Daily Update2 1*31*07

Nas Drafts 90’s All-Star Lineup For “Where Are They Now” Remix
Nas officially answered his Hip Hop Is Dead track “Where Are They Now” by releasing a remix that features several of the once famous hip-hop stars that have since fallen into obscurity.

The “Where Are They Now” remix features 90’s rappers Redhead Kingpin, Rob Base, Original Spinderella, Father MC, Monie Love, Mike Gee of the Jungle Brothers, E-S-T of 3XDope, Positive K, Das Efx, DoItAll of Lords of the Underground, Chip-Fu of the Fu-Schnickens and Dres of Black Sheep spittin’ over the “Where Are They Now” track blended with beats from their 90’s hits, including “It Takes Two,” “We Want Efx,” “True Fu-Schnick”and “The Choice is Yours,” among others.

One by one the quieted MC’s re-emerge with lyrics and flow, exemplifying why they are – as one Das Efx member puts it-“your favorite rapper’s rapper’s rapper.” Though upbeat, the spirited remix also features lamentations that Pac and Big aren’t alive to witness it. Nas also offers a shout out to Native Tongues rapper Chi-Ali, who is currently jailed.

Where Are They Now (90’s Remix)
props to Eskay and OnSmash

What’s Going On With G-Unit?

What ever happened to Olivia? Has 50 shelved M.O.P’s record? Who is this Young Hot Rod?

The streets and the message boards have been asking questions like this for quite some time. Sha Money XL of G-Unit finally has time to clear things up.

Contrary to some rumors, all three artists mentioned above are still officially signed to G-Unit. But, don’t hold your breath for any of the acts’ albums to surface this year, except for Hot Rod’s. In fact, his first single’s video has already been shot. Expect Rock to It to hit the airwaves and video shows soon.

So, what about M.O.P.?

“Honestly, I think they have an amazing album,” he noted.. “Those kinds of guys, you just can’t market; you got to just let them run wild. They’re some ugly guys — what you want to do, get them a face-lift? You got to just not spend too much money and make it a profitable situation. I would like to say, ‘Yeah, [they’re gonna come out this year],’ but I don’t wanna lie.”

50’s Before I Self Destruct is also set to release in ’07, but we will wait to see if that album hits shelves before the year’s end.

Pretty Ricky Debut At #1 On Billboard 200

“LATE NIGHT SPECIAL,” the new album from Blue Star Entertainment International/Atlantic recording group Pretty Ricky, has made a triumphant debut in the #1 spot on both the Billboard 200 and “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” charts. With total sales of over 132,000, the album’s explosive first week in stores gives the Florida-based foursome the biggest-selling chart debut of 2007 thus far.

“On The Hotline,” the first single/video from “LATE NIGHT SPECIAL,” leaps to #6 at Urban radio and to #8 at Rhythmic Top 40, where it enjoys the most increased airplay this week. In addition, the album’s second single, “Push It Baby,” is set to impact at multi-format outlets in February.

Pretty Ricky – rappers Slick ‘Em, Baby Blue, and Spectacular, and singer Pleasure – kicked off the release of “LATE NIGHT SPECIAL” last week with a stellar performance on BET’s 106 & Park, where the “On The Hotline” companion video spent several days at #1 on the daily countdown. Now in “Heavy” rotation, the clip was BET’s most-played video of the week. What’s more, Pretty Ricky closed out the week with an additional pair of BET appearances, guesting on the January 27th installments of the network’s Hosted Saturday and Top 25 Countdown.

Pretty Ricky has also been highly visible on MTV, including a visit to MTV’s Total Request Live, where the “On The Hotline” video quickly entered the countdown’s top 10. The clip has just been added to the MTV playlist, while also blowing up in “Simmerin'” rotation at MTV Jams.

Pretty Ricky will also make their late night television debut February 20th when the group will perform “On The Hotline” and “Push It” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

“On The Hotline” is a massive ringtone hit, currently standing at #5 on Nielsen Ringscan’s “Top 200 Mastertones” chart. Pretty Ricky is also hugely popular online, with nearly 400,000 friends registered on their MySpace page, placing them in the top 3 of MySpace’s “Top Artists.” At YouTube, the group’s recently launched “Pretty Ricky TV” – which features a variety of exclusive videos – has already hit the top of the site’s rankings as the month’s #1 Most Subscribed Channel, as well as reaching the top 10 of YouTube’s all-time Most Viewed Musicians pages.

Over at their own http://www.prettyricky.com Pretty Ricky has just begun an exclusive sweepstakes where fans can win a trip for two to New York City to see the superstar quartet perform live in concert. Concert winners will also get to travel to the show in a limo, and meet the members of Pretty Ricky backstage.

Pretty Ricky will reveal tour plans for 2007 shortly. In late-2006, Pretty Ricky introduced fans to “LATE NIGHT SPECIAL” with show-stealing performances on the “Scream Tour 5: Ruff & Ready, Young & Sexy.” The BET-sponsored trek saw Pretty Ricky commanding arena stages across America with some of R&B and hip-hop’s hottest new stars, including Omarion, Ne-Yo, Mario, and Yung Joc.

In other news, Pretty Ricky will be featured on the March cover of Black Beat magazine, which hits newsstands on February 13th.

The Game Pleads Not Guilty In Police Impersonation Case
L.A. rapper The Game entered a not guilty plea to charges of impersonating a police officer in a New York court yesterday (January 31).

As previously reported, The Game (born Jayceon Taylor) was arrested on November 16 on charges that he pretended to be a police officer after hailing a cab and flashing a fake badge to his driver. New York City prosecutors claim the rapper told the driver he was an undercover officer and encouraged him to run several red stoplights on Lexington Avenue before being pulled over.

According to Game’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, who spoke to the New York Post, the charges are false and his client, who is constantly followed by hip hop police, is the real victim.

“The police are harassing him,” Lichtman said. ” They don’t even have a witness – no supporting deposition. It will be a slam-dunk acquittal or dismissal, it’s up to the D.A.”

“They offered us time served today and I didn’t even lift my head to respond. It’s an embarrassment for them,” he continued. ” The cops follow him from the moment he lands to the moment he leaves. A limo driver freaked out, that’s it. They are harassing him, but there will be some harassment going the other way at the trial.”

A representative for the New York Police Department responded to Litchmain’s claims saying, “If he feels he’s being harassed, he should file a complaint with the Civilian Complaint Review Board.”

The Game, who admitted earlier this year that he was aware he was being followed, released a statement in November declaring his innocence and citing the incident as “a ploy by the hip-hop police to humiliate” him.

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