Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rapper Too Short Is Not Dead

Rapper Too Short is Alive and Well

Despite Twitter Rumors Too Short Is Alive And Well

Too Short Pimpin Ain't Easy

Despite what you may be hearing on Twitter ... rapper Too Short insists ... he's NOT DEAD.

The Internet has been on fire with false reports that the rapper died from a heart attack today -- and several pranksters have already attempted to change the guy's Wiki page to reflect his death.

But T.S. just tweeted, writing, "Stop calling my phone. I'm not dead. Been in the lab working on my 19th album."

And just to make sure, TMZ spoke to the guy on the phone -- As TMZ Puts it "we're pretty sure that settles it ... the guy's alive."

Either that ... or ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.

Too Short Is In Studio Recording New Album

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Willow Smith Growing Up Too Quickly

Is Willow Smith Growing Up Too Quickly?

Willow Smith Music Star

New Music phenom, 10 year old Willow Smith stormed onto the music scene last year with her top 10 single Whip My Hair and is set to top the charts again with her new single 21 Century Girl. In addition to breaking into the music scene, Willow Smith also has a great interest in fashion. She has an extreme fashion style and has already been featured in top magazine Elle.

However some say isn’t this all too much for young Willow? Her mother, actress, film producer and wife of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith disagrees with the rumours stating that she is letting her young daughter Willow grow up too fast. Jada goes on to say, "I don’t look at what she is doing as being an adult mentality. I think she’s simply being a creative child."

Will Smith Family - Will Smith, Willow, Jada Pinket Smith and Jaden Smith

Will Smith and Jada Pinket Smith 

It is well know that child stars begin their careers successfully but eventually break down. “The Parent Trap” actress Lindsay Lohan made her big break in the film industry at the age of 11. While growing up, she became addicted to the Hollwood party scene. Lohan was almost fired from the film “Georgia Rule”, went through a series of car crashes, arrests and stints in rehab, she also pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was sentenced to time in jail. I mean could it get any worse than that?

Willow Smith

As for little Willow Smith who has already made friends with outrageous singer and fashion icon Lady GaGa, I guess we’ll just have to hope for the best and stay tuned in for her future! She does have two very strong parents that also grew up in the music and entertainment business, and both should be able to provide good guidance and balance between her childhood and her celebrity career goals and status. 

Her brother, Jaden Smith is also a very talented actor and did a great job in the new version of The Karate Kid featuring Hong Kong Mega Star Jackie Chan. With such a strong pool of talent in her family and the great guidance of her parents who are also very talented actors and musicians, we suspect both Willow and Jaden will go far in their entertainment careers.

Chuck D of Public Enemy Suing Universal Music Group

 Chuck D of Public Enemy is Suing Universal Music Group for Underpaid Royalties

Chuck D of Public Enemy Fight The Power Artwork
Chuck D of Public Enemy filed suit again Universal Music group for allegedly underpaying of royalties on digital downloads

The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco federal court and alleges that UMG routinely miscalculates the royalties owed to artists for digital downloads, such as MP3s and ringtones, by treating them as "sales" of physical records rather than "licenses."

Chuck D Pop Rock Doll Japan

Chuck D's lawyers announced at Hausfeld LLP saying that UMG has underpaid hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties and pointed to a decision in 2010 by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that offers some precedent that digital downloads should be treated as "licenses."

"This complaint suffers from serious flaws and weaknesses, not the least of which is that the claims asserted are not appropriate for class treatment," a UMG spokesperson tells THR. "We will vigorously defend against it."

Chuck D Of Public Enemy (Fight The Power Illustration)

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Hip Hop Legend Heavy D Dies At Age 44

Hip Hop Legend Heavy D Passes Away Suddenly at Age 44

90's Hip Hip Music Icon and rap star Heavy D passed away earlier today.

Heavy D who's real name was Dwight Arrington Myers, was rushed to an L.A. hospital around noon today and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 PM. He was 44 years old.

An emergency 911 call was placed from Heavy D's Beverly Hills home around 11:25 AM to report an unconscious male on the walkway. Heavy D apparently regained consciousness and was speaking when help arrived. He was was transported to a nearby hospital but unfortunately died a short time after arriving.

Cops are investigating the rapper's death and so far, there are no signs of foul play. Police are currently investigating the home for any other possible signs and checking for cause of death.

Heavy D's last Tweet before his death, written on Monday night, was, "BE INSPIRED!"

Just before that he Tweeted about the loss of boxing legend Joe Frazier, who passed away on Monday following a bout with cancer. stating: "SMOKIN JOE FRAZIER..RIP.. truly one of the best heavyweight champs that ever lived.. GODS SPEED,MR FRAZIER!"

Monday, November 07, 2011

Boxing Legend Joe Frazier Dies at Age 67

Boxing Legend Joe Frazier has passed away at age 67

Former Heavy Weight Boxing Champion of the World Joe Frazier has passed away from his battle with cancer.

