “Creating Legacy Wealth”.

“The last installment of the civil rights movement for blacks and the secret to success for all Americans [is] financial empowerment,” Simmons told AllHipHop.com. “Get your money right.”

The one-day conference features workshops, a Summit Town Hall Meeting, a post reception and after party.

The Financial Literacy workshops will provide workable tools and solutions for home ownership, credit bank relationships, credit repair, and lifestyle management.

The event is free, but pre-registration is strongly suggested and workshop registration is mandatory to attend the Town Hall meeting.

Registration is available at http://www.vmginc.net.

Ol Dirty’s Manager Responds To Child Support Accusations Published April 18, 2005 by Tiffany Hamilton

The battle over Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s estate continues, as the late rapper’s manager and mother responded to child support non-payment allegations issued by Dirty’s estranged wife and mother of three of his children, Icelene Jones. Last week, Jones held a press conference alleging that although she has been appointed as the official care taker of Dirty’s estate, since the rapper passed away in November of 2004.

Jones stated that neither she nor her children are set to receive any royalties or funds from the rappers upcoming album A Son Unique, scheduled to be released on the Damon Dash Music Group label on June 21st.

In 1997, the late rapper was arrested because he was $35,000 behind in child support payments to Jones, but Weisfeld said Ol’ Dirty has made hundreds of thousands of dollars to Jones.

“Since September 3rd, 1997 Russell Jones [Ol’ Dirty Bastard] has paid Icelene Jones $272,906.97 in child support,” Weisfeld stated to AllHipHop.com. “If Icelene hasn’t received any money it is because she hasn’t taken the proper steps to create an estate.”

In addition to disputing the facts surrounding the unpaid child support allegations, Weisfeld said it was in fact Cherry Jones, [Dirty’s mother], who insisted on the DNA preservation for tests, not her daughter-in-law.

Icelene Jones produced a marriage certificate to a New York Surrogate Court stating that she married the rapper on July 25, 1991. Jones proclaimed that she was the court appointed representative of the rapper’s estate last week.

The couple has three children together and according to published reports, Dirty sired at least seven other children starting in his teenage years.

Shortly after Dirty passed, the Jones’ began fighting over the rapper’s estate, which had been largely controlled by Ol’ Dirty’s mother Cherry Jones and manager Jarred Weisfeld.

“I have nothing against the other children,” Icelene Jones told the API. “I’ve met some of them. If they are, they are. If they’re not, they’re not. They’re beautiful children — the ones that I’ve seen. I preserved DNA for this purpose.”

Weisfeld said the Jones only has temporary control of Dirty’s estate and accused Icelene Jones of being “greedy.”

“Mr. Dash wants all of [Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s] children to benefit off this album, not just a certain three,” Weisfeld said. “Cherry and I have always said that we want all the children to be taken care of, that’s including Icelene’s three.”

Ice Cube Working On New Album, Preparing ‘XXX’ Published April 20, 2005 by Tiffany Hamilton

While Ice Cube is keeping busy in the film world, the acclaimed writer/director/actor isn’t neglecting his rap career and recently divulged details of a new album. “I am planning to release the single by early summer ” Ice Cube told AllHipHop.com. “Once I put the finishes on it, I plan to drop the album by late summer.”

In addition to the album, Cube continues his foray into Hollywood and as previously reported, is in negotiations to star in a remake of the 1948 comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

“I don’t really want to disclose anything right now, I am really superstitious and I want to wait until the deal is final, Cube said of the movie.

Cube’s superstitious aside, the rapper’s last project, Are We There Yet grossed over $81 million dollars as of April 15th, while his other films, such as the Barbershop and Friday series of movies have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office and through DVD sales.

Cube’s latest movie, XXX State of the Union, is the sequel to the 2001 film XXX which starred action hero Vin Diesel.

Diesel and original director Rob Cohen opted out of the sequel, but stayed on as executive producers.

Cube was selected as a replacement for Diesel since both have deals with the studio, which produced the original version and the sequel.

