Newsworthy Nuggets: Cam'ron (Why?), Rhymefest's Blue Collar Job, The Wu Adds One More, The Fugees Sing the Blues
by Winston "Stone" Ford
Just a few news items from the past few days. Of course, this list is by no means all-inclusive:
- Rapper Cam'ron felt the need to explain his facile dis track assault on Jay-Z via a press conference Wednesday (January 25). Killa Cam said “street speculation” forced him to do it citing “very, very good sources,” and even implicated former Jay-Z business partner Damon Dash as one of those sources in an interview with New York's Hot 97 earlier this week. Dash, of course, denies this. Yeah, sounds like high school He-Said/She-Said stuff to me too….
- Kanye protege Rhymefest will release his J Records debut Blue Collar on April 18. With lead single “Brand New” already generating buzz, Rhymefest promises a departure from hardcore rap. “What we need in hip-hop right now are rappers who are both truthful and entertaining,” he says. Given Kanye's portrayal of Jesus on the cover of Rolling Stone, can we expect to see Rhymefest as John the Apostle on future covers? Just asking.
- By now you've all heard that Cassidy was sentenced to
11 1/2 – 23 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter for his role in an ambush of a dude following an argument. He could be free in a matter of a few months, since he's been in custody since June. He's damn lucky…could've been worse.
- And you've probably also heard that Nas has left Sony and inked a deal with Def Jam, this after he and Def Jam president Jay-Z ended their longtime feud.
- For all you Los Angelinos, the Fugees will be performing at the House of Blues Sunset Strip on February 8. I need some one of y'all to run and check that out and let me know how it went down.
- The Wu-Tang Clan has added another show to its Feb 13 outing at the 9:30 Club here in DC. Yes, the first show has sold out. The second show starts at 10pm and tickets are $50.00.