It's that time again. Here's some hip-hop news, read all about it ::
• Jay-Z is looking to net himself a basketball team -- the New Jersey Nets.
• And here's a stocking stuffer for the holidays -- Jay-Z's The Black cell phone.
• Jay-Z is not the only one retiring. The Wu-Tang Clan will drop a book next year and go on a farewell tour. [I must note that the Clan as a whole is saying goodbye, but there will be solo projects by the members.]
• Comedianne Margaret Cho was acting like a dumb beeyootch at last Friday's UPN telecast of the VIBE Awards. However, I did stumbled upon Margaret's touching eulogy to the late rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. on her blog.
• We need to put the LOVE back into the music, y'all. We need some "love music."
• For anyone who is wondering where are the positive role models in the hip-hop community, take a look at this brother Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou. He's trying to get Hip-Hop To Vote in the next election. And there are plenty of more brothers and sisters out there in the community who are doing positive things in the spirit of hip-hop. You should never look upon rappers as leaders for the African-American community.
• Karma is a bitch :: Remember the mob guy who stabbed R&B crooner Chico DeBarge in the back with a knife a couple of months of ago? Well, that mob guy was found dead in his home Saturday morning. John "Johnny Gongs" Casasanto was shot at least twice at point-blank range in the back and in the head. Police suspect it was a mob hit. Somewhere Chico is smiling.
• Public Enemy frontman Chuck D believes the soul of hip-hop has been lost :: "Hip-hop is not gun culture, gang culture, or thug culture. Hip-hop is about opening your mind up to every thing in the world."
Amen! Can I get a witness?
• Hip-Hop and Islam go together like peanut butter and jelly.
• God bless Rakim :: The landmark hip-hop album Paid In Full is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. Read HERE >>>
• Canadian indie-rap group Swollen Members -- who will drop their major-label debut next year on Virgin Records -- are trying to achieve mainstream success while keeping their street credibility. It's a tricky thing to do.
The Hip-Hop Quote of the Day comes from MIA rapper Young MC (real name Marvin Young). Remember him? He was the guy that did "Bust a Move," and wrote the lyrics to "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina" for another MIA rapper Tone Loc. Young talks about his Grammy award-winning song, "Bust A Move" ::
"This may sound funny, but only about five years ago did I realize how big "Bust A Move" . . . was. [Then] I was asked, 'When did you know your record was timeless?' And I was like, 'Um, now.'"