“I am honored that they even considered me, to star in a film of this caliber is definitely a dream come true,” Cube said of the action flick. “If they decide to do a XXX 3 depending on how this does, I am definitely interested in playing the part again.”

XXX: State of the Union hits theaters worldwide April 29th.

Luke Campbell: Drop a Bomb Published March 08, 2006 By Tiffany Hamilton

Over the past 20 years, Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell has been no stranger to making mouths drop. But whether in shock or awe, the fact that the father to both the Southern Bass sound and the sexual music video movement, has fought his way for and in an industry that in his opinion doesn’t appreciate his contributions is undeniable. From going up against the Supreme Court to discuss freedom of speech and imagery, to turning Miami to the most hottest cities on the planet; Luke has done it all in the name of his love for Hip-Hop. But despite his battles, many have criticized Luke as not as a pioneer in the craft, but more as a destructive force on the game who’s raunchy videos have led to the less creative counterpart of Hip-Hop that we see today.

Despite his raunchier public persona, this West Indian born father of three has a softer side. Although over the years he has been painted as a womanizer and the king of video hoes, the real personal side of Luke is far from it. While he has been seen publicly with an entourage of women, it wasn’t until 2000 that Luke had his first girlfriend. The relationship which lasted a little over a year ended in heart break for the live emcee, although dealing with the issue for the first time Luke states it hasn’t deterred him from pursuing a relationship again.

With so much that is unknown about the Miami bred party emcee, Luke has decided to top off his two and a half decades in the game with the release of his long awaited audio book Uncle Luke – My Life & Freaky Times, the three-disc box set contains two tell-all audio books which will not only chronicle Luke’s freakiest escapades and nastiest tales from the notorious rapper’s life, but also will allow you to know who he is and he came to be known as the freakiest man in the industry. AllHipHop.com got a chance to sit down with Miami’s main man in charge and find out why he’s so under appreciated and where he intends to go from here.

AllHipHop.com: Although a lot of people think that your audio book is being released due to the enormous success of Karrine “Super Head” Steffans’ book, Confessions of a Video Vixen, you have actually been planning this book for a while, why did you decide to release your tell all book now?

Luke: Honestly, I don’t know my book and her book are even in the same category, this book deals with more than just freaky stories with my girls and celebrities, that’s just a small part. The basis of the book is about me and my life. It talks about how I started in Hip-Hop and my career; it is just full of stories and things that have taken place in my life. The difference between she and I is that she wrote her book in anger, I am not angry at anyone.

AllHipHop.com: What about the celebrity stories, you are dishing dirt on everyone from Sisqo to Aaron Hall; why did you choose to include these celebrity romps in your book?

Luke: People are always coming up and asking me what happened at this party and that party, but when I tell theses stories, I am not telling it to get back at a celebrity or anything. The stories I am telling, like with Aaron Hall and Gloria Velez, is just to talk about how far people will go to prove a point in this industry. Yeah Gloria [Velez] may get mad, but it’s a part of my life. Overall, I don’t want the few celebrity stories to outweigh the fact that the book is about my life, and how I became a part of 2 Live Crew, and ultimately to where I am today. There is so much that people don’t know about me or have even cared to ask and that is what I am trying to show people who I am.

AllHipHop.com: After all of the contributions you have made to the industry, such as going up against the Supreme Court but also bringing Hip-Hop to Miami which was initially looked at as retirement hotspot; why do you think that you are still continuing to be overlooked when people think of pioneers in the game?

Luke: What I am mad at is the journalist and stations that do these Hip-Hop tributes and conveniently forget to add the 2 Live Crew. It’s like everyone wants to forget what we did, and how we paved the way, actually fought for videos and artists to sound and look like they do. Even if the stations and magazines want to overlook me, these so called Hip-Hop journalists should step up and say something about what 2 Live Crew and I have done for this industry.

AllHipHop.com: Do you feel that the raunchy persona you appear to have has anything to do with the way you are snub by networks and during tributes?