Frazier, who died Monday night after a brief battle with liver cancer at the age of 67, forever will be forever linked to Muhammad Ali. But no one in boxing would ever dream of anointing Ali as "The Greatest" unless he, too, was linked to Smokin' Joe.

"I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration," Muhammad Ali said in a statement. "My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones."

The Two Heavy weight Champions fought three times, twice in the heart of New York City and once in the morning in a steamy arena in the Philippines. They went 41 rounds together, with neither giving an inch and both giving it their all.

In their last fight in Manila in 1975, they traded punches with a fervor that seemed unimaginable among heavyweights. Frazier gave almost as good as he got for 14 rounds, then had to be held back by trainer Eddie Futch as he tried to go out for the final round, unable to see.

"Closest thing to dying that I know of," Ali said afterward.

Ali was as merciless with Frazier out of the ring as he was inside it. He called him a gorilla, and mocked him as an Uncle Tom. But he respected him as a fighter, especially after Frazier won a decision to defend his heavyweight title against the then-unbeaten Ali, in a fight that was so big Frank Sinatra was shooting pictures at ringside and both fighters earned a then-astonishing $2.5 million.

The night at the Garden 40 years ago remained fresh in Frazier's mind as he talked about his life, career and relationship with Ali a few months before he died.

"I can't go nowhere where it's not mentioned," he told The Associated Press. "That was the greatest thing that ever happened in my life."

Bob Arum, who once promoted Ali, said he was saddened by Frazier's passing.

"He was such an inspirational guy. A decent guy. A man of his word," Arum said. "I'm torn up by Joe dying at this relatively young age. I can't say enough about Joe."

Frazier's death was announced in a statement by his family, who asked to be able to grieve privately and said they would announce "our father's homecoming celebration" as soon as possible.

Manny Pacquiao learned of it shortly after he arrived in Las Vegas for his fight Saturday night with Juan Manuel Marquez. Like Frazier in his prime, Pacquiao has a powerful left hook that he has used in his remarkable run to stardom.

"Boxing lost a great champion, and the sport lost a great ambassador," Pacquiao said.

Don King, who promoted the Thrilla in Manila, said in a statement issued Tuesday that Frazier was "the embodiment of what a great heavyweight champion and person should be."

"Not only was he a great fighter but also a great man. He lived as he fought with courage and commitment at a time when African-Americans in all spheres of life were engaged in a struggle for emancipation and respect," King said of Frazier. "Smokin' Joe brought honor, dignity and pride for his people, the AMERICAN people, and brought the nation together as only sports can do."

Though slowed in his later years and his speech slurred by the toll of punches taken in the ring, Frazier still was active on the autograph circuit in the months before he died. In September he went to Las Vegas, where he signed autographs in the lobby of the MGM Grand hotel-casino shortly before Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s fight against Victor Ortiz.

An old friend, Gene Kilroy, visited with him and watched Frazier work the crowd.

"He was so nice to everybody," Kilroy said. "He would say to each of them, 'Joe Frazier, sharp as a razor, what's your name?' "

Frazier was small for a heavyweight, weighing just 205 pounds when he won the title by stopping Jimmy Ellis in the fifth round of their 1970 fight at Madison Square Garden. But he fought every minute of every round going forward behind a vicious left hook, and there were few fighters who could withstand his constant pressure.

"Good night Joe Frazier. I love you dear friend. George Foreman" read Foreman's Twitter page.

"He would not back up from King Kong," Foreman said later Tuesday. "I know, I knocked Joe down six times. When our fight was over, Joe was on his feet looking for me."

Two fights later, Frazier met Ali in a rematch of their first fight, only this time the outcome was different. Ali won a 12-round decision, and later that year stopped Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire.

There had to be a third fight, though, and what a fight it was. With Ali's heavyweight title at stake, the two met in Manila in a bout that long will be seared in boxing history.

Frazier went after Ali round after round, landing his left hook with regularity as he made Ali backpedal around the ring. But Ali responded with left jabs and right hands that found their mark again and again. Even the intense heat inside the arena couldn't stop the two as they fought every minute of every round, with neither willing to concede the other one second of the round.

"They told me Joe Frazier was through," Ali told Frazier at one point during the fight.

"They lied," Frazier said, before hitting Ali with a left hook.

Finally, though, Frazier simply couldn't see and Futch would not let him go out for the 15th round. Ali won the fight while on his stool, exhausted and contemplating himself whether to go on.

It was one of the greatest fights ever, but it took a toll. Frazier would fight only two more times, getting knocked out in a rematch with Foreman eight months later before coming back in 1981 for an ill-advised fight with Jumbo Cummings.

"They should have both retired after the Manila fight," former AP boxing writer Ed Schuyler Jr. said. "They left every bit of talent they had in the ring that day."

