Archive for November, 2011

AllHipHop.Com said it best:

I’m telling you, people…we have to do better! These damn people are bringing guns and little kids to video shoots! And a kid got shot!

The 1-year old boy, Hiram Lawrence, was shot when about six men ran up on a rapper set and just started firing rounds. Other people – eight – were shot and sent to the hospital. As for lil Hiram, he is in critical condition from his injuries. Apparently, the boy was shot as his dad ran for cover.

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

A one-year-old boy is undergoing surgery after he was shot in a hail of gunfire which also injured seven other people along a California street.

Hiram Lawrence was apparently shot in the head when an estimated six gunmen targeted a group filming a rap video in Oakland yesterday.

He was in a critical condition and needed an emergency operation to relieve swelling on his brain, relatives said.

He had been driven to the city’s Children’s Hospital by his father, who also suffered a gunshot wound, it was reported on KTVU-TV.

Oakland Police Lieutenant Robert Chan said: ‘We are aware of a one-year-old boy who was shot – possibly in the head – in critical condition right now.’

The others had also been taken to nearby hospitals by people on the scene before officers arrived.

All were suffering from gunshot wounds and four were in a serious condition, authorities said.

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by jakecrates November 28th, 2011 @ 9:56pm

Hip-Hop Mogul and Southside Jamaica, Queens bred rapper 50 Cent is ready to release a new mixtape which he plans to call “Big 10.”

The 10 track release commemorates the 10 year anniversary of his mixtape “50 Cent is the Future” which was released in 2002 and took the internet by storm.

“Its been 10 years since I put out 50 Cent is the Future,” 50 Cent tweeted. “So I’m putting out the ‘BIG 10′ next week 10 smoking hot tracks #SK.”

The New York rapper has stayed in the media as of late, having also released the anti-bullying book “Playground” along with an appearance on “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

But the rapper is planning a media blitz for the new album, along with a bevy of videos, which will be released for every song on the release.

“I’m shooting videos for every song on the tape. The BIG 10 I got something for a haters ass it called hits lol #SK,” 50 Cent Tweeted to his followers.

50 recently released a few freestyles as part of his “Street King” series and he also put out Part 2 of his hit song “What Up Gangsta.”

50 is currently working on his 5th studio album and and will star in the drama “All Things Fall Apart,” which will debut December 3 on BET.

Source: AllHipHop.Com

By Joseph Brannigan Lynch | Amplifier

That which doesn’t kill a lawsuit can only make it stronger, right? That’s what Vincent Peters is hoping in his copyright infringement case against Kanye West, a previously dismissed claim which Peters is now appealing to a higher court.

Alleging suspicious similarities between Kanye West’s number one hit “Stronger” from 2007 and a 2006 song he submitted to West’s business manager, Peters points out that the tunes share titles, Kate Moss references and choruses that revolve around Nietzsche’s maxim, “What does not destroy me makes me stronger.”

Copyright suits against wealthy hit makers are nothing new, but rarely does the musician in question have the pleasure of citing the infamous 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche as part of their defense.

West’s lawyers argue that similarities between two songs which both reference the same culturally ubiquitous quotation can hardly be held as proof for theft.

If Peters prevails, West’s defense argues that, “It would create a dangerously low threshold for establishing copyright protection over otherwise commonplace words and phrases.” A judge earlier this year agreed with West, dismissing the suit, but Peters hopes the Court of Appeals will see things his way.

Of course, the “Stronger” chorus is legally lifted from Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” anyway, and West’s 2007 Grammy-winning hit isn’t the only song to paraphrase that bit of wisdom from the philosophical tome “Twilight of the Idols.” Kelly Clarkson’s song of the exact same name also features the lyric, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” plus Metallica and Jay-Z have separately tread that territory before.

Further irony: Nietzsche didn’t even come up with this quote he’s so famous for. Earlier German philosopher Goethe first introduced the idea to Western culture before Friedrich was even born, although it wasn’t popularized until his controversial successor paraphrased it.

But the end of the day, Nietzsche would probably just be happy he was the inspiration for a dance floor hit. After all, this is a philosopher who’s Zarathustra character insisted, “I would believe only in a God who could dance.”

Source: Amplifier