Luke: I do, but I didn’t set out for me to appear they way I do to people. This is so far from the way that 2 Live Crew and I intended it to go. When we started, we were very in to the comedy that Redd Foxx was doing, and we thought it would be funny to incorporate that into music and Rap, next thing you know we are being called lewd and disgusting, when we thought that what were doing was funny. We were called it so much that we were like, “If people are going to boycott us and talk about us and we aren’t doing anything wrong, let’s get lewd and crude and give them something to talk about”. But honestly, I blame the media for turning my name and 2 Live Crew into what it is known as now. But regardless of how you feel about what I do, you still shouldn’t deny me or my contributions to this industry. Every one and their mommas are claiming to love Hip-Hop, those are the ones who should step up and say something, if you really care about the roots of this music.

AllHipHop.com: Seeing countless emcees given awards and continuously being overlooked by panels, as well by some not even being considered a part of Hip-Hop, how do you handle it?

Luke: Honestly, I’m hurt and I can’t lie. I get angry because I am human. But the way I have been treated over the past 20 years has played a major role in why I am no longer going to make music. After this album that I am releasing with this book, I am done with music and I am going to be launching my own adult magazine and entertainment business. I am going there, because over there, they don’t care about who you know or what label you are signed to. There are so many things that I have done that I receive no credit for, it’s ridiculous. All people want to do is label me as the womanizer or being crude, what about the fact that I was the first Black label owner in the South to put out and develop only Southern artists? Or the fact that a lot of the artists from the South that are getting all of this recognition worked with me in one way or another. I worked with Lil’ Jon, I knew him when he was over at So So Def spinning Bass music and creating Crunk while people were treating him like a stepchild. I developed Pitbull, Trick Daddy, the list goes on and on. But no one wants to speak on that.

AllHipHop.com: Let’s speak a little on your personal life, in your book you reveal that your first sexual experience was with two women at once. Do you think that experience desensitized you to sex?

Luke: Yeah, I do. I mean, I was like 13 or 14 years old and while they were getting it on I was in the corner laughing. [laughs] But it taught me as I got older, that women won’t deal with someone who they think will run around telling what they do in the bed room. In high school, I was always the guy who no one ever suspected of having women because I never talked about it.

AllHipHop.com: A lot of people know you are from Miami, but few know that you are of West Indian descent; did your background play a lot in the creation of the Bass sound?

Luke: It did. It played a major part in the creation of Bass. Back when I was a DJ, I was the only one spinning Hip-Hop and Reggae in the clubs in Miami. But my mother is from Nassau, and my father being from Jamaica, definitely played a role in the way I used bass to create music, if you listen to it, Miami Bass sounds a lot like music from the West Indies, but with our own Miami spin on it. That’s what I set out to do when I do anything; I always strive to be the first when I do anything. Never a follower always a leader, that’s just who I am.

AllHipHop.com: On another note, we all know about Luke the Entertainer; what about Luke the father? Having two daughters and working with nothing but overtly sexual women how does that work out?

Luke: My daughters are 15 and 18, and they know who I am. They don’t live with me, and it’s really good for them that they don’t, because they would be under the strictest curfew. But I think that the biggest misconception about me is that I hate women. I don’t hate women, I love women and I have nothing but the utmost respect for them. When I am calling a woman a hoe or a b*tch, I am not talking about the woman who is working and taking care of her family and husband; I am talking about the one who is trying so hard to get backstage that she is willing to sleep with everybody. I mean I didn’t have a girlfriend until six years ago by choice, because I never wanted to lie to a woman. So no, I don’t hate women. The girls that work with me, all I do is pay them to dance at the parties. If they are out getting money on the side, that’s their choice. I am not paying them to sleep with anyone, nor am I pimping them and taking their money. But no one cares about the truth. All they care about is sex and dissing Luke. I know one day, someone will recognize what I have done and it will be celebrated; I just hope I am not dead when it happens.

