Cash Money is an army, better yet a navy. Better yet a publishing house.
Raw Law: An Urban Guide to Criminal Justice will be released next month through Cash Money Content, a partnership between Cash Money Records and Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. The book, written by criminal attorney Muhammad Ibn Bashir, discusses the inner workings of the criminal justice system, hoping to inform those already in trouble with the law of their rights while also deterring others from crossing the line.
“The criminal justice is a system that will never respect you unless you demand that it does,” says Bashir. “This generation has the money, the power, the voice to change this system for the better.”
“Even if you are a hardened criminal or just plain foolish, you deserve the best of what the system has to offer,” he continued. “Unfortunately, the system is not equipped to give you what you deserve, ‘equal justice under the law.’” Raw Law is filled with real-life stories pulled from experiences during legal career, was born out of Bashir’s belief that there was not enough straight talk about the perils of becoming entangled in the criminal justice system for America’s youth.
Raw Law: An Urban Guide to Criminal Justice will be on sale February 15, available for $22.00 in hardcover or $15.99 as paperback.
Baton Rouge rap star Lil Boosie will appear in court today (January 12th) to face a hearing related to his involvement in a 2009 murder, for which he has been indicted.
Boosie was indicted for participating in the murder of Terry Boyd, who was 35-years-old at the time of his death in October of 2009.
According to prosecutors, Boyd was shot through a window while he was inside of his home.
In addition to Lil Boosie, three other accused accomplices' will appear in court today, including Michael Louding, aka Marlo Mike, who is also facing murder charges in six other murders in 2009.
Additionally, Louding, 17, has been charged with killing local rapper Chris "Nussie" Jackson, who was embroiled in a dispute over rap, with Lil Boosie.
Both Lil Boosie and Marlo Mike face the death penalty if convicted of the murders.
Rap supergroup Slaughterhouse and budding superstar Yelawolf signed to Eminem’s Shady Records, it was announced today (January 12) and the entire new roster will all appear in the March issue of XXL magazine.
“Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse, it’s kinda phase two of Shady,” says Eminem. “It’s the new generation of Shady Records and as we’re trying to rebuild our label, it’s exciting for hip-hop and with all of these forces coming together and with what everybody’s capable of on the mic, it’s gonna be fun.”
Bringing together the East Coast, West Coast and Detroit in the middle, Slaughterhouse consists of Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce da 5’9”. Most recently, Slaughterhouse was featured on “Session One,” a bonus track on Eminem’s 2010 blockbuster Recovery album. Eminem is expected to be personally involved in Slaughterhouse’s sophomore album scheduled for release in 2011.
Said Royce Da 5’9″: “It’s very exciting for me to reunite with Eminem years after our Bad Meets Evil project together. Slaughterhouse on Shady Records will be a force to reckon with.”
Late last year, Yelawolf released Trunk Muzik 0-60, a compilation of select tracks from his critically acclaimed 2010 mixtape Trunk Muzik, along with six previously unavailable songs. The Alabama native is currently in the studio recording his full length major label debut.
Said Yelawolf: “Considering where I’m from and the shit I’ve been through, it’s hard to put into words what partnering with Shady means to me, my team at Ghet-O-Vision, and my state of Alabama. I can tell you that when you’re willing to give your life up to see a dream through, the reward is great. And now that I’ve become an apprentice to one of the greatest artists in the world, my potential reaches beyond anything I ever imagined. Let’s kill this shit.”
Shady Records was founded in 1999 by Eminem and his manager Paul Rosenberg. D12, the label’s first signing, were also Shady’s first breakout stars, selling more than four million albums in the U.S. In 2002, the label released the quadruple platinum 8 Mile soundtrack, with its hit single “Lose Yourself”–the first hip-hop song to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Shady Records then partnered with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment to ink 50 Cent, who subsequently has sold more than 23 million albums worldwide. Of Shady’s 11 albums to date, four have earned U.S. multiplatinum certification, three others platinum (including the compilation Eminem Presents: The Re-Up) and two gold. The label has sold over 40 million albums worldwide.
XXL‘s March 2010 issue hits newstands nationwide on February 8.