Tru Records' executive Kernell Reynolds has teamed with Cash Money Records' Lil' Chuckee and Shadow Play Entertainment's "Hip-Hop and Books" literacy campaign to promote the importance of reading in public school and college students in Mississippi.
Lil Chuckee will visit Mississippi from February 23rd-25th with Reynolds as part of the Hip Hop and Books tour and speak to students about the challenges of the music business and the importance of getting a good eduction.
"It's a known fact that young people look up to those in the entertainment community, especially those in music," Kernell Reynolds said. "Lil' Chuckee and I realize the influence we have, and we want to make sure we are using our celebrity for good."
The Hip Hop and Books Coalition was founded by Cyrus Webb, who has hosted several other literacy campaigns with Corey "C-Murder" Miller.
"It's great to have public figures like these two sharing the importance of reading," added Cyrus Webb. "I think Kernell and Lil' Chuckee's willingness to come to our state and show that it is cool to read no matter what profession you choose is important."
For more information visit http://www.hiphopandbooks.net.
Wiz Khalifa is quit confident with his untitled Atlantic debut LP.
While his hit lead song, “Black and Yellow” has already sold over 1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and peaked at No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart, the 2010 XXL Freshman expects his new material to fare better.
“Everything that we drop after ‘Black and Yellow’ is going to do as well or better,” Khalifa told billboard.com. “‘Black & Yellow’ was just supposed to be a set-up record. We haven’t even gotten into the good stuff. So with ‘Black and Yellow’ taking off and people getting behind it and supporting it that much, that’s just great, great for what’s going to happen after that. I mean, I just feel that good about it.”
Wiz said he has already went into the studio with The Neptunes’s Pharrell Williams and Jim Jonsin. Saying that the disc is basically finished, he plans on dropping the album sometime in March on Rostrum Records/Atlantic
Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane returned to Twitter today, after a seven-day absence due to his arrest and subsequent evaluation in a mental facility.
The rapper was in court on January 3rd, where he stood before a judge who recommended the rapper be sent to prison for a year, for violating the terms of his probation during an altercation in Atlanta on November 2nd, 2010.
Gucci entered into a "special plea of mental incompetency" stating it was not possible for him to "intelligently" participate in the sentencing hearing.
The rapper was immediately sent to Anchor Hospital, where he underwent a series of tests.
Earlier this evening (January 10th), Gucci returned to his official Twitter account. Gucci Mane will appear in court on January 24th, where he is expected to be sentenced to prison for violating the terms of his probation.
The rapper is also working on a 1017 Brick Squad compilation.
Soulja Boy is taking a page out of the Kanye West playbook.
In an interview with the Associated Press, the ATLien complained about losing the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Rap Song to Yeezy. As fans remember SB’s hit “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” was nominated in the category, but Mr. West took home the honors for his T-Pain featured single, “Good Life.”
“[I] should have got the Grammy,” he told the AP.
Thinking optimistically, Soulja recorded the song, “Grammy” on his latest release, The Deandre Way, in a plea to win something the next time he’s eligible. (Since his disc came out on November 30, 2010, he missed the September 30 cut off date for this year’s ceremony).
SB has not been nominated for the prestigious award since his debut in 2008