Music producer Dr. Dre is trying to get Death Row Records to pay him for unpaid royalties he is owed from the sale of his 1992 album “The Chronic.”
Dr. Dre who founded the label with Suge Knight, owned 50 percent of the label and granted Death Row permission to distribute the album in exchange for royalties. In 1996, he gave up his ownership rights with the label, but still retained the right to continue to receive the royalties for all recordings based on the prior agreement. Dre claims he has not received the royalties due to him and Death Row violated the agreement by letting another company distribute his recordings.
Death Row is going through bankruptcy court in Los Angeles. The court appointed administrator for Death Row asked to sell the label’s music related assets to Warner Music Group for $25 million. Death Row filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April 2006 after Knight went to prison and struggled to stay competitive in the industry.
Jay-Z has one more title to add to his already impressive resume by now partnering with Steve Stoute to start Translation Advertising based in New York. The advertising agency will help their client company’s market to minority buyers.
"As an artist, you make music," Jay-Z said. "And if you see people who don’t know how to market your music, you get involved in it. Otherwise, what you want to accomplish gets lost in translation…no pun intended," he added.
Translation Advertising will be a part of Translation Consultation and Brand Imaging. Translation Consultation was sold to Interpublic Group (3rd largest agency in the world) for an estimated $10 to $15 million. Interpublic will own 49 percent of Translation Advertising and the majority of the stake will be owned by Stoute and Jay-Z.
Jay-Z’s role at Translation Advertising will not be day to day but using his knowledge and connection to the urban culture to bring creativity to marketing and suggest ideas for new opportunities.
Rapper turned reality star Flavor Flav will be back on TV, but not trying to find the next Mrs. Flav. He will play Calvester Hill in the MyNetworkTV sitcom “Under One Roof.”
Flavor Flav’s character is an ex-convict who moved into the home of his wealthy brother and brings drama, craziness and probably a few laughs in with him.
“I am real excited about my new sitcom ‘Under One Roof,’” Flavor Flav said. “I want to thank MyNetworkTV for believing in your boy because we are about to blow this out of the water. I am about to take MyNetworkTV and make it MY network.”
Currently, 13 episodes of the half-hour sitcom have been ordered to air starting this spring. C To The B Productions and Qtopia Entertainment will produce the shows.
Acclaimed author Terry McMillan, 56, received a lifetime achievement award from Essence Magazine for her books telling the story of modern day African-American women.
"How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and "Waiting to Exhale," were two of her best sellers which were both turned into full-length features.
"No single writer today has documented the African-American experience from a contemporary black women’s point of view like Terry McMillan," said Patrik Henry Bass, a senior editor at Essence for books and art.
The autopsy results have been released on the actual cause of rapper Pimp-C’s death and it was found that it was due to an accidental overdose of codeine & promethazine, in which the ingredients are found in prescription cough syrups, and his medical condition of apnea.
Apnea is a medical condition which when sleep the person may stop breathing for up to 30 seconds. The coroner, Captain Ed Winter stated that condition joined with the large amounts of prescription strength cough syrup is what killed the 33 year old rapper on December 4.
Several Southern rappers have bragged on getting high by “Sippin’ on some Syrup” which is the use of prescription cough syrup.
Pimp C is not the only person from the Hip-Hop community to die from an accidental overdose of “syrup.” DJ Screw died of a heart attack in 2000 after overdosing on cough syrup with codeine.
They say that controversy is a way to market what you want to sell – – – and if that is the case Nas should go triple platinum. He and his wife, singer Kelis, promoted his new album at the Grammy’s by wearing the name of the project on his t-shirt and her jacket. Only issue is the name of his album is the “N-bomb.” They strolled down the red carpet and I am sure it was the topic of whispers as they made their way to the Award Show.
Explaining his album title to CNN, Nas said of the word: "It’s all the experiences we go through every day, of all ethnicities, black, white, indifferent. We’ve all at some point felt discriminated on, whether its in Dominican Republic, whether its in China, whether its in Iraq with soldiers getting their heads blown off for reasons we don’t know why. The meaning of the word is supposed to be ignorant. So no longer are Black people still n**gers, it’s also me and you. I want people to think about what I’m thinking about today."
The album has yet to be released and has been pushed back by Def Jam several times.