Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Some of the latest hip hop news

The Cross Movement
"Holy hip-hop" aims for mainstream

Quote:Sudds of Feed Magazine has a different take on the situation. She chooses to look on the positive side of things."I think that we have to ... make an opportunity out of it," Sudds said. "I think what Kanye presents really is reality, and we can't negate the fact that that exists. I mean, do we condemn people for it? Just because Kanye raps about his contradictions on a record doesn't mean that Christians that rap about Christ consistently in their music don't have contradictions themselves."

If you're hip-hop, VH1's "And You Don't Stop" is a must-watch.

Quote: VH1 did an excellent job of following the culture's growth and expansion. I grew up about 45 minutes outside of New York City in Pennsylvania and I remember most of the things they spoke of. They did so well, in fact, I stopped being mad at them for not letting me be the next Danny Partridge.

'Hip-hop bigger than politics'

Quote: "You know, (rap star) 50 Cent has more power than a Kerry or Bush in these communities ... We're bigger than Kerry. We're bigger than Bush," said Combs, who estimates there are more than 40 million hip-hop voters.

Only the hip-hop community could turn its ongoing voter awareness campaigns into a reason for yet another beef.

Qoute:The Source has picked a ridiculous moment to renew its squabble with hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. This time, Dave Mays and Ray Benzino, co-owners of the hip-hop magazine, are in a twist over Simmons's decision to withdraw his Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) from a voter education rally at this past weekend's Source Music Awards in Miami.

“Some people don’t want politics in their music,” said Nelly. “Some people want their music to be uplifting so they can have fun and dance.”

Universal Music Group is close to a deal to buy out the rapper and producer Jay-Z and his partners from their venture, Roc-A-Fella Records, a published report said Monday.

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