Month: September 2008

UK NEWS: LONDON RAPPER COMMISSIONED TO WRITE HIP HOP TRACK ABOUT ASTROBIOLOGY

Photograph: The London Paper A student from Wembley who uses his love of hip hop to make cosmology easier to understand, is to showcase his NASA-commissioned rap at the Science Museum tonight. Bigwigs at the US Space Agency asked Jonathan Chase, 28, to write the “Astrobiology Rap” for the latest European edition of NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine. The song and accompanying video is fast becoming a YouTube hit and has been viewed more than 10,000 times. The 28-year-old rapper is a Science Communication student []

QUOTES OF THE DAY: RAY BENZINO

“This type of story should not be rearing its ugly head in the Source”. “This is some woman’s s**t.” “Niggas ain’t trying to hear all that. Niggas wanna f**k. They don’t want to read a story about rape”. ” Yeah this is the type of s**t that those black Afrocentric bitchies be on. The bitchies with dreads and s**t. I don’t want to have to micromanage every story, but c’mon yo. Rape! Do a story on strippers. Talk about the stripping industry and []

NELLY’S LATEST ALBUM SET TO FLOP HARD!

According to Gyant over at Sohh.com Nelly’s latest album ‘Brass Knuckles’ is about to bomb. A Universal source disclosed the following information.  “The estimate as of today is around 43k copies sold in the United States.” When I think about Nelly’s past astronomical first week sales, and then look at the first week sales figure above for his fourth album I feel to weep for him.  Sign of the times I guess…. However I can’t say I’m surprised. The singles released so far from ‘Brass Knuckles’ have all failed to create []

JANET JACKSON LEAVES ISLAND DEF JAM

Producer Rodney Jerkins talks about Janet and her release from Island Def Jam. Via Rap-up.com Janet is currently touring the States playing in front of sell out audiences. She still has a die hard fan base, and is armed with a multitude of classics under her belt. She is better off going it a lone. Island Def Jam/ her beau Jermaine Dupri didn’t have a clue when it came to Janet’s career! This was made clear when Jermaine produced this crap for Janet and encouraged this ill-fated collaboration…..

UK NEWS: ALESHA DIXON SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN NOVEMBER

After her first solo album flopped and she was subsequently dropped from her label (Polydor), singer Alesha Dixon has been given a second chance via Asylum Records…. Via BBC News Strictly Come Dancing champion Alesha Dixon says she feels “blessed” to be releasing a solo album after previously being dropped by her record label. The 29-year-old, who was in girl group Mis-Teeq, was dropped as a solo artist by Polydor in 2006 before being offered a new contract after winning the show. []

MASSIVE DIAMOND FOUND IN SOUTH AFRICA

Miners in Lesotho have discovered a huge gem stone which may become the largest ever polished diamond. The stone weighs 478 carats and is the 20th largest rough diamond ever found, said Gem Diamonds. The company said the uncut rock was recovered recently from the Letseng mine, owned by the company in Lesotho. The diamond, which is as yet unnamed, has the potential to yield a 150 carat cut stone, and could sell for tens of millions of dollars, the company said.  []

FUNNY TRACK OF THE DAY: THE NOTORIOUS BIG – ‘PLAYA HATER’

‘Playa Hater’ is taken from Biggie’s sophomore album ‘Life After Death’.  When I first heard this track I could not stop laughing, and Puffy’s contribution kills me every time. I’m just sorry that Biggie didn’t live to make a video for this track, and to drop it as a single.  Reading some of the comments on YouTube it’s clear that ‘Playa Hater’ has gone over some folk’s heads (how I do not know). They actually think that Biggie and Puff were being serious when they recorded this track. LOL SMH.. Favourite line: “Wake up, take off []

TYRA BANKS SHOW: WOMEN WHO BLEACH THEIR SKINS AND THEIR CHILDRENS SKIN

These women need HELP and I think they are aware they have issues….  SERIOUS issues….. At the start I was hurling abuse at these women, but now I just feel sad for them. It’s people within our own community who have made them feel this way about themselves. Family members and so-called friends with their off the cuff remarks always making reference to their darker skin complexions, who have made them go to such extreme lengths to achieve lighter skin.  I remember a good friend of mine telling me []

TRAVIS BARKER AND DJ AM CRITICALLY INJURED IN PLANE CRASH AND FOUR KILLED

DJ AM and Travis Barker Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM were critically injured Friday night after a Learjet crashed in South Carolina, killing four other people. Two plane crew members and two passengers were slain in the accident just before midnight following an performance. Barker and DJ AM (real name Adam Goldstein) have been admitted to an Augusta, Georgia burn unit. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said air traffic controllers saw sparks coming from the plane shortly before []