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In part 2 of this interview with Nick Huff Barili, XV talks about collaborating with Kendrick Lamar not only on Textbook Stuff but also on tracks to be release in the future. XV agrees with Nick that J Cole's productions skills are slept on and states that he has 4 tracks produced by J Cole, only two of which have been released. XV also says that he has a track for J Cole to rap on for XV's debut album (Kid With the Green Backpack) but that it is produced by Just Blaze and he knows that J Cole want to rap on a track produced by himself so we will see what happens with that. Part 2 ends with XV recalling his musical influences growing up including Notorious Big, Outkast, Scarface, Common, and Crucial Conflict (we didn't see that one coming). Oh yeah and he shares a story about the time his Mom found his Eminem album.
R.I.P. Ol' Dirty.
Report obtained using Freedom of Information Act connects late rapper with murder and the sale of drugs and guns.
Wu-Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard was "heavily involved" in "murder, car-jackings … and the sale of drugs [and] illegal guns", according to a newly released FBI report. The FBI's 93-page file on ODB, revealed in a Freedom of Information request, connects the rapper with a litany of serious crimes in the late 80s and 90s.
The documents were obtained by Rich Jones of the Gun.io blog, who filed a formal request for information on Russell Tyrone Jones, aka Ol' Dirty Bastard, who died of an accidental drug overdose in 2004. It took the FBI less than a week to respond with its file, consisting of redacted police reports, court proceedings and news clippings. All have been posted online.
According to these papers, Ol' Dirty Bastard was arrested more than 15 times on charges that ranged from resisting arrest to injuring a child, as well as assault, the attempted murder of a police officer, refusing to pay child support and the illegal possession of body armour. It connects him with the Bloods gang and at least two murders, but also describes occasions that ODB was robbed at gunpoint in his own home. "There was an indication that the [thieves] were current or former [music] industry insiders who had banded together to commit the robberies," an officer explained.
Furthermore, Wu-Tang Clan are portrayed as a criminal organisation, co-ordinating drug-deals and homicides – sometimes with musical rewards. "Once individuals have proved themselves as good and loyal members," officers claimed, "they are offered record contracts to record Rap type music." In 2000, Wu-Tang Clan were apparently under investigation by NYPD's violent crimes/gangs squad, the US Attorney's office, a Staten Island detectives unit and the Richmond county district attorney.
The FBI's ODB file will certainly be of interest to the rest of Wu-Tang Clan, who are still making music. A Raekwon biopic is in the works and RZA recently unveiled plans for a film about ODB, starring either Tracy Morgan or Eddie Griffin. "I signed on, of course," he said. "[They] got my blessin' to make it happen."
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As C.O.O. of HiPNOTT Records, co–founder of Cypher Lounge Radio and creator/executive producer of the highly anticipated documentary film DEMOS, you’d think Kareem Fort wouldn’t have time for more, but the multi-talented Reem has taken on the role of executive producer for his compilation LP, Executive Suite. Executive Suite is available via The DJBooth with additional sponsorship from KevinNottingham and TheWellVersed. The compilation features production from long time collaborator Tony C (of Maseed Productions) and features the lyricism of Rapper Big Pooh, Donny Goines, Raven Sorvino, Senor Kaos, 4-Ize, Hawdwerk, and Punchline and more.
2012 T and L..Truth and Love.
We will continue the love chamber with an old Bobby Digital demo I found.