"The courage Smokin' Joe showed in The Thrilla in Manila -- answering every Ali onslaught with an equally withering response -- will remain in the hearts and minds of boxing fans around the globe forever," King said of the third fight in the trilogy.

"One cannot underestimate the contribution Smokin' Joe and Ali made to progress and change by creating the space, through their talent, for black men to be seen, visible and relevant. The Thrilla in Manila helped make America better," King said.

Born in Beaufort, S.C., on Jan. 12, 1944, Frazier took up boxing early after watching weekly fights on the black-and-white television on his family's small farm. He was a top amateur for several years, and became the only American fighter to win a gold medal in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo despite fighting in the final bout with an injured left thumb.

"Joe Frazier should be remembered as one of the greatest fighters of all time and a real man," Arum told the AP in a telephone interview Monday night. "He's a guy that stood up for himself. He didn't compromise and always gave 100 percent in the ring. There was never a fight in the ring where Joe didn't give 100 percent."

After turning pro in 1965, Frazier quickly became known for his punching power, stopping his first 11 opponents. Within three years he was fighting world-class opposition and, in 1970, beat Ellis to win the heavyweight title that he would hold for more than two years.

A woman who answered Ellis' phone in Kentucky said the former champion suffers from Alzheimer's disease, but she wanted to pass along the family's condolences.

In Frazier's adopted hometown of Philadelphia, a fellow Philly fighter, longtime middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, said Frazier was so big in the city that he should have his own shadow, like the fictional Rocky character.

"I saw him at one of my car washes a few weeks ago. He was in a car, just hollering at us, 'They're trying to get me!' That was his, hi," Hopkins said. "I'm glad I got to see him in the last couple of months. At the end of the day, I respect the man. I believe at the end of his life, he was fighting to get that respect."

HBO broadcaster Larry Merchant, who became close with Frazier after covering him as a reporter in Philadelphia, was crushed by the news.

"This is a body blow to me because I knew him personally as well as professionally," Merchant told ESPN.com's Dan Rafael. "I thought he was as honest and as real a fighter as there ever was. He followed in a tradition of (Jack) Dempsey and (Rocky) Marciano as the 'Warrior King.' "

It was his fights with Ali that would define Frazier. Though Ali was gracious in defeat in the first fight, he was as vicious with his words as he was with his punches in promoting all three fights -- and he never missed a chance to get a jab in at Frazier.

Frazier, who in his later years would have financial trouble and end up running a gym in Philadelphia, took the jabs personally. He felt Ali made fun of him by calling him names and said things that were not true just to get under his skin. Those feelings were only magnified as Ali went from being an icon in the ring to one of the most beloved people in the world.

After a trembling Ali lit the Olympic torch in 1996 in Atlanta, Frazier was asked by a reporter what he thought about it.

"They should have thrown him in," Frazier responded.

He mellowed, though, in recent years, preferring to remember the good from his fights with Ali rather than the bad. Just before the 40th anniversary of his win over Ali earlier this year -- a day Frazier celebrated with parties in New York -- he said he no longer felt any bitterness toward Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's disease and is mostly mute.

"I forgive him," Frazier. "He's in a bad way."

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Jeremih Concert At The Gothic Theater Denver

Jeremih Concert at Gothic Theater Wednesday November 2nd 2011 & The Game at the Ogden Theater Thursday November 3rd 2011

It's going to be a busy week of concerts and shows this week starting tonight Wednesday November 2nd with Jeremih at The Gothic Theater On South Broadway. Things heat up even more Thursday Night November 3rd with THE GAME at the Ogden Theater on Colfax.

We got this excerpt from our friends Jeremih Concert blog entry:

"It's a snowy day in Denver today but things heat up quickly later on tonight at the Gothic theater with a special KS107.5 Concert at the Gothic theater featuring recording superstar Jeremih. Don't miss this incredible singer tonight performing his hits including "Birthday Sex", "Down on Me" & "I'm A Star"

Jeremih will be joined by Denver's own Rising MTV Star and local artists Ali Pierre, Rocki & Dre Lane. Tickets to this great concert are available at all King Soopers, www.TicketsWest.com and at The Gothic Theater box office.

The Jeremih Concert is tonight, Wednesday November 2nd 2011 at 8pm, Doors open at 7pm at The Gothic Theater 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO."

Jeremih Concert at The Ogden Theater Denver CO on Wednesday November 2nd

Jeremih Concert at The Ogden Theater Denver CO on Wednesday November 2nd

Flyer Designs by www.djemir.com/designs.html

The Game "The Documentary" Album Cover

Catch The Game in Concert at the Ogden Theater on Thursday November 3rd 2011 get tickets at http://www.axs.com/denver-co/music-events/game-2011november03-33393.html
or at the Ogden theater box office 935 E. Colfax Denver CO. 80218

The Game Red Tour Picture
I'll be at both concerts this week thanks to some of my industry contacts. Make sure you get your tickets and support these great artists as they visit our fine city of Denver.