Founder Roc-a-Fella Co Founder is going to jail?/Mystikal & Cash Money/Future’s new album

Posted: March 17, 2012 in Hip Hop News

Mystikal Says Mannie Fresh/ Birdman Rift Doesn’t Affect Him

New Orleans has a rich hip-hop tradition, anchored mostly by Cash Money Records and Master P’s No limit label, which saw its heyday in the late ’90s and early ’00s. Mystikal is one of the few MCs who can claim a connection to both crews, but now that he is signed with Birdman what will become of his relationship with former Cash Money producer Mannie Fresh?

It’s no secret that the Cash Money CEO isn’t keen on working with his former Big Tymers groupmate, as he told XXLMag.com, but after his release from prison, Mystikal hit the studio with Fresh. “I did some hot tracks with him, when I first came home, like some mixtape kinda stuff. We just ain’t ever released it yet,” Mystikal said on Wednesday’s “RapFix Live.”

“Me and Mannie, we have about five under our belt right now, so I’m just tryin’a keep it movin’,” he continued. “I got what I need from KLC, the Beats by the Pound stuff. Lord, it’s gonna be an awesome album,” he said of his upcoming Original LP.

In 2010, a viral video of Mystikal freestyling to a number of Fresh beats while the two sat in the producer’s car racked up thousands of views. “The amount of hits on that is nuts, because we were just sitting in the car vibing,” Fresh told MTV News of the video while at Bonnaroo last June. “I was just going through beats, and he was rapping on it, and I’m trying to convince him [that] I think that would be his mixtape.”

A few of their collaborations — like “Move Something” and “Uh Oh” — have already made their way online. As far as the rift between the #1 Stunna and Fresh, Mystikal says that has nothing to do with him. He also maintains that he is able to separate his business from the personal. “What I do with Mannie is what I do with Mannie, what I do with my company is with the company,” he said. (MTV.com)

Mystikal Interview on MTV ‘RapFix Live’

Mystikal feat. Birdman & Lil Wayne – Original

Roc-A-Fella Founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke Pleads Guilty : Faces Five Years In Prison

By Grandmaster Grouchy Greg

Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke has pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Criminal Court, for his role in a massive marijuana ring.

Burke appeared in court yesterday (March 15) in Manhattan Federal Court, where he pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute, more than 100 kg of marijuana.

Federal authorities connected Burke to a massive marijuana trafficking ring that involved over 50 people.

“With Kareem Burke’s guilty plea today, another member of this sprawling marijuana trafficking ring stands convicted,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told AllHipHop.com in a press release. “We will continue to pursue and punish those who traffic in illegal drugs.”

Burke was arrested in October of 2010, after federal authorities connected him to three separate, but interconnected marijuana trafficking cells.

The network distributed the marijuana to customers in Florida, New York and New Jersey.

According to federal authorities, most of the organization was based in Florida, but they also bought marijuana  from growers in California.

When Burke was arrested, police found the remains of a marijuana growing operation, as well as $15,000 in cash.

The 38-year-old, who founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z and Damon Dash in 1995, faces the mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

In addition to the prison sentence, Burke must forfeit his $660,000 residence in New Jersey, a 2010 BMW and the $15,000 in cash that was seized.

Kareem “Biggs” Burke will be sentenced by Judge Laura Taylor Swain on May 18, at 12:00 PM. (allhiphop.com)

Future Discusses Debut Album

By Martin James

Atlanta rapper Future is sharing some details regarding his upcoming debut project, Pluto. Future told AllHipHop about the project and revealaed that the signature sound in his voice is just a part of who he is.

” A lot of people don’t understand that’s how I talk sometimes, and it’s just my regular voice,” Future said. “Sometimes it’s that effect gives it that little bit extra meaning, and it adds the spice on the words. Sometimes when you trying to get in the lyrics and you’re trying to come across and you are trying to make your point, you might need that extra spice on it, just so it comes across to the people.”

With T.I., Drake, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, and R Kelly among the guests on Pluto, the album looks to be a star-studded release. Future also discussed rumors of lingering animosity towards Young Money stars Lil Wayne and Drake. Future famously became irate with Drake after the rapper didn’t appear in his “Tony Montana” video.

“Me and Drake, we good, we A1. Like with everything, we learned how to make the personal stuff be personal, and like the business, we let the lawyers and the management figure it out,” Future revealed. “We gonna move on from it, and we understand that we can’t let a mistake stop us from making history together and what we got to do to make the air clear and make money together and go on tours together. And I can’t let that stop me or my personal life.” (hiphopblog.com)

Joie Manda to Take Over as President of def Jam Recordings

by Jake Crates

Island Def Jam Music Group, a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), has announced that it has appointed Joie Manda as President of Def Jam Recordings.

Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam, made the announcement that Manda will be taking the reigns and will be based in New York.

“As we look to expand Def Jam and our creative urban music activities even further, there is no one better to lead them than Joie,” Weiss explained. “He has emerged as one of the most respected young executives in today’s Urban music landscape, possessing all the qualifications and experience that are essential to run Def Jam, the world’s most important Hip-Hop destination. The entire Def Jam family looks forward to working closely with Joie as he puts his unique imprint on the next chapter in the label’s storied and successful history.”

Manda, who worked closely with Todd Moscowitz, CEO of Warner Brother Records, was appreciative of Weiss for the appointment. He succeeds former president and industry business mogul, L.A. Reid.

“Running Def Jam is the greatest challenge of my career,” Manda said, “and I am appreciative to Barry Weiss for his faith in appointing me to this position. I’m excited to work alongside Steve Bartels, who is one of the most talented music execs in the business and who has played such an important role in building the IDJ team. The Def Jam artist roster has always been synonymous with the greatest in Hip-Hop, and I intend to carry that tradition into the future.”

Manda comes to Def Jam from Warner Bros. Records, a division of Warner Music Group (WMG), where he was head of Urban Music dating back to September 2010.

Manda is known to have been heavily involved in the signing of Common, Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group (which includes Wale and Meek Mill), Waka Flocka Flame, Jill Scott, and other prominent Warner Bros. artists. Manda earned his stripes at WMG as Executive Vice President of Asylum Records, reviving the label in 2004 and signing Paul Wall and Bun B.

The news comes amidst rumors that Rick Ross would like to re-negotiate his Def Jam deal, as he discussed the topic recently on New York’s Hot 97FM. (allhiphop.com)

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