EXCLUSIVE: Uncle Murda Talks Shooting Published January 24, 2008 By Tiffany Hamilton

Roc-A-Fella rapper Uncle Murda was shot in the head on Tuesday (January 22, 2008) in New York City.

Uncle Murda sat down exclusively with AllHipHop.com and revealed details as to what happened and what his next move in the music industry will be.

The Brooklyn bred rapper revealed that he was shot in the head, as he stood with a friend outside of a parked car in New York.

While the rapper didn’t divulge specifics, he denied rumors that the shooting was the result of several high profile disputes with a number of rappers.

“This wasn’t no entertainment beef sh*t,” Uncle Murda told AllHipHop.com in an exclusive interview. “This was some street sh*t.”

Uncle Murda, who narrowly escaped death, has been in several lyrical beefs with rappers like Nas, Mobb Deep and most infamously Papoose.

The rapper, born Leonard Gant, was treated at a local hospital and released.

He dismissed any reports that the shooting was connected to any of his rap rivalries.

“If anybody, I think it may have been the NYPD. But who it ever was that did it, they missed because I didn’t even know I was hit. One of my crew told me that my face was bleeding and took me to the hospital. They said I still have a bullet in my head and if I am sexually active it will fall out [laughs].”

The rapper claimed he was tending to his wounds without the help of medical assistance.

Although addressing the situation light heartedly, Uncle Murda also addressed the ongoing rivalry with Papoose and his plans for his album.

“That is old,” Uncle Murda said, “I don’t have any problems with that dude. Only thing I am focused on is my upcoming album on Roc-A-Fella/Violator. It is still real and happening so look out for that because it is going to be hot.”

Lil’ Wyte: Up the Ladder Published February 06, 2005 By Tiffany Hamilton

In 2005 with the release of his sophomore album, Phinally Phamous, Lil’ Wyte is here to shatter the stereotypes and racial barriers that still exist in the music industry and America today. Don’t believe it? Just read. He has also set out to prove that all the topics he speaks about in his lyrics are true to his daily life. Coming up ain’t easy for anybody these days.

Discussing the quick chain of events into indie-stardom, Wyte and AllHipHop.com recap the old groups, the new group, and some of the critical judgments that Wyte is up against. As we wait for the next 3-6 Mafia album, size up with the next member of Hypnotized Minds, for some pure Crunk.

AllHipHop.com: What is the concept behind Phinally Phamous?

Wyte: Well my first album was titled Doubt Me Now, because there was a lot of people who doubted me and thought I wouldn’t be able to make it on my own. When that album came out, it sold 140-150,000 copies without any major promotion. So now when I go to L.A., New York or Atlanta, and chill somewhere in the hood, someone will come up to me and say, ‘Hey, that’s the White boy from 3-6 Mafia, Lil’ Wyte’. So after that experience, and receiving that type of love from everybody, I named my album Phinally Phamous, because to me, I am finally famous.

AllHipHop.com: How did you come to be signed to Hypnotized Minds?

Wyte: Well basically, I was in this group when I was around sixteen years old called SSC. We had a demo made. At the time my boys and I were working, but one found their way up to the radio station and gave the demo to DJ Paul and Juicy J and they was like they’ll call in a couple of days. I guess they listened to it and liked it, because they ended up calling us an hour later wanting to sign us.

AllHipHop.com: So what happened to the group?

Wyte: A few months after we were signed, the group ended up splitting up due to what I call, ‘problems with their brains’, so I stepped up. Truthfully, I really don’t think that they realized the shot that they had, but I did. So I stood up and it was on like neck bones.

AllHipHop.com: Do you feel that it’s harder for a group to come into the game than it is for a solo artist?

Wyte: I think that it all depends on the group. I mean in the beginning, our group was straight. But it fell apart due to jealousy and envy. I think that to be a successful group, you have to all be on the same page. Like the group I am bringing out right now, under Paul and J and Wyte Records named Thug Therapy, they are all family and we have all been friends for years, so we know what we are trying to do. The group that I was in before 3-6 Mafia, we had only known each other for two years total and [the other members] had known each other for ten years, then they looked at me like a traitor, because I came in after two years and got a deal. So I definitely feel that [the fact we really didn’t know each other] was the main problem there.

AllHipHop.com: Now a lot of people may not know that Phinally Phamous is your sophomore release, you didn’t really promote it with radio, videos or anything. Was there a particular reason you chose this route for your debut?

Wyte: With Doubt Me Now, we didn’t have a single or anything. We just decided to put it on the shelves, and I sat back and rolled up a blunt. [laughing] I think Paul and Juicy did it that way because they really didn’t know what I was capable of doing, so they didn’t want to just package me up and throw me in the ocean. They wanted to test me, drop me in a puddle and see if I could make my way out of that. So in the end, us doing it that way for my debut made it a lot easier for the Warner Brothers deal. The fact that [Phinally Phamous] is now up to 83,000 copies for the first three months to me is damn good, considering we really didn’t promote this one.

AllHipHop.com: With you moving that many units without label backing and promotion on you debut, do you feel that it was a good business move to go to a major for your sophomore?

Wyte: I feel that it was, because with us having that Warner Brothers backing, and that Lyor Cohen power behind us made it that much easier for my video to be played on BET and on MTV Jams. So I feel definitely feel that it was a great move for me.

AllHipHop.com: Let’s touch on another issue. It’s obvious that you are White. Do you feel that because you are White you may not receive the full credit that you deserve and also do you feel that you are constantly going to be compared to Eminem even though your styles are totally different?

Wyte: That’s is one of the things that I feel is real crazy. I mean [Eminem] and I have two totally different styles, so there is really no comparison. To me when people say that, it’s like comparing Ludacris and Jay-Z because they are Black, and that’s stupid. But I really don’t care about what anyone thinks, because I am going to do me regardless. I say that because I have a family to feed, I got kids, so if someone doesn’t want to buy my record because of the color of my skin, in my opinion they are stupid.

AllHipHop.com: So you do feel that there is still racism in the industry whether it’s reversed or whatever?

Wyte: To me, racism is the last thing on my list. Really, I don’t think racism exists anymore. I mean it does but it doesn’t, like the other day I bought a jacket that said ‘American Negro League’ and Paul and Juicy was like ‘Man, somebody is going to jump on ya head for buying that jacket’. But I feel a White muthaf**ka would jump on my head for somethin’ like that faster than a Black person would. I get props from Black people for doin’ what I do. White people just look at me crazy and to me that’s stupid, because I am just usin’ what I got to get out of the hood.

AllHipHop.com: What made you want to go into Hip-Hop, I know you said you had been listening to 3-6 Mafia for years?

Wyte: At seven years old, I knew all the words to ‘Baby Got Back’, and for a White kid that’s not very normal. I guess I kind of felt it back then, I just didn’t know what it was. As I got older, I just kept listening to Rap real hard and then when 3-6 [Mafia] came out, I started learning all the verses, memorizing them and rapping right along with the songs. But there was this one CD that came out, Skinny Pimp’s King of the Player’s Ball, and it had this song on it called ‘Midnight Hoes’, at the end of the song, there is a part where he is rhyming real fast for like 30 seconds straight and I knew all the words to it at twelve years old. I used to rap fast right a long with him, a little White kid. From that point on, is when I really knew I am going to do something with this.

AllHipHop.com: So from the beginning you knew you wanted to be a rapper?

Wyte: Initially, my homeboy at school, Lil’ Black, used to tell me that I could freestyle, and he always used to tell me to start writing songs. I mean I didn’t even have a name back then. So he was like, ‘Why don’t you just call yourself Lil’ Wyte, I’m Lil’ Black and you can be Lil’ Wyte’. Even at that point, I figured this would be something that I would play around with, you know not take it seriously because we didn’t figure that we could really make it doing this.

AllHipHop.com: So your name came from your homeboy Lil’ Black back in junior high?

Wyte: Yeah. I really look at it like my name is really what made me. I mean it describes me, I am 5’9, 135 pounds and I am a Caucasian man, I’m a little White dude that’s not hard to figure out. I like to keep it simple.

AllHipHop.com: Now you have a third album slated for an October release, you are putting out a new group, what’s next for Lil’ Wyte?

Wyte: Man, I am trying to get into producing. My girl just bought me a MPC and some speakers for my birthday, so I am going to start making beats. It’s going to be real sick too, because I have Paul and Juicy’s brain mixed into one so I plan to blow everybody’s mind.

G-Unit Debuts New Video on Internet Published November 01, 2007 By Tiffany Hamilton

Rap collective G-Unit (50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck) has announced that they will debut their new video “Feel Good” exclusively on the Internet.

“Feel Good,” which debuts on AllHipHop.com today (November 1) at 4:00 PM
EST, is the first single off G-Unit’s upcoming, as yet untitled mixtape. According to G-Unit, it is the first time in history a video will be premiered before the actual song.

“The project itself will be something they will be looking forward to,” 50 Cent told AllHipHop.com. “There hasn’t been a project so far that has captured that good street or aggressive content.”

50 Cent decided to release the video and single for “Feel Good” on the Internet first due to the creative freedom of the medium, and the video’s graphic content.

“We’re going back to the basic concept of the mixtape and creating a new vibe,” 50 Cent continued. “[We are creating] a new sound for them to rock in the street. We plan for [“Feel Good”] to do for G-Unit what “You Should Be Here” [from 50 Cent is The Future] did for me. Implant us in the future.”

Rapper Chamillionaire Planning Video For ‘Industry Groupie’ Published October 02, 2007 By Tiffany Hamilton

Houston, Texas rapper Chamillionaire is preparing to shoot the video for Industry Groupie, the latest single from his critically acclaimed sophomore album Ultimate Victory.

The video re-teams the rapper with veteran director Marc Klasfeld, who shot the video for his single “Hip-Hop Police” featuring Slick Rick.

“Most of the time before you choose a director for your video, you have to look at different treatments in order to pick out the right one, but with Marc I just sat down and talked to him and he completely understood where I was going and what I wanted to do creatively with that record,” Chamillionaire told AllHipHop.com.

The rapper also clarified the conceptual song’s subject matter, despite the message the title conveys.

“It’s a conceptual song. A lot of people listen to it and think I am talking about a female that has slept with a whole bunch of rappers, but I am actually talking about the industry overall and how it has changed,” Chamillionaire revealed. “All my songs have a concept and if you just sit back and really listen to my album, you will realize that all the records where it sounds like I am talking about a female, I am really talking about music.”

Chamillionaire, who snagged a Grammy Award in Feb. 2007 for his single “Ridin,” hopes Ultimate Victory will reap the same rewards.

The video for “Hip-Hop Police” was recently nominated for a BET Hip-Hop Award for Best Hip-Hop Video of the Year.

“To me gaining a nomination is a blessing,” Chamillionaire told AllHipHop.com. “It feels good to be recognized for doing something different and being creative. At the end of the day, people fail to realize that we are artists and as artists we have to constantly change and reinvent ourselves so that we can push the envelope and take creativity to a completely different level.”

Chamillionaire, who is currently in Paris, France on a tour of Europe, is also planning a tour of the United States.

He is also developing new artists Tony Henry, an R&B singer and rappers Lil’ Ken and Young Low.

“A lot of artists start to feel like they are too big to go one the road,” Chamillionaire said, “I feel that is the best way to reach people is to go where they are, that is why I am talking to you from Paris. My artists are here with me learning the in’s and out’s of the business because I want them to be the best artists they can be and help them develop creatively, so that Chamillitary can one day be a dynasty like Roc-A-Fella, No Limit and Bad Boy.”

Chamillionaire’s new album Ultimate Victory is in